I’m sure you are looking at this title thinking “what? Why is she talking about massage and pizza? What does massage have to do with pizza? What does pizza have to do with massage?”
Let me back up here.
I am in a coaching community with the lovely women of Spapreneur and Ramona ever so lovingly refers to Massage Envy and all of those other chain places as the Pizza Hut of massage and I loved hearing that. You see, there’s nothing wrong with Pizza Hut, you know exactly what you’re getting when you go there, it’s cheap, prepared quickly and available pretty much anywhere and no matter which location you go to, if you get a meat lovers pizza you’re going to get a meat lovers pizza. Nothing more, nothing less.
But, what about those times where you don’t want Pizza Hut? Where you want something a little nicer, better ingredients, heck, even gluten and dairy free but still delicious. You’re going to pay a little bit more for it, aren’t you? There is a gluten free pizza place near me, Renee’s. It’s gluten free and in a 100% celiac safe environment. And their pizza? It’s GOOD. And it’s not Pizza Hut. You’re not going to get a large any number of topping pizza for $7. You’re going to pay around $15 for it, but it’s going to be one of the best gluten free pizzas you’ve ever had.
That’s how we operate at Michigan Massage and Wellness. You’re not going to come in and get a one hour massage on the “membership” rate of $45 (or whatever they are charging now). But, you’re also not going to wonder what kind of massage you are getting because the therapist that you saw last month has moved on. You’re also not going to get a cookie cutter massage that doesn’t address your needs or complaints. You are going to get targeted, specific work on whatever is bothering you at the time of your appointment. We are going to dive into our toolbox of knowledge and tools (literal tools like the Hypervolt and Rockblades) to treat that elbow tendinitis. Or suggest a Renew Movement session to work into those hips that are constantly aching no matter how much you stretch. And if you just want to relax? We’ve got you covered with that too. And with us, a one hour massage is an actual one hour massage. We don’t list in any fine print about how 10 minutes of your 60 minute session is dedicated to the consult and undressing/re-dressing. These are all factors you should be weighing when you are shopping for a new therapist.
I saw a new student in class recently who was telling me about all of his movement problems and restrictions, aches and pains, and when I asked him if he was getting regular bodywork, he said “yeah, I go to Massage Envy, it’s only $45”. My question here is: is a cheap massage worth it if you are still walking around in pain, unable to go back to your activities and hobbies, or even just get through your day to day life without wincing?
So the next time you are tempted to take advantage of a Groupon, or intro offer, or anything else that screams ‘THIS IS SUPER CHEAP’, ask yourself: what kind of pizza do you feel like having?
In good hands,
Rebecca Tamm, LMT