1. Identify your goals and health status
The first thing you should do is set goals for the massage session(s). Are you interested in:
-Reducing muscle contractions or tightness?
-Living without chronic or acute pain?
-Improving your work performance?
-Enhancing your general health and well-being?
-Improving your ability to participate in sports?
-Secondly, think about why you want to see a massage therapist:
Did a licensed medical professional such as physical therapist, medical doctor, or chiropractor suggest you try massage?
-Are you managing any conditions your doctor is not aware of but hope that massage might alleviate?
-Do you know someone who has many of the same aches and pains as you and who has benefited from receiving massage therapy?
-Are you looking for a sensual touch by a man?
-Your answers to these questions will help you determine what skills you are looking for in a massage therapist. (You may want to look at the explanation of massage styles in our Learn:Styles link above)
2. Get some names
Many people are most comfortable getting a personal referral from a friend. Sometimes your friend can answer questions about the massage therapist and explain how they benefited from visiting this therapist.
Another great source for referrals is right here - Gay Massage Now. Our directory of masseurs can help you narrow down your search.
Remember: Most advertising venues do not screen for therapists. It will be up to you to do some homework.
3. Consider your personal preferences
You may want to include or eliminate potential therapists or styles based on personal preferences. For example:
Would you be most comfortable with a certified therapist or someone self-taught? Is location important? (If you plan to go once or twice a week, you may want to find a therapist close to work or home.)
4. Make a phone call to find out more about the therapist If you donít already have this information, call and ask about: