It's finally time – you've been working hard, between your job, the kids, and helping in the community, and you deserve a massage. Taking care of yourself is a great way to ensure that you have the strength and energy left to take care of everyone else, and finding a massage therapist is an important first step to take for your wellness.
It's helpful to first choose a type of massage that you're interested in, and to then try to find a therapist who specializes in it. Many therapists also offer multiple types of massage, so you may be able to find a convenient therapist, and then seek their recommendation and knowledge on the type of massage that's best for you. Generally speaking, a deep tissue massage or a sports massage is best suited for those with chronic pains or recent injuries, whereas a full-body Swedish massage or Shiatsu massage are great for those who are stressed out, tense, and in need of rejuvenation. You can also try a reflexology treatment, hot stone therapy, an aromatherapy massage, couples massage, or even a prenatal massage.
After choosing a type of massage, finding a therapist is simple through an online search such as The Massage Therapist's Directory, provided by healthprofs.com. This allows you to search through local therapists, whether you're nearest Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, or other cities. Once you've chosen a new therapist, always ask about his or her background and training experience, and be sure that he or she is certified by South Dakota state regulations. Many therapists will have trained locally at a school like South Dakota School of Massage, Black Hills Health and Education Center, or Globe University's program, but as some may have trained out of state, it's a good idea to be certain that your therapist is properly licensed in South Dakota – as regulations do vary widely from state to state. In South Dakota, all licensed therapists must complete 500 hours of training, and must additionally do eight hours of continuing education courses every year. Therapists must also pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and must hold liability insurance prior to receiving their license. It may also help you to seek a recommendation from your doctor, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. This type of referral may bring you peace of mind in your decision, and may even allow the other person to receive a referral discount.
An average massage in South Dakota will be around $50 per hour. However, you can always add additional treatments to the massage, and many therapists will also offer a 30-minute or 90-minute session. If you enjoy your massage and plan to return, purchasing a membership with a clinic is a good way to save money, and may even make you eligible for special rates.
Imagine how relaxed you'll feel after your first massage, and you'll wish you'd start looking for a massage therapist years ago. After having your first massage, you'll wonder why you didn't.