Qualified Massage Therapy vs unqualified? – What’s the difference?
Is there a difference within the massage profession of what type of massage you will get? Most definitely!
A fully trained therapist, approaches your massage with a completely different outlook, compared to say a mall or spa massage.
Massage is typically defined as a movement that follows a pattern and manipulates your muscles, fascia and ligaments using touch.
All our therapists at Top Notch are qualified therapists which mean they have undergone formal training of at least two-three years.
This education allows them to not only address your discomforts but also discuss how we can help you towards better health. We can explain what the best course of action and provide you with self-care such as stretches or activities.
We take into consideration a lot of factors on top of your session. Rather than walking in and straight onto the table, we are considering your needs for massage therapy from:
- How long have you lived with this pain or discomfort?
- How you are feeling, are you under a lot of stress? We ask questions and listen to what is going on for you, and how it is affecting your day to day activities.
- We consider your current state of health, including any co-morbidities and how best we can assist with self-care and advocate healthy living. We are big advocates for putting the body in motion doing something that you enjoy.
- Looking more broadly – Are you sleeping well? (this is a big factor for some), what is your occupation, what are the roles you do in that occupation?
Together we can then figure out what would be appropriate for you for that session, so that it is purposeful and is specifically tailored to your needs.
Massage therapy, has a deliberate pattern, a purpose and therapeutic intention to manipulating your tissues. Essentially the ingredients that go into what we deliver as part of our massage therapy is both hands on and hands off.
Importance placed on health and wellness
In addition to your massage, our top priority is your health and wellness. After your session, we discuss ways in which to improve your own self-care outside of the massage session; this can range from postural awareness, breathing patterns, messages about mindfulness, and helpful stretches (if required). I think by not discussing this, it would not serve you well. Becoming an active part of your health is essential to getting better.
In contrast, unqualified massage therapists miss these aspects of your treatment – you end up receiving a massage that doesn’t address the root cause of your symptoms. It will definitely make you feel better, but for how long?
Environment of Massage Therapy
In order for massage therapy treatment to be effective, the environment requires you to feel safe and relaxed in order to be in the right state of mind emotionally or psychologically, otherwise this limits your ability to receive the outcome you desire. The lighting, the sound and the temperature of the room all play a pivotal role with the therapeutic touch that you receive. Placing phones on silent really ensures you can get the full benefit, so you can switch the mind off from the outside world for the duration of your session.
Safety in Massage Therapy
Safety is a central component in massage therapy. Most harm is caused by therapists who are unqualified. This is because they lack the appropriate training and anatomy knowledge, so they are not aware of particular areas to avoid with deep pressure, for example. This can become extremely unsafe to you as the client.
Professionally trained massage therapists have this knowledge and experience. You may not realise this, but every tertiary trained massage therapist is trained in personal safety where we are taught boundaries and adopt a high standard of ethics. At Top Notch, we pride ourselves on the fact that all our therapists have tertiary qualifications in Massage Therapy – if you haven’t been to us before, book an appointment to experience the difference!