All Massages Are NOT Created Equal

Hi.  Donna, the owner of Heavenly Healing Hands Massage Therapy here and I wanted to post a personal message this holiday season.  We tend to get a lot of calls from people who have never had massage before this time of year and since people tend to be in such a hurry, I never get to say to callers what I really want to say.  Often potential clients are trying to quickly find some place to run into and “grab” a massage and that is a HUGE mistake.   Take it from me because I know.

deep tissue massageWhy do I know?  Is it just because I am myself a massage therapist?  Nope.  I became a massage therapist over 5 years ago but before that I was an avid CUSTOMER of massage.  I have been getting massages over 20 years now.  It started years ago in Atlanta when my kids were little.  Someone gave me and my husband a gift certificate to Spa Sydell in Atlanta for $350!  My husband had no interest at all in massage so I got to try massage for the first time on my own.  I can tell you that the first 5 minutes was all I needed to know that I would be hooked on massage for life!  I recall buying some bath salts at the spa but the remainder of the gift certificate amount I used to get several more massages and loved every minute of it.

swedish massageAfter the money on the certificate ran out I started paying for massage therapy  myself because it helped my stress level and helped me to feel better since I used to work out so much.  I also ventured away from Spa Sydell since it was not located in my area of town and tried lots of massage all over the place.  Now that I live in the Cleveland area I continue to get regular massage (about once per week) because I have an old ankle injury that causes me real chronic pain and when I work out in addition to working on clients I need effective deep tissue work to keep going.

So back to my point – I have tried massage therapy in spas, massage offices, salons, etc. in the Cleveland area and I have had a very difficult time finding consistent, high-quality massages in the area.  Most places I have gotten a massage from I leave feeling sort of relaxed but with the same level of pain that I walked in with.  Most therapists in the area have decided to not work too hard and use somewhat soft pressure and that – to me – is not very therapeutic when you are walking around with chronic pain.  When I finally do get massage from a competent therapist I can go up to 2 weeks and keep feeling the difference in how I move, walk, and feel.  So I can tell you, without a doubt, that all massages are NOT CREATED EQUAL.

So the next time you know you want to try massage or you want to book a session, take the time to find a competent massage therapist.  Price shopping IS NOT THE WAY to get a good massage.  Look at client reviews to see what other people are saying or get a referral so you do not just waste your money…

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Donna Agrinsonis

Donna Agrinsonis is a massage therapist licensed through the Medical Board of Ohio. She serves clients through her massage practice – Heavenly Healing Hands Massage Therapy – located in the heart of Beachwood, Ohio. She and her staff specialize in couple’s massage, deep tissue, relaxation massage, and sports massage. Donna is also certified in prenatal massage. Donna has a background working in high-end spas, chiropractic clinics and she used to head up the massage services at a prominent country club in Beachwood. All sessions offered through her practice are super therapeutic and contain some form of hot stone therapy and real bodywork designed to have clients moving better, experiencing less pain, and feeling like a brand new person…

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