How to find the right massage therapist.

Choosing a massage therapist is a personal and potentially difficult decision. You want a competent professional with which you are comfortable, but just how do you find the right fit? Did you know that you can interview your therapist before you commit to using their services? These questions can serve as a guide in finding the right massage therapist for you!

Are you licensed?
Licensing requirements differ by state, but licensing is a must. In the state of Delaware, therapists may only obtain a license if they are able to pass a criminal background check, obtain CPR certification, complete 500 hours of course work in a state approved school and pass the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam.

What Types of Certifications Have You Obtained?
There are specialized types of massage that do require additional certifications. If you should have a specific medical need, you will want to ensure that your therapist can provide the correct service for you. It is also important to know if they have a background in the medical field that would add to their expertise. You will want to confirm that they are able to effectively and safely address your health concerns or conditions.

Do you specialize in a specific style of massage?
There are a wide variety of massage styles, Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic, Thai, reflexology, shiatsu, pregnancy and sport, just to name a few. If you are not certain which style will be best suited for your needs, you can certainly ask for their advice. Be open about what you are hoping to achieve, to set realistic expectations.

What can I expect with regards to cost for your services?
Each style of massage may be a different cost point. A professional therapist, will provide the cost of their services up front or upon request, so as not to cause a surprise later. It is important to be aware that more specialized services may be more expensive than your standard relaxation massage. Cost will also vary based on the length of the service.

Where do you perform your services?
Massage therapists work in spas, medical offices, chiropractic offices, their homes or they may even come to you. Some people value the quiet relaxation of a spa type environment, whereas others may value the convenience of their own home. Identifying the locale you prefer will help to create the best overall experience.

At Heaven and Health, we welcome the opportunity to answer these and any other questions you may have. Or, feel free to stop by to meet us in person!