Five Keys to a Great Massage!

How to get an amazing massage!

Choose a licensed massage therapist

Almost every U.S. state and territory requires massage therapists to be licensed by the state the therapist is practicing in. Every state has different requirements, but most command that the therapist has:

graduated from an accredited massage school

earned at least 500 credit hours, or up to 1000 credit hours

passed a licensure examination, such as the MBLEx

obtained insurance

passed a national background check with fingerprints

become certified in CPR/AED

Many states also require massage therapists to complete continuing education each year to renew their license.

If a massage therapist is practicing without a license, criminal penalties can occur.

If you are wanting a specific type of massage, make sure your therapist performs that type!

The list below is not a complete list!

Ashiatsu

Chair Massage

Craniosacral Therapy

Deep Tissue

Geriatric

HIV/AIDs

Hospice

Lomi Lomi

Manual Lymph Drainage

Myofascial

Neuromuscular

Oncology

Orthopedic

Pediatric

Prenatal

Reflexology

Rehabilitative

Russian Massage

Shiatsu

Spa Therapies

Sports Massage

Swedish

Thai Massage

Honestly participate in the interview.

Before the massage begins, there should be a short interview. Your massage therapist should be interested in your health issues, medications, what pressure you prefer, what areas should or should not be worked on, and what you are wanting the massage to achieve. Knowing the medical issues that you have and what medications you take is crucial for your health and safety.

Communicate during the massage!

One of the easiest things a massage client can do to make sure that they get a great massage is to communicate to the therapist about the massage. Letting the therapist know if less or more pressure is wanted, if you are feeling discomfort or pain in a certain area and want that area to be worked on more or want it to be avoided, or if there is anything else that you think of that your therapist should know - communicate those thoughts with your therapist. A good massage therapist will want you to have the best massage possible, and when clients honestly communicate about what they need, it helps the therapist to reach his or her goal, as well as yours!

Consider the therapist's recommendations.

After the massage, the therapist will give you some home care tips. They may include drinking more water, avoiding certain repetitive motions, working on your posture, seeing a personal trainer, etc. These tips can help the benefits of the massage last longer and keep your discomfort and pain levels down. When you return for your next visit, your therapist will ask how you have been doing with the home care, please answer honestly so your therapist can adjust their next recommendations.

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