How do I know if I’m going to a legitimate massage therapist/clinic?

If you’re trying a new Massage clinic or massage spa, it’s a good idea to call first and ask these questions:

  • Is the massage therapist qualified?
  • Do they offer therapeutic massage?
  • Ask for the therapist’s educational and professional background.
  • How many years have they been practicing?
  • In which modalities have they trained?
  • What is their qualification level? For example, Relaxation, Cert lV, Diploma Remedial Massage (DRM), Advanced Remedial Massage, Myotherapy
  • Do they require a health questionnaire of their clients?
  • Do they hold professional indemnity insurance (an absolute MUST – if they don’t hold this I would be very wary seeing them. There is no good reason not to if you have completed a legitimate massage course/s).
  • Are they a member of a massage association, such as the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT), MMA, ANTA or ATMS?
  • Do they complete regular continuing education (such as short courses, post graduate education, and self-study and research)? (Note that if they are a member of one of the major associations above they will be required to complete this to maintain their membership)
  • Do they offer health fund rebates for major funds


If they tick all the right boxes, give them a go, if not stay well away.

Often the best recommendations come from friends, family or other people you trust.

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