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cabenn wrote:Who gives better massages? I've only been to spa's currently and I am wondering if I am not getting the best benefit from the massage since they typically just ask me to fill out the silly Aveda form asking what sensory experience I want but never really ask what sort of work needs to be done.
Do those in the private practice focus more on the clinical aspect of massage versus the people in spa's who are forced to use certain products and follow corpororate regulations regarding massage?
Are Private practicers more open to modifying their techniques cause they aren't being told "what to do"?
I'm thinking the next time I get a massage I'll choose a private practice to see if there is a difference. My main fear of going to a private practice is not seeing the establishment before setting up an appointment. If all the places looked like BreathBodyworks office I'd never have to worry FISH tanks in the office just rock.
Rose of Sharon wrote:I'm sure it depends on a lot of things. In my area, I won't go to a spa for a massage, but that is because I know several of my classmates went to work for these spas, and they complain that they are required to give the SPA'S massage. There is a set sequence that must be done, every time and for every client, so that the massage is uniform. They do not want it to matter to the clients who the therapist is that day. It is the spa's massage, and the client is paying for the spa experience.
One of my classmates in particular gave awesome massages in class. It's not her I am avoiding. I'd love to do a trade with her - just not where she works. She hates it - she loves customizing her work to the needs of the clients, but was told during the first interview that if the massage gets varied and/or a client starts to insist on seeing a specific therapist, that is grounds for being fired. Requests for a specific therapist are met with a firm, "no, we do not guarentee who will be in that day, much less that person doing your massage".
I'd venture to guess that is fairly normal, but not everywhere. I'm sure some spas allow their therapists to develop a personal clientele - which would mean that the therapists are probably allowed a lot more freedom in the treatment plan. But I KNOW the private practitioner has that freedom!
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