05/12/2021 by Michael Fink, CMT
What You Get from a $120 An Hour Massage
I’m going to say it, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage for most people. We don’t like to talk about money; it’s supposed to be private. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.
I know this because...
I walk the walk and I, too, get regular massage.
I am crazy tight with finances, so if I don’t plan for it, massage just doesn’t happen.
But if I expect you to budget for a $1200/hr massage every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a $100/hr massage.
Clarity in Pricing
What I charge is clearly listed here. My goal is to make massage more accessible, and I have intentionally set my rates at below market pricing.
Although cash tips are always appreciated, they are never expected. There are so many ways to show gratitude! The most appreciated form is reviews and referrals. When you tell your friends about me, write a review about me on My Google Reviews page, my Yelp page, and my Facebook Business page or purchase gift certificates for friends and family, it helps my business grow and allows me to spread the love.
A Full Hour and a Half
A Standard 90-Minute Session = 90 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the massage. That’s not the case for every business. Burke Williams and Massage Envy’s hour is 50 minutes. Even some full service spas operate on a 50-minute hour. But in my office, 60, 90, and 120 minute treatments last exactly as long as indicated.
Ease of Scheduling
Scheduling tends to be the second biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. We never think of scheduling a massage at a time that is actually convenient to call. We think about it when we are in the middle of a tough workout or a stressful day.
I try to make scheduling as easy as possible; you can schedule with me any time of day or night online right here. If you prefer, you can call me at (415) 652-7173 to schedule and if I miss your call I will call back as soon as I can.
You get my full attention. From the time you enter my office, you are the superstar. You are the reason we’re in the room.
Need silence? We can do that. Want me to spend the full hour on your feet? Sure. Warm table? Cool room? Not a problem. You get your own full attention. No phone. No demands. Just you.
I’ve had 16 years of practice and hundreds of hours of education. All in preparation for your massage.
Every massage is customized to your individual needs on the day we meet. When you need all my focus on your shoulders, I got you! When you need the slow deep work around all your joints, I got you! When you just need to experience relaxation or recovery, I got you!
I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you or your health condition.
If you are healing from a recent injury, experiencing a flare-up of an older issue, or having acute pain somewhere, we won't be doing any aggressive work to "dig out the problem". No-Pain/No-Gain?... Not here buddy! I am all about results without pain, slow focused deep tissue work without aggressive jack hammering and painful reconstruction work. You should always feel better in your body when you leave my office.
I've got that! There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage operating under the radar.
If a therapist is operating without all the proper licenses, their insurance will be voided in the event of claim. That’s scary stuff right there.
I carry liability insurance to ensure that you and I are covered if something goes awry. Thankfully, I have never had to use it.
A massage with me gets you connections with all the practitioners I know. And that’s a lot of people. If massage isn’t helping your tendonitis, backache, anxiety, or any other thing that brought you in the door, I’ll help find the right acupuncturist, physical therapist or counselor for you.
High-Quality Massage Cream
I only use the best products on your skin. I work with Bon Vital massage creams because they are organic, hydrating for the skin and don't leave clients feeling oily or greasy. I choose to use organic products whenever possible, from my creams and lotions to my laundry detergents and cleaning and sanitizing tools.
You get to support a small, local, gay-owned business
It’s just me! No conglomerate. No fancy management structure or corporate set up. Just a small business owner, paying his taxes, making a living, and living in the same communities he serves. There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in this era of big-box stores and Amazon. When you pay $120/hr for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.
All that, from a $100/hr massage!