Searching for a massage therapist? Get the most out of your massage therapy session by asking these questions.
1. Are you a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)?
AMTA members commit to the AMTA Code of Ethics and must meet all state and/or local requirements to practice. AMTA professional members have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and are required to meet continuing education requirements.
2. Are you licensed to practice massage in this state?
Forty-six states and Washington, D.C. regulate the massage therapy profession. Ask your massage therapist about their credentials to practice massage therapy according to the laws in your state or local community.
3. Are you trained in any specific types of massage?
While some massage therapists use just one or two types of massage, many are trained in a variety of techniques. Talk to your massage therapist about your health and why you are seeking massage therapy. This dialogue will help the massage therapist choose the best approach to achieve the goals of your massage.
4. Are you able to address my health concerns or conditions?
If you are scheduling a massage therapy appointment for a specific health concern or condition—such as low back pain or fibromyalgia—make sure your massage therapist has experience in this area. Work with your massage therapist to create a plan to help your health condition. Always check with your physician to make sure massage therapy is right for your health condition.
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Members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) are the most trusted massage therapists in the United States.
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