Are you looking for a massage therapist in Durham, NC, or the surrounding area? Has your massage therapist moved or retired, or are you looking to replace your current massage therapist? What's the best way to find a massage therapist near you?
20+ years ago, you had to rely on word-of-mouth or simply trial and error to find a good massage therapist. In the early '90s, there were two categories listed under Massage in the Yellow Pages(remember 'Let your fingers do the walking'? Massage and Licensed Massage Therapists.
Back then, licensing in North Carolina was new and questionable. Hence, you had to be careful that you contacted a massage therapist licensed by the state to perform the massage. Check with your individual state to find out the licensing requirements for massage therapists.
Today all you have to do is google massage therapy, massage therapist, or Massage 'Your Town,' and you'll get pages of massage therapists with Google reviews, Yelp, Trip Advisor, and more. If a business has a Facebook page, you can even find recommendations there!
With the growth of technology and websites, online reviews are the go-to thing before a consumer makes a purchase or decides to visit a business. A good massage/bodywork review should give detailed information about the facility and concrete examples of the therapist's issues. So how do you use those to your advantage?
Here's some helpful information to look for to find the right massage therapist for you.
Is the process of booking an appointment convenient? Is the studio or facility clean, conducive to relaxation, easy to access? What are the hours of operation? Was the massage table comfortable? Is the studio handicap accessible? Did they feel comfortable with the therapist? Would they recommend going back?
Some clients are more interested in specifics on the type of therapy used. If the therapist provides a different modality or type of massage, like Ashiatsu barefoot massage or cupping, what did they like about it or not? Did it help relieve their neck or back pain? Here's an excellent example of a helpful massage review.
One thing to remember while you're reading reviews, while five stars may seem ideal in the real world, if the massage therapist's 5-star rating has no useful information in the reviews, they may not necessarily be the perfect therapist for YOU. Even negative reviews can reveal information that may be helpful. Sometimes negative reviews may be from someone who DIDN'T do their research, and the massage therapist they picked was not a good fit for them. Don't forget that a review is THAT person's experience, and there's always another side to the story.
Once you've found a place you like or not, be sure to leave them a review with constructive feedback, especially if YOU found them online and choose them because of their reviews! Small local businesses rely on online reviews. A 2017 study revealed that 82% of US consumers read online reviews before visiting a local business. Was this YOU? If you are comfortable sharing a chronic issue that you've been struggling with and you benefited from the services, chances are someone is having the same problem!
Positive (and negative) reviews are a service to the public and one of the most efficient ways to help others find quality massage therapy and bodywork.
So, if you're looking for a great massage therapist or bodyworker, do your research, thoroughly review their website, check out their reviews and make an informed decision before you schedule your massage or bodywork appointment. And then pass it on for the next person!
Currently, Bull City Soles has 123 five star reviews! Many of our new clients tell us that they found AND chose us from reading our reviews. If you are looking for a massage therapist or bodyworker in the Durham, Raleigh, or Cary area, give us a try. We'd love to work with you! We have convenient online scheduling, or you can call the office at 919-477-9887 for your next massage appointment. Thanks for reading our wellness blog, and be sure to follow Bull City Soles on Instagram or Facebook for last-minute availabilities, self-care tips, or upcoming events.