20 ways to get the best massage for your money

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  • 1. 20 Ways To Get The Best Massage For Your Money

2. 1. Venue You have a choice: Corporate run franchised spas ex: Massage Envy Medical clinics Privately owned wellness centers Private therapists Your choice from this selection will greatly influence the nature and value of the massage you receive. Oftentimes, the difference between these venues lie in the ownership. You must discern which of these focus more on the type of massage you are looking for in order to get your moneys worth in value and experience. 3. Corporate Run Franchised Spas Whether a corporation owns a few or hundreds nationwide, these spas tend to be the McDonalds of the massage industry. It may be cheaper, but remember, you get what you pay for. They hire massage students right out of school, so your therapist usually has limited experience. Although this helps a therapist get started and gain experience, these institutions often exploit them because they underpay, and overwork the therapists they hire. Consider that if the therapist is not getting great internal customer service and consideration from the franchise owner or the corporations directives; and if they are overworked and in pain, they will not be happy and that energy can affect the quality of the massage you receive. Oftentimes, insecure franchise owners and management will manipulate clients with claims that the therapist they like or specifically request is not available. The reality is, they require therapists to sign no compete contracts so that you are prohibited from following your favorite therapist when they leave to seek better opportunities. These spas focus on Relaxation predominantly. To know if the spa you are considering is one of these, check to see if they are nationwide, or how many locations there are in your state. 4. Medical Clinics Usually, the focus of these clinics is recovery. Most often, their clients are victims of accidents or hereditary conditions that require a great deal of physical therapy. Massage in a location like this is usually only for 10-20 minutes per insurance directives. Most often, physical therapy has precedence over massage in this environment. Regardless of additional pain areas you may want addressed, the insurance companys requirements direct the treatment and the doctor dictates what body areas the Massage Therapist can massage. 5. Privately Owned Wellness Centers These centers focus on actually Therapeutic Massage. They hire very talented and experienced therapists. Massage Therapists in wellness centers are more focused on eliminating muscular problems and pain. These centers are great for treating accidents, injuries, muscle tension and strain, stress and athletes. Some wellness centers are owned by Chiropractors. If this is the case, the purpose will be redirected from Massage Therapy, to Chiropractic Care. In such a situation, treatment recommended will be very frequent, and unless you pay separately for a longer massage, massage in this type of clinic will be 10-20 minutes dictated by insurance directives. Make sure you check to learn the focus of the center. 6. Private Therapists There is a lot of choice with private Massage Therapists. Options include, price, time, location, style and convenience above all. Private Massage Therapists may have their own location. They may rent a room in an office or spa. They may come to your home or office location. There are no restrictions in addressing your pain problems. Usually, private Massage Therapists are more therapeutic in nature, and have a greater freedom in exercising their massage styles. You can develop a good working relationship with your therapist and get the care and relief you need 7. 2. Price The reason that many people walk away from a massage feeling like they didnt get their moneys worth is because of the venue they chose to receive their massage in. The type of massage you receive may depend greatly on your choice of quality over quantity when you consider price. The corporate franchised spas have lowered pricing, but quality takes a hit. To compensate, they will push monthly membership contracts and products to make up the difference. If you want a quality massage, you need an experienced Massage Therapist with no restrictive directives that prevent them from exercising the full range of their education and skills to effect your muscles in a positive way. Massage prices range from $50 and up, and depend on whether or not the venue is running a special or discount for the lower pricing. An average price range for a 60 minute massage is $90. 8. 3. Time Most people are unrealistic about the time needed for a good massage. Depending on the style desired, greater time may be needed than the standard 60 minutes. More time may be needed depending on the condition of the muscles. More time may be needed depending on the level of pain. More time may be needed depending on how many pain areas the client complains about, and how well they want those areas addressed. 9. 4. The Type of Massage There are three main types of massage that govern the industry: Relaxation Swedish massage, a light to medium rub down full body. Deep Tissue More focused muscle tension relief; not always full body Therapeutic Muscle tension, stress and pain relief; deeper pressure, deep tissue, predominantly spot specific according to client pain; includes muscular and structural integration and alignment. 10. 5. Front Desk Staff Are they helpful in accommodating your scheduling requests? Are they familiar with the therapists and their massage styles? Can they properly communicate the difference between styles to you? Are they warm and friendly? Do they truthfully tell you your favorite therapists schedule of availability? Do they match you up correctly, according to your request with the type of therapist you need? 11. 6. Improper Matching This can occur when the spa is more concerned with their bottom line, than with giving you the service you are paying for. This can occur when the client does not adequately articulate the type of massage they need. This can occur when the client confuses their desire for Deep Pressure in a Swedish Massage, with a Deep Tissue Massage. This can occur from indecisiveness of the client as to what their massage needs are. This can occur when a spa owner fails to respect the style of the massage therapist, and insists on the therapist performing a different style. For example, many therapeutic massage therapists dont do Swedish massage, but in a corporate run franchise, the owner may insist that the therapist does Swedish. 12. 7. Expectations Reasons the clients expectations may not be met. If the client has a lot of pain issues If the client has limited time If the time needed to address the pain issues greatly exceeds the time paid for. If the client cannot make up their mind what they expect or want the therapist to do, or if they constantly change their mind during the massage. If the client attempts to direct the therapist on what to do and how to do it. If the client failed to properly communicate their expectations to the therapist. 13. 8. Indecisiveness Indecisiveness can be the catalyst for failed expectations. If the clients muscular needs exceed the type of massage or time requested, they may leave not feeling any sense of relief, nor value for their dollar. If the client overlooks the issues in their tissues or refuses to allow the therapist to address obvious muscular problems; they may leave without feeling relief. They may get upset when they feel their tension and pain return within 1-2 hours of having received their massage. For example, the client that says, My bodys all messed up, but I just want relaxation. 14. 9. Controlling & Redirecting When management in a spa does this, they disregard their clients and therapists in favor of what best suits their business. Customer service takes a hit. When clients do this, they disrespect the skills and competence of the massage therapist, who invested a lot of time and money in their education, certification and in continuing education that is required to sustain their license. An example of this is a client who tells the therapist that they want them to spend 5 minutes on their legs, 10 minutes on their arms, 15 minutes on their neck and shoulders, and 25 minutes on their back. 15. 10. Cleanliness A spa or massage environment, whether it be a clinic or wellness center has to be clean. It is unprofessional if there is musty or offensive odors. It is unprofessional if linens do not appear to be properly laundered. {Wrinkled, torn, excessive (colored) stains. Sometimes oil stains will be present, but should not be predominant.} It is unprofessional if dust is very visibly present. (Fans, vents and ceilings should not have dust bunnies) It is unprofessional to utilize improper equipment, such as surgical caps in place of face covers on the table. Clients need to remember that massage involves close contact between the Massage Therapist and client. Proper hygiene is necessary and considerate. Please do not come to a massage if you havent showered, brushed your teeth, or washed your clothes or failed to use deodorant. Heavy smoking odors are also offensive and are hard to remove from the rooms. Remember that Massage Therapists have the right to refuse to work on any client, and inconsideration in hygiene is the #2 reason a therapist will exercise this right. 16. 11. Professionalism Professionalism starts with the appointment It is enhanced by the environment It is embellished by the staff It is cemented by the Massage Therapist and the treatment 17. 12. Lack of Communication with the Therapist Most spas and centers/clinics provide an intake or medical questionnaire upon the first visit. Many clients either are not forthright on these questionnaires, or they forget inform