What Do I Wear?
There is no need to dress any differently than you would for a massage. I do not need to see you “naked” or in your underwear to notice your posture. This is an area I tend to disagree with typical Rolfing.
What Can I Expect During Sessions?
With each session we will meet briefly and evaluate your goals and concerns. Most of your time will be spent on the table RECIEVING the glorious bodywork you came to experience. I am not a fan of long consultations myself. My hands tell me most of what I need to know and the health screen is used as a guide and to show contraindications. When I go to get bodywork I want to spend my time getting worked on, and not chit chatting with the therapist. When we communicate it will be for a reason. I do not like to waste your time or mine!
Typically, I might ask a client to move a muscle to assist a myofascial release. There will be some active participation on the client’s part but generally clients find sessions relaxing and if there is an intense sensation it is generally described as a “good hurt.” This means it is productive and useful for your goal.
Why Are Some Prices So Low and Others Higher?
The short answer is how badly does the company want your business and what corners are they willing to cut to give you that deal! In most franchises, the worker is the one who is “eating it” so you can get a reduced rate. In franchises such as Massage Envy, Hand and Stone and others, massage therapists are paid as low as $15 per hour. They rely heavily on tips and are not able to give a full 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Private practices do not rely on tips, however we do have overhead to operate a business and maintain our license. In some cases, a therapist may have no education or license at all, which reduces the price. Education is costly and contrary to what commercials would have you believe, not every massage therapist graduated from a school in 6 months. I attended school in 1998 and my program was much more advanced than what is offered today. That said, school is not inexpensive. Price shopping is not bad. We all want a good deal, including me, but experience matters in all things, even massage! You simply cannot buy years of practice for any price. I have been in business for twenty years.
Take the time to consider more than just the price and if you are new to massage, try different people if you are unsure you have found the best fit for you. It costs us money and time to invest in getting better so compensation is naturally expected. If you are looking to build a therapeutic relationship, have health issues or pain, you might pay a little more for a top rated person and get a better overall value.
How Do I Know If I am Getting a Good Rate on Massage and Bodywork?
How do massage therapists, massage franchises and body workers in general calculate their rates?
Price is based off of business overhead, competitive markets, volume of business and these considerations: An intro rate @ $70 per hour for a person with 0-2 years of experience out of school. Upscale Spas hire more experienced therapists at rates anywhere from $90 – $120 per hour, plus gratuity. Practitioners in private practice generally get raises every 5 years in $5-$10 increments if they are growing. $1.50 is added for each continuing education course beyond massage school. My education is way above average for massage and bodywork and my years of experience set me apart from my peers.
What if I need a reduced rate?
We give a $10 discount for anyone paying cash and sell packages of four sessions for a total of $40 off.