MassageExchange.com Poll

Credentials Gallery

How valuable is the new Credentials Gallery?
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Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
20%
4%
24%
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
22%
3%
25%
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
23%
1%
24%
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
26%
1%
27%
719 Votes:
 
Member Comments
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Some have said that it gives a level of reassurance especially for women who are considering a male masseur
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
You never really know if its them til u meet for a massage.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Only useful if someone is certified or licensed
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
I have had terrible massages fro. People I have paid in spas and others that had all the creditentials. So I prefer to check the reviews instead and chat with the person :)
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Phone or email communication is of more value.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
I've had good and bad massages from licensed "professionals", so credentials aren't really very telling. What's truly distressing is how few people - licensed or otherwise - seem to know anything significant about contagious skin disorders or blood-borne pathogens. It's a scary world out there at the microscopic level.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
I prefer to check the reviews instead and chat with the person
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Anyone can perform a massage as long as they have firm hands and is a female, what more can i say!
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Most of us on here are not massage pros, so the value is minimal. It's pretty difficult to line up an exchange anyway, if I was only considering credentialed folks.
, it would never happen.Looking at the results, I do see and understand it's more important to a woman.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
depends .. but massage knowledge is imp.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
To a newb like me it means stay away, out of my league.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Yes I think a degree of common sense is needed when more Women & Men Have been subject to Violence/Terrorism/ Rape/ robbing:
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Only if the system requires the requester to already have credentials uploaded first. Otherwise you will be exposing your identity for people who might not be as serious as you are
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
It's important to know who you are dealing with.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Experience is often better than certificates ... I've had better massages from many exchanges than from so-called 'professionals'.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
good
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Safety is very important to me.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
you can never be sure until a meeting
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I do think this is impotent to every one on here more for the ladies on here to help them feel safe
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I think it's a good addition to a already well thought out well advertised & partipated site.Think the feedback is more important but neatherless a good addition.
Now I just have to dig out my docs to add not easy when a lot of stuff is boxed up ready for a move :)
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Safty first
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
If I were a woman and wanted to share with a man I would want some lecel of confidence that they are safe.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
In my experience, A bit of paper is no true indication of a persons touch for massage, you have it or you don't, no amount of training will help but teach you the basics.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Absolutely. When one entrust one's body to another person of whatever gender, one should have the confidence that that trust is not broken or abused. I for one do not want my photo publicly displayed because of my public profile.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Yes Great Advice--Thanks. @Massage Exchange
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Useful if it helps provide a sense of comfort about safety before a meeting.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Safety first
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
From my personal experience that piece of paper does not tell the true story. SOME students do great on the test but are terrible at massage and should never have graduated massage school. This is from my year of massage school experience observing fellow students one-on-one. Was a very disappointing observation.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I'm so talented
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Trust is from experience.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Safety is first .. I also gaurentee safety from myself therfore some level of safety is equally important for both genders
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Credentails are important on a basic introductory level. Once that is established the real person can only be known by sharing.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Based on my 13 years of experience learning, practising, exchanging and teaching massage, I would say that these credentials have relatively little value in general, and even less in the specific situation of arranging an exchange. A therapist's experience, intentions, and state of personal well-being (on that day!) are far more important, as is how well his/her style and personality happen to fit with mine (and vice versa)! Regarding safety, If someone in some way abuses the trust inherent in an exchange, we have the review system; I suspect that that is a much better way for handling 'dodgy' therapists. Otherwise we're just encouraging a kind of prejudice.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
I feel that if you have formal training and offer this as part of your exchange, particularly if you are offering 'therapeutic', then a credential note may be of comfort to those seeking a true therapeutic massage. I can only offer a 'sensual' massage due to an injury to my shoulders. There is only experience in actually delivering a truly sensual massage, and here the credential is in a positive review by the receiver. Maybe a rating system could be set up to give a 'credential point' to those members that gain say, 5 positive points.
