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What you get from a $110 massage

May 18 2016

For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage/reflexology. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a hushed issue. But I’m talking about it because that's how I roll. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.

 

I know this because:

  • I get a massage every 2 weeks (and make it weekly when necessary)
  • I am tight with finances, so if I don’t plan for it, massage doesn’t happen

 

But if I expect you to work the numbers and budget $110 for a massage or reflexology 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, $110 massage or reflexology session.

 

Clarity in pricing

I hate the annoyance of services that are nickel and dime-d. So, I charge by TIME, not by SERVICE. It's not $20 extra for deep tissue massage, or $15 extra for prenatal massage, or a completely different price for reflexology, or an extra $5 for peppermint oil. I also don't have a ridiculously long service menu from which to choose so by the time you read the list, you don't know which end is up. You pay by TIME: 30, 60, or 90 minutes. That's it. And if you buy a package, the price goes down.

 

I know who charges what in this area. $110 for an hour massage by a private practitioner is on the average to low end of the scale.

 

A full hour

1 hour = 60 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the massage or reflexology session*.

 

That’s not the case for every business. Massage Envy’s 'hour' is 50 minutes. Elements gives you 55 minutes. Even some full service spas operate on a 50-minute hour. But in my office, 30, 60, and 90 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.

 

You can schedule online right here.  If you don’t see a time that works for you, drop me an email with some times you’re looking for. I will make it work if I can, and I can CERTAINLY add you to the waiting list.

 

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 back? Of course.

 

My work is personal and tailored to YOU. I learn what is going on with your body AND your life, so sessions can be fully customized to best serve you today. Plus, you see ME every time - you aren't passed off to someone else.

 

You get my full attention time and time again. No phone. No demands. Just you.

 

Experience

I’ve had 6 years of practice, over 1000 hours of base education, and hundreds of hours of continuing education. They were all just prep for your massage.

 

I’ve got a pillow trick to keep you cozy laying on your side if you are getting prenatal massage, or if you can't lay flat on your back because of vertigo. Or if your knee feels weird in any position.  We will get you comfortable so you can fully relax and enjoy your massage or reflexology treatment.

 

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. Ditto that for people in treatment for cancer. It’s also unwise to do aggressive stretching on pregnant women. Using cold therapy on a client with Reynaud’s is just dumb. These are called contraindications. And I don't mess around.

 

The downside here is that I may turn you away, but that’s rare. We can usually find a technique that is safe and effective for your situation (reflexology being a great option for just about everyone!).

 

I also adhere to HIPPA guidelines meaning that your health information is held in strictest confidence.

 

Proper licensing

There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage and operating under the radar. They may not have appropriate licensing or registration. (You can check that here.)

 

If a therapist is operating without all the proper licenses, their insurance will be voided in the event of claim. Not to mention, they don't have a clue about what is safe for your situation. Scary.

 

High quality products

I only use the best products on your skin. You won’t leave my office feeling drenched in oil. You won’t break out from a cheap fragrance or preservative.

 

I’ve got my hands in this stuff for many, many hours a week, so I choose my products based on quality. Pure 100% jojoba oil is my main go to. And I use a paraben and fragrance free lotion for reflexology.  On areas of body hair (such as a man's leg),  I use a massage creme that doesn't get absorbed by the hair. But, if you have sensitivities, let me know and we'll make adjustments, or you can bring your own product.

 

I also rarely use essential oils due to client sensitivities. But, in the event I think it's appropriate, I will ALWAYS ask you first.

 

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 her taxes, making a living, and participating in the same communities she serves. There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of big box stores and Amazon. When you pay $110 for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.

 

All that, from a $110 massage/reflexology session. Pretty good deal, don't you think?

 

 

© 2016 Katherine Ferranti LMT

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