Most people get a massage when they have aches and pains, and it’s a great idea to do that. Many of my members get a monthly massage and it often keeps their bodies in shape with just the occasional ache or pain. Lots of my massage clients are also pregnant, so it can help with 95% of aches and pains, including but not limited to round ligament pain and sciatica.
Massages can also help with:
Relieve chronic pain
Reduce the effects of stress
Lower blood pressure
Speed recovery from injuries
Optimize an athlete’s game
Endorphins – it feels great!
Wellness and Relaxation
If you’re just looking to enhance your health or stress relief, scheduling a massage once or twice a month will probably be enough and easily afforable. I have an easy membership program as well as different packages to best suit your needs.
For those who work in a high-stress environment or have daily activities that risk causing repetitive-motion injuries or postural issues, weekly sessions might be best. Keep in mind that the effects of regular massage are cumulative, and spacing them too far apart might leave you back at square one every time. I have seen amazing results from weekly massage as far as changing posture which helped with pain. It does not mean that you should do a weekly massage forever, just until you get the results you are looking for. That being said, I will also recommend stretches and/or other home care to enhance your results.
For the average athletic person, it depends on your training schedule and whether or not you have chronic muscle issues. One or two massages a month may be enough during lighter training periods, increasing frequency as workouts intensify. I have had the privilege of helping many athletes, especially runners, cyclists, professional dancers, bodybuilders, professional football players, professional cheerleaders and professional baseball players.
Most people find that they need more frequent sessions to start, slowly decreasing frequency as their muscles elongate and relax. I will also suggest stretches you can do at home to maintain the work we have done longer between sessions.
The biggest deterrent to routine massage is usually the cost, which can vary on average from $80 to 165 per hour, depending on where you live and your therapist’s qualifications. Always look for a licensed massage therapist with at least 5 years of experience. Here in the state of Texas, the are required to get 12 hours of continuing education. “Discount” massages with a poorly trained therapist or fresh out of school therapists may not give you the full benefits you seek. Often times you must get “locked in” to get the bargain prices which add up over time.
It’s rare for health insurance to cover massage, but not unheard of, so check your current plan. If you are seeking massage for a car accident, I am happy to provide an invoice so that you can get reimbursed. Physician-prescribed massage is also often an acceptable expense for health savings plans, and it’s usually very easy, we just use your HSA card to pay for the massage (I have the medical coding on my Square) so it’s super easy.
I offer monthly membership programs and packages to help you stay pain-free. It’s been my experience that the mind and body benefits I have received from getting regular bodywork have saved me from more costly medical expenses in the long run. I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2002. My certifications include but are not limited to Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Post-Partum,