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Finding a Massage Therapist

  1. Google Locator!! -The only way to find 
     a Massage Therapist close to you!

  2. Go to tips for choosing health care providers.

 

Looking for a Massage Therapist online is like looking for a needle in the haystack.  The best way to find a massage therapist is to ask someone you know who they go to.  If you don't know anyone, then ask your physician or other health care providers for referrals.  Once you get a few names you can begin the process of choosing who you would like to see.  I have created a list of questions to ask a potential therapist, a directory of the different types of massage therapy and suggestions for receiving massage that was originally intended for deep tissue massage but really applies to all types of massage.

There are many sources and directories, most of which are poorly organized or provide poor content.  

AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) Massage locator - There are many states that use the AMTA name to be synonymous with a highly qualified massage therapist. AMTA believes that just having their credentials after their name ensures that the massage therapist will be knowledgeable and will be able to provide an acceptable massage.  AMTA represents a small number of massage therapists nationwide.  There are approximately 200,000 massage therapists in the US and of that approximately 48,000 are AMTA members.  That leaves quite a number of otherwise highly qualified massage therapists to choose from.  

IMA - International Massage Association has approximately 60,000 members that include other health care practitioners such as Yoga instructors and estheticians.

ABMP- Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

www.iwantamassage.com Started by the IMA group, but any therapist can get a listing. Great search function, by city and state.  Therapists have a separate page with pertinent info about their practice.

East Coast Massage Therapist Association (Nova Scotia) www.eastmassage.org

 

 

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 
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