Let’s face it, there are a lot of massage therapist in our community. With two prominent massage schools and several other corporately run schools this area is saturated with many massage professionals. But how do you choose the right own, is it by business name, credentials, or price? Even though cost may inevitably be the factor it is important is not the sole reason behind picking a single therapist from the bunch.Learn more about us at Therapist Association
Number one is the bodyworker that you have selected gone to school? As trivial as this may seem this should be an important determining factor in selection of therapist. Even more important how many hours of education does he or she have and how long ago was your practitioners last training. If your practitioner has been a therapist five years and has not cracked a book since their nine month course are they truly qualified to treat your sciatica pain? A skilled and serious practitioner continues their education striving even past massage therapy to achieve greater knowledge of the body and how it functions.
Number two is the practitioner certified by the National Certification Board? This is a requirement to practice in the state of Virginia and also a barometer for the comprehension of core fundamentals of bodywork. If your practitioner is right out of school there is a grace period of 60 days before the requirement is mandated. This is due to the lengthy application process that can take 4 – 6 weeks. Additionally, once the practitioner is certified they must further credentials by becoming certified through the Board of Nursing. Proper credentialing is mandatory when selecting a qualified therapist.
Number three does your therapist listen? Massage is a very intimate engagement. Few therapists take the time to ask about your concerns, review complete health histories, and advise accordingly based on your health as it exists. Many diseases are not advisable to receive massage and it is vital that your therapist can easily spot any condition that could put the patient or the practitioner at risk. Even simple Swedish relaxation strokes can prove hazardous for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. Practitioners must complete a full health history to determine which, if any massage techniques could do more harm than intended.
Number four does your therapist respect your privacy? Often patients reveal a wealth of information about themselves from why their knee hurts to why they feel inadequate in life. It is the responsibility of the therapist to withhold from sharing the idiosyncrasy of their patients. Often it is necessary to share a certain amount of information with other healthcare professionals especially when it pertains to the patient’s wellbeing, but only if the patient gives permission. It is ghastly inappropriate and unethical to divulge any information about a patient to anyone not deemed appropriate. Even though you may not know if the therapist has divulged personal information you can evaluate the persons ethics by their professionalism. Does your therapist speak about others in the session, or can you overhear them discussing other patients in the lobby? If you can answer yes to either of those questions assume the worst.
Number five; can you trust your therapist? Spring boarding off the last point of privacy, the therapist and patient relationship is one that is built. It is important that a therapist respects your space; allows you to drift off when you would like or gives you the space to talk continuously. The therapist should be an excellent delegate in the relationship, knowing when to give and minimally taking from you as the patient. After all, you are coming to them for healing. Therapist must be selfless in each session. The therapy is about the patient and the patient is guiding the treatment. It is important to never feel lead but instead feel facilitated.