As more consumers turn to massage therapy for medical conditions and to ease tension, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) wants to share some pointers with the general public to help them find a massage therapist who is trained and qualified.
Consumers should ask the following questions of a massage therapist before getting a massage:
– Are you certified to practice massage?
– Are you a member of the American Massage Therapy Association?
– Where did you receive your massage therapy training?
– Are you Nationally Qualified in Healing Massage and Bodywork?
Trained massage therapists are happy to share their qualifications with clients. AMTA professional members have actually demonstrated a level of ability and knowledge through education and/or screening and are needed to meet continuing education requirements to keep membership. Consumers can rest assured that their massage therapist has actually satisfied minimum education and training requirements if he or she belongs to AMTA. Although, we suggest a massage therapist that is a member of AMTA, there are many excellent massage therapists that are not members. Simply be sure to view their credentials.
Individuals today planning to massage therapy for more than indulging. Initial results from AMTA’s annual consumer survey suggest customers look for massage for medical conditions more than just since it feels great. And, other healthcare providers often refer their patients to massage therapists.
Recent research reveals that massage offers relief for chronic low back pain, relieves pain and muscle spasms following bypass surgery, and works in treating lymphedema, a condition typical among mastectomy survivors.
Finding a certified massage therapist is simple by using AMTA’s complimentary Find A Massage Therapist ® national locator service. Simply click on Find a Massage Therapist, or call toll-free at 888-THE-AMTA (888-843-2682). A series of triggers will guide you through the process and will offer a list of member massage therapists you can contact in your location.
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