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Old 03-28-2016, 06:26 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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An hour massage around here costs at least $80. Three times a week would be quite pricey, though heaven.
This was in 2010-2013 time frame. It was charged $50 an hour, she was really good at a chiropractor place, no insurance needed. I get 2 hours sometimes. So about $100 a pop. But I had almost $10k in flex plan. My doctor wrote a note that I need physical therapy, acupuncture, etc..and flex plan paid. The thing I hate is I have to keep an appointment, not impromptu, so that's why I quit.

I think she might charge $60 now. Yes, it's heaven, that's why I rarely got sick, for nearly 10 years. The human touch is very healing. It's my preference over the chair massage.

I forgot to mention that I like hot stone massage too, so good. My best hot stone massage was in Hawaii. When I came back from my vacation, I didn't need to go to the local ones as often.
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:28 PM
 
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Accupressure and self-hypnosis are both healthy and easy to learn from free you tube videos. As far as massage, I get deep knots and so deep tissue massage is what works best for me. Accupuncture got me through the worst of chemotherapy. [ if you are in a larger city there might be acupuncture training schools where you can get a really good price] As far as relaxing massages, my husband is great at that. But, I also attend "goddess" parties, where we pamper each other, and relaxing massages are a big part of them and super relaxing.
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:42 PM
 
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I backed into a cactus once and decided acupuncture is not for me.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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An hour massage around here costs at least $80. Three times a week would be quite pricey, though heaven.
The massage business was all but decimated during this last great recession, and I'm sure, if you look around, you'll find more down-to-earth, more realistic massage people, starved for clients, who will give you a great massage for $40 or so.

I've been doing massage for 30 years, part to full time, and, even talking with my competitors, they've never seen anything like it! Lucky if they can even do 2 massages a week.

I dropped my price to $39, $25 for a half hour, and it's still a struggle to find clients, and I specialize in deep tissue massage.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:12 PM
 
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I've had a gift certificate for a massage for almost a year that I haven't used. Not interested, I guess. But I do benefit from reiki. I try to go once a month but it ends up being maybe 6 - 8 times a year. I love my reiki master. She's magic.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:11 PM
 
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Try different kinds of massage and see what you like best. See if there is a massage school in your area, they have student clinics where you can receive work from students at a reasonable rate ($30 an hour) or slightly higher for recent grads ($40-45 and hour) . I have done this for years, make that decades, and always receive excellent work.

I also love acupuncture and Chinese herbs, be sure to go to a licensed DOM (Doctor of Oriental Medicine).

Both of these modalities are important and instrumental in my physical health and emotional well-being.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:39 PM
 
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RiverBird, have you ever considered learning neurofeedback? It helped me tremendously. I went to a practitioner to learn it, but now they have books and inexpensive devices so you can learn it on your own. It helps more than massage or acupuncture because you learn very simply to control your negative or bothersome thoughts.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Try different kinds of massage and see what you like best. See if there is a massage school in your area, they have student clinics where you can receive work from students at a reasonable rate ($30 an hour) or slightly higher for recent grads ($40-45 and hour) . I have done this for years, make that decades, and always receive excellent work.
When I went through massage school, in order to pass a certain class, one had to do X number of student massages, and getting paid nothing for it, the money all went to the massage school. Never even received a dime for it, and, oftentimes, I had to do 4 massages back to back.

I think it's terribly unfair, not to at least give the student $5!

Massage schools have become quite a racket, IMO. They've bureaucratized the massage business, making it very difficult for people to enjoy a massage income without going to their pricey massage schools.

Not everyone is interested in a therapeutic massage, they merely want to be touched, rubbed down. One can learn massage, independently, thru DVD's, books, and practicing on their friends, spouses.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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The massage business was all but decimated during this last great recession, and I'm sure, if you look around, you'll find more down-to-earth, more realistic massage people, starved for clients, who will give you a great massage for $40 or so.

I've been doing massage for 30 years, part to full time, and, even talking with my competitors, they've never seen anything like it! Lucky if they can even do 2 massages a week.

I dropped my price to $39, $25 for a half hour, and it's still a struggle to find clients, and I specialize in deep tissue massage.
Seems like a deep tissue massage practitioner is doing really hard work physically, standing, and has to pay overhead for studio rental etc. So $40 seems low. I'd go for $60 for an hour, $40 for a half hour. Seniors at the sr center here seem to go often at the higher prices. Someone told me there's a practitioner at the sr center in the next town over who offers senior rates at $40.hr.

Has anyone had any dramatically beneficial effects from regular massage (on a particular health challenge)?
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I've had a gift certificate for a massage for almost a year that I haven't used. Not interested, I guess. But I do benefit from reiki. I try to go once a month but it ends up being maybe 6 - 8 times a year. I love my reiki master. She's magic.
There are many reiki practitioners around here. I don't know what it involves. Is it hands-on? What are the benefits?
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