So, your muscles are aching, your bones are cracking like a box of Rice Krispies, and there is even a pop and a snap here or there, thrown in for good measure. You are exhausted, and you need help. Actually, what you need is a really good massage.
Tips for Choosing the Right Massage Therapist for You
What is a massage therapist? Northwestern Health Science University defines it as "Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being".
Don't just choose the first massage therapist that you see on the internet. Visit a few therapists to review service offerings, availability and pricing before choosing one.
Be High Maintenance
Respectfully request what you want. If the therapist can not or will not meet your needs, move along. This one tip will save you so much time and money.
Look For Credentials
What certifications does this person have? A fly-by-night therapist or someone without experience and training probably won't have any credentials hanging on his or her wall.
It's not sexist to want a certain gender to perform massage therapy services. Massage therapy is supposed to be a relaxing experience. If you are not comfortable with the person intimately touching your body, you won't be relaxed and the entire experience will be awkward.
When are you available to get massages? Are you a busy professional who works 60 hours a week and in need of evening hours? Or, do you run your business from home and need a traveling massage therapist? Review hours of availability and whether a premium is charged for in-home or off-hour services.
Ultimately, choose a massage therapist you're comfortable with and one who takes time to put your needs first.