Are you in need of a ‘good’ massage?

Massage has become one of the most popular treatments in the last few years and the necessity for a good massage is increasing as more of our work and even a few of our social activities are desk or computer based.

When I first been trained in massage therapy in the early 90’s, clients would normally visit the salon or spa for waxing, facials or for slimming treatments. Massage was one of the treatments which were regarded as being a luxury or a special treat once in a blue moon.

I must admit back then life was very different for folks generally, many clients would have a secretary or assistant to type up work. For some, once you finished work that has been it as there is no emails to check as not everyone had the web. Very few people had laptops so sitting on the sofa or during intercourse whilst working was very minimal and finally ‘Googling’ and social media was near non-existent.

Coming in today things have changed. Many no more have secretary’s so they suffer from admin themselves, most work is performed using the pc, some at desks and some in awkward positions whilst sitting on the sofa or lying in bed. Long gone will be the days when once you left the office your projects would be over, now we can be contacted on our mobiles or can check our emails in the home if not along the way. Our working day still continues even after we’ve left the office or even before we’ve reached the office.

There are a variety of massage based treatments can be found in clinics, spa’s, salons and health clubs. We’ve even seen massage in clubs, shopping centres and massage therapists who arrived at the work place.

With so many places offering massage, how do you know which is the best place to go and how will you tell if you are more likely to get a good massage?

1) Online Reviews

Firstly, online reviews are a great way of finding out about what people have to say about a particular business. Do remember though, sometimes the reviews could be something negative about the establishment or one member of staff so you could potentially miss a great massage from another member of staff who hasn’t been reviewed. Also you will find a saying which goes ‘a customer who has had a negative experience will tell five people but if they’ve had great experience they may not even tell a soul’. Therefore sometimes you can’t always get a true indication whether you’ll get a ‘good’ massage treatment or not from a review.

2) Qualifications

A good massage therapist will have the following qualifications: NVQ level 3, HND Health & Beauty, ITEC, CIBTAC or CIDESCO, there maybe other recognised bodies too but check if they have a qualification and not simply a workshop certificate. Anatomy and physiology is a big area of the training as knowing the muscular system, skeletal system and their functions can make the difference in the grade of massage.

3) Licence

Businesses within many area’s especially London cannot operate with out a valid massage license. Using borough’s even the therapist has to be licenced. The only method a therapist can get licenced is if they have the relevant qualification. Sometimes you can see the premises license displayed on the wall.

4) Medical Questionnaire & Consultation

Your massage therapist should ask you to fill in a basic medical questionnaire to establish any medical conditions which may prevent you from having massage. For instance any recent injuries or operations, wounds, infections etc. For certain conditions it is possible to still have a massage but may need written permission from your own Doctor that its OK to still have massage.

Should you be in your first trimester of pregnancy, its advisable never to have massage and a specialist therapist will know this will they see it on your consultation form.

대밤 Consultation time is also an enjoyable experience to establish what your primary concerns are or if you can find any area’s you’d like your massage therapist to work most on. Its also a period to make sure you’ve been booked set for the correct kind of massage for you, for instance you may have been booked set for a ‘Swedish Massage’ but maybe wanting a ‘Deep Tissue’ massage.

5) Your Massage Therapist

Sometimes the size or age of a massage therapist can be decieving. I’m 5 ft and only six . 5 stone but i’m use to massaging bodybuilders so my pressure is quite strong despite the fact that I look really small. Massage therapists develop their pressure with a combination of strength and their own body weight to execute a good firm massage.

Also i’ve trained a number of 18 year olds that are just as good as massage therapists who’ve years of experience. It depends on how passionate your therapist is approximately her job. If she enjoys massage and is passionate then you will most likely have a great treatment.

6) The Massage Treatment

Its not unusual for changing time to be contained in your massage time so do be sure to try to settle onto your treatment bed as fast as possible so you get more practical time.

Your massage therapist should check if you are warm enough and comfortable before they begin your massage. Many salons and spa’s have soft relaxing music playing in the backdrop which really enhances the experience.

It is possible to often tell the difference between a really good massage therapist and something who is much less good. A really good massage therapist will undoubtedly be connected intuitively and can know the correct pressure to use, they’ll also know which area’s should be worked on the most with no need to adhere to a robotic routine of just massage movements.

7) Aftercare

Your therapist should provide you with the correct aftercare which includes drinking plenty of water to help keep hydrated and help flush away any toxins. Your massage therapist also needs to warn you that you might be a little sensitive the next day on the areas they have worked on.