Finding the right Massage Therapists for you can be hard.
There's so many personal factors to consider:
price range or budget
your wellness goals
schedule and availability
potential health risks
And there's so many professional factors to consider too:
the therapeutic approach
their education level
professionalism and presentation
value provided in each session
So the "Finding Your Perfect Massage Therapist" series is here to help.
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This article is all about "legit-ness" - how you can validate if the massage therapist you are looking at giving a try is in fact a license-carrying massage therapist.
First, licenses are never a perfect system. They never guarantee that every single person within a profession is in fact, professional. Bad apples happen even with extensive license processes. But, it does guarantee some minimum standards set in place to protect the general public.
Massage therapist that are licensed:
met specific initial educational requirements
passed a state board exam
passed a criminal background check
agreed to uphold basic ethical responsibilities
must take continuing education courses
If someone is not licensed and are providing massage therapy, it's not only a huge red flag in terms of professional credibility, but they breaking the public health code law.
Would you see a doctor who doesn't have a license hanging on the wall? A dentist, chiropractor, or physical therapist without proof that they've met minimum educational and background check standards?
Most massage therapists should have their license clearly displayed in their office. If not, it's perfectly within your right to ask to see it.
Or, you can look them up online.
In Michigan, you can look up by name using the Verify a License website. Below is a screenshot of what it looks like when you look up me.
When you select the Permanent ID# you can also browse any formal complaints or disciplinary actions filed against the individual.
If their name doesn't produce any results it means they're not currently licensed. And it's definitely worth asking them why that is, before scheduling your appointment.
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Perfect Massage Therapist Article Series
Finding Your Perfect Massage Therapist: Verifying Their License Finding Your Perfect Massage Therapist: Massage Tables 101