Today's recession has many people evaluating their priorities in terms of trying to decide the best way to spend their money. Obviously, some things, such as food and shelter, must be taken care of in order to survive. However, everyone, including those who have never had massage before and those who receive regular massage, who wants a massage in this economy has options. There are ways to work around recent economic upheavals to allow the inclusion of therapeutic massage therapy in your lifestyle.
Here are 3 top ways to get a massage in a recession:
1. Call reputable massage schools and find a student clinic. Many student clinics operate at reduced rates. Students perform therapeutic massage under supervision. This is an excellent way to get massage at a reduced rate, while students receive feedback on their technique. Be mindful that student clinics may operate on a limited schedule. Also, once the word gets out, it may be a little harder to get an appointment. In that situation, check with the school to see if they are able to make a referral to graduates who are certified massage therapists. One of these therapists may offer a discount as well, although not as deep a discount as the student clinic.
2. Split the cost of a massage package. Many massage therapists offer package deals. A typical package is buy 3 one-hour massages and get 1 free. The cost of the package can be split among family members, friends, coworkers, etc. This is a very cost effective way to get massage.
3. Talk to the massage therapist. If you have a regular therapist, discuss the feasibility of stretching out your sessions. For example, if you come once every 3 weeks, see if 6 weeks is an option. If you are a massage newbie, talk to therapists until you find one you are comfortable with and see if you can get a reduced rate for your first massage. Whether you have a regular massage therapist or not, it is beneficial to see what types of sessions (time, cost, and modality) can be created for your special needs. Perhaps you only need 30 minutes of massage for your back and shoulders, maybe you need 15 minutes of neuro-muscular technique, or you may decide you want to experiment and try a combination of 15 minutes reflexology and 15 minutes of Reiki. Your massage therapist will be happy to work with you to set up an affordable plan.
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