Secret tip 1 to choosing the right massage therapist.

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Remember that your body is your one and only temple, so be cautious when putting it in the hands of just anyone. Today’s tip will only take you seconds to find out but it could save you years of heartache, money, stress and pain, and isn’t it pain you wanted to get rid of in the first place?

Does your massage therapist have a diploma of massage? Let’s find out why this simple question is important in helping you to choose the right massage therapist.

The answer to this question can tell you how professional your massage therapist is and more important, if they are qualified and have kept up-to-date with the latest massage/medical information and training.

Yes, exceptions exist, there is always a great massage therapist who doesn’t have a diploma but they are in the very small minority. They may have studied years ago and not kept up to date with all the paperwork required. However, if you are not experienced with body workers and not sure who to choose, always choose one who has a diploma of massage.

Massage Studies

Most massage therapists in business who want to give the best to their clientele will have usually gone to a college which ideally will be government accredited. This means that their diploma is recognized throughout Australia.

One of the major benefits of being fully qualified with a diploma will be that they will have a unique provider number. This number should be on the receipt you get from them, you may then be able to claim back from you private health fund (this will be explained on another blog, stay tuned).

Don’t be afraid to ask the massage therapist which college they studied at, and if it’s still in business. At government accredited colleges it normally takes anywhere from 18 to 24 months, at full-time studies to become a qualified remedial massage therapist.

Be wary if the courses are 6 months or less to get a full diploma. These colleges will be taking shortcuts to get their students qualified. You cannot cram that much study in such a short period of time and then on top of that get enough hands on experience.

Remember, the more qualified, professional and experienced a massage therapist is, the more chances your body will receive all the benefits of a great massage.

I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about my studies or experience.