1. Know what you like.
Fast or slow tempo?
Heavy or gentle touch?
Lots of long stroke or pressure on individual muscles/points?
Conversation or silence?
How do they vibe with you?
Do they offer different modalities?
Do they listen/cover your requests?
Do you enjoy their music/ or are they willing to change?
Can you relax?
Rate the massage 1-10
3. Second Chances
I’ll be honest, I feel like I give better massages every time I return. Sometimes meeting a new person, I am a little nervous and my massage slightly suffers from that because emotions can be transferred from massage therapist to client. The second massage is usually better as I am more relaxed. What I’m saying is, if you felt like you had a good massage but still want to continue your search for something a little better, give that therapist a second chance. Maybe it gets better. I also like to get to know my clients a little better before I add cupping and other modalities. It’s a relationship that builds and gets better with time.
Do they arrive on time?
Do they continually develop their skills and use them?
How is their hygiene?
Do they carry a license?
Are they insured?
Not all massage therapists are top-of-the line. In fact, often I hear complaints of massages being less than expected or desired. When you have bad experiences, you become leery of trying again. Fortunately, there are good therapists out there. The trick is finding them. Nobody wants to pay for a massage that isn’t very good, which is the downfall of searching for your therapist. Reviews are a great place to start, but keep in mind not everyone has the same goals for their massage. Find the things you want in a massage and read reviews specifically searching for them. Ask around in your friend groups, coworkers, family, and neighbors for honest reviews.
If you’d like to know how to get the best results from your massage look for my next blog!!