We’ve all had that experience. You are so excited to go for the massage you’ve booked, only to feel let down afterwards. Maybe the massage therapist didn’t listen and understand your needs properly, or maybe the way they performed the treatment was just too uncomfortable for you. Bad massage experiences happen, therefore its essential that you find a massage therapist you click with that can provide the best treatment for you.
The best way to find your therapist is to do your homework and shop around. You may have to go through some trial and error before you finally find the right therapist. Finding the right therapist, and one you click with, is really important. You need to be able to feel that you trust your therapist and that you feel safe in their hands when receiving treatment.
Here’s some tips to follow to help you find the best massage therapist for you:
- Define your goal for your massage
Once you know if you are looking for a remedial massage, sports massage or beauty or relaxation massage, you will know what type of massage practices and therapists you should research.
- Choose a clinic with a reputable and high standard
Reputation is everything. Try to read reviews on the clinic you are looking at, testimonials on their website and even comments on their social media posts. This will give you a good idea of the clinic’s reputation. It is also important to check that the clinic and their therapists are accredited by official bodies for the services they offer.
- Follow recommendations from friends and family
Similar to reading reviews, a recommendation from a friend or family member to a therapist is ideal.
- Read up online about the therapist
Most massage clinic websites will have a page where they introduce you to their staff. Read the biographies of the therapists to get an idea of their treatment strengths and to help you determine which one would best suit your needs. You can read our therapist bios here. If the info is not available online, you can phone the clinic and inquire with the manager.
- Ask the therapist about their philosophy
Find out what the therapist’s philosophy is about the treatment they give and why they do what they do. See if you agree with their answer and if it aligns with your own interest. Avoid therapists who are negative, talk badly about other therapists or try to debunk medical treatment.
- Choose a therapist that is busy and hardworking
A hardworking therapist who keeps themselves busy is more likely to take their client’s care further. A lazy therapist will just want to get the session over as soon as possible and will not properly assess their client’s needs for further treatment.
Finding the best massage therapist to suit your personal needs is important. If you find a therapist you click with, you can start building a mutual relationship of trust. If you have a good massage therapist it will also motivate you to go for a massage more frequently, allowing you to reap the health benefits a good massage can offer you.