After graduating Sharyn set up her own private clinic in Christchurch and in 2001 also returned to the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine to become a tutor in Massage Therapy, eventually becoming the Academic Manager for Massage & Reflexology, and the Clinic Manager. Sharyn also runs workshops in Massage.
“Pain can be very debilitating and being able to bring some relief is very satisfying.” - Sharyn
How to choose a Massage Therapist
Here are some questions to ask a massage professional to determine if the two of you can work together to meet your goals and achieve... the outcome you desire from the massage work.
Are they Qualified?
In NZ there is no legal requirement to have a qualification to practice massage however as the client it should be one of your top priorities in receiving care. Their qualification indicates that they have met the minimum standards to practice massage therapy safely and that they have a thorough knowledge and practical application of anatomy, physiology and pathology. This qualification should be on display for you to see. You may have noticed massage businesses showing up in shopping malls and airports, for example. Often the therapists do not have adequate training or may be operating under someone else's qualification. So make sure to ask to see their qualifications.
Where did they receive their training?
There are many different paths a person may have taken to become a massage therapist.
Also, massage schools vary in the styles of massage they teach, the number of hours of training they require, and in their educational philosophy. So it is a good idea to look into the reputation of the school the therapist you are considering went to. Some massage schools operate Student Clinics where you can receive a discounted student massage. You can receive a massage at the Student Clinic and get a good idea of the quality of training they offer their students.
How long has the massage therapist been practicing? Do they have experience working the conditions or physical complaints you choose to have addressed?
What styles of massage and bodywork do they do?
There are many different styles of massage therapy and bodywork. Each massage therapist develops their own style and combination of techniques. For example, they may practice Swedish massage in a relaxation style; deep tissue; trigger point therapy; neuromuscular techniques (NMT); myofascial release; cranio- sacral; acupressure to name a few.
Does their style of work match your preferences?
Is their style of work effective in addressing the conditions you choose to have addressed?
You can ask these questions of any massage therapist and they should be able to answer them all.