#4 A good massage therapist is hard to find

February 20, 2012 § 3 Comments

In the past 20 years I have been to many massage therapists; I have found only one whom I would recommend and whom I have been going to for the past 2 years.  I re-realized this fact again after I was involuntarily cornered into a situation without alternatives.

After I quit at a regular  gym and went CrossFit, the gym continued charged two more months of membership fee.  After I called, it gave me two options (in fact, it’s only one): one is to come back to continue my membership; two is to come back for a massage.  Of course, I opted for a massage.  I have one sentence to describe my experience: I did not enjoy even one stroke from this therapist.  I felt more irritated than ever after 10 minutes into the session.  It lasted for 90 minutes and I had to pay an additional $20 to make up the difference between her fee and my two months membership fee.

I’m a physically and mentally active person and I enjoy a good massage as a stress reducer.  Massage therapy is expensive;  When I am willing to pay $70/hr, the least I expect is to feel more relaxed and refreshed than the condition when I come in.  But this is not often the case with the majority of the therapists, mainly because the deep tissue message they offer never deep enough for me, speaking from my 20 years experience in search of a good therapist.  Eventually I ruled out all female therapists – they are simply not physically strong enough to provide this type of service.  Luckily, 2 years ago I found Zac, a Thai Yoga Massage therapist .  I wish he would never change his career as long as I’m around (selfish wishful thinking on my part).  I realized how precious Zac was when I was getting my aforementioned 90 minutes session.

I do understand that deep tissue massages require enormous energy from the therapists.  I always feel slightly guilty deep down regardless the payments.  I believe long term massage therapy can cause permanent harm on the therapists.  It’s simply too physically consuming.  I myself am used to give massages to loves one and friends.  I absolutely understand how much it takes to provide a good massage.

Have you had good luck with finding a good massage therapist?  How do you feel about massage therapy? Is it inhuman to pay for this kind of pleasure?


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  • Glad you have found a good therapist. I’m a mt also and here’s a couple of things I thought while reading this.

    A good mt has learned techniques and body mechanics to allow them to use increased pressure while minimizing the risk of injury to themselves. There’s a reason we work with adjustable height tables – we can use the physics of our body weight into a move, so it’s not just hand or arm strength. I know some female mt’s (who are not very big at all) who can deliver as much pressure as they need.

    There are some tools that help also. I use a warm stones, and will be looking into bamboo soon. The heat helps everything relax and the stones can increase the pressure. I also have a table warmer that helps get everything warmed up and relaxed.

    Sometimes a deeper problem doesn’t need heavy duty pressure. Some techniques can address the problem without using a lot of pressure.

    A mt with good training can help you with the right amount of pressure without putting themselves at risk. So enjoy it without the guilt – we know what we are doing, and it makes us feel great to see you walk out feeling wonderful.

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