Therapeutic massage has long been considered an alternative treatment, but it is gaining in worldwide popularity. In fact, “studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension,” and “a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being,” per the Mayo Clinic.
However, if you want a massage, there are several things to look for in order to have the best results possible. Here are some tips from our massage therapist in our Torrance office…
1. What kind of massage is right for you?
Did you know that there are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and various therapies? Here are some descriptions so you can figure out which technique is the best for your current situation.
2. Is the massage therapist certified?
When looking for a good massage, check for the appropriate certifications in your area. In California, therapists must complete, “at least 500 hours of massage education and training at a California Massage Therapy Council-approved massage therapy school and pass a CAMTC approved massage exam. Plus, they must complete at least 250 hours of education and training.”
And when you get to your appointment, look at the surroundings. It is clean, organized, private, and secure? The last thing you want to worry about during a massage is your privacy and having your wallet stolen!
3. What can I expect from the treatment?
If you are visiting a new massage therapist, call in advance and ask some questions. Find out about the various techniques used, how long the session is, fees, payment processes, how the facility is set up for privacy, parking, and more. Create a list of questions in advance so you can feel comfortable about your choice.
It’s also a good idea to talk to friends and family members to get referrals and ask about their massage experiences.
Once you conduct a little research and figure out what type of treatment is right for you, you can look forward to reduced pain and stress!
Massage therapy has come a long way over the years, and it can be the solution you’ve been looking for to help reduce your pain, stress and more!
Are you ready to relax and feel better?
For more information about our various, massage therapy treatments in our Torrance office, please contact our office here.