Whether you’ve been working hard or playing hard, the perfect way to rejuvenate yourself and relieve physical tensions in your muscles is to find a massage therapist. Before searching for a specific therapist, it’s best to do some background research on the different types of massage available – there are many kinds of massage, and it’s important to know which type will be most beneficial to you when searching for a massage therapist.
After you’ve determined the most beneficial type of massage for your body’s needs, start with an online directory such as findamassagetherapist.org, provided by the American Massage Therapy Association. This website allows you to search licensed therapists in your area, which is particularly important as Vermont is one of the few states across America that does not place state regulations on massage therapists. Some local requirements may apply in particular cities, but generally massage therapy is not regulated in Vermont. Thus, by seeking out specific credentials in your therapist, as well as being open and direct in finding out about their background, you can be sure that you’re receiving the right care. Don’t be afraid to interview any potential therapists as you would when finding a new physician. Find out if your therapist has been certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, or if they have taken (and if they passed!) either an exam called the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination), or the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Additionally, it may be helpful for you to know that most states that do hold regulations on massage therapists typically require at least 500 hours of training before a therapist can become licensed. Many states also require therapists to renew their certification every 2-4 years, by taking continuing education courses of at least 12 hours. Vermont has many massage therapy training schools, including the Green Mountain Institute and Vermont Massage Training School, and even the Community College of Vermont offers a Massage Therapy & Bodywork Associate’s Degree program. Ask your massage therapist how long they’ve been practicing massage, and if they have experience in multiple types.
You should expect to pay, on average, about $70-$90 per hour for a standard massage in Vermont. Upgrades are also often available including scented massages which use aromatherapy oils and lotions, stone therapy treatments, or reflexology. Many clinics also offer referral discounts if you recommend a friend, and you can usually find a new client discount if it is your first visit with the therapist. Also consider signing up for a membership if you find a great therapist, as you may receive a discount on your first massage, or a better price on later visits.
Above all, be sure to do some research before seeing a new massage therapist. It’s important to determine which type of massage is the best for you as an individual, and to find a skilled and soothing therapist that can make your massage experience a calming, relaxing, and clarifying experience.