Are your partner and kids tired of hearing about your aching muscles and bones? Are you tired of feeling like your body is older than it is? It may be a great time for you to find a massage therapist, and start soothing the stress out of your life.
Before beginning your search for a massage therapist to calm your world and de-stress your life, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the various branches and types of massage available. Common types of massage include deep tissue, Shiatsu, and reflexology, as well as the Swedish massage. Each of these types (as well as countless other varieties) will hold different benefits for each individual, so it’s important that you determine what you’re looking for out of a massage. Once you’ve narrowed it down to the type or types of massage that sound interesting to you, check out an online directory like yelp.com to search for local massage therapists in your area, be it Boise, Nampa, or Pocatello, as well as to read reviews by others who have visited specific therapists or clinics. Check with friends or co-workers (particularly if your job is physically-demanding), and see if anyone has recommendations for a therapist, or if they know of someone with a special going on.
It’s also important to be aware that Idaho is one of the few states that does not have regulations in place for massage therapy. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a certified therapist. Many therapists have taken exams such as the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and retain a license. Be sure to check with your therapist, and find out what other kind of training, experience, or specializations they have. Most state with regulations in place require at least 500 hours of training before massage therapists can become licensed and practice, and also generally require therapists to be re-certified and to complete continuing education every few years. Some popular massage therapy training schools in Idaho include the American Institute of Clinical Massage, Idaho School of Massage Therapy, and the Milan Institute – familiarize yourself with the specifics of these programs, so that you have an idea of your therapist’s training.
Prices for a massage do of course vary among therapists and clinics, but you should expect to pay about $45-$65 per hour for a massage in Idaho. Many clinics have discounts for new clients, and some clinics will even offer you a discount for each new therapist you see. This can be a great way to both save money, and get a feel for different therapists. If you find a therapist you particularly like, find out whether a membership is offered, as you’ll save over the year on your return visits.
While there are many options in choosing a massage therapist and in determining the proper type of massage for yourself, it can be a fun and rewarding experience – and your muscles and joints will definitely thank you for it later.