Massage in Lake Forest Receiving a Massage


The age old saying “If you don’t like the way someone else is doing it, then do it yourself”, just does not work when it comes to massage therapy. If you don’t like the way your massage therapist delivers your massage, after you have thoroughly explained what your needs are, then it may be time to consider finding a different therapist.

What should you look for in a great massage therapist? Training from a professional school of massage is a must. Professional training will give the therapist valuable knowledge in anatomy, physiology, massage theory, and massage therapy techniques.  There is no short cut when it comes to learning the massage therapy profession. If someone is practicing massage without a massage school diploma, be wary. State licensing for massage therapists is a law in Illinois. Ask if the therapist is licensed and a graduate of a professional school of massage therapy before booking with them.

Experience usually speaks for itself. If a therapist has many years experience working with a variety of clients and clinical muscle problems,  they may be able to meet your specific needs. Experienced therapists usually have advanced therapy skills from years of training and practicing.  There are also some new therapists right out of school, who are natural talents and have great skills. Word of mouth and a thorough interview with the therapist can help to find a great therapist.

Your comfort level and intuition about a massage therapist will guide you in choosing a therapist. Your therapist should be professional, respectful, honest, and work in a comfortable, clean, and professional environment. 

Getting the work is how you will know. There is no other way to know for sure, if you will be a good match with a therapist until you receive their massage work. If the therapist understands what your needs are, and delivers the correct therapy to help you, you will be off to a good start. Be sure to be very clear in your interview with the therapist, what your problems are and why you are seeking massage therapy. Good communication will guide your therapist in the right direction.

What to look for:

  1. Training and licensing
  2. Professional, respectful, knowledgeable
  3. Comfortable, professional, clean office
  4. Word of mouth referral or referral from your doctor