Monday, November 9, 2015

Cheap Massages

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I've been going to regular physical therapy appointments to overcome my lower back pain, and my physical therapist recommended that everyone get massages at least once a month. Love it! 

But then I remembered that we are tightening our belts and sticking to our budget so that we can continue to save money. 

So I did some searching on Yelp and found a massage school that offers $35 hour-long massages (and you are prohibited from tipping, so it really is only $35). 

I booked an appointment right away. 

I have to say that you kind of get what you pay for. It was good, but not great. And I hate the unpredictability of not knowing who it's going to be every month and whether or not it's going to be good. 

I might try out Massage Envy next month. Massages are $59.99, so I could pay about $70 with tip. That would be an extra $420 per year (more than the massage school). If I could see the same massage therapist every time, that might be worth it. 

Or there's an independent massage therapist who offers three massages for $201 ($67/each), which would be about $540 more than the cheap massage school per year. Reading the reviews is pretty compelling. 

Choices, choices!



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4 comments:

breezyred said...

This year I also started working in regular massage therapy into my schedule. I lucked out in that my neighborhood YMCA offers massage therapy for $20/40/60 30/60/90-minutes sessions. I believe this YMCA is the only one in the area that has this service, and I am sure this isn't a universal program, but I wonder if a local gym or community center near you offers a similar set up.

Meghan said...

You should check your health insurance. My health insurance covers acupuncture and massage which I can get at the same place. And if I do it back to back they waive one of the co-pays. Depending on your insurance, I think they can also bill it is chiropractic. Personally I think it's an important part of healthy living. It feels like such a luxury but it is also helping me be healthy from day today

Emily Rittenberg said...

I highly recommend you find a chiropractor who is certified in the Active Release Technique. It is a very specialized soft tissue treatment that is considered the "gold standard". I would also look into Foundation Training (free videos on YouTube). Just my advice as a chiropractors wife!

Sara E. Cotner said...

Thanks for the advice, Everyone! You all are awesome!

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