What Exactly Do I Get From This Massage Anyway?
Updated: Aug 5
Let me explain what you get from a $100 Massage at My Soul and Body, LLC.
For most people money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a private issue. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.
I know this because I walk the walk and get regular massage.
I am super tight with finances, so if I don’t plan for it, massage doesn’t happen.
But if I expect you to juggle the numbers and budget $100 for a massage every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a 1 hour, $100 massage with me.
Prices reflect all-encompassing massage techniques/modalities needed for your session and are clearly listed here https://www.mysoulandbody.com/blank
While occasionally gratuities can be a great way to express gratitude for exceptional service, they're not expected. Besides, we would really like to just see you make massage a routine commitment to yourself without the worry.
Oh, heads up - I tend to suggest you consider booking a 90 minute time block for 1st time appointments depending on medical history/needs we may need to discuss in depth or for established clients with significant health changes to consider. If scheduling allows we may even simply agree during a session your body needs more attention than originally expected.
You can complete your intake form ahead of time online. Your information is securely saved and HIPPA protected which saves us both time and any concern. No paperwork to be misplaced! An intake form will be EMAILED to you at the time of your first booking. We ask for updates as things change and at least annually to stay current.
A Full Hour
1 hour = 60 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the massage. That’s not the case for every business.
Massage Envy’s hour is 50 minutes. Elements Massage gives you 55 minutes of table time. Even some full service spas operate on a 50-minute hour.
But in my office sessions last exactly as long as indicated – occasionally longer if we have time and need it. (Unless you’re late or we start late - then I may have to adjust accordingly.)
Personally I have a hard time feeling that we’ve done thorough work even with an hour, but we make it happen!! That's what I like best about being my own boss! No more "stop" signs being placed under my door.
Oh! Let's keep extended casual talk for table time if necessary, but for the best experience I suggest just zoning out. No need to entertain me! You're paying for this down time remember!! Enjoy!
Ease of Scheduling
Scheduling tends to be the second biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. We never think of scheduling massage at a time that is actually convenient to call.
You can schedule with me online right here through Massagebook
If you prefer, you can also call or text me at 508.451.2758 to schedule an appointment. If you need to leave a voice mail please give me your available/preferred times so I have some idea of what you’re looking for and can do my best to be flexible and so we don't spend too much time going back and forth.
You get my full attention. For 1 hour, you are my focus. You are the reason we’re in the room. Need silence? We can do that. Prefer your own CD or audio download? Bring it!
Want me to spend the full hour on your feet? Sure. Warm pillow? Cool pillow? Not a problem.
You get your own full attention. No phone. No demands. Just you.
And all topped off with a warm table (if you like heat) and finished off with warm moist towel and muscle reliever for added effect. Prefer aromatherapy? - I have an arsenal of therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living ready for almost any situation.
On your way out you'll be offered a water bottle and mint/candy. You just might feel like it's your birthday!
I've been practicing massage since 2002 and have had hundreds of hours of continuing education. They were all just prep for your massage!
Does your job, an old injury or simply overdoing it with physical activity have your body begging for relief? I can help with that. Do you feel drained or just need to escape the whirlwind of a crazy busy week? I’ve got an oasis to share.
Relaxation is my favorite thing to practice, and the way I begin most sessions in order to help you get to that state. I firmly believe this approach gives your body a chance to let go and recover in areas of need.
Perhaps you’ve been confronted with a cancer diagnosis and are struggling with anxiety, pain, lack of sleep, depression or nausea. Massage provided by a therapist like myself with specialized training in oncology work including lymphedema management - it may be just what the doctor ordered (or just didn’t think to mention).
My training has taught me how to safely massage clients with cancer or cancer histories. I am honored to be a part of your support team and to help you find peace in the process.
You can rest assured we are going above and beyond with sanitization and new enhanced protocols given Covid-19. We will have you sign a special waiver concerning Covid-19when you return and welcome you to ask any questions. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable again.
First, do no harm. I will not practice any techniques that are unsafe for you and your health condition. What is "safe" for you may change depending on your health and a new norm will be discussed as needed.
When your body presents limited ROM (range of motion) or resistance in other ways I will listen, heed caution and treat it with respect working slowly to encourage the tissue and not force anything.
I will be sure to work within the conservative guidelines I have been taught for your cancer diagnosis/medical condition and ask the questions necessary to design the appropriate session for your needs that day.
There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage, operating under the radar.
For close to 20 years I have been fully insured and licensed in both MA & NH in addition to holding National Certification. With that comes hours of mandated continuing education, including ethics and with a price tag!
You see…I am vested in you.
My insurance membership is through Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).
I hold certified member ID # 711297.
*If a therapist is operating without all the proper licenses, their insurance will be voided in the event of claim. That alone is scary enough.
A massage with me also gets you connections with a myriad of practitioners I know. If massage isn’t helping your tendonitis/backache/anxiety or maybe you don’t feel a connection (so important!), I will help you find the right acupuncturist, PT, chiropractor, energy worker or MT for you.
Only high-quality massage oil (or cream, or lotion) is used.
I only use the best products on your skin. In most sessions I use Bon Vital’ Original Massage Oil with natural vitamin E which contains no nut oils, is unscented & paraben free.
For those who are not opposed to essential oils, I like to add a therapeutic grade Lavender oil (from Young Living) for its relaxation properties alone. And if you’re open to even more benefit from essential oils, I can share with you my knowledge and supplement your session with essential oils specific for your personal needs.
You get to Support a Small Local Business
It’s just me! No conglomerate. No fancy management structure or corporate set up. Just a little business owner, paying her taxes, making a living, and participating in the same communities she serves.
There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of big box stores, franchises and Amazon. When you pay $100 for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.
So yes, you get all that from a $100 massage. Any questions or reservations, please feel free to reach out to me as always. I’m here to help educate, support and care.