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.
Why 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.
After 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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