There are many aspects to consider when choosing a massage therapist. Here are a few things to consider:
Qualifications and Training
Massage therapists are health professionals. Any professional massage therapist should not only be properly trained in techniques and anatomy, they should also be licensed. Generally, this is a legal requirement in most states and municipalities. If a massage therapist cannot provide verifiable documentation of licensing and of training from an licensed massage therapy school, don’t even consider hiring them.
Reputation and Experience
A qualified massage therapist should be able and willing to provide references of trainers and/or past clients who can attest to their ability. Furthermore, if you require a specific type of massage treatment, be sure that your prospective therapist has experience with your specific needs.
Value is different than price. Maybe you just need to loosen your back after a hard week of work, in which case you may not require the most experienced and high-priced massage therapist available. However, recovery from a sports injury or therapy related to a specific medical condition may require a professional in the higher price bracket.
Above all, any therapist should conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times when dealing with you as a client. Remember, this person is going to be providing prolonged physical contact to your body. Even a slightly unprofessional demeanor could result in an excessively uncomfortable situation.