Unless a massage therapist has been recommended to you by a friend or family member, it can be a challenge to find a good one. Many people are forced to choose one at random or from a list provided by their insurance company.
But regardless of how you select a therapist, there are several things that should happen before your first massage:
1. A knowledgeable massage therapist will offer to answer any questions you have about his or her experience and licenses. Advanced training and continuing education are needed for a massage therapist to provide safe, qualified services.
2. A thorough evaluation of your entire body should be performed so that the massage therapist can determine what’s causing your pain.
3. Once the source of pain is identified, the massage therapist should check for flexibility and range of motion in that area of your body.
4. A qualified massage therapist knows that the patient plays a critically important role in his or her own treatment. The therapist should be able to explain the treatment plan and thoroughly answer any questions or concerns you have about expected results.