Whether you’ve been putting in extra hours at the office, working a graveyard shift at the hospital, or on your feet all day working in the service industry, chances are, you’re one of the many Americans who are stressed out, tense, and in need of a little rejuvenation. One of the easiest and simplest ways to achieve a solution to all of these things at once, is to find a massage therapist and begin taking care of your body as you go.
Before heading into any massage clinic on the street, do a bit of research first to find out about the different types of massage and which is most suitable to you. As there are many varieties of massage, it’s best to aim for a therapist who specializes in a particular kind. Massages can range between light pressure over the full body intended to soothe and calm tensions, to specialized treatment for a particular area of the body through reflexology, to harder, more thorough pressure to treat chronic pains and injuries through deep tissue massage. You can also try a couples massage with your partner, an aromatherapy massage using scented oils and lotions, or a specialized treatment such as stone therapy treatment or a foot massage.
Once you’ve chosen a type of massage, you can begin searching for a specialized massage therapist. Try an online directory like nationwidemassage.com, where you can search for licensed therapists in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, or any other area of Washington you live in. It’s also a great idea to have a general sense of regulations on massage, and to ask your therapist about his or her background – many therapists have likely completed their training at an area school, such as Potomac Massage Training Institute, Bellevue Massage School, or Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. Washington requires therapists to complete 500 hours of training, and to additionally retain their certification by completing 16 hours of continuing education courses every two years. All licensed therapists must also pass either the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination. Additionally, therapists must complete and pass HIV/AIDS training, a jurisprudence exam, a background check, and CPR/First Aid.
While choosing a massage therapist, you can also keep in mind that an average massage in Washington will be about $60 per hour. However, you can likely find a therapist who will offer a new client discount – and, if you like your therapist and plan to return, purchasing a membership with a clinic is a great way to save on your future visits, as well as to sometimes receive special notice of extra savings opportunities, or referral programs if you recommend the therapist to family, friends, or co-workers.
Finding a massage therapist and choosing a style of massage doesn’t have to be a difficult process, and it can certainly be affordable – even better, you’ll begin to feel calmer right away just thinking about the great step you’ve taken for your wellness.