Updated: Apr 26, 2019
Massage therapy is extremely current at the moment, but if you haven’t had one before, or you have done little more than a quick ‘spa visit while on holiday’ then finding a regular massage therapist can be a little overwhelming for some people.
The first step is knowing what to expect from a regular massage therapy session. The second is searching for the right massage therapist to fulfill your health needs and get the most out of your massage.
While there’s nothing wrong with going with whichever sports therapist is available at your local massage therapist, finding a trusted therapist whose specialty can really address your specific needs is a far more satisfying and healing experience. With this in mind, here are our tips to getting the perfect massage (and massage therapist) for you.
Decide what you want?
Before choosing a physiotherapist, knowing what kind of massage you are looking for is key. There are many types of massage therapy designed to provide different types of relief, whether it’s for minor relaxation or deep tissue work. Your massage therapist can also be a great resource for recommending certain massage therapy techniques, depending on your lifestyle and current health.
Speak to friends and colleagues
You’re not the only one out there who needs a massage or therapy. People used to let little niggles and pains bother then for weeks, months, years sometimes, until the little niggle or pain became a bigger problem, but not any more. Why suffer when you don’t have to. We have access to pretty much everything we need these days and it could be that your friend or colleague knows someone who they really trust and will gladly give you their details. If someone has taken care of them then there’s no reason to suggest that they can’t do the same for you. Word of mouth is super powerful.
Trial by error
Sometimes the best way to decide which type of massage you like and which is best for you is by trying various techniques and remembering which ones you prefer. If a deep tissue massage leaves you too sore, try superficial massage next time. If the superficial was comfortable but didn’t go deep enough to soothe the chronic areas of pain, then trying a deep tissue, and all the while take guidance from your physiotherapist.
The vast majority of massage professionals wish they received more information and feedback from their clients. The more they know, the better they can tailor their work to fit each person’s unique needs. A good massage therapist will be receptive to your requests and can provide some guidance as to the best massage techniques for you. Ask as many questions as you can think of, and always feel free to provide feedback during the massage about what you like and when you feel uncomfortable.
Follow your instincts
Do you feel comfortable? Does your massage therapist respond to your requests? Does he or she provide tips for aftercare? A really good massage therapist will have your best interests at heart before, during and after each session. You’ll know pretty quickly if the therapist makes you feel comfortable, provides good information, gives a massage that addresses your pain and offers a good all-round experience.
Aspire Sports Therapy in Rotherham specialise in:
Treatment & Rehabilitation