What you get from a $60 Massage
For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a private issue. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.
I know this because
I walk the walk and get regular massage.
I am crazy tight with finances, so if I don’t plan for it, massage doesn’t happen.
But if I expect you to jiggle the numbers and budget $60 for a massage every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a 1 hour, $60 massage.
Clarity in Pricing
What I charge is clearly listed here: www.mindfulmassageok.com
Tip are never necessary but always appreciated.
A Full Hour
1 hour = 60 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the massage.
That’s not the case for every business. Massage Envy’s hour is 50 minutes. Elements gives you 50 minutes.
Even some full service spas operate on a 50-minute hour. But in my office, 30, 60, and 90 minute treatments last exactly as long as indicated. (Unless you’re late, then I may have to adjust accordingly.)
Ease of Scheduling
Scheduling tends to be the second biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. We never think of scheduling massage at a time that is actually convenient to call.
You can schedule with me online right here. www.mindfulmassageok.com
If you prefer, you can call me or even text me at 405.206.5825 to schedule. (We may need to play a bit of phone tag since I may need to call you back between clients.)
You get my full attention. For 1 hour, you are the superstar. You are the reason we’re in the room. Need silence? We can do that.
Want me to spend the full hour on your feet? Sure. Eye pillow for total darkness? Not a problem. Extra pillows? You got it.
You get your own full attention. No phone. No demands. Just you.
I’ve had 5+ years of practice and hundreds of hours of continuing education. They were all just prep for your massage.
I’ve been trained to treat nerve disorders like carpal tunnel, sciatica, or plantar fasciitis.
I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you and your health condition.
If you’ve had knee or hip replacement, I won’t do stretches that can cause pain in that area.
There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage, operating under the radar. Oklahoma has only had a state license since May 2017, and I know there are plenty still in business that never got theirs updated.
If a therapist is operating without all the proper licenses, their insurance will be voided in the event of claim. That’s scary stuff right there.
I’m covered! I have great liability coverage through AMTA, one of the nations leading company for massage therapists.
A massage with me gets you connections with all the practitioners I know. And that’s a lot of people. If massage isn’t helping your tendonitis/backache/anxiety, I’ll help you find the right Chiropractor, PT or counselor for you.
High quality massage oil (or cream, or lotion).
I only use the best products on your skin. I am actually moving towards more natural, less processed massage oil. That means just plain oil, that will leave your skin feeling healthy and not gunky.
You get to support a small local business
It’s just me! No conglomerate. No fancy management structure or corporate set up. Just a little business owner, paying her taxes, making a living, and participating in the same communities she serves. There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of big box stores and amazon. When you pay $60 for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.
All that, from a $60 massage!
1. Do your research
There is a wide spectrum of massage styles and therapist training. Kind of like getting a tattoo, know what you want and find the therapist that can help you. Do you think you'd like a deeper pressure? A lighter more relaxing pressure? More spa-type add ons? Someone with training in energy work? Someone with training in nerve issues?
Get referrals from friends, click through the therapist's webpage, look for what extra training they've had and what their target market is. If you are a marathoner, you probably won't match up with someone who prefers prenatal massages. Message the therapist and get more information that way. And lastly, just try them! Go in with an open mind and be willing to shop around if you really need someone to partner with you on a specific issue.
2. Arrive a bit early
About 10 mins early is best for your first massage. Some therapist will have an online intake form you can fill out before your appointment so we know what medications you are taking, what surgeries and injuries you've had, and what your goals are. Sometimes they will have you fill out that form before you get on the table. To get the most of your time and avoid the therapist running behind or cutting your session short, showing up with some time before helps out everyone.
3. Turn your phone off
Phone goes on airplane or do not disturb mode. You are getting a massage to maybe get some pain relief or to relax, but in reality you are doing this to reconnect to yourself and your body. To reconnect to your body, you need to disconnect from everyone else.
Pro-tip: Practice some mindfulness meditation during your massage. Practice letting go of your to-do list or your upcoming events, let go of what you will do when you get off the table. Let go of what the therapist is going to do next. Practice feeling what you are feeling when it happens. This is where the true magic of massage happens, where you reconnect deeply and intimately with your body.
4. Communicate about pressure!
Too many times the negative reactions I hear about massage have to do with the pressure the therapist delivered, either too much or too less. The therapist should check in during the first 5 minutes of the massage and you should let them know honestly. It is so super easy to adjust, and an experienced therapist has had clients all along the spectrum. We know that pressure is 100% subjective, what feels super deep to someone can feel way too light to another person. So we need YOU to tell us what you're feeling!
And don't think that first check in is the only time you can adjust. Different areas of the body can feel pressure differently too. If we run across an area that is more sensitive, let us know so we can back off. If something feels really good and you want a bit deeper, just ask. We will be much happier that you feel the massage was effective than staying quiet and wishing we could read your mind.
And if you have truly never have a massage and don't know what the "correct" pressure for you is, here's my tip: you want the pressure to mimic or closely mimics the sensations your feel from your current pain issue. If you aren't having any pain at the moment, think around a 4-5 on the 1-10 pain scale. Never feel the pressure to get a massage that is "no pain no gain", or to ask for more pressure if you just aren't feeling the good feelings.
5. Reschedule before you leave
Did you absolutely LOVE your massage and your therapist, and really felt like you found "The One"?? Reschedule before you leave! Those therapists are usually very hard to get in to more than a week or two in advance, getting on their books will do a couple of things to benefit future you:
You will be able to schedule things around that appointment, to actually make it and make time for yourself. You will get in before anyone else steals that time (that, let's be honest, is already hard enough to carve out of your schedule). And it is immensely easier to reschedule or cancel if you have to, than to last minute schedule at the time you need.
Veteran Massageland Citizens: got any other tips for the newbies?
Lindsay Juarez, LMT
Lets nerd out about massage and pain science!