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Video:How to Find the Massage Therapist for You

with Renee Beshures

Find out how to choose the right massage therapist for you. We'll tell you what to look for, and what questions to ask, when choosing a massage therapist.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Find the Massage Therapist for You

Hello, I am Renee Beshures one of the owners of Boulder Body Works of Boulder, Colorado and I am here for About.com. Today I am going to share with you some tips on how to find the right massage therapist for you.

Why Are You Looking for a Massage Therapist?

I would suggest you first assess why are you seeking massage therapy and what are your desired results. Are you seeking massage therapy for general health and well-being or are you seeking massage therapy to treat an injury or chronic condition? Once you have answered these questions, you can then begin your search for the right massage therapist for you.

Types of Massage Therapy

Some of the more common massage therapies are swedish massage, Thai Massage. orthopedic massage, deep tissue massage, and hot stone massage. Orthopedic massage is a more advanced form of massage therapy. Those who have had a car accident or are dealing with a chronic neck or back issue will benefit greatly from orthopedic massage.

What to Look for in a Massage Therapist

Asking your friends, colleagues and co-workers for a referral for massage therapy is an excellent way to get started. When asking for that referral, please be clear what you are looking for in a a massage. When choosing your massage therapist, ask about her education and training. A minimum of five years experience and a thousand hours of education would be a great place to start.

Tips for Your Massage Appointment

When going to a spa, you will want to book your reservation with plenty of notice, and you are going to want to be very specific with the receptionist with what your goals and wishes are with working with massage therapists. When your visiting your doctors office you may also find various pamphlets for local massage therapists. Peruse those pamphlets, often they will list their philosophy, the services they offer, and their pricing. Another great resource is the internet; so many therapists and fabulous companies have a large amount of information available on their websites.

Swedish massage, hot stone massage, and thai massage all have the potential of creating deep relaxation and easing muscle tension in one's body. If you are looking for deep relaxation, I would suggest any of these modalities. And if you have the opportunity to work with a therapist who has been practicing for 10 years, i would encourage you to seize that opportunity...thank you for watching, to learn more please join us at About.com.
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