Not All Massages Are Created Equal
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.