There are many branches to our healthcare system. Some conventional disciplines include general medicine, psychiatry, dentistry, dietetics, as well as other specialties. Some individuals also look to alternative medicine to complement conventional disciplines such as chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage therapy. Massage is becoming more prevalent, and individuals are beginning to realize that massage is more than just an indulgence. Massage therapy has a host of benefits that aid in various conditions; some benefits include minimizing low-back pain, prenatal discomfort, depression, anxiety, migraines, injuries, as well as enhancing one’s immunity, blood circulation, and joint flexibility. The American Massage Therapy Association states that 52% of individuals receiving a massage from July 2014 through July 2015 were doing so for a medical and/or health reason which included pain management, soreness and spasms, injury rehabilitation, wellness, and prenatal care. Another 33% of those individuals sought out massage for stress reduction. While massage is not intended to cure one’s disease, it can be a valuable tool to complete one’s healthcare and promote a holistic lifestyle (American Massage Therapy Association, 2017) .
While massage therapy may be perceived as a luxury, America has begun to lean towards preventative care, and health insurances are beginning to include chiropractic and massage therapy in their plans at a discounted rate. Massage may also be provided through health insurance if it is prescribed by a physician or chiropractor. Check with your insurance company to see if these benefits apply to you. Every massage therapist is different and offers his/her own set of therapeutic techniques. I have created a list below of a few options to look into when seeking out what is right for your personal preferences and needs:
Massage Envy: Offers an array of modalities to suite all needs. Some services include Swedish massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, prenatal massage, deep tissue massage, as well as treatment upgrades such as aromatherapy, enhanced muscle therapy, and reflexology. There are multiple locations around St. Louis which include Maplewood, Sunset Hills, Oakville, Creve Coeur, and Des Peres. The introductory rate at Massage Envy is $50 for the 1st massage and afterwards, $60/month which includes a 50 minute customized massage with a 10 minute consultation.
Indigo Massage & Wellness: While Indigo offers multiple therapeutic, client-specific massage packages, they also offer yoga, acupuncture, Shiatsu/Thai Bodywork, as well as treatment upgrades including aromatherapy, hot stones, and pain relief gel. Indigo is located in Benton Park on Arsenal. Massages begin at $70 for a 60 minute massage.
Chiropractic Offices: Many chiropractic offices offer packages that include massage therapy. Often times, the package includes a 15 minute massage with an adjustment, and prices vary from office to office. For insurance reimbursement, this may be the best route.
Healing ArtsCenter Student Clinic: For those who would like to experience massage therapy on a pinch, the Healing Arts Center Student Clinic may be right for you. As massage students gain experience, they must perform a certain amount of supervised massage practicals on the public before they may graduate. The student clinic does not accept gratuity and only costs $35 for a 50 minute massage. If you or a loved one is currently undergoing cancer treatments, the Healing Arts Center Free CancerClinic offers free massage therapy to help improve quality of life.
Reference: American Massage Therapy Association, 2017. Accessed online.
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