Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Referrals from trusted friends, family and colleagues are a good source as well as a variety of online reviews.
Always ask if your prospective therapist is licensed and insured. The second most important question is - How long has the therapist been in practice? Find out if the therapist has an area of expertise that makes him/her a good match for your particular needs. Let's say you need help recovering from knee tendonitis, the therapist who specializes in medical/clinical massage would be your smartest choice. Specialists have the depth of knowledge and experience to tailor your treatment so that is the most effective in the shortest amount of time.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Look for independent massage therapist who have been in practice for 10+ years. Next find out what type of experience the therapist has had. For example, if you are looking for someone with a wealth of knowledge and skill in sports massage - ask about the therapist's background. Good answers in this instance would be a background in personal training or regular sports activity. Just so you know, many massage therapist leave the field before their 3 year in practice. This year alone 1 out of six massage therapist will leave the field of massage.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. First ask if the person giving the treatment is a licensed massage therapist. Being treated by a licensed massage therapist means that this person has training in anatomy and physiology and has had supervised clinical experience.
The second most important question to ask is how long the therapist has been in practice. A therapist that has been in business for a long time has seen a wide variety of conditions.
Depending on the type of treatment, ask if the therapist what venues they have worked in such as chiropractor's office, spas, hospital.
Find out if the therapist has an area of specialization to be sure you and your therapist are a good fit!
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. My massage offerings are best suited to clients who either are currently active or those who are injured and are looking to get back to their desired level of activity.
The type of massage offered is therapeutic (medical massage, pregnancy massage, sports massage).
Also offered are suggestions for
- preventing injury
- enhancing your workout
- setting up your work area for comfortable ergonomics
- stress reduction
- postural improvement
- stretching for pain reduction and prevention
- anti-inflammatory foods
Ask about the free handouts for preventing neck and shoulder pain.
All services are by advance appointment (24-72 hours) - no walk-ins. Evening hours are limited so call a week in advance.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I teach my patients the importance of self-care so the benefits of the massage treatment will last longer. Self-care includes but is not restricted to specific stretching, consistent appropriate exercise, hydration, and including anti-inflammatory foods into one's diet. Massage is a part of a healthy lifestyle. Proactive massage is a part of a very healthy and happy lifestyle!