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5 Tips On How To Find A Good Massage Therapist

It can be difficult to know how to find a good massage therapist, especially if you’ve never tried massage therapy before and don’t know what to look for. Getting a massage can feel daunting, particularly if you’re living with a specific condition, so it’s essential to ensure that you’re in safe hands.

There are a few useful tips that you should consider when trying to find a good massage therapist.

When looking for a good massage therapist, you will need to:

  1. Determine your needs in the first instance
  2. Decide which type of massage you want  
  3. Refer to Google reviews 
  4. Check qualifications and education
  5. Ask friends and family
A person receiving massage therapy.
Determining your needs is essential to narrow down the search for the perfect massage therapist.

1. Determine Your Needs In The First Instance

Before you set about finding the right massage therapist for you, you will need to determine your needs in the first instance.

Everyone’s needs are unique to them. Whether you’re suffering from backache, or need a way to relax, there is a type of massage therapy out there to aid your needs.

Your needs also refer to the location of where you get the massage done. While some people don’t mind travelling to a spa or a clinic, others might need the flexibility of a mobile massage therapist travelling to their home. Through determining your specific needs, you will be able to narrow down the search for the perfect massage therapist.

2. Decide Which Type Of Massage You Want

There are over 250 different types of massage. Due to the wide variation out there, you will also need to conduct your own research to decide which type of massage that you want.

Once you have determined your needs, you’re better equipped to decide which type of massage you would like. For instance, you might want a relaxing Swedish massage to ease the stresses of everyday life, or perhaps you need a deep tissue massage because you’ve got an injury or are experiencing chronic pain.

If you’re unsure of which type of massage you want, you can always call up an established clinic to ask questions and determine which massage is right for you before you book your appointment.

In addition to this, if you don’t have very specific needs, you can also try a variety of types of massage to get a better feel for what you like and what your body benefits from.

A massage therapist applying pressure to someone's leg.
There are various types of massage to choose from depending on your needs and desires.

3. Refer To Google Reviews 

An important tip to consider when finding a good massage therapist is to always refer to Google reviews.

Google reviews are a place people can leave their feedback on what they enjoyed and what could have been improved on, allowing you to make a judgement of whether you want to invest in that particular business.

You can usually get a good feel of a clinic by seeing how many 5 star reviews a business has. In short, reviews give you a better insight into how good a massage therapist is without you needing to try it out for yourself, helping you to eliminate low quality businesses.

Checking the reviews of a massage therapist or chiropractic clinic will help to maximise the chances of you investing your time and money in a good massage and a high quality therapist, so it’s important that they’re not overlooked.

4. Check Qualifications & Education

Before you book in for a massage, be sure to check the qualifications and education of the massage therapist in question. 

This is especially important if you have a specific medical condition that requires specialised training. For instance, say you have chronic pain, it’s important that your massage therapist has the education on your condition. 

In addition to this, you should be sure to find out how long the massage therapist has been practising in massage.

In the majority of circumstances, you’ll be able to find this information on an established clinic’s website.

A massage therapist applies hot stones to someone's back.
It’s essential to check the qualifications of the massage therapist in question to ensure that your specific needs are met.

5. Ask Friends & Family

Last, but by no means least, you should ask both your friends and family for any massage therapists that they have used and would recommend.

Your friends and family are people you can trust, offering you an unbiased opinion of where to go and where to avoid when it comes to getting a massage that will relieve your symptoms and stress.

Through their recommendations as well as your own research, you’ll be able to find a high quality massage therapist.

Hopefully these tips aid you in your search to find the perfect massage therapist.

We are Fox Chiropractic: specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injury or pain. For more information about the services that we provide, check out our website or get in touch to speak to a friendly member of the team on 07540 942 448 or email at info@foxchiropractic.co.uk.

Written by Jemima Thomas for Fox Chiropractic.

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