I went to one massage therapist and she spent all the time she worked on me talking about I should not take medicine, I should not go to doctors, I caused my own problems etc. I told the doctor who recommended her what she said and he said he wouldn't recommend her any more. The next massage therapist told me all about her love life, how smart she was, and went on endlessly about her pet rat having to go to the vet to have tumors removed etc. I finally realized I felt worse when she worked on me. She sometimes "forgot" I was allergic to eucholiptis and tried to use it. I always smelled it immediately. Dr Phil (whom I think is full of it and uses his show to embarrass people) said one wise thing. When he goes to a massage therapist the rule is no talking except to ask him to change positions. That would be a good rule to establish on the first visit.