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Choosing a Massage Therapist

Massage Therapists come in all shapes, sizes, races, male or female.

“Massage therapy is the practice of using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body.
It is performed for a variety of reasons, including treating painful ailments,
decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating
sports injuries, and promoting general health. Clients often seek massage for
its medical benefit and for relaxation purposes, and there is a wide range of
massage treatments available.”*

The state of Florida requires Massage Therapists to have attended a formal education program
and to pass a licensing test.

Massage Therapy coursework covers anatomy & physiology; the study of muscles and underlying tissues
and organs; kinesiology, the study of motion and body mechanics; and the
hands-on practice of massage techniques. Each client brings unique needs the Massage
Therapist must address to provide the best massage outcomes.

You can find Massage Therapists in many venues: spas, hotels, resorts, private practice. The
cost per massage and massage type varies greatly, even in the same market.

Craigslist offers many choices in the “Therapeutic Services” category. And you can google “massage therapist Miami FL” for a list of providers in Miami, for example.

So how do you choose? Choose a Massage Therapist who displays their license in their ads and website. A
therapist with experience is also a good choice. Ask your friends and relatives for a referral. What else are you seeking at a provider’s location – find one that offers what you are seeking.

Most Massage Therapists will do “out calls” and come to your location. These services come at a higher cost, to cover travel, parking, time.

Most Massage Therapists take great pride in their skills and services. Even if the Massage Therapist is self-employed, an offer of a tip for good service is always appreciated. And, if you liked your massage, refer your
friends and relatives and go back yourself for another session.

*Reference: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos295.htm

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Massage Today

It used to be, years ago, that hard physical work that stressed the muscles was the reason people sought massage. Having moved from the agricultural age, to the industrial age to the information age has certainly not diminished the need for massage therapy.

We talk today a great deal about diet and nutrition, weight loss, excercise. All components of a wellness program. The benefits of massage have not made media attention – yet. There are many methodologies to help reduce stress, reduce pain and provide a calming, feeling of restoration. Yoga is one, chiropractic spinal alignments, accupuncture, accupressure, meditation, to name a few.

Massage offers a great many benefits. It is not covered by health insurance, but it should be. The improvement in flexibility, reduction of pain which can reduce the use of medication use for pain control, and the general well being are definite health improvements. Stress causes so many illnesses and most people have no easy way to deal with the build up of stress they carry around with them every day. Stress from managing the long list of chores, activities and work responsibilities of the average husband or wife is overwhelming. An hour long massage provides muscle relaxation and mental relaxation.

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