What you get from a $70 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 fairly tight with finances, so if I don’t plan for it, massage won’t happen. But if I expect you to jiggle the numbers and budget $70 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, $70 massage.

A Full Hour

1 hour = 60 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the treatment.
I block out 15 minutes between appointments so you aren’t rushed out so I can get my next client in. This gives us time to discuss your treatment, how it went and makes for a better experience.

Many places operate on a 50-minute hour. But in my clinic, 30, 45 and 60 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. (I hate playing phone tag for 3 days to make an appointment).

You can schedule with me online right here.  And if you don’t see a time that works for you, drop me an email or a SMS with some times you’re looking for and maybe I’ll do my best to make it work.

Attention

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? Not a problem. You get your own “me time”. No phone. No demands. Just you.

Experience

I’ve had 11 years of practice and many hours of continuing education. They were all just prep for your massage. I specialise in treating headaches and hip pain and am now educating myself on treating frozen shoulder. I don’t do relaxation massage where you get 5 minutes here, five minutes there, but I will customise each treatment just for you.

Clinical Prudence

I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you and your health condition. In general, people on blood thinners should not be getting deep tissue massage. The same for people undergoing treatment for cancer. It’s also unwise to do aggressive stretching on pregnant women. These are called contraindications. And I won’t mess around with them.

The downside here is that I may turn you away, as of yet that hasn’t happened. We can usually find a technique that is safe and effective for your situation.

Member of a Professional Association

There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage, operating under the radar. They may not be a member of any association or have insurance. That’s scary stuff right there. I am a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia with insurance through AON Australia. You can follow the links to check them out. Another advantage of being a member of a professional organisation is that I can offer Health Rebates from all health funds.

Referrals

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, physiotherapist, personal trainer, podiatrist or counselor for you.

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 my taxes, making a living, and participating in the same communities I serve. There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of heavily discounted services and chain stores. When you pay $70 for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.

All that, from a $70 massage.