Düsseldorf () Serious associations of spa massages, the German Association for Wellbeing warns: "Often, the providers of these massages have not followed a solid training.
Then there is a lack of basic anatomical knowledge and knowledge of the limits of one's own actions. "Among other things, it is argued that it is only relaxation and well-being." It was a "serious mistake".
The association lists on its website the criteria for identifying a reputable massage or qualified masseurs. A solid foundation provides initial or initial professional training such as "state-approved / state-approved" and "certified physiotherapist / physiotherapist". The content of these trainings includes basic knowledge of medicine, hygiene standards as well as basic learning of classical massage methods.
If special forms of massage are offered, such as a gemstone massage or singing bowl, appropriate certificates must be available to prove it. The Wellness Association advises paying particular attention to the training period, the subject taught and the final exam. State institutions and recognized associations are a sign of seriousness.
In the exaggerations of the special action mode of a massage, or even the claims of absolute or promise of salvation, precautions must be taken. Even misleading promises such as "make you look 20 years younger" or "melt cellulite" do not reflect the seriousness.
There are also quality criteria for the treatment itself: the masseur must wear clean and serious professional clothing and a neat appearance. For the treatment room, professional furniture and cleanliness are important.
In the preliminary discussion, the massage procedure is explained and asked for complaints and allergies. In addition, the guest should be counseled on the best way to prepare for treatment.
"The masseur does not speak during treatment as much as necessary, without being rude, dangerous or indifferent," is another recommendation from the association. Ideally, the procedure should include a processing structure, for example a variety of handles, from the softest to the most intense, then again too soft and fading.
After treatment, the guest must receive tips, for example, if it is advisable to rest or take a shower.
A reasonable price for a wellness massage per minute of treatment is between 1 and 1.50 euros.