You have choices when you are looking for a Massage Therapist. The Albuquerque area has several massage therapy schools and plenty of therapists eager to work with you. So how do you distinguish among them to find the right one for you? You can and should ask around to see whom your friends, family, and colleagues recommend. Most of the time, they base this on some combination of personal experience and positive things they have heard. Still, you cannot base your choice solely on what others have to say, because your needs may be different. Take the time to meet with potential massage therapists and ensure the person you choose is not only good, but is the right fit for you.
Knowledge and Training
When you start looking into the possibilities, you will find there are plenty of massage therapists in the Albuquerque area. There are different levels of licensing and experience to be found. When you look into the different options available to you, take the time to learn more about the person or people who will take care of you. No one person will be the right fit for everyone out there; a massage therapist works intimately with you to help with stress, muscle stiffness and discomfort, and general structural health concerns. If you can’t be comfortable with your therapist, you lose part of the value of the massage experience.
Understanding the styles of massage offered provides a nice start. You should look at the massage therapist’s website and marketing materials to see what they say they do. For some, a Swedish massage for relaxation is the right approach, while for others, a vigorous Thai massage or deep tissue massage may better meet their needs. You should take some time to learn about the different styles and how different massage therapists approach them. The more you know going in, the more you can do to identify someone who will work well with you.
You should also take the time to ask questions about the kinds of training and experience a potential massage therapist brings to the table. This combination is important; training and learning techniques is the most basic level of how a therapist learns his or her craft, but putting the theories into practice requires adjusting to the needs of your actual clients. You want someone who will be able to react to cues you give both before and during a massage. Experience makes a huge difference in how well your therapist can do this for you.
Getting to Know You
Besides your asking questions, a good indicator of how well your massage therapist will work with you is how he or she discusses your treatment with you. For someone to truly address what you need, that person needs to ask you questions as well. This likely begins with understanding any prior experience you have had with massages. Be ready to talk through the good and the bad, in a frank, open way. After all, the point of the process is to pick someone who will do a great job for you; if that person doesn’t know what to do or avoid going in, he or she will find it hard to start on the same page with you.
Having the person ask questions is a good starting point, but there is more. All of us have had conversations in which the other person is listening not to understand, but to find a place to jump into what they want to say next. You want to be sure your potential massage therapist both listens to your needs and concerns, and addresses them with you. The conversation should feel less like a marketing pitch and more like a dialogue about how massage therapy can specifically help you.
You should also learn what you may want to watch out for during your treatment. If a massage therapist doesn’t ask about your health history, or doesn’t make suggestions to help your session have a positive impact for you, be sure to ask. Not every treatment feels good right away, and you should always take steps like hydrating before the session starts. A massage therapist focused on your needs will give all the information at his or her disposal that will help you get the most out of your experience.
In the process of it all, the conversation should cover what you want and need, and how the massage therapist can tailor your treatment to help provide that to you. Anyone can tell you, “Yes, I do that with this style.” That is wonderful by itself, but you should be able to understand at the end how and why it will work for you. Until you take the time to work deeper into the ways massage therapy can provide you comfort or relief, you can’t be sure this is the right choice for you.
Trust Your Instincts
When it comes down to it, no question and answer session can tell everything there is for the massage therapist to understand you. You are unique; others can understand you on some level, but no one else has lived your life, in your body. What this means when you are choosing a massage therapist is that, in the end, you need to follow your gut. How comfortable are you with the therapist? This comes down to a combination of personal connection and your assessment of the massage therapist’s skills and experience. You should absolutely meet with more than one potential therapist, and take some time to weigh your experience before you make an appointment.
At Versatile Vitality, we want your business. But we want you to take the time to be sure we are the right choice for you. More than anything, we want you to find the comfort and relief you need from your massage therapy experience. We work hard every day to provide that for our clients, and we would love the opportunity to do so for you. Contact us today to learn how we can help!