Between long commutes to work, a never-ending inbox, and the piles of dishes and laundry starting to topple over at home, you’re probably beginning to feel the stress. It starts out in the back of your neck, goes through your shoulders and down your back, and tenses through your legs and your feet. Instead of perpetually waiting for the magical day when you have time to tackle all of these tasks, why not take matters into your own hands, and find a massage therapist, who can work out your stress with their hands?
When you begin your search for a massage therapist, it’s best to start out with learning about the different types of massage that are available to you. There are many different types and modalities, and you’ll want to choose a variety that’s suited to your body’s needs. If your ideal massage is therapeutic and rejuvenating, choose a therapist who specializes in Swedish, Shiatsu, or Thai massage. However, if you’re seeking healing from your massage, try to find a therapist who can deliver a solid deep tissue massage or a sports massage. If you’re still getting used to the idea of massage therapy, seek out a smaller massage, such as a hand or foot massage, as a way to become more accustomed to the process.
After you’ve decided on the type of massage you’ll be receiving, search your local chapter of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association through their online directory. Here you’ll find licensed therapists in your area, be it Miami, Jacksonville, or Tampa, who you can be assured have adhered properly to state regulations. Check initially with your therapist as well, to find out about his or her specific background and experience. Many of these therapists have likely done their training at local schools, such as the Florida College of Natural Health, Florida College of Massage and Skincare, and the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy. Florida regulations require that all licensed massage therapists complete 500 hours of training, and also retain certification by finishing 24 hours of continuing education courses every two years. Licensed therapists must also complete a medical error prevention course, and pass either the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
While there are many upscale spas and clinics in Florida with extra treatments and services available, you can expect to find many massages average about $75-$90 per hour. Many therapists have reduced rates for first-time clients, as well as discounts for purchasing additional massages in advance – don’t be afraid to ask, because many therapists will be happy to offer an incentive in hopes of your return. Purchasing a membership with a massage clinic is also a great way to save money on future massages.
Once you’ve had your first massage, and found a therapist you like, you’ll wish you’d tried it out sooner – the tension will escape your body, and leave you feeling calm, refreshed, and ready to take on the world.