How to Find a Good Massage Therapist
Finding a Qualified Massage Therapist
I was asked recently by my sister in law how to find a good massage therapist.
She lives out of town and is having some pain and wanted some massage to relax some muscles.
This is a very good question. The first thing you must know is what is your desired outcome? Do you just want to relax or do you have pain that you want addressed or both?
The first place I always start is asking people you know for referrals. Which is great unless the person you ask has different goals then you do with their massages. Let’s say you are looking to relieve neck and shoulder pain (not an uncommon goal) and you are experiencing some headaches. When you ask a friend who they see for massage make sure to ask if the therapist addresses specific problems.
You cannot assume by location if a Therapist is therapeutic or not. There are great massage therapists every where…. and the same is true for not great massage therapists.
I would suggest getting 3 names from different people. And give each massage therapist a call.
They should call you back within 24 hours if they run a professional business. Then when you talk with them you can get a sense for how experienced they are and if they address your issues. The questions you want to ask are:
- What type of massages do you perform?
- How long have you been doing this? (I like a minimum of 2 years)
- How have you helped someone with neck, shoulder pain and headaches before?
If they have knowledgeable answers to all of these questions and you feel comfortable with their manner you have found a good therapist to try a session with.
The styles of massage I would suggest looking for them to practice are:
These are my preferences because I like highly therapeutic work. There are other styles too but these are the most common seen.
Once you see them for a massage you should feel some improvement in your condition. Even a little bit depending on how locked up your muscles are. Then they should be able to give you a good idea of the results you can expect with a treatment program. For instance if you come in once a week for 3 weeks, I have seen this resolved in other clients (every person is different but after a while you get an idea of what works). I know that I can get relief from most neck and shoulder problems in a couple of sessions unless it is a chronic problem brought on by a daily activity (like daily carrying a 20 lb. child or poor posture at a desk 10 hours a day) then it is an ongoing management issue and that is something else your therapist would have to discuss.
Not every massage therapist style or personality is a fit for every person so it is possible to have to try a few out. But once you find the right person for you. You will be able to reach the goals you have physically and feel better then you knew you could!
Massage Works Los Gatos brings massage therapy that does just that, it works, to help you get relief from chronic or acute pain as well as stress and strain. Our mission is to help active women and men incorporate massage and a healthy lifestyle into their lives to live with positive energy and vitality.