For many massage fans, finances are the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage.

It’s uncomfortable to talk about money.  But I’m addressing the issue because I like to be direct, and finances underly so many of our daily decisions.   When we lay out our cash, we are looking for excellent value for that hard-earned money.

Regular massage is a considerable budget item; it’s important to acknowledge that. 

I know this because:

  • I get a massage regularly.  
  • I am very careful with money, and pay close attention to how it is spent in our daily life. 

But if I expect you to work the numbers and budget $135 for a massage or reflexology every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what exactly you’re getting for your hard-earned bucks.

So here it is, what you get from a 1 hour, $135 massage session with Eowyn Levene at Living Link Massage Therapy in Union Square, NYC.  I’ll give you a hint:  it’s fantastic value!

“For most massage fans, finances are the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage.”

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Clarity in pricing

As my regular clients already know, I do not accept tips.  If a first time client wants to tip me in addition to the $135 for the hour, I gratefully accept the gratitude and happy feelings, but ask them to save the cash for their next session.  I would rather see them more often, as it is better for both of us.  

I dislike the nickel and dime-ing of services. So, I charge by TIME, not by SERVICE. It’s not $20 extra for deep tissue massage, or $15 extra for prenatal massage, or a completely different price for medical massage. I also don’t have a crazy long service menu from which to choose so by the time you read the list, you don’t know which end is up. You pay by TIME: 30, 60, or 90 minutes. That’s it.  And I tailor the work according to your wishes and needs and craft a safe, relaxing session from there. 

I know who charges what in this area.  $135 for an hour massage by a private practitioner who does not accept tips is on the low end of the spectrum.  I am a massage bargain!  I have seen the profound effects of massage at work for over 7+ years and want it to be as accessible as possible for everyone. 

“I have seen the profound effects of massage at work for over 7+ years and want it to be as accessible as I can be for everyone.”

A full hour

1 hour = 60 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the massage session*.

That’s not the case for every business. Massage Envy’s ‘hour’ is 50 minutes. Elements gives you 55 minutes. Even some full service spas operate on a 50-minute hour. But in my office, 30, 60, and 90 minute treatments last exactly as long as indicated*.

*Unless you’re late, then I may have to adjust accordingly.  Please always arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time to settle in, so we start promptly. 

Ease of scheduling

Scheduling tends to be the second biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. We never think of scheduling massage at a time that is actually convenient to call.

You can schedule online right here.  If you don’t see a time that works for you, drop me an email with some times you’re looking for. I will make it work if I can, and I can CERTAINLY add you to the waiting list. 

You can also sign up for my last minute appointment newsletter – just shoot me an email and let me know you’d like to be added.

Attention

You get my full attention. For 1 hour, you are my 110% focus.  You are the reason we’re in the room together.  Need silence, rather than music?  We can do that.  Want me to spend the full hour on your back?  Of course.  Need to share some recent trying events in a safe space where you know your privacy is sacrosanct?  I’m here to listen. 

Plus, you see ME every time – you aren’t passed off to someone else.  I get to know you and your body, including all needs and preferences.   

You get my full attention time and time again. No phone. No demands. Just you.

“I get to know you and your body, including all needs and preferences.”

No Cookie Cutter massages here

Everyone who lies down on my massage table receives a highly tailored session.  Ever gone in for a massage and told the massage therapist about your right shoulder pain and simply received a general full body Swedish massage?  Sure, you feel relaxed after, and that is always helpful.  But your right shoulder doesn’t feel very different than when you arrived, and that your specific request wasn’t addressed in the way you wished. 

In contrast, my work is personal and tailored to you. I learn what is going on with your body AND your life, so sessions can be fully customized to best serve you today.

Clients often come in with neck tension or pain that has nagged at them for 3 or 4 months, have 1 or 2 massages in the space of a week, and then have no need to return for months because they feel fine again. 

“Everyone who lies down on my massage table receives a highly tailored session. “

Experience

I have over 7+ years experience in private practice, have worked on many thousands of people of all walks of life and states of health, over 1000 hours of base education, and many more hours of continuing education. They were all just prep for your massage!

I’ve got pillow set-up down to keep you comfy laying on your side if you are getting prenatal massage, or if you can’t lay flat on your back because of vertigo. Or if your knee feels weird in any position. 

There’s heat packs for your aching back, to get you ready for massage.  If you dislike lying on your stomach, you never need to receive massage that way. 

We will get you comfortable so you can fully relax, enjoy your massage, and derive the most benefit.

Clinical prudence

I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you and your health condition. In general, people on blood thinners should not be getting deep tissue massage. Ditto that for people in treatment for cancer. It’s also unwise to do aggressive stretching on pregnant women. Using heat or cold therapy on a client with diabetes-related peripheral neuropathy is just a no go.  

These are contraindications and I take them seriously. And I don’t mess around.  

The downside here is that I may turn you away, but that’s very rare.  In fact, I have never had to do so during all the thousands of sessions I have given.  We can usually find a technique that is safe and effective for your situation (reflexology being a great option for just about everyone!).

I also adhere strictly to HIPPA guidelines, meaning that your personal and health information is held in strictest confidence. 

“I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you and your health condition.”

Proper licensing

I am licensed in NY state to practice massage therapy.  There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage and operating under the radar. They may not have appropriate licensing or registration. (You can check that here)

If a therapist is operating without all the proper licenses, their insurance will be voided in the event of claim. 

Not to mention, they may well not have a clue about what is safe for your situation. 

Lastly, if you see them at a salon, spa, or ‘parlor’, they may well be working under very stressful, physically damaging, and highly underpaid working conditions.

High quality products

I only use the best products on your skin. You won’t leave my office feeling drenched in oil.  You won’t break out from a cheap fragrance or preservative.  You won’t experience an allergic reaction.

I’ve got my hands in this stuff for many hours a week, so I choose my products based on quality.  Pure 100% organic jojoba oil is all I use.  But, if you know jojoba oil doesn’t work for your skin, let me know and we’ll make adjustments, or you can bring your own product.  It’s never been needed to date, but I’m open to whatever is best for you. 

The essential oils I diffuse in the room are highest grade, usually organic, and contain no additives or solvents.  No essential oils are used directly on the body.

I wash all linens myself with gentle, environmentally-friendly, hypoallergenic detergents. 

“I’ve got my hands in this stuff for many hours a week, so I choose my products based on quality.”

You get to support a small local business

It’s just me!  No conglomerate. No fancy management structure or corporate set up.  I’m a small business owner, paying her taxes, making a living, and participating in the same communities she serves. There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of big box stores and Amazon. 

I see other independent massage therapists for my own self-care.  I work with a local herbalist to support my general health.  I buy my groceries at the local Union Square farmer’s markets as much as possible.  That wonderful organic Jojoba oil is sourced from a small business (OK, so this one isn’t local!).  We work with an independent accountant who specializes in freelancers and small business owners.  You get the idea! 

When you pay $135 for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy, as much as feasible.

“I’m a small business owner, paying her taxes, making a living, and participating in the same communities she serves.”

All that, from a $135 massage session. Pretty good deal, don’t you think?!


This post was inspired by the ever wonderful Allissa Haines of Haines Massage in Plainville, MA.  She is also one half of the kickass Massage Business Blueprint team that helps massage therapists everywhere run a better massage business.   


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The value of an $135 massage (and why it’s so much more than you think)

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