In today's Angie's List report, what you need to know about massage therapy.
"If someone wants to come in and relax I'm going to use mostly Swedish techniques," said Massage Therapist, Danielle Frey. "If someone is coming in for pain relief I'm going to add in some trigger points and deep tissue work. Maybe some myofascial release."
"Most states require a license for a massage therapist, but there are about a half dozen states that don't," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "Be sure you understand what their qualifications and education are before you buy a massage. Additionally, keep in mind that an average massage starts at about one-dollar a minute. If you are finding one a lot less expensive, you may want to question why."
"I have a lot of muscle pain, especially in my upper back," said consumer Danielle Bell. "I find that the medications my doctors prescribed don't really address that so I come and get massages from Danielle to address those problems and I find that the massage actually does address the problem rather than covering it up like medication does."
"A massage can be a great way to pamper your mom this Mother's Day, but be sure it's going to be something she is going to want to do and is comfortable with," said Hicks. "The last thing your mom is going to tell you is you wasted money."
"To get the most out of your massage you want to talk your massage therapist before you get into the massage room," said Frey. "Make sure they know why you are there and what you are looking for and what you want to get out of it."
Massage might not be ideal for anyone, especially those with health problems. If you are considering a gift of massage for Mom, make sure she checks first with her doctor.