If you love massage, consider going to massage therapy school yourself and becoming a massage therapist.
Criteria for how to select and choose a great massage therapist
By Jonathan Kraft, CMT
Massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to
improve an individualís health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation
of muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Doctors are increasingly
recommending it to their patients for stress relief. Additionally, it is being
used as part of treatment programs for many medical conditions, including
chronic pain. Many businesses are now seeing its potential to boost worker
productivity, help morale, and decrease the number of days that employees miss
work. Public interest in complementary therapies has helped many consumers to
Questions to ask a therapist
What to Expect to Pay
Just like most service-related industries, the price of massage varies and is determined by demand, location, type of experience, and experience of the therapist. Within a local area, the price for a massage can vary greatly. Some therapists offer shorter massages at discount prices, but to get the most out of a massage, don't try to find the best deal.
There is no set price for a massage. The range for a one-person massage at present is between $25 and $85/hour for a therapeutic massage. The average price in Denver, Colorado seems to be about $55/hour. The price will generally be less if the therapist has less experience. Massage will also, on the average, be less expensive in rural areas and more expensive in larger cities.
Expect to pay more in most day spas. The treatment you get often involves more than a massage session. You can often get a facial, manicure, pedicure, body wrap, skin peel, etc. Many of the massage therapists in day spas are actually employees of the spas and receive a percentage of the amount you pay to the spa. Day spas generally start at $60 for an hour massage and go up, depending on what is included, demand, location, etc.
Many therapists offer specials. Ask about these. Ask as many questions of your therapist as you want to be sure your expectations are met. Some therapists will offer an introductory massage while others have discounts for buying a package of sessions. It never hurts to ask.
Legitimate massage therapists are professionals. Many hours of training and practice allow them to offer an incredible service to you. If you are satisfied with your massage, tipping or offering a little extra will show how much you enjoyed the experience. Also, giving positive feedback can help the therapist to reach more people and become more successful.
What you want to consider post-massage
Following your massage, evaluate what the session felt like, how you felt after the session, etc. Personality fit is important when choosing a massage therapist, as is trust. You should feel confident in and comfortable with the massage therapist. Massage therapists use a variety of techniques, so you may need to try a few different practitioners to find one that fits your needs.
Below are a couple of great sites for finding massage professionals and bodywork resources.
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