Finding a massage therapist
Did you receive a massage while you were in the hospital and find it helpful? It can be difficult to find a massage therapist in your community, but this article will help you find one who meets your needs.
Finding a massage therapist who is right for you can be challenging. Some of the most important factors to consider are your goals and personal preferences, accessibility, and of course their training and experience.
Which of the following do you want?
Begin by discussing the primary reason you want to get a massage. For example, if you are having pain, give details about where the pain is, how long you’ve had it, and what makes it better or worse.
Be sure to tell the therapist if:
Here are some talking points to discuss with your massage therapist before getting started, if you are at high risk of bruising, bleeding, or if you are sensitive to pressure.
You should look for a massage therapist who has at least 500 hours of training from a reputable, accredited school. (You can find out if a school is accredited by contacting the school or visiting their website.)
Another clue that the therapist is qualified is membership in a professional association that has established a certain level of professional preparation to join. These are the American Massage Therapy Association and the Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals.
If there is any doubt or apprehension on your part, it is always appropriate to clarify the style or techniques that the massage therapist uses.
The federal government does not regulate the practice of massage therapy, and there is no national license to practice massage. Each state dictates massage therapy laws and regulation. Many states have individual Massage Therapy Boards to advise on licensure and practice issues.
Additionally, massage therapists can obtain board certification. Board certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is a separate credential beyond massage therapy training. Certification is a voluntary achievement that represents validation of education and skill set.
Minnesota is one of five states (Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wyoming) that does not have any laws regulating massage therapy. This means that any individual is allowed to practice massage therapy, regardless of training or experience. Each city can choose to regulate massage therapy. Minnesota has the Alliance for Licensing Massage Therapists, which moderates massage therapy issues and concerns.