If you’re like many other Americans, you may be feeling stressed, tired, and over-worked – but you’re not helpless to overcome the physical toll this tension is taking upon your body. You can take a proactive step in beginning to soothe your stresses by finding a massage therapist.
There are many different forms of massage available, and so you’ll want to learn a bit about these when you first begin the process of searching for a massage therapist. Be sure to pick the type of massage that’s most suitable to your body, or that sounds the most relaxing for what your body needs. For example, those with intense, recurring pain are best looking into deep tissue massage to soothe tensions whereas someone looking for a more calming, and stress-relieving experience should opt for a full-body Swedish massage, or a Shiatsu massage that works to improve the flow of energy in your body. Reflexology or aromatherapy treatments are another relaxing way to start out with massage, for those looking to eliminate stress and tension.
After you’ve chosen a variety of massage, begin looking for a massage therapist through a research such as findamassagetherapist.org, which is provided and offered by the American Massage Therapy Association. This website allows you to search through certified massage therapists in your area, be it Newark, Jersey City, or Paterson. It’s also always a good idea to ask for your therapist’s credentials prior to your visit. While most states with regulations on massage consider massage therapists to be licensed, New Jersey designates therapists as certified. Massage therapists in New Jersey must have completed 500 hours of training, submit to a background check, have CPR training, and also must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education training every two years. Additionally, massage therapists must pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (which also may be completed in lieu of education). You can also find more information on the training your prospective massage therapist has completed, by looking into the school they attended. Some popular programs in New Jersey include those through the Gentle Healing Wellness Spa, Center for Therapeutic Massage & School, and the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. It also may be helpful to consult your regular physician, family, or friends prior to your massage for recommendations.
Generally, prices average from about $75-$90 per hour for a massage in New Jersey. However, many more upscale options are available at spas with features such as an extended, 90-minute massage, reflexology or stone therapy treatments, as well as couples massages. Most clinics offer new client discounts, and many clinics will also honor competitor’s prices if you do comparison shopping in advance. After your initial visit to your massage therapist, consider purchasing a membership at the clinic in order to save on future visits.
Regardless of what type of massage you choose, and which therapist you see, your massage should be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience – aren’t you already feeling calmer just thinking about it?