Does it make a difference to clients

I rarely have clients who ask me if I'm registered/certified. More are more interested in how long I've been doing this than in my credentials. If I were working for someone else, I'm sure this would be much different, but it seems that clients who come to someone who is self employed are more interested in experience. 

What are your thoughts or experience on being LMT/RMT.CMT vs not having the paperwork? 

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    The two main reasons i got Licensed in CA is for  liability insurance for my practice and that  clients can get reimbursed for massage/ bodywork. Its  only through a licensed or Certified massage therapist that  insurance companies and business will  reimbursement for massage.      When one is licensed it shows the client that you have adequate training and education and hopefully know your way around a body:-)

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      Massage is about touch and there are so many ways of touching.  I think it's important to know something about the body and I trust LMT's to know how to work with the body.  Fact is that LMTs  are restricted by law to certain ways of touching and forbidden zones.  It all depends on what client/massage want/offer.  I've had excellent experiences with licensed and with un-licensed masseurs.  I think it's so important to communicate with each other so that a flow happens.  I've had some sessions where I felt like an object isolated from the practitioner.  No flow.  Different experience from feeling a kind of loop of energy flowing between me and the other.  That's what I prefer.  Doesn't have to be erotic to flow, but sometimes it can be, as I see it.  Always respect, mutuality, and sensitivity to one another's personhood, boundaries, and well being matter most.

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        Will Xavier

        You know this is still a valid question, and for some, an issue that accepts no compromise, the masseur must be certified or licensed. I am neither, ye am confident in my skills,. bolstered by having licensed masseurs as as trade partners who've all said I have natural skills. I've taken training from these guys as well having studied training videos ad nauseam. 

        I was too old to commit to the 1,000 hours of class time required in NY when  started, never mind the price tag involved. I never represent myself as licensed, and if a potential client asks, I'll tell them I have training, and after some 15 years of experience there are thousands of bodies in my wake. There are of course those who sport only enthusiasm without skill or certification, and you can tell within a few strokes. zOption 1 - stick with it because he's not terrible, Option 2 - offer apologies as you get up and 'say this just isn't working' 

        Short of it is  that there ar skilled practitioners on either side of license fence as well as those who are mediocre.