If you want to make sure you get a good massage and not waste your time and money, the key is to ask the right questions.
A few questions can make the difference between bitter disappointment and massage heaven.
If you have any goals for the treatment, make them known. Make sure that your massage therapist can accommodate your goals. If for instance, you like a firmer massage and you make an appointment with somebody who’s typical massage is a light Swedish, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment.
The better a massage therapist gets at a modality, the more they will pull it out of their bag of tricks. If a therapist is good at therapeutic techniques and deep tissue, they’ll usually tell you their massages are deeper or firmer. Somebody who typically does lighter work will tell you their massage is geared more toward relaxation, or they may say that they do more of a Swedish massage which is described as long, relaxing (and generally lighter) strokes.
A good tip is to talk to your therapist about their massage. You may ask them~
How would you describe your typical massage? Is it a firmer touch or a lighter massage?
You may think that asking somebody how long they’ve been doing massage therapy is a good measure of talent, and it can be, but not always. I’ve had lots of massages from long practicing massage therapists who’s massage lacked talent and/or effort. People get burned out with all kinds of jobs. Massage therapists aren’t any different. The rub is, you don’t want to end up on their table if you can help it. lower back massager
A massage therapist once told me that she refused to lift any limbs anymore. She said it’s too much effort. This was from a woman who had been doing massage therapy for over 10 years. Seriously? Who wants to pay somebody good money if they can’t even be bothered to lift your arm?
Clearly, talent is not just about how long a massage therapist has been practicing, it’s much more about wanting to do your best and loving what you do. I’ve had really good massages from new graduates with great attitudes.
Talk to your massage therapist about how long they’ve been doing massage therapy, if they still enjoy it, and why. See if you can sense some joy and enthusiasm when they speak about their work.
A good massage therapist will make it their business to not only give good massages, but to get good massages.
At first, you may be wondering what this has to do with them giving you a good massage, but it has plenty to do with it. If your massage therapist is making it their business to find out who else is really good then going out there and finding out why, chances are you’ve found a good massage therapist.
Talented massage therapists learn how to give a really good massages from getting really good massages. Lots of them.
Ask your massage therapist if they get regular massages.
If you’re going to a resort, hotel or massage clinic, you may not be able to talk to your therapist directly when you make the appointment. This is too bad, but can’t be helped. However, most times the person setting appointments will be required to know the different modalities the therapist is qualified in so that they know what appointments they can schedule.