I myself, judge a member from his profile, photo and a gut feeling, this approach has never let me
down.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Great advice thanks
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
People can write anything on a profile page, truth or fiction. The truth will come out at the first meeting anyway.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I agree that is important to have verification of individuals who are desiring arranging for a massage exchange.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
The extra assurance is they are who they claim to be is great......
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Credentials, formal qualifications etc are fine, but nothing beats experience, empathy and personality.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Important when first meeting
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
I find members are honest about their skills and most users are not qualified anyway.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Photo, real name are not important. Main thing is safety and the assurance should be there like the next person is genuine only.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Experience is what counts. Hands-on the job and proper training leads to from satisfactorial to excellence. A co-relation between giver and receiver sets a common ground with sound communication given a consistinchand respectful chat before a session.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
I agree with former comments that you get all the information that you need from reviews and your own "gut" first impression that you established from exchanging messages before you actually meet. I see the question also from a semi-professional angle in that when I give massage all that I need to question myself is whether I might be inviting a mugger into my house, which would be though the same concern of any professional running their own business and hence a risk that cannot be fully eliminated but which luckily is also very unlikely. As for receiving I still remind myself that swaps are free of charge except for invested time, and which is not a lot come to look at it, and I do not tend to look a gift horse in its mouth.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Unless someone has access to some sort of database there is no way to verify these credentials, they can easily be falsified
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Thin line between credibility and turning away user usage due to some that are sensitive about releasing that type information, maybe due to previous security breach.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Most people are newbie's so lack training. They do massages because they love it and that shows in their massage and energy. Good enough for me!
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I think it is very important that trust is mutually established especially by showing that you are who you say you are.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
It's a good idea :)
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
A massage exchange can be had without credentials. I've had the best massages from people who enjoy learning, practicing and exchanging services
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
I don't know of any standardized credentisls throughout North America. Even if there were, I would assume that most (eg, diplomate or licensee) professionals would not be engaging here.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I am always concerned meeting people for a massage who might not be who they say they are.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
What is the vibe you get from their profile? Does it sound like they have some legitimate experience? If so, give them a shot and say hello. If you connect and have a good massage session, the the massage speaks for itself. Right?
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Some of us don't want our pictures on here because we are married and would prefer to provide a picture and personal information by other means. Those who won't reply or allow communication because we don't have a public picture may be missing out on a fantastic massage experience.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Understandably significant protocol to ensure safe and confident interacton.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Discussions via email message son site are necessary before any meeting is arranged. Photo is important as is agreed location. Credentials need to be verified and that's not always easily done.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Its very important
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
It's great idea
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
excellant idea and Info for orthers
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Its a great option for those who want that, but massage credentials tell me nothing about their character, which to me matters most.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Some of us don't want our pictures on here because we are married and would prefer to provide a picture and personal information by other means. Those who won't reply or allow communication because we don't have a public picture may be missing out on a fantastic massage experience.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Some of us don't want our pictures on here because we are married and would prefer to provide a picture and personal information by other means. Those who won't reply or allow communication because we don't have a public picture may be missing out on a fantastic massage experience.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Safety is always number one.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
A person's intent and empathy for others is most important.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Keep this site safe and legitimate, requiring valid ID helps prevent fake profiles, and spammers.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
If they are claiming to have certification, then the credentials area is beneficial. In my experience, most of the people on the site are enthusiasts and not certified, so the credential area is of no use. I would much rather see a current photo as a MANDATORY requirement. If you are meeting them in a public place first, this is more important.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
very imprtant to me
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
great idea
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Only a proof of scanning skills (and possibly editing skills!!) of the member - or member's friend - more or less worthless as part of "due diligence" before meeting a potential massage exchange partner! Talking with someone on the phone before meeting is far more useful.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
