Finding a Professional Massage Practitioner September 21 2013

 
When you're visiting a massage therapy center or spa for the first time, how do you know you'll wind up with a professionally trained practitioner and not Tony Soprano's cousin??
 
Here are a few tips to ensure you're calling a reputable, therapeutic massage center:
 
1/ Before calling the spa for an appointment, visit the spa's website.  Is it professional?  Does it provide a business address and contact information?  Search the spa online and check its reviews on sites like Yelp and Tripadvisor.
 
2/  Professional massage therapists must be licensed and certified to practice in the state of California.  When calling for an appointment, feel free to ask if all therapists working there are licensed and certified.  A legitimate establishment will answer in the affirmative, and often be able to tell you where the therapists were trained.
 
3/  Check the business hours of the spa.  If the spa is only open late at night, that is a red flag. 
 
4/  Ask friends and community members for a referral.  Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a great place to go for your massages.
 
5/  Check to see if the spa is listed in business directories and community organizations, such as Chamber of Commerce, Rotary or Tourism Boards. 
 
6/  How does the business present itself over the phone?  Does the receptionist communicate in a friendly, clear and professional manner?  Does he/she ask relevant questions such as asking what type of bodywork modality you prefer, or the type of pressure you like to receive during a massage? 
 
7/ Who owns the spa?  A reputable establishment will freely share the name of the people behind the business.
 
The above tips plus a bit of research and intuition should help steer you in the right direction when looking for a fantastic massage!