Question: What should I be looking for when trying to find a legitimate massage practitioner?
Answer: When looking for a massage therapist, the most important thing is making sure that they were trained at an appropriate massage therapy school.
The other thing is that a lot of states have licensure for massage therapists -- so if you live in one of those states, making sure that your therapist has the appropriate licensure.
Finally, there's a national certification exam for massage therapists, and a therapist who has that credential, that also helps you to know that that's going to be someone who has had the appropriate level of training and credentials. And I would avoid seeing someone who just essentially is a lay massage therapist who hasn't had the formal training.