Friday, December 13, 2013

You Choose Your Own Massage Therapists!

"The strongest principle of growth
lies in the human choice."

- George Eliot     

Finding the Right Massage Therapist...

Are you terribly stressed out lately due to the daily demands and pressures of life? (And the Holidays?) Are you feeling tightness and tensions everywhere due to a missed much-needed work-out, or from sitting and stooping all day at work? (Or from shopping?) Well, perhaps you have a history of an injury of some sort? Or maybe you are just wondering how a true, legitimate and therapeutic massage feels like?

You might already have heard or read of the many benefits of Massage Therapy, and you already know what to expect from a true massage... but you wonder: where exactly do you find a Professional, Registered, Licensed and Insured Practitioner?  Will it take some experimentation on your part to find what and who would best suit you?

Well wonder no more! In all these situations, we Massage Therapists can be your best friend! We can answer many of your questions! And if your concern is beyond the call of our duty or license, then we would be happy to refer you to someone who can address it for you! If you're concern is our background, both legal and character, then we will be happy to provide the necessary proof!

So how do you go about finding the "right" Massage Therapists? Where are we?

It's Your Choice, Choose Wisely!

Choosing a massage therapist is like choosing a style of massage: yes, it takes some trial and error to find what works best for your goals and needs. Selecting the right therapist is your private decision based on your "customized" choice. S/he should fit your preferences, treat you effectively, and should always provide a positive experience.

Although selecting a Massage Therapist is quite an important decision, it is not a hard one to make. Nowadays, there could be one living right next door from you! Of course the Massage Therapist should be trained, experienced, registered, licensed and insured! That is a given - if not, then move forward  to someone else!

Start with a proven and tested Therapist whom your trusted friends and family has been going to for their treatment. If they don't have one, then you can use a reputable search engine like Zeel, BetterFly or MassageBook that are exclusive for Licensed and Registered Massage Therapist. These LMT search websites do the pre-screening for you - they are a safer bet compared to print ads. They also have published reviews by clients like you, so you can always have a "preview" of who you are about to deal with!

You can also drop by at your nearest reputable Massage Franchise Spa! They are sprouting everywhere! They do background checks and employ only licensed and registered Therapists! Visit their website, read and be informed, then visit their location!

If your last resort is to search in the phone books or a local magazine/newspaper, you should be aware of what to avoid! Skip the ones that have provocative pictures and too much skin exposure. Also skip the ones that contains the following phrases: hot/beautiful/girls/models/masseuse, hunky/muscled/masculine/masseur, M2M massage, M4M masseur, extras/Lunchtime/noon special, discreet/confidential/discretion assured, erotic/intimate/sensual, tantric/lingam/yoni... and the likes. Also, look for any mention of how the person looks like, VGL, very sexy, Beautiful Asians/Orientals, or "VIP massage rooms", "Hot" sauna room with bed showers, etc.

Registered and Licensed Massage Therapists do not use these ads and they are against our professional ethics.  We provide our complete name and license if we do advertise by printed media, so you can validate them from your State's Massage Therapy Board website.

If you are one of the massage first-timers who are in need of further reassurance, here is a general guide to making sure that the care you are about to get is from a fully trained therapist and not simply someone who has taken a weekend course, or someone who is pretending to be one. Ask some or all of the following questions if you have to!

  • What can I expect during a massage therapy session?
  • Are you state and nationally certified? What certifications do you hold? (i.e. NCTBMB Certification. Since there is not yet standardization in this industry, many aren’t nationally certified. This does not necessarily mean that they are not qualified.)
  • Are you a member of a professional massage therapy association?
  • How long have you been practicing massage?
  • Do you use a drape while massaging? (i.e. A sheet or other covering for the client. In some State or Jurisdiction, Proper and Modest Draping is a Law!)

  • What kind of training have you had? ( - additional certification and specialization that you have?)
  • Have you ever treated someone with my condition/complaint?
  • Are you able to issue receipts for insurance purposes?
  • What kind of payments do you accept? cash, check, credit card?
  • Do you have references? ( - testimonials?)
  • What types of massage will you be using?
  • How can I make an appointment?
  • What are your prices? Do you have any specials, packages, or discounts?

So simply put, find a Massage Therapy professional with whom you feel comfortable and safe! And that someone should be able and willing to provide proof and references that you can indeed be comfortable and safe with them!

- Leo Feraer-Oporto     

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