How to Choose a RMT (Registered Massage Therapist)
Most people think purely of the relaxing effects of massage brought about by the soothing touch of someone’s hands. However, the importance of Massage Therapy (RMT) is growing constantly as more and more people realize its potential with regard to a far wider range of health and physical ailments.
Why undergo massage therapy (RMT)?
Massage therapy (RMT) has been shown to assist in recuperation therapy and in dealing with chronic conditions. It also helps relieve acute or chronic pain, and stress and is used to reduce muscular tension and increase joint mobility, while also improving circulation and lymphatic drainage. The result is improved physical and emotional well-being.
The list of conditions and illnesses which massage therapy can help treat covers a wide spectrum, from anxiety, depression and stress related conditions, through fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to scoliosis, headaches, asthma and emphysema.
Then there are the acute conditions like back and neck pain, fractures and dislocations, strains and sports injuries, pregnancy support, and rehabilitation after surgery. Practitioners also claim it to be a valuable tool in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and gastrointestinal disorders.
Types and techniques of massage therapy
Covering such a wide range of conditions, it is not surprising that there are more than 80 different styles of massage therapy available. All involve rubbing and pressing, as a way of manipulating muscles and soft tissues.
Where they differ is in the type of techniques, pressures and movements that are used. Therapists use only their fingers and hands, but may choose to target certain areas with their elbows, forearms and, occasionally, their feet, depending on whether they are doing a light or deep tissue massage.
Therapists are able to develop personal programs both for therapeutic treatment and for preventative care, which is particularly important when it comes to sports training, and for stress management.
How to choose a therapist (RMT)
Good therapeutic massage is not something just anyone can do. This therapy can bring about good results when done by the right qualified and registered therapist, but full benefits will not be realized if you put your health and well-being, literally, into the wrong hands.
In choosing a therapist, take into account the following guidelines and look for:
- Qualifications and registration: A RMT with a qualification from a recognized college is likely to have undergone training over a longer period and so assimilated a wider knowledge of physiology, kinesiology, pathology and anatomy. If the therapist is also registered with a Massage Therapy Association, it is more likely that those techniques, training and practices are up-to-date.
- Specialties: It makes sense to choose a therapist whose specialty is in treatment that’s relevant to your situation, be that sports or a particular condition such as arthritis or anxiety. At the same time, it is important that the therapist’s background training is in a wide variety of massage treatments. This ensures that there is flexibility in the program developed for you personally.
- Reviews and referrals: Speak to neighbors and friends. Experience is the best critic, and a first-hand opinion regarding a particular massage therapist will help you select the right one for you. Guidance can also be gained from on-line reviews.
- Create a short-list of therapists who have practices near you, and whose operational hours will make regular visits convenient.
- Pick a comfort zone: Most massage therapy involves on-going treatment on a regular basis so it is important you choose a therapist you feel you can trust, and who makes you feel comfortable.
As they become more popular, massage therapists are increasingly setting up practices in offices and hotels, gyms and sports clubs, as well as at health clinics and spas. Massage therapy is becoming more accessible to those who can benefit from it. Its techniques and types are also becoming more versatile as therapists hone their skills to fit the special requirements of these various establishments, as well as ensure that they meet the needs of those frequenting them.