Or how to find the right massage therapist for you.
You woke up this morning with an ache in your neck. The pain is starting to radiate up to your head. A coworker told you that massage helps her when pain like this happens. Alright, you decide, you’ll get a massage. But where do you go? Do you just take her advice? What kind of massage do you need?
These are good starting points for finding the massage therapist that is right for you. You can look in the phone book or look on google. Google is a good place to look because you can see reviews that other people, like yourself, have written. But, you need to call the place of business.
When you call, ask if the therapist is licensed and insured. In New York, all massage therapists must be licensed and insured in order to practice. Find out if the therapist specializes in any type of massage or if they have earned more extensive training in certain areas. You may not need that type of work now, but a therapist who gets continuing education has more skills to offer. Call a few places and speak with a few therapists. If you find that one listened to where the pain was and offered ideas or reassurances of helping, or just put you at ease, then pick that one. Do not let price be the determining factor. If you are in discomfort, you should find someone who can help resolve your issue. Taking a friend or coworker’s advice may be enough, but it never hurts to check around.
If you have pain in a specific area, a full body relaxation massage may not ease it. Getting a full body relaxation massage is great, and has many benefits. But the specific issue needs to be addressed, and you should let your massage therapist know. They may work on other areas that may be contributing to the painful area. Both you and your massage therapist should determine what kind of massage you need and what areas to work on. Depending on time and the extensiveness of the painful area, a full body massage may not be possible.
During the massage, see if the therapist listened to what you said about where it hurts. Make sure the therapist checks in with you so that it is not a painful and uncomfortable massage, and that they respond when you ask for more or less pressure. Make sure that you are properly draped and covered at all times. Only the body part that is being worked on should be exposed.
After the massage, check in with yourself to see how you feel. Are you looser? Do you feel like the issue was addressed? You might not be pain-free, but has some of the pain eased? A good massage therapist will advise you on stretches or other self-care that should help. If you do not feel better in a few days or if you felt like the therapist did not respond to you properly, keep looking. Every massage therapist gives a different massage. Do not give up on massage because of one therapist. Keep looking to find one that will help your pain and discomfort, make you feel better, and that is licensed.