I went to obtain copies of my credentials from the school at which I attended in 1996. They wanted hundred dollars as they were locked in a container. Yeah, not going to happen. My reviews elsewhere speak for my skills. Plus 95% of "certified" therapists are borderline terrible providers. Definitely of minimal value to show paperwork.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Not everyone on this site would have credentials . Photo would help with commentary to know if i would like to establish contact
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Be safe ,
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
A commentary on background experience with an updated photo is sufficient. Credentials do not guarantee the person is skilled nor does it guarantee they are a person of good intent. I've had excellent massages with non licensed enthusiast.  On the other hand,  I've had bad massages and one frightening experience of I'll intent from a licensed MT.  You must be careful in picking who you exchange with, for both men and women.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Any person with any sense would be sure to validate the person they wish to exchange with is legit. However can this website assure us they will never be hacked and ID stolen ? I don't see how uploading such personal ID is a good idea. It just means it is vulnerable to hackers, ID theft etc. Personal responsibility is vital.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
An unnecessary complexity. Don't make the app bloated.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
The quality of a person's character, or their touch has no relationship to administrivia. I mean...I've received AWFUL massages from wonderfully credentialed folks, and AMAZING massages from folks without 'papers'
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
I understand why some women might want this but for me a masseur I feel no need for it
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Nice for some, but not everyone is a professional. Better to have a star review process.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
I think that reviews by those who have received massages might be more helpful. I question the uniformity of the licencing from state to state and the quality of learning from school to school. I stopped going to the schools for student massages because of a bad experience there. I feel like I am dialed in to a person better by an honest review.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
To me, a pic and the communication after first contact are most important tools for picking an exchange partner.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
A photo is important before a contact. A commentary is helpful to determine value in an exchange.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Alright
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
Reviews are better, but scarce. I havent written or received any yet...holiday slacker.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
we need to be sure about the others..
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
This is a free for service site. As such formal qualifications and verification of same mean little. The more someone is qualified the more I ponder as to why they are offering their services free of charge. Obviously safety should be of primary concern, therefore contraindications of massage should be the only formal recognition of value. If you are on this site seeking a free, receive only, highly intensive tantric experience from a qualified tantric practitioner then you are probably delusional. This site works as a relaxed, safe massage site. If you are injured and need therapeutic treatment pay to see a professional.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I'm torn.
Great to know they know what they are doing, but opens that person up to potentially loosing their license of they are an LMT.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
As long as the person who trades with you helps you by doing the best they can by doing what you like and you do the same to help the other person by doing what they like. I suggest that the two people meet in a public area to talk first and agree on the massage trade.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
not to happy about seeing someone that I have no idea who they are
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I think they are beneficial although I don't think they should be mandatory as prospective members can choose if they would like to meet up using the photograph and commentary which I believe should be mandatory for everyone.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
following the scares of blind meets from other web sites, this is very important.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
If they are on this site and been a member for a while I am fairly sure that they will be OK.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
A credential could easily be photo shopped so I don't think it has any value - as with most things, the good people don't need to show it and the bad ones will work around it.
Minimal value, no more value than a member's commentary or photo
Really hard to say that credentials are important when individuals self-report...
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Genuine members should have no concerns about providing some assurance that they are who they say they are. We should all feel safe, I am happy to comply.
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
Definitely for safety and security, even as a male therapist. Safety, they won't hurt my body while trading with me. Security for knowing who they are!  Plus, if the person says they have a Bachelors Degree in Massage, Minor in Healthcare Management AND are Board Certified by NCBTMB, they can prove it !
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
I can read people, that is why I am rarely duped. If your my friend, I will die for you. If your my enemy, I will keep you closer.
Beneficial for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
It is the humain cords... everyone, with or without credentials, could give a quality, initiative feeling touch.
C'est dans la touche humaine.... tous, avec ou sans diplôme, peuvent donner un bon massage intuitif et/ou de qualité.
Unimportant. A member's photo and commentary is fine
As others have mentioned, fraud is relatively easy, and there are no guarantees
Mandatory for safety and assurance that the're who they say they are
It's very important.  Too many frauds out there
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