You could just Google “massage near me” and take the first name that pops up. This is certainly the quickest way, but it’s a bit risky. Do you want to drop your hard-earned cash on some random massage therapist just hoping that they are the best fit for you?
All Massage Therapists have a few things in common. In Illinois, all Massage Therapists should have a license from the state. You can check to see if your Massage Therapist is licensed here. All Massage Therapists should have professional liability insurance. They should have you complete a health history, or at least ask about your health history. If the Massage Therapist you’ve found doesn’t meet these criteria, keep looking.
What really separates one Massage Therapist from another is what they are good at. No Massage Therapist is good at everything. Be wary if they say they are. As they say: “jack of all trades, master of none.” For this reason, I think one of the most important things to think about when choosing a Massage Therapist is the reason you are getting a massage. So think about your needs before you start your search. People seek massage for all sorts of reasons, from needing help with a specific injury to wanting to feel pampered.
Am I the Right Massage Therapist for You?
- have general aches and pains due to working at a desk all day?
- have stress that has gotten out of control?
- want complementary care to help with the side effects of your cancer treatment?
- have a history of cancer treatment?
But if you are:
- looking to improve sports performance
- pregnant (In this case, I highly recommend my colleagues Cheryl Louviere or Marcy Todd for pregnancy massage.)
- looking for energy work, like Reiki
If these apply to you, then I’m probably not the right Massage Therapist for you. But that’s okay. My professional association, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, maintains a directory where you can search by location or type of massage. Or ask for referrals from friends, family, or your healthcare provider. Read online reviews and testimonials, browse websites, and feel free to call your massage therapist and ask questions.
And no matter which therapist you choose, always tell the massage therapist what you want from your massage. We want you to enjoy your massage, so tell us if you want less or more pressure, if you’re too hot, or the music is getting on your nerves.
Enjoy your next massage!