How to choose a masseur?
Where exactly to find a good specialist?
As a rule, in search of a masseur we address:
- in private and public medical facilities;
- SPA centers, fitness clubs, massage rooms and beauty salons;
- to specialized Internet services;
- to massage therapists, going to the house or taking at home.
A good source of information is considered a social network or a doctor who referred you to a massage. It will be useful to seek advice from friends: you can get an opinion on the work of a specialist first hand.
Do not be afraid to make a mistake with the choice, because you are in search, and not the fact that the first option will suit you. Many centers offer discounts on the first session or even a free trial massage - be sure to check the availability of such an opportunity. Do not be surprised if you need to go through two or three specialists on the way to the massage therapist of your dreams.
A sufficiently important criterion when choosing a specialist is the cost of the service.Everyone told us that it is impossible to save money on health, but not always a high price is equivalent to quality, so we should look for the optimal ratio. Of course, the price in many respects depends not only on the skill of the masseur, but also on the location of the massage: if it is a SPA center or a beauty salon, then include in the price a surcharge for the services of personnel, rent of premises, marketing ... Private masseurs are deprived of these extra charges, that does not always affect the quality for the worse: they work for their reputation - but often when you go to the masseur on the house instead of the administrator's smile you can expect a cat that is sharpening claws about your favorite sheepskin coat, or flannel slippers are not the first freshness.
Try to avoid the masseurs with an excessively low price: it is quite possible that these Henry Fordes are reinventing the conveyor belt, letting through crowds of people, which, naturally, will affect the quality of the service in a negative way.
The average price for a massage in Moscow varies greatly. You can focus on 2000-3500 rubles, depending on the volume and area of work (although I came across ads where the general massage was offered and for 600 rubles.).
- masseuse education;
- average number of clients per week / month;
- types of massage that he practices.
Feel free to ask, ask and ask again! You should be interested in everything: starting from received certificates to the place of work and used cosmetics. Pay special attention to the entourage, even if it is to a certain extent, and can be misleading. Of course, pleasant lighting in the form of candles, melodious chants, aromas of lavender and sage are important aspects of the work of any massage room, but you are going to improve your health, and not to taste the oriental culture. So try to highlight things that must be classified as:
- a separate room with a massage table, a washbasin, ideally a shower cubicle and a bathroom;
- clean and fresh towels (of course, each patient is provided individually);
- disposable fleece sheets;
- hygiene by a specialist. Before the session, the massage therapist must wash his hands or treat them with an antibacterial agent.
All this is a top priority for therapeutic massage.Of course, if you come for a full-fledged SPA-procedure, then all the aroma, audio and light supplements are not less, and often even more important factors, because massage in this case is just one of the components of a large relaxation complex.
Portrait of a masseur
- Should (preferably) have a higher or secondary medical education. One understanding of how the hands move when one or another manipulation is not enough for quality work. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology is needed, which cannot be obtained in a month-long homeschool course on self-instruction books.
- Be sure to ask the reason that prompted you to turn to him (namely, the reason, not the person who sent you to him). Find out indications and contraindications. In the presence of the latter, he will politely refuse your admission, explaining the reason and answering all the questions.
- You may be asked to provide medical documents or extracts confirming your health problems (they can be a source of additional information for the massage therapist), ask you about chronic diseases, ask about the health of the parents (to clarify information about heredity).Treat the trip to the massage room as a consultation with a doctor.
- Many manual therapists practice and massage (or rather, these two areas are inextricably linked). If the specialist offers you something to "move", "crunch", put "in place" without first clarifying the health problems (or even better - requests for X-rays or MRI shots) - be careful and better to abandon the questionable manipulation.
- Do not you have about. The masseur does his job: there are times when you will have to suffer pain or discomfort, not the entire massage process is pleasant (you are not in the SPA).
- Must be quite experienced (it's not about age). In any case, practice is an important factor, and quite reasonably you do not want to be a guinea pig, especially when it comes to health.
- At the next meeting, the massage therapist is interested in your condition after the previous session.
- Massage should not be symmetrical and limited to only one zone. The problem will not go away from working out two or three muscles, but will only be smoothed over for several days. For example, if you are concerned about the neck, most likely, the masseur will work and the collar zone,and the shoulder blades with the thoracic spine, may well go down to the lumbar spine and even work out the gluteal (!) muscles (and again, do not forget to ask, a good specialist should easily explain the logic and reasons for his actions)
- The perfect massage therapist is a “blind” massage therapist. The specialist has a well-developed tactile sensitivity. The main tool for him is his fingers, which he objectively defines zones of soreness and hypertonia, and not cries of the patient. But this does not mean that you do not need to ask questions and show your reaction to the massage! What are the problems with my spine? Where are the muscles clamped? Why does it hurt here, but not there? For all these questions you should get a clear reasoned answer.
- Strange as it may seem, a professional will never guarantee an absolute result. The human body is a very complex system that requires a purely individual approach: where one patient needs 2-3 sessions of 20-30 minutes, another one requires 10-12 hours of sessions.
- During the session, he talks with you, shares his observations, the presence of problem areas in you,be sure to give recommendations for everyday life (this may include advice on sports, and diet, and on the mode of the day).
- Even if the masseur has the entire wall of the cabinet filled with certificates, he does not practice 33 types of massage. At best, you simply do not feel the difference between the "Spanish" and "Swedish" massage and this graduation exists only to expand the price.
- Recording after the preliminary line may indicate the professionalism of the master (but still try to share the demand of the masseur and his pursuit of the volume of work!).
I hope that thanks to these tips you will be able to find a good masseuse and solve health problems with it!
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