Whether you’re tired, achy, run-down, or just plain over-worked, trying to find a simple and affordable solution may often feel like an additional weight upon your shoulders. But it doesn’t have to be – massage therapy, and seeing a specialized massage therapist, are great ways to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.
In order to find your specialized massage therapist, you will first need to determine what type of massage is best for you – and then, see if the therapist you’re heading to offers multiple types of massage. For instance, if you want a relaxing, full-body massage to refresh and calm you, try a traditional Swedish massage. A deep tissue massage, however, is more appropriate for those who have recurring pains or have recently suffered an injury. For a different take on the massage, you could also try a reflexology treatment – this applies pressure to different points on the foot that correspond with other parts of your body, in order to provide relief throughout.
Once you’ve picked a type of massage to try, you can easily find a therapist through an online directory such as massageregister.com. Here you can search for therapists nearest to you, whether you’re coming from Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, or other cities in between. Before heading to a therapist, you should make sure he or she is properly certified and adhering to state regulations – feel free to ask about the therapist’s experience. Some therapists may have trained at a school such as Sister Rosalind School of Massage, or CenterPoint Massage Therapy School in Minnesota, but as there are not many massage schools in North Dakota, it’s helpful to verify that your therapist is properly licensed by state standards, as each state does have different regulations. In North Dakota, licensed massage therapists are required to complete an initial 750 hours of training, and must also complete an additional 32 hours of continuing education courses every two years. All therapists must also complete and pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a physical examination, CPR course, and have no contagious diseases. You should also ask family, friends, or co-workers (especially relevant if you work in a physically-stressful or otherwise difficult work environment) if they have seen any specific therapists, and if they would recommend someone – their referral may simplify the process of finding a new massage therapist for you, and could even bring them a bonus discount on their next visit.
Massages in North Dakota will typically average about $45-$55 per hour. Many therapists will offer a special rate for first-time clients, and you may also be able to save easily by purchasing a membership from a clinic.
Trying massage therapy and finding a great therapist for the first time can be a very simple process, and you’ll start to feel more relaxed already once you realize what a wonderful step you’re taking for your health and well-being. Enjoy your massage, and look forward to trying new types in the future.