People tend to procrastinate making healthy changes in their life such as starting an exercise program or eating healthier food. It is hard to believe that anyone would put off having a massage with all the information available about the health benefits soft tissue therapy provides. But sometimes even massage therapy, as enjoyable as it is, can be met with a reason to hold off for another day, week or month. If women were better informed, perhaps many more would be living with less muscular tension and mental stress.
1. I Can't Afford It
Massage is not as expensive as people think - at least not everywhere. My package rate is very reasonable. Try to remember that massage is an investment in your body. It is enjoyable healthcare that is not necessarily a temporary fix. Sometimes it can eliminate the cause of your pain. You no longer have to think of massage as a luxury and it’s not just for vacations anymore. Massage is gaining awareness in the healthcare field more now than ever before. Some doctors prescribe massage therapy because for some conditions, it's the only remedy. If you can save $2 per day, you can afford to have a massage once a month.
2. I Don't Have Time
This is an insidious excuse because all areas of your life will be affected in a positive way if you do make time for massage. If you are overly stressed mentally, you may become short with your husband and kids. If you are overly stressed physically, you may become sick or cause an injury. You need to think of massage as a healthy retreat that you can't afford to miss. Keeping your body healthy and your mind relaxed is like getting the oil changed in your car. It helps you keep going! Just like exercise or a date night with the hubby, massage should be a priority on your calendar as part of your health regimen. You will sleep better, feel better and be happier. How could you possibly not make time for that? My hours are so flexible (days, evenings and Saturdays), that I can almost always fit you in even the very day you call.
3. I Don't Think I Need a Massage
You don’t have to be in pain in order to need or enjoy a massage. There have been dozens of studies published cataloging the long list of health benefits that massage provides. Would you only take a vitamin C supplement if you had a cold? NO! You take one every day as preventive care. In the same way, regular massage helps to ward off headaches, neck and shoulder tension and low back pain. Having regular massage can help prevent muscle tension from accumulating to uncomfortable levels. Serious exercise enthusiasts should consider regular massage therapy because it enhances the health and performance of muscles and contributes to the prevention of soft tissue injury.
4. I am Not Sure of the Value
People who have never had a massage might not know what to expect. How do you know that such-and-such price is fair market value for what you will receive and whether you will even like your massage? This is an understandable concern. If you are unsure of what price-point is fair, then do some research on the internet or ask a few friends what they consider to be high and low costs for professional massage therapy. If you are unsure of what type of massage would be right for you, ask questions! The best way to determine whether you'll like massage is to try it!
5. Massage Doesn't Do Anything for Me
Another issue might be that you have only experienced relaxation massage in the past and it didn’t “do anything” for you, so you have an incomplete view of what massage can offer. When you had your relaxation massage, do you remember thinking that if the therapist would have pressed harder or spent more time in a particular area, perhaps you would have enjoyed it more or gotten more from it? If your answer is “yes,” you need to come in and see what a therapeutic massage can do for you. Real muscle tension calls for more focused work and pressure than what a relaxation massage offers and it can be a lot more enjoyable, too. Therapeutic work is surprisingly relaxing!
6. I Don't Like My Body
I understand that this is a serious issue for many women but please believe me when I say that your therapist does not care what you look like. Do you ever wonder what drives someone to want to be a massage therapist? I can’t speak for all but I would say “helping people” would probably be a resounding #1 for most MT’s. Your therapist is not thinking about the appearance of your back and limbs. She is concentrating on what she is feeling through her hands. Massage helps people to get in touch with their bodies and for some people, that brings a sense of security, not fear.
7. I Don't Want to Be Massaged By Someone That Knows Me
I’m not quite sure how to refute that and I would prefer to say that I choose to respect it. However, if you do not have an active, every-day kind of friendship with your therapist, then exactly what is it you are uncomfortable with? If you are concerned about how your relationship will change or be defined, then you need to consider whether you have a realistic picture of what a client/therapist relationship looks like. Massage therapy requires trust and maturity. Your therapist is bound by confidentiality laws of the federal government. If she is truly professional, she will guard your privacy well and respect your boundaries.
8. I Don't Want to Get Roped In
Many people are uncomfortable when asked to purchase or commit to something. We don’t like to say “no,” and we certainly don’t like to buy something we don’t want. Massage therapy is not a hard sell. Most people that have massages either really enjoy them or they are people who truly need massage for musculoskeletal reasons. It's the people who won’t give it a chance that are the hard-sells. I want you to come back only if you want to. I don’t require a membership so you don’t have to commit to anything. With that said, how do you know you won't want what you haven't tried?
9. I Had a Bad Experience Once
Please do not let this discourage you from experiencing the value that massage therapy has to offer you. Massage therapists have a wide variety of training, experience and styles. Maybe someone used too much pressure? Maybe someone was a little too unprofessional? Not every therapist makes those mistakes. I will do a full intake with you so that I can determine the right course of action for your customized session. I will check in with you to make sure the pressure level is appropriate for you. I am a healthcare provider and you are in qualified and caring hands. My goal is to help relieve your muscular discomfort. As long as you communicate to me what you need and expect, I will deliver that if I find it appropriate for your condition and within my scope of practice.
10. I Don't Know How to Justify the Expense to My Husband
You understand that my prices are reasonable and you have no doubt that I deliver a great massage. You WANT to come back. But you are afraid that your husband won’t approve. You can’t get him to read my articles so you need a sales pitch that is very concise and convincing. Say these words… “Honey, what do you do to relax?” His answer will inevitably be, “I play golf.” They you ask, “How much does that cost?” He replies, “About $100 a round. More if me and the boys eat and drink afterward.” This is the perfect opportunity to state that for you, massage is the most enjoyable and relaxing thing available. Tell him that you are starting a program because you found a great therapist at a great price and that you deserve this in the same way he “deserves” to play golf because you work hard - like he does. How can he refute that?
Another option is to buy a package that the two of you can share. Make it something that you can pursue together as a couple looking at enjoyable ways to improve your health and reduce muscle tension and stress. You could even turn it into somewhat of a reward for something the two of you are accomplishing together. Maybe you’ve started a walking program or finished a big project or maybe you’ve successfully cut down on some unnecessary expenses. Couples who have shared interests and activities tend to have closer relationships. Ask him if this is something he would be interested in. You might be surprised by his emphatic "YES!"
If your excuse isn't listed in this article, kindly let me know what is holding you back from experiencing massage. I would like the opportunity to answer any remaining questions you may have. If after reading this and my other articles you are still unconvinced, please at least consider giving the gift that any woman would love and purchase a gift certificate for a special woman in your life.
Why wait any longer? Do what you know is Right for better health. Schedule a massage today!
Emily Hagen NCTM, CNMT
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
Right as Rain Massage