Massage services are provided in a wide variety of practice settings, including the following:
- Massage clinic
- Wellness center
- Doctor’s office
- Rehab center/physiotherapy clinic
- Fitness club
- Chiropractor’s office
- Hair salon
- Therapist’s own home or apartment
Your massage experience can vary greatly not only with your choice of therapist or modality, but also with your choice of environment. For example, massage therapy at a rehab or physiotherapy clinics, massage may be provided in the corner of a large training area separated from the main area only by drapes or a small partition. Receiving a massage at a high-end spa can be more relaxing; however, you will likely pay a premium for the comforting environment.
If you are elderly or have a physical disability, it is a good idea to check the accessibility of the facility you are considering. Does the facility have stairs but no elevator? Is it wheelchair-accessible? In some cases, you may want to consider choosing a therapist who does house calls so that you can receive massage therapy in the comfort of your own home without traveling.