We all have to take care of our budgets these days and it can seem like there’s a never-ending list of things getting in the way of you and your massage treatments
Many of us, women especially, seem to spend so much time worrying about and taking care of everyone else but when do you make an active decision to put your own wellbeing first? If you feel guilty about spending money on expensive treatments and massage therapy, maybe it’s time to prioritise yourself.
Making time for a massage isn’t really a luxury, it’s a necessity if you want to keep yourself in tip top mental, physical and emotional health. That hour of blissful you-time helps to replenish your stocks of energy and gives you an extra boost that doesn’t just make you feel good, it also enables you to be more present for the people who need you.
All very well, but what if you really struggle to find the cash? Here are a few ideas for ways to get that extra cash together and give yourself some TLC.
Shop around and do your research
If you live in. small town or village with only one massage center or clinic, it’s a good idea to look further afield and see if there are any deals at city massage centers. If there are a lot of people offering massage services in one area, you could find that some of them will lower their rates because they need to stay competitive. You’re also more likely to find massage therapists who give lower rates to attract lower income clients in bigger towns and cities.
Check out Groupon
Groupon is a treasure trove of deals and massage is one that crops up quite regularly. Groupon also offers a referral program, where you can earn money for every friend that buys a massage deal using your link, so you could potentially earn yourself a completely free massage with some clever promotion…
Use prepaid and membership options
Loyalty cards and memberships are a big thing right now, so before you book, check out a massage center website and see what they have on offer for regular clients. Do they offer a discount for members or a buy two, get one free deal?
Schedule a massage at a bodywork school.
Students need to practice and here’s where you could get a great deal on a massage. If you’re happy to let a supervised student practice their art on you, you could get yourself a fantastic deal on the treatment as well as a really great massage…
Like for like?
If you have skills you can share, and you know a massage therapist, why not offer to swap services? You could even offer to mind their kids, give them a lift or do a bit of DIY in their home for the exchange of a massage session. Win win!
Ask for gift cards
Tell your friends and family that instead of things you don’t need this year, for your birthday or whatever, you’d prefer a gift certificate for a massage treatment. Or for friends to club together and buy you a session rather than just another bottle of wine or box of candy?
Go for smaller sessions
You don’t necessarily need to have the full hour to get the benefit of massage. You could have a back, neck and shoulder massage taking 20 minutes or so, or a shorter Indian Head Massage treatment, perhaps?
Get them into the workplace
Many massage centers are looking at ways to get extra clients and employers like to offer perks to keep staff happy…so why not suggest that your office approaches a local massage business and asks them if they would like to provide desk massages?
Re-evaluate your bills
If you still can’t stretch to it find extra money by going through your bills and seeing where you can make a saving. Do you need the extra channels on your cable package?
Give up your latte
It’s a cliché but how much do you spend on Starbucks every week? Work it out and resolve to give the coffee shop a miss until you have enough saved for the massage you’re craving. Massage is way better for you than caffeine.