How Does a Massage Therapist Choose Her Massage Therapist?
I had a chance to put myself in your shoes recently. I needed to find a massage therapist. I felt desperate for a massage (some of you know what I mean). I go for regular massage because it keeps my body and mind healthy and makes me a better therapist, mom and wife. Having massage reminds me each time what an awesome experience it is and how massage helps me feel balanced and whole. Having a massage allows me to feel what the experience is like for the client on the table. Sometimes when I have waited longer than is good for me before my next massage, I start to feel a little off balance; as if there is something unsettling building up inside of me that needs to dissipate. I think this feeling is a combination of stress, muscle tension, emotion and energy picked up from others. Massage is a very effective tool for helping me remove these things and get myself back to a more grounded state.
I have a few wonderful therapists that I see on a regular basis. I am blessed to have these therapists available to me; however, they are not always available on short notice. I looked around online to find a therapist in the area who does the kind of work that resonates with me. Turns out, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I looked at some websites, checked out the information, but I wasn’t able to find what I was searching for. What was I looking for? I think I was looking for a therapist who was somewhat like me, at least in intent and spirit. For me, as for many people, the manner and energy of the therapist can make a huge difference in how I experience my massage. I was looking for someone who seemed knowledgeable, skilled, friendly, warm and inviting. I was looking for someone who sounded excited about what they do. I was looking for someone whose massage sounded like therapy, nurturing and effectiveness all rolled in to one. Also, I'll be honest, there is some quality I look for that I can't even put a name on - I just know it when I see it in or feel it from someone - and I think you probably do too.
It is great have a personal recommendation for a therapist. It is valuable and significant to have met the therapist or even had a few minutes of work from them, perhaps during some seated massage. This way you can get a feel for their personality, their energy and their touch. It’s hard to get this online, but a website filled with information can be the next best thing to a recommendation or personal interaction.
Look around the therapist’s website, and see what kinds of things they tell you. What type of work do they do? What type of education and training do they have? What type of clients do they work with? What are their interests? How do they express themselves? What do their testimonials say? Do they seem like someone with whom you would feel comfortable? Sometimes even the look of the website can give you some idea of what the therapist might be like. If you want further information to make your decision you can call or email them with questions. They should be happy to answer them.
This experience reminded me that it can be tough to go to a new therapist and feel comfortable. I understand. I hope my website conveys enough information and feeling to people that they are able to tell if I am the right therapist for them. I am always happy to answer questions by phone or email for anyone in doubt, and I realize it can be a difficult decision to put your trust in someone new. The thing is, though, if you can, then massage can do wonderful things for your body and soul. It does for mine (and the many other people who love it). So take a chance with someone new, or ask a friend for a referral to their massage therapist, or call the therapist who gave you a few minutes of chair massage. I bet you will be really glad you did.