Face The Facts About Massage Therapy In AmarilloFriday, November 18th, 2016
The news over the last couple of days has sparked quite a bit of conversation around town. The Law Enforcement actions at several “Massage Parlors” have drawn some negative attention to an industry that affects my business as well as that of several of my friends. I would like to express my thanks to the multiple agencies that have cracked down on those businesses that are using the “Massage Industry” as a front for illegal activity. For the past several years, I have been concerned about some of these places popping up all around Amarillo. I think I can speak for most Licensed Massage Therapists when I say it has been a long awaited action by the City and the State. Thank you!
Massage Therapy is a valuable part of the Health and Wellness of our society. Massage, if done correctly by a trained therapist, has many health benefits. We spend a lot of time learning and developing our skills to help people who suffer from stress related disabilities, injuries, physical as well as mental fatigue. Massage therapy goes back to the beginning of time and historically has been a part of every society’s wellness programs. Unfortunately, it has also been exploited to promote unsavory and illegal business practices.
I have been a Therapist here in Amarillo, TX since 1996. My colleagues and I have always had to deal with negative comments about massage. But over the years I have been blessed with a great clientele of people that understand how helpful and important massage is to their lives. I thank each and every one of them for helping me be successful as a Massage Therapist.
Requirements and regulations
For the people out there that are concerned about getting a massage, or think that massage is a bad thing, let me put your mind at ease. There are approximately 150 Licensed Massage Therapist in the Amarillo Area. We are regulated by the Texas State Department of Health and are required to complete 500 hours of classroom education, over 50 hours of hands on application, and must pass a licensing exam administered by the State. Then we are required to do continuing education on an ongoing basis. We love what we do and are proud to serve our clients health needs.
A few things to keep in mind when looking for a massage therapist
Look for a therapist that has a current massage license displayed at their business. If there are two or more therapists practicing at the same business location they should have a “Massage Establishment” license displayed as well. These are required by the state so don’t be afraid to ask to see them. Ask friends, family, and other acquaintances about who they would recommend.
Remember that each therapist has a slightly different technique. If you don’t like a therapists technique try a different therapist. The right therapist is out there so keep searching until you find the one that fits best. A therapist’s skills can vary from relaxation to deep tissue, sports massage to pre-natal. Even Cupping Massage, one of the oldest techniques has reemerged as a popular therapy in the last couple of years.
As a therapist that is proud of our industry I have always been eager to promote the success of other therapists in our community. If you want to know who I recommend or want to know more about how Massage can benefit you please call me and I will be glad to help.
Robert T. Mitchell, LMT
Back to Basics Massage Studio
3714 Olsen Blvd.
Amarillo. Texas 79109