Top Tips on What to look for in a good Massage Therapist….

Too often I hear of clients coming to me with stories of dodgy massages.  Most Massage Therapists out there are excellent, and really care about their clients, after all, this is a very caring profession. But as with everything, there are some people out there who simply just want to make money, healing and helping their clients is not high on their list of priorities.  So here are just a few hints of what to look out for when choosing a Massage therapist:

  • Are they a member of a professional Association?

In Australia there are strict guidelines around this, and in order to be a member of any of the Associations out there you need to hold a relevant qualification, gained at a recognised school.  This also provides a route for you to complain about inappropriate behaviour, or any issues during the treatment.

  • Are they covered by any Health Funds

This is a good way to see if a therapist holds the correct qualifications, in order to be eligible for health cover, you need to be a member of one of the Associations (see above)

  •  Do you have to complete a Questionnaire with your details.

This is in your interest, if there is an issue after  your treatment, the therapist should have clear notes on the treatment provided to you.  Also it’s important that the therapist knows of any health issues that you have that could be affected by massage.

  •  Do they listen to what you have to say, do you feel heard?

Massage Therapists need to listen to their clients, sometimes we need to read between the lines to get  the information that we need in order to best treat you.  There should be time at the start of the treatment to go through your health concerns and answer any questions that you might have about your treatment.


  • Are they using good quality oils and tools?

You should expect good quality products to be used on your skin if you’re paying for a treatment, tools and equipment should be in a good state of repair for yours and your therapist’s safety.

This list is not exhaustive, but I feel cover the very least you should expect from a competent and trustworthy therapist.  Trust is very important in the client/therapist relationship and one bad experience can unfortunately put someone off for life, thereby missing out on the many benefits of massage.