When you are looking for a massage therapist there are a few things that you should be aware of. Due to the variance from state to state regarding educational requirements, feel free to ask prospective therapists about their training. They should be able to tell you how many hours they spent in schooling, where they went to school and even more important, if they are licensed through a regulatory body. Belonging to a regulatory body is good as far as being a client goes because it implies that the therapist has had to adhere to certain standards of education and also usually indicates that the therapist maintains continuing education.
Never be afraid to ask to see a therapist’s credentials. Most therapists worked hard to obtain their education and various skills and should have no problem showing off their certifications. Other things to ask include fees, cancellation policy, and any other general business policies that may affect you such as preferred method of payment.
Another effective practice is to ask for personal recommendations or references from current clients. Word of mouth is an effective tool also, but talking to a real client can help you to understand what the therapist offers, and how they operate their business. You can also explore the various modalities offered by the therapist, and if you are unsure what something means, ask. Most therapists have literature available for clients to explain what the different techniques are and what they generally entail. This can also include an explanation of what to expect during a treatment, for example, if you have to remain clothed or have to undress. By doing your research, you may find it easier to locate the best therapist for you. If you find that you are not satisfied, make sure to communicate your reasons for moving on to your therapist, and remember, not every therapist and/or modality is for everyone. It can take time to find a therapist that is the right fit for you.