If you're like many Americans, you work hard at your day job, commute and fight traffic, and then come home to more housework – cooking, cleaning, or running kids around to sports practices and ballet classes. It's a lot to keep up with, and chances are you can feel the wear on your body when things start to get stressful. Finding a massage therapist may be a great solution for you to refresh yourself, so that you're ready to tackle the daily grind once again.
Before you find a massage therapist, it's helpful to have some background information on different types of massage. For example, if you're looking for a calming massage to rejuvenate your energies and soothe your aching muscles, try a traditional, full-body Swedish massage, or a Shiatsu massage which uses firm pressure on acupuncture meridians to refocus the flow of energy in your body. Alternatively, if you suffer from chronic, deep muscle pain or have recently endured some type of injury, a deep tissue massage is most suitable for you, as the therapist will use more extreme pressure to reach the deepest layers of muscle.
Now that you've chosen a type of massage, you can begin searching for a therapist through an online directory such as wellness.com. This will allow you to search therapists in your area, be it Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, or anywhere in between. When you think you've found a therapist, don't be afraid to research further and ask about his or her background training and experience. It may be helpful to you to familiarize yourself with programs of local schools such as the Mountain State School of Massage, Clarksburg Beauty Academy and School of Massage, or the Art & Science Institute of Cosmetology and Massage, to have an idea of what your therapist has learned. Also verify that your therapist is licensed properly in West Virginia, as all states have different regulations. West Virginia requires therapists to complete 500 hours of training, and to additionally complete 24 hours of continuing education courses every two years. Licensed therapists must also take and pass either the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination or the National Certificaion Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Massages in West Virginia tend to average between $40-$65 per hour. You can also find discounts with many therapists for new clients, or for purchasing additional massages in advance (buy one for yourself now, and one as a gift for a friend). Many therapists also offer options when purchasing your massage – choose from a 30-minute or 90-minute massage, additional treatments like reflexology, hot stone therapy, or aromatherapy, or opt for a simple foot or hand massage. Try a couples massage for a special bonding experience with your partner. The choice is all yours.
It's important to take care of yourself emotionally, by taking care of yourself physically as well – and treating your body to a rejuvenating massage is a great way to simultaneously soothe your mind. You'll be happy you made the choice.