Massage Therapy on a Budget
Let's be honest, the cost of healthcare and wellness is high! Whether paying for health insurance and deductibles for medical
expenses, or paying for better food or a gym membership, all the measures we take to stay healthy add up quickly.
Including regular massage therapy in your budget might seem daunting. An hour massage session usually costs between $70 and $100, depending on the location. Most insurance companies do not cover massage, and even if they do many therapists don't accept insurance. But there is a way to include massage in your budget.
Begin by scheduling a massage appointment once every 4-6 weeks. I often say that if we all had the time and the means to do so, I'd recommend a weekly massage for everyone! But even for the most financially secure among us, that can become expensive. Luckily, you don't have to do this to reap the benefits of massage. It's more important for you to establish a consistent routine for your massage sessions. Once a month is fairly easy to budget out. Just make sure to stick to your schedule. The body responds very well to routine, so as long as you stay in a consistent routine you will find that you will still have less pain in between sessions.
Does a monthly massage still strain your budget? Most massage therapists offer 30 minute sessions. Schedule a half-hour session for yourself once every 4-6 weeks, and maybe every few months treat yourself to an hour or a 90 minute session when you feel confident in doing so.
Remember, one way or another your health will cost something. Healthy food costs more than junk food, insurance rates are astronomical, and wellness therapies such as massage do come with a price tag. But most would agree that we'd rather pay to prevent illness than pay to recover from one.
If you get a massage once a month, it only costs about the same as a daily cup of coffee. And caring for your long-term health and wellness it is certainly a worthwhile expense in your monthly budget.