When you spend your days taking care of everyone and everything else, be it for work, school, church, or family members, it’s easy to feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders – and to an extent, you are. Releasing some of that muscle tension is one of the most purifying things you can do, and all need to do is find the right massage therapist.
To find the right massage therapist, it’s easy to first become familiar with different types of massage. There are seemingly countless types of massage and other natural healing methods out there, so it’s important to figure out which one is best for your particular type of stress. You may be carrying stress all throughout your body, in which case a general Swedish massage might be the most relaxing for you. If you have chronic, repetitive pain, you may want to try a deep tissue massage. Or for firm, but calming pressure, you may try a Shiatsu massage which improves the flow of energy in your body.
After choosing the type of massage that sounds best for you, turn to a resource such as the Oregon Massage Therapist’s Association to search for a therapist local to your area, be it Portland, Eugene, Salem, or anywhere in between. Regardless of what city you’re in though, you’ll want to make sure that your massage therapist complies with all Oregon state regulations. In Oregon, all licensed massage therapists are required to complete 500 hours of training, and must also renew their certification every two years and complete an additional 25 hours of continuing education. Additionally, licensed therapists must pass either one of the following exams: the NCBTMP (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) or the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination). Finally, therapists must also pass a practical exam, jurisprudence exam, a background check, and CPR certification. It may be helpful to look into the requirements from schools who offer massage training, so that you have an idea of where your therapist is coming from – popular schools for massage therapy include the Sage School of Massage & Healing Arts, Everest Institute, and the Oregon School of Massage.
Be prepared to spend about $65-$75 per hour for a massage in Oregon, though many clinics and therapists will offer discounts for new customers. Additionally, most clinics will offer memberships, in which you’ll receive a discounted price for committing to return. Be aware that special types of massage, as well as additional features such as scented oils or lotions can cost extra – however, these are often very worth the small additional fees. A full massage with extra options can also make a fantastic gift for a friend, and many clinics offer gift certificates. Perhaps you can even try a different type of massage the next time you go back – as no matter which type of massage you end up choosing, you’ll undoubtedly be glad that you went to see a massage therapist.