Massage - Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions
Massage... The mere mentioning of the word is often responsible for a vast array of images and ideas entering into the mind. So what is a professional massage really like? Take a look at some of these most frequently asked questions. Knowing what to expect will help you to relax and enjoy your massage experience.
1. Must I be completely undressed?
Probably the most frequently asked question to all massage therapist, do I have to get naked? Most massage techniques are performed with the client undressed to the level of their comfort. It is perfectly fine to leave on panties or boxers, as this area will be covered during the massage session. Your entire body will be properly draped during the session with the therapist uncovering each section of the body one at a time. When work on that area of the body is completed it will be covered again. The therapist will remain outside of the room while the client undresses and redresses.
2. What parts of my body will be massaged?
During a professional full body massage, all parts of the body should be worked on with the exception of the pelvic region and the abdominal region. A proper full body massage should include face, scalp, neck, arms, hands, shoulders, back, legs, feet, and gluts. The work on the gluteal muscles is performed on top of the draping so there is no need to uncover that part of the body.
3. Where will my massage take place?
There are two options for the location of your massage. Typically it is done at a massage center or a similar office setting where there is one client and one therapist per room. There are also many professional therapist that will travel to the home of the client and perform massage in the clients home.
4. Should my therapist be certified?
YES. The massage therapy industry is regulated at the state level, meaning that every state has different regulations. All therapist should carry some certification or license. The highest certification is from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). If your therapist is nationally certified, you can rest assured that they have undergone proper training in techniques, ethics, sanitation, and safety precautions. If your therapist is a CMT (Certified Massage Therapist), you need to inquire where the certification was granted from and if it is an accredited institution. The abbreviation LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) refers to local licensing requirements which may be on the state or the city level.
5. Do massage therapist carry liability insurance?
This is also regulated at the state level and varies greatly across the country. Check your state government website (yourstatename.gov) and look for a section on professional or occupational licensing. This will give you the best information on your state guidelines for massage therapist. Two of the most reputable insurance carries for massage therapist are ABMP and AMTA. Ask your therapist if they belong to either of these organizations.
Being familiar with the answers to these questions will help you be prepared for your first massage and ensure that you have a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Now that you are familiar with some of the basic elements of a professional massage, call your local massage center and book your first appointment. Start enjoying the benefits of massage today! Check out my website for more information www.massageinmeridian.com
Kimberly Platter, NCMT, LMT, member AMTA
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