Not All Mas­sages Are Cre­ated Equal

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Hav­ing choice is great. Hav­ing too many choices can be daunt­ing. In a large metropoli­tan city like Toronto there are thou­sands of mas­sage ther­a­pists work­ing in hun­dreds of spas and clin­ics, mak­ing it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to choose the best one for your spe­cific needs. This is fur­ther con­fused by the fact that ev­ery­one you talk to seems to go to “the best mas­sage ther­a­pist in the city”. When you de­cide to take the plunge and try out a new prac­ti­tioner, use the 5P test to eparate the best from the rest.

1. Prob­lem Solv­ing- Even when the goal of the mas­sage is re­lax­ation, an ex­cep­tional ther­a­pist is as­sess­ing your pos­ture and align­ment from the mo­ment you ar­rive, and feel­ing for dif­fer­ences in tis­sue through­out the mas­sage. They will use this in­for­ma­tion to de­ter­mine which ar­eas are in need of the most at­ten­tion. This should be ap­pro­pri­ately com­mu­ni­cated to you through­out the process.

2. Pre­ci­sion- De­tailed knowl­edge of anatomy and ad­vanced pal­pa­tion skills al­low great ther­a­pists to ap­ply di­rect pres­sure to spe­cific parts of the tis­sue in order to achieve max­i­mal change in ten­sion. Av­er­age ther­a­pists find the ad­dress of the mus­cle; ex­cep­tional ones go in­side the house and sit down for din­ner.

3. Pres­sure- The key here is not to get off the ta­ble after an hour and look for the li­cense plate of the truck that ran you over, nor is it to feel like noth­ing hap­pened. Ex­perts vary pres­sure to re­flect the ten­der­ness of the mus­cle, goal of the treat­ment and feed­back of the client.

4. Pro­fes­sion­al­ism- Ex­cep­tional ther­a­pists strive to find the per­fect bal­ance be­tween pro­fes­sional con­duct and a wel­com­ing per­son­al­ity that puts you at ease. The en­ergy of the ther­a­pist has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the client's abil­ity to re­lax. Pos­i­tiv­ity and client fo­cus are key.

5. Plan- With­out a plan there is no di­rec­tion. Pro­fes­sion­als record notes after each ses­sion to guide fu­ture treat­ments and to col­lab­o­rate with other prac­ti­tion­ers who may be in­volved in the process when nec­es­sary.

Ch­eryl has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in clin­i­cal and high-end spa en­vi­ron­ments. From her time at the Four Sea­sons and Trump ho­tels Ch­eryl has de­vel­oped a client cen­tered ap­proach tthat sup­ports her clin­i­cal prob­lem solv­ing ex­per­tise. Ch­eryl has also been a key re­source for elite ath­letes from the AHL and NBA D League, help­ing with per­for­mance, in­jury and func­tion.

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