Massage Envy, Massage Schools, a therapist at a gym, Spas, how do you find a good massage therapist in Houston/anywhere...

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    Jul 05, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    I want to find a massage therapist in Houston. I have been going to the Aveda institute because basically you can get an hour and a half for 60 bucks, but the do not have males. I would like to try a male therapist but nerves/shyness have prevented me from exploring other massage venues. Which ones are better??
    Is it really okay to go in the buff with a new therapist or is it more respectable/appropriate to wear you boxers??
    Please help with general recommendations as well as places in the Houston area if you know any.
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Jul 06, 2011 1:32 AM GMT

    Have you tried Angieslist (NOT Craigslist:winkicon_smile.gif...people rate and write reviews. Yes, you pay a monthly membership fee.....but there are TONS of categories from roofers to restaurants to surgeons.

    Option 2....ask someone at your gym like staff.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 06, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    It's easier on the therapist for you to be nude, and you'll get a more fluid movement from one area to the next. Don't you want your glutes massaged? Most of my pain is in my butt and calves.
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    Jul 06, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    I wouldn't go to Massage Envy. They're the McDonald's of spas.
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    Jul 06, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Miamimasseur is right. MassageEnvy is junk. Any good therapist you may happen to find there will quickly leave to find a better employer. Staff there are typically recent massage school grads looking for resume building.

    Check out the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) website www.amtamassage.org &/or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) www.ncbtmb.org. Both contain "Find a Therapist" links.

    While being an AMTA member or being nationally certified does not guarantee a therapist will be highly skilled or a good match for you and your needs. Both credentials do indicate that the therapist is legit and committed to the profession as well as remaining current in the field through continuing ed.
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    Jul 06, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    miamimasseur saidI wouldn't go to Massage Envy. They're the McDonald's of spas.


    LOL TRUST.. I would never give those assholes money.

    I once went to get my best friend a birthday gift card for a massage or facial and talked with "BRAND_EHY" icon_rolleyes.gif What an class A biatch. I was tempted to contact their corporate office just to tell than that because of my experience with Brandy, icon_evil.gif I would never do business with them.

    That's pretty impressive because I am normally not like that and usually give people a second and even a third chance.
    Nope, not this time.
  • DanLMT

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    Jul 11, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    ask friends for a referral to a male therapist (that they have received a session from already). I prefer to receive from a male that has certified in sports, injury recovery and also does energy work....like me. if the LMT is legit and IN integrity, you will be draped during the session. I prefer to receive sans clothes and encourage all clients to do the same so I have access. I assure the new client they will remain draped through the entire session. everything stated about Massage En****y is truth !
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    Aug 20, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    The massage therapist I use is not only an LMT but an MMT (Medical Massage Therapist). When I joined my gym getting a few free massages with a new membership was the promotion they had going at the time. I booked with a male thearapist who was fairly good and asked where he got his training. The therapist told me he had an awesome instructor at his massage school who taught him alot.
    After that, I did some internet research and found that the massage school instructor also had a private home studio and was taking new clients. The guy has several certifications and had experience working in chiropratic and physical rehab clinics. He has by far been the BEST thearapist I had ever had!

    I also agree with the other guys who have posted so far, being nude for the massage is the best way.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 27, 2011 8:36 AM GMT
    miamimasseur saidI wouldn't go to Massage Envy. They're the McDonald's of spas.


    Correct!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Aug 27, 2011 8:49 AM GMT
    Go to the AMTA website and look in your area... people on that site have to have certain requirements to be a member of the AMTA and they are covered by insurance too.