Finding your happy place: how to pick a massage studio
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Decisions, decisions, decisions. There are lots of them, especially in regard to pregnancy. Selecting the right massage studio and therapist, especially for pre- and postnatal massages, is just another one that can be added to the list. Being a clinic owner, licensed massage therapist, as well as a dad and husband, I have a few tips and tricks to share to make this decision an easy one.
- Location: Select a location that is nearby and convenient. A long drive and traffic shouldn’t add any extra stress or take away time from your busy schedule and family.
- Scheduling/Availability: If you work a 9-5 job, make sure the massage studio and therapist have hours to fit your schedule. They should be understanding and do the best to accommodate your requests.
- Experience: Make sure the studio has a therapist who is trained in pre- and postnatal massage therapy if that is what you are seeking. Both require special techniques and training, and you should make sure your therapist has such experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Communication & Connection: Before and even during your massage, make sure you communicate with your therapist. Desired pressure, areas of tenderness, problem spots, etc., should all be shared. And don’t hesitate to tell them any adjustments needed during the session as well. It is important to feel comfortable and trust your therapist’s expertise and to openly share how you are feeling.
- Do your Homework: Doing a little research on local studios, reading reviews, learning about routine massage therapy benefits, different programs, etc. Understanding the overall benefits of massage therapy can help you make an informed decision on your needs and location/therapist that can best meet them.
Incorporating therapeutic massage into your lifestyle is a choice, just like deciding to go to the gym, eating an extra fruit or veggie, taking vitamins, selecting your child’s pediatrician, etc. All contribute to and enhance a healthy lifestyle.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”