…if there are a thousand of them in Asheville

You can’t throw a hot towel 50 feet without hitting an Asheville massage therapist. And it seems like more and more people are moving to town to set up a massage practice. Try an online search for “Asheville massage therapist,” and you’ll get more than 100,000 hits, most of which are actual businesses.

You can find a massage therapist on almost every block in just about every neighborhood from Black Mountain to Canton and from Weaverville to Fletcher. If Asheville is fertile soil, we’re growing massage therapists like corn. It raises common questions like:

  • How do they stay in business?
  • Who’s getting all these massages?
  • Is this a trend I didn’t know about?

But the real question, the one most on everyone’s mind is: How can I find the right Asheville massage therapist for me?

Setting Your Goals

Fortunately, there are several tried and true ways to find the best massage therapist to suit your needs. The first step is to determine what you want to get out of the massage:

  • Relieve pain
  • Ease your stress levels
  • Recover from injury
  • Relax your muscles to become more limber
  • Enhance the chiropractic care you’re receiving
  • Improve your overall health
  • Take your athletic game to the next level

You can’t find a good match with an Asheville massage therapist until you know what you want the outcome to be. That’s because there are many types of massage. Therapeutic massage, for example, can help you achieve all of the above, but its focus is on relieving your pain.

Narrowing the List

Once you know what you want from your massage treatment, it’s time to find the Asheville massage therapist who’ll help you get there. Use your resources and do your research:

  • Decide for yourself if the gender of the therapist matters to you. Most professionals can treat both genders equally well, but choose a male or female therapist if it makes a difference in your comfort level.
  • Ask your friends and family for recommendations.
  • Ask your doctor or chiropractor for recommendations.
  • Look at their websites; check the credentials, read up on the bios and see if they specialize in any particular form of massage.
  • Decide if you want to go to an office location or have the massage therapist come to you (often for an additional charge).
  • Talk about prices before you book an appointment.

Make phone calls and review websites to get a feel for the Asheville massage therapist you’re considering. Ask questions:

  • How long is a standard session?
  • How long have you been practicing?
  • Are you licensed in North Carolina?
  • Do you always do the same massage? If not, what are the differences?
  • Are your services covered by insurance?
  • Do you have any discounts for first-time clients?
  • What’s your cancellation policy?

When you find a massage therapist who sounds promising, get the best price and schedule a 60-minute (or even better, a 90-minute) appointment. 30 minutes is too short for a first massage. Get to know the massage therapist during your visit and pay attention to how he or she responds to your verbal and non-verbal cues for pain and sensitivity.

In the end, you may choose Lawrence Hines of Asheville Therapeutic Massage. He has the experience, the knowledge and the wisdom to deliver what he promises… a relaxing, healing massage. Schedule an appointment today.