Massage therapists knead muscles and other soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for injuries and to promote general wellness. Massage therapists treat clients by applying pressure to manipulate the body’s soft tissues and joints. The term masseuse is a French word that refers to a female who practices massage. Males in the industry were known as masseurs. However, due to certain unsavoury connotations as well as the need for more gender-neutral terminology, both male and female massage practitioners go by the term massage therapist. Massage therapists tend to be predominantly social individuals, meaning that they thrive in situations where they can interact with, persuade, or help people. They also tend to be realistic, which means that they often enjoy working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project.
The most important thing when choosing a massage therapist is to make sure you’re comfortable. If you feel passionate about a gender preference, that’s okay. You’re paying for a treatment and deserve to get your desired experience. If you’re a little more open, give both genders a try. A great massage therapist has excellent manual dexterity and is able to easily perform the complicated maneuvers required. You must have a good deal of physical stamina and be able to handle standing for long periods of time as well as the rigorous physical effort massage requires. A strong sense of empathy is vital.
A good therapist lets their client control the amount of talking during the treatment. There will always be a small amount of conversation from the therapist when they checking in with you during the treatment. Its ok to talk during the treatment as the client you can choose to converse with your therapist whenever you want. If you want to talk, feel chatty or just want to be heard it can be an important part of the letting go process. If you had a good massage from a good masseuse, After your massage, you’ll be feeling relaxed, your blood will be flowing and your muscles should feel like jelly. Your massage therapist will mention why it’s important to drink plenty of water after a massage, but you might be so relaxed at that moment that you won’t completely take it all in.
However a bad masseuse doesn’t ask the client with what they want from the session. doesn’t change amount of pressure when asked to do light/medium/deep. reeking of body odor, cigarette smoke or bad breath. They sit on their rolling stools the whole time. They talk a lot during session not related to the client. These are just some signs of a good and bad masseuse when you are trying to book in for a treatment.