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Massage Therapists

Questions You Should Ask Massage Therapists


Massage therapists are licensed to work on the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes. But massage therapists have huge differences in their years of experience, education, skill, and philosophy.

If you're looking for great massage therapists, particularly for ongoing massage, here are a few questions you can ask. They will help you find out more and whether the massage therapist is the right fit for you.

Questions To Ask Massage Therapists

  • How long have you been a massage therapist?
    At least five years experience is a good foundation. There are talented beginners and burned-out vets, but you're most likely to find master massage therapists when they've had ten years experience.

  • Where did you go to school?
    Different massage schools have different approaches, such as book learning vs. practical experience, or traditional vs. alternative. Community colleges are often good. Also, most states require just 500-600 hours training, while New York and Nebraska require 1,000 hours. Find out what they say about their school. But the REAL training happens in the workplace.

  • What style of massage do you like to do?
    Some massage therapists specialize in deep tissue or sports massage, while others take a gentler approach with energy work. You can ask up front, especially when massage therapists have a private practice.

  • What other modalities are you certified in?
    Massage therapists often seek additional certification in reflexology, aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Thai Massage or other modalities. Ask about their training. Was it a weekend class in Ayurveda or a six-month program in India?

  • Where else have you worked?
    This will give you an idea of the kind of experience they have in day spas, resort spas, or destination spas.

Of course, you don't want to spend the whole massage like it's a job interview! Relax and enjoy the benefits of massage.

Ultimately, the most important question is do you like the massage therapist's work? That will determine whether you want to come back.

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