Is your therapist qualifiedFriday, 02 December 2005 18:53 Written by Kimberly Jansen
Having a massage is a very personal experience and can make you a little nervous, especially if you have never had one before. By checking a therapist is qualified and requesting to see their certification can be very beneficial to your own peace of mind. A diploma level qualified therapist will inevitably have more knowledge and a better understanding of massage techniques and the muscular system than a therapist who only holds a certificate in relaxation massage.
If you are receiving a therapeutic or sports massage from a therapist who has not been trained to know the muscular system you may very well find yourself in more pain than when you initially went in. The same can be said for a completely un-qualified therapist. Too much pressure on the wrong point can be crippling, on the other hand not enough pressure can be a total waste of time and un-beneficial.What about Student Therapists? While we recommend “qualified therapists”. The point to remember with a student therapist is that they are indeed working towards their qualification. By the time a student gets to the stage where they need to complete clinical hours for their course, they are indeed well enough equipped with the knowledge they need to perform the type of massage which is offered by students.