It is important to know and understand the licensing and/or certifications your massage therapist may or may not have. In the state of North Dakota, massage therapists are required by law to be licensed. This ensures that the LMT (or Licensed Massage Therapist) you visit has had a basic education in massage techniques (750+hours), has passed a nationally recognized exam, (should be posted in the office) and complies with standards of sanitation, communicable disease control, and ethics.
Certain states, for example, Minnesota, do not have standards the same as North Dakota, so it is especially important to ask about your therapist’s credentials to make sure they meet the standards of needs you have as a client. If someone is not licensed but certified, be sure to ask what specific education they have and make sure their certification is not just a city permit after attending a weekend course. You want to make sure if you have any special conditions/considerations your therapist has the knowledge to help you and not hurt you.
There are even some conditions that are contraindicated for massage-meaning you shouldn’t have massage performed. This is where proper education is key.