Variety is the spice of life

Many clients wonder what they will do if their massage therapist takes a leave of absence. Pregnancies, family illnesses, and jet-setter vacations can take your regular RMT out of the office for a time.

This is why we encourage all of our clients to see different therapists every now and then.

I know, I know – some of you are reading this in shock and disbelief. The thought of leaving your RMT for another? You wouldn’t consider it. But hear us out. We aren’t saying you should get up and go to another therapist’s table for good. But there are benefits to subbing in a massage here and there with another therapist. Here is why:

You have a substitute therapist when your RMT is sick.

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Remember substitute teachers as a kid? There was that one you loved, who had you wishing your teacher was always sick. And then there was the one you didn’t love so much, who had you wishing YOU were sick! Get advice from your RMT on who they recommend, to make sure you know which substitute RMT you are getting when the time comes.

Each RMT has a unique style. 

RMT Acupunture - Ottawa massageEach and every massage therapist has their own way of treating. What works for their regular clients, may not work for you. Experiment with other RMTs before your therapist goes on leave, that way you don’t have to do the guess work at the eleventh hour. Or you might even find something better suited for you, as many RMTs have different tools they use to treat the same conditions.

You might be missing out on the expert.

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Yes, your RMT is the best thing since sliced bread. But, contrary to what you may believe, they don’t know how to treat everything the most efficiently. Which extra courses a massage therapist takes, and what they see regularly in the clinic, will dictate what the therapist knows how to treat most effectively. If you find yourself in a new situation, and your therapist isn’t confident they can help your specific condition, ask them to refer you to a colleague, as they will most likely know someone who is well versed in that area of treatment.

Don’t hesitate to see other massage therapists.

All of us at Body Poets love working in a collaborative environment, as we are all aiming for the same goal: the best possible care for you. Your body and health are constantly changing, as will your therapist’s approach to treatment. From time to time, why not try a different approach, to make sure you feel that your needs are being met. If you like what you discover, let your therapist know, and see if they can incorporate it into your treatments. Your RMT should periodically check in with you about whether any of your preferences have changed, and make shifts as necessary.

This collaboration and evolution is part of stepping into the circle of care when you come to Body Poets.