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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD AND A FANTASTIC MASSAGE THERAPIST

Nina J. Saturday, June 23, 2018

If you’ve experienced having a wonderful massage you understand how relaxing and therapeutic a massage can be and always look forward to the next one. Sometimes you book again with the same therapist because the last massage with them was pretty good. Why not venture into the land of mystery and try another massage therapist at the same place?

Everyone has a different style. You may have a better connection, or they might have the perfect soothing pattern that puts you into never-neverland. Some therapists add essential oils during their sessions to help you zone out faster. I love having a massage therapist that is passionate about their craft. Those types of therapists are the ones asking if you’d like a cool or warm stone treatment added into your session. To see more of knowing the difference between an OK massage and a good massage, read more.

With so many massage centres and therapists to choose from, how will you know if you’re booking in with a great therapist or just a mediocre one? Here are a few tips on choosing the very best therapist for you.

It starts with a Dedicated Therapist

Massage therapists are everywhere. There are massage therapy franchises. There are combination hair salon, facial and massage therapy services businesses – with nails! Some have created a rather large following of happy skincare clients so they decide to rent out their room to a massage therapist twice a week so they can take a break. Other therapists travel to your home or a hotel room – they go to your location. In any of those environments, you will find that the person who asks you the best questions and takes time to understand what your expectations of the session will be – those are your best people.

The pattern, flow, pressure and style of the massage therapist combines to make a great experience when you have someone dedicated to their craft.

A Good Massage Session has these Qualities:

They always use both of their hands. One hand is never idle holding your head for instance. Good therapists keep both hands working all the time almost to the point of you thinking someone else is in the room because their flow is so amazingly smooth.

They ask about their pressure early on – but not all the time (which can be annoying). Adjust pressure is good. If I know my feet can take more pressure I will tell them right up front as we are chatting in the beginning. I like to say “I like medium pressure, but if you think an area needs more work – go for it – but don’t hurt me.” I say this because I was bruised a few times and did not know it till seeing the area the next day (upper arm – too much pressure!).

Good massage therapists use other tools to make your experience so good you will ask for that therapist again. They might add soothing essential oils, warm stones, cool stones, heat packs to get your back loosened up a bit as they work on your legs, extra soft blankets, minimal other sound effects – just soft music and minimal conversation. Try and really turn off the chatter and let yourself just become one with the massage table. You can do this – it’s not too difficult!

A fantastic massage therapist will go out of her way to make you feel relaxed and welcome when you arrive for your first massage. She will ask you lots of questions and let you ask any questions that you need to, making sure that you’re put at ease right from the start.

Fantastic therapists maintain their energy throughout the day. It takes a strong person with great stamina to give many treatments in a row, and if you’re lucky enough to find a fantastic massage therapist, you’ll be able to trust that even if you book the very last appointment of the day, the pressure will be as strong as it needs to be and she’ll be as enthusiastic as she was when she started work.

Fantastic therapists know when to chat and when you just need some peace and quiet. A top quality therapist is experienced or well-trained enough to be able to spot the client who is shy and not interested in talking through a treatment and can also accommodate the talkative client who might also be nervous but deals with their nerves by talking a lot.

In that case, they might try to calm the talkative client down so that they enjoy their massage a little more!

Fantastic therapists always give you feedback on areas of tension or areas of your body for you to give some more care to. Maintenance between massages is an important piece a fantastic massage therapist will offer guidance on how to feel your best and resolve any issues you are working on.

A great massage therapist is never done learning. There are many amazing modalities and many ways to expand their knowledge so continued learning shows a passion for their work. Also a fantastic massage therapist is curious and will continue to do research on her client’s issues to provide the most effective treatment for the client.

Fantastic massage therapists know all about great customer service. You’ll be treated like the important person you are when you work with a fantastic therapist.

You’ll feel that your time and needs are respected and you’ll never feel as if you’re an inconvenience.

An good massage is one that:

You feel a bit separated. Do you know what that means? It means that they do not move from one part of your body to the other by connecting the two areas. When might feel ok, but you never really relaxed. Try and turn that phone off. Tell everyone to not bug you. Put a “take a message” on your life and zone out – in the middle of the day! I give you permission. Sleep is so important that the scientists have encouraged naps now to help people keep alert during the day. Consider this a long nap!

The important message to take from this article is to find that perfect massage therapist and stick with them. Don’t be content with someone who just “goes through the motions” because you will walk away feeling just ho-hum. A good massage gives you that airy, light feeling like you have grown 2 inches and your body is just so very relaxed and calm. If you find a therapist that can achieve these qualities, tip them well and rebook on the spot. Life is too short. Add more massages. We will appreciate your feedback.


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