For young people just getting established, parents with little ones at home, or seniors on a fixed budget, budgeting for massage therapy can be a challenge.
Here are a few tips:
#1 REDUCE OR RE-PRIORITIZE
Stash the cash you would have used on something you don't necessarily need, and take care of your body instead.
- Dine in instead of out. - Hold off on those super cute shoes. - Negotiate to lower a cell phone or cable bill.
Do a quick Google search on "how to save more money each month" and you'll have tons of new ideas.
Self-care is a long-term investment in yourself, in feeling the best you can feel. Think of cutting something out of your budget or reducing spending in another category not as limiting, but as making room for something you want more.
#2 PUT IT ON THE LIST
Ask for massage gift cards for special occasions. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Graduations. Holidays.
Let your friends and family know that if they'd like to get you something special, something you'd really enjoy, a massage is near the top of your list.
#3 GET IT COVERED
Call your health insurance provider and ask if massage therapy could be covered, and if so, what conditions must be met (a doctor's prescription, documentation from the massage therapist, etc).
Many massage therapy offices also accept HSA and FSA debit cards for payment. Coverage always depends on your specific plan, so check prior to your appointment if massage is covered.
#4 ASK ABOUT SAVINGS
Although a super discounted massage may be a great way to try someone out, your health is worth more than a one-off deal you may never get again.
Instead, ask about any long-term savings programs your massage therapist offers: punch cards, bulk treatment discounts, special packages, or memberships.
Effective self-care is all about commitment and consistency. Programs that encourage a regular routine are better at getting us the results we want than a one-time savings.