Here are some things to think about when choosing a massage therapist to work with.
Do they have LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) after their name? Licensing requirements differ state by state. In IL a Massage Therapist must complete 600 hours of education before they can apply for a license to practice. IL Massage Therapists must also complete 24 hours of continuing education biennially.
- I completed my initial training in NY and completed over 1200 hours of education. I am licensed in both NY and IL.
Do they hold any advanced certificates or have they completed training in specialist areas that are important to you? For example oncology massage, prenatal massage, essential oils etc.
- I am certified in Advanced Sports Massage and specialize in clinical, therapeutic and rehab oriented work. I focus on sports performance and treating orthopedic and sports related injuries.
Are they a member of a professional organization such as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) or Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
- I am a member of the AMTA and it is one way in which I keep up to date with latest industry research and best practices.
Have they worked with people like you before? Especially important if you have a specific medical condition, injury or set of specific treatment goals. For example, if you have Frozen Shoulder, Osteoarthritis, Runner’s Knee or are Pregnant ask if they have worked with those conditions before. If they have, for how long and in what type of settings?
- I have been practicing since 2011 and have experience working in clinical settings such as Physical Therapy Offices, Pain Management Centres and Hospital based Sports Rehabilitation.
Communication & Contact
Do they have online booking? I personally think this is essential, it eliminates phone tag and allows you to book, change or cancel an appointment at any time of the day or night.
- I have online booking which is quick and simple to use.
Of course there will be times when you need to call or email the therapist. How responsive they are is important to me as a client. Do they return calls and emails promptly?
- I will respond to your calls or email within 24 hours of receiving it.
I hope that this provides a useful initial framework for evaluating whether a Massage Therapist is a good fit for you. In Part 2 I highlight a few things that are important to me as a client before, during and after the massage experience.