Massage Therapy FAQ


What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is defined as the manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress as well as promote health and wellness.

What is a massage therapist?

A Massage Therapist provides massage therapy.

What is a masseuse and masseur?

Masseuse is the French word for a female Massage Therapist while Masseur is a male Massage Therapist.

What do the letters LMT & CMT represent?

The LMT following a therapist’s name indicates they are a Licensed Massage Therapist. A license is required to practice massage therapy in many states (SD is one of them). Some LMT’s are also CMT’s. These therapists are CERTIFIED, meaning in addition to studying various massage techniques, they are also formally trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology and study the muscles and their actions in great detail.

How do I know what type of massage to ask for?

With so many massage techniques, it may be confusing when making an appointment just what to ask for and you may even decide not to. The truth is, you don’t necessarily need to know what type of massage you want. You just need to know how you want to feel. Are you overwhelmed and over stimulated? Tell the therapist you want to relax. Are you feeling sluggish and tired? Tell the therapist you need to be ENERGIZED! Explain to the therapist if you are sore or experiencing decreased range of motion (ROM); if you are preparing for an athletic event or recovering from one. The therapist will know what techniques to employ after relaying any information about how you feel, want to feel or what you have been experiencing.

Keep in mind communicating with the massage therapist is essential in order to receive the massage you want. Ask for more or less pressure if you need to. The therapist will not be offended or unhappy. Massage therapists know that everyone is different and require different touch. So make that appointment and enjoy your massage!