Sometimes life tends to pile up all at once, and it’s easy to become tense and full of stress, and to carry this with you in your muscles throughout the day – which in turn, contributes to greater stress, from all of the pain you’re experiencing. Take matters into your own hands, and end the cycle, by finding a massage therapist to soothe your aches and pains.
When you begin looking for a massage therapist, you’ll want to first spend some time looking into different varieties of massage therapy, to determine which is most suitable for you. If your body is suffering from painful, recurring tensions, you may want to try a deep tissue massage treatment – the therapist will use greater pressure to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissue in your body. Additionally, you may try a Shiatsu massage. In this type of massage, the therapist places pressure on acupuncture meridians throughout your body, in order to redirect your body’s natural energy flow, offering a relieving and calming type of treatment. A Swedish massage is a great option for those looking for a traditional massage experience, who seek stress relief and relaxation.
Upon choosing a type of massage, you may start looking for a therapist who specializes in that variety. An online directory such as findamassagetherapist.org, sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, is a great resource to search licensed therapists in your area, whether you’re coming from Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, or anywhere else in Tennessee. Before your first visit, ask your new therapist about his or her training – did he or she train at a local school such as the Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage, Cumberland Institute, or National Health Institute, or somewhere out of state? If they trained elsewhere, be sure they are properly licensed in the state, as all states have different regulations on massage treatment. Tennessee requires all licensed therapists to complete 500 hours of training initially – and to retain their license by completing an extra 25 hours of continuing education courses every two years. Therapists must also take and pass either the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination, and submit to a background check.
Expect to pay an average of $60-$75 per hour for a massage in Tennessee. However, many therapists offer exclusive specials for new clients, and purchasing a membership can allow you to save on your future visits. You can also add on additional treatments such as aromatherapy, hot stone treatment, a hand massage, or reflexology treatment, try a couples massage, or opt for a 30-minute or 90-minute session. Regardless of your budget or particular needs, there are many massage options available to find one that suits you well.
You’ll leave your first massage feeling calmed, refreshed, and ready to take on the world – and might just not be able to wait until your next one. Aren’t you glad you took that step of contribution toward your personal wellness?