Active people work HARD! Some of us may have even been saddled with an injury at the end of last season and have been babying it all winter. But spring is here and it’s time to start fresh!! What have you got in mind to stay injury-free this year? Have you considered massage therapy?
Massage is an excellent, natural tool to maintain and improve the health of your muscles, keep your physical and emotional stress at a healthy level, and get individualized instruction on fantastic self-care techniques.
Behind every available massage therapy option is a person who will be your guide and very own muscle-care guru.
- How do you judge the competency and legitimacy of this individual?
- How do you build trust with someone who is going to help care for your temple?
- Basically, whom do you choose?
Unfortunately, this can be a costly and dissatisfying process. Lacking a word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend or family member, you may spend quite a bit of money receiving massage from different therapists before you find the right fit.
Or even worse, you may give up and never get the full benefits of the therapy.
Here are some tips to get you started.
1) Is he/she licensed?
National- and state-licensures are the highest available official certifications at this time, defining general competency. Expect that your therapist be licensed.
2) Does he/she actively grow their skill set?
Continuing education is an important requirement for professional growth and to maintain licensure. Thoughtfully chosen courses enhance the skills of and specialize the therapist.
3) Does he/she understand my needs?
Listening skills are often more important than an alphabet of letters behind a therapist’s name. Trusting that your practitioner has truly HEARD you can be the first step towards noticeable results.
Additionally, a therapist with experience helping people in your chosen sport or activity can greatly enhance your performance results and satisfaction with the service.
4) Do we get along?
This very important question may not seem like a necessary consideration when choosing your massage professional, but once you’ve set your baseline requirements, the practitioner/client relationship could be the deciding factor on whether your session is successful or simply so-so.
Whether you regularly receive massage therapy or you are looking forward to your very first appointment, these steps can help steer you to go beyond the basics and search out the best massage experience you’ve ever had!
I wish you an amazing season. Hit the ground running!
Lauren Lucia of Balance Massage & WellWorks is a WI licensed massage therapist (LMT) and is accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Lauren has been going beyond the basics to meet the needs of the active and fitness-minded person of any age in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa since August of 2011. Check out her website to take advantage of a printable certificate for a free half-hour session!