When people are looking to go get a massage with a therapist they have never been to before, they oftentimes default to going to one who is the closest, cheapest, or most convenient. In some instances, that’s your only option. I mean, some massage is better than none. Right?
I imagine this is likely to happen, especially when the person has never had a professional massage before. When they don’t really know the difference between a mediocre massage and an exceptionally good one, it’s hard to preconceive all the important elements that go into having a good experience before you enter into this therapeutic relationship.
In an ideal world, finding a massage therapist whom you like (their personality AND their work) and can rely on to show up and totally feel safe on their massage table. That would be as simple as a quick internet search or just going to a place close to home or work.
Other than a therapist coming highly recommended, I’ve actually found that it’s a little more complicated and challenging to find a really GOOD therapist that is a good fit. This is true of all health and self-care providers.
I would like to support you, who think massage/bodywork would improve the quality of your life; and are starting a brand new search for someone to work on your body.
Before you start googling “massage therapists” and scheduling with someone, asking yourself these often overlooked questions – might help you find someone you like and trust faster. If you have an idea of what style and approach you want and where you will better generate that experience, the answers will help narrow down your search.
The most important thing is that the practitioner is qualified and that you trust and feel safe with them. So you can let down your guard during your session and get down to business. You will also want to think about what kind of environments would be the most conducive for you. I wrote more about this in: What Massage Setting Would You Prefer?
This may require you to go to a few people first before you find “the One.” There are different levels of skill, talent, passion for what they do, and, more important, presence. Having a devoted bodyworker in your life who can help you mend and take care of your body can be a lifesaver. A true saving grace.
I hope you find this all useful. Writing about it has me reflecting on my own healthcare team and has made me aware of where I need to make some adjustments.
May you find what you are looking for and know the amazingness that massage and bodywork really are.