When you’re already exhausted, and full of tension from the stresses of everyday life, seeking relief through finding a massage therapist may seem like a daunting process. But with a bit of simple research, you could be seeing one right away, and already taking the first proactive step toward personal rejuvenation.
It’s important to first become familiar with the different types of massage available to you, so that you can seek out a massage therapist who specializes in a particular variety – this will provide you with the most value. Determine what your body needs the most – are you looking for a calming, full-body Swedish massage? Or does your body seek out something deeper, to eliminate recurring aches and pains – in this case, try a deep tissue massage. You can also start with something as simple as a foot or hand massage, get a reflexology treatment, or go in for an aromatherapy massage, which uses calming scented oils. A couples massage is also a great option, allowing you to share the experience.
Once you’ve figured out the kind of massage you’re looking for, you can begin searching for your massage therapist through an online directory such as findamassagetherapist.org. This search tool is sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, and allows you to easily and quickly search through certified massage therapists in your area, from Manchester, to Nashua, to Concord. Many of these therapists may have trained at local schools, such as the DoveStar Institute – School of Massage and Alternative Healing Arts, the Northeastern Institute of Whole Health, or the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic arts, and should be properly licensed. However, it’s still a good idea to check with your massage therapist prior to your visit, and ask about their background experience. New Hampshire state regulations require licensed massage therapists to complete 750 hours of training, as well as to maintain certification by completing 12 hours of continuing education courses every two years. Additionally, therapists must pass either the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination, and must also be certified in CPR and first aid. Check with family, friends, and coworkers (especially beneficial to those in a physically-strenuous job), and see if anyone can recommend you to a particularly good massage therapist – who may even offer a referral bonus.
Typically, the average massage in New Hampshire runs for about $60-$75 per hour. Many therapists and clinics will also offer 30-minute and 90-minute sessions, which allows you flexibility in picking the best massage for yourself. Additionally, you should almost always be able to find a therapist offering a discount for new clients – and, you can also receive a discount by purchasing a membership to a particular clinic, if you find a massage therapist who you like.
Choosing a massage therapist should be a quick and painless procedure, and the idea of taking that step for your mental and physical well-being may start to calm you already.