I consider James Waslaski, to be the gold standard in bodywork (massage) educators. T.C. (Tamlynn Cameron) is also superb. Interestingly, she is also a James Waslaski teachers assistant. I believe it is quite fair to ask a potential therapist about their massage education background.
When I want to receive really good bodywork, I go to the following bodywork educator websites and look for their list of preferred providers. These are the leading educators in the industry. Although there are other great educators and therapists, for me, this is the place to start.