Are you tired of feeling tired? Have sore muscles, achy joints, and tensions coursing through your back created additional stress or discomfort to your day? Getting a massage, and finding a great massage therapist may be just what you need to feel refreshed.
When you’re first looking into finding the best massage therapist and clinic for you, it’s important to pinpoint what you’re looking for in your massage. If you’re seeking a traditional, calming, full body experience, you should head to a therapist specializing in Swedish massage. However, if you’re looking for a massage with more pressure, to soothe pain and tensions, opt instead for a deep tissue massage. If both of these sound appealing, you can even try a Shiatsu massage – this style falls somewhere in the middle of Swedish and deep tissue, and is intended to refocus the flow of energy in your body. You can also try a special treatment, such as aromatherapy, reflexology, or stone therapy treatment.
After settling on the type of massage you’ll receive, you should now turn to an online search such as the Massage Therapist’s Directory, provided by healthprofs.com. Here, you can search for a therapist in your area, be that Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, or anywhere in between. After finding a few therapists that specialize in the type of massage you’ve chosen, take a bit of time to check into their backgrounds and experience – and don’t shy away from asking questions. If the therapist has trained at a local school such as The Downeast School of Massage, Namaste Institute, or the Therapeutic Bodywork Learning Center, he or she is probably properly certified – but it’s best to make sure your massage therapist is well-qualified and adheres to Maine regulations for massage. Maine requires that all licensed therapists complete at least 500 hours of training, and that they are re-certified every year. All licensed therapists must also complete and pass both a CPR course and a background check, and either the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination, or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. It may also be helpful to ask friends, family, or co-workers (especially helpful to those who work in a physically-strenuous or otherwise high stress environment) for recommendations. This way, you have the peace of mind that a trusted source can bring – and, you may even help your friend to get a referral discount.
Once you’ve decided on a massage therapist and a special type of massage, you can likely expect to pay about $50-70 per hour for a massage in Maine – however, you should also be able to get a new client discount from most therapists. Further, purchasing massages in advance, or committing to a membership are also great ways to save money on future massages.
Though it may seem like a time-consuming process, finding a massage therapist and suitable type of massage can be done quickly and easily – and just imagine how relieved and rejuvenated you’ll feel after your first visit.