I hear this quite often from my clients and sometimes it has been from other therapists who think I am short selling myself or making them look bad for charging more. I promise this is not the case. I understand all the arguments..."You need to recoup the money you spent for school", "You have all this training you should be compensated for", etc. I know, I know, I know!
I became a therapeutic massage therapist because I was looking for a way to bring pain relief to my mom who had a hip replacement, arthritis, and dealt daily with pain. I love to get massages myself but I cannot afford $65 - $125/hr+ per session on a consistent basis (which is the only way to get the full health benefits of massage therapy). She could not either.
During massage school internship I kept hearing the same thing over and over again..."I wish massage was more affordable". So I decided at that time that I would only charge $45/60 min session (no up-charge for deep tissue, etc.). Each massage has an essential oil diffused into the room to set a relaxing mood and ends with a warm towel wash of the feet. There are a few items I do charge a small fee for such as sugar scrubs, etc.
This has become my ministry. I love what I do.
A friend posted this TED presentation by an educator on her facebook page recently. With the new school year right around the corner I hope this inspires teachers to keep fighting the good fight. No, you do not get the recognition you deserve or the pay your deserve but the lives you impact will be your legacy forever. I appreciate all the sacrifices you make and all the hoops you have to jump through. TEACHERS are AWESOME!
Massage Therapist specializing in Therapeutic, Oncology, and Geriatric massage.