Are Massage Packages Worth It? Part 2

continued from part 1
A hair appointment can cost anywhere from $45-$120 depending on the complexity. Some beauty professionals refuse to quote a price until they first see the person, yet faithful clients return week after week and never think to ask for a package. Like all personal service providers, beauty professionals understand the ebb and flow of business. They also understand that if their work is excellent, then clients will return. 

Good Therapists 

Your massage series is only as good as your therapist. Unless you have been receiving professional bodywork throughout your lifetime, the average person doesn’t know that each provider carries a different skill level. In other words, the quality of your pre-paid package is only as good as the therapist that gives you a massage that day. A risk taken by package buyers is the uncertainty of the therapist you will be paired with the day you arrive to your appointment. Even if you request a favorite therapist, if they leave that business you’re left with someone new to give you a massage.
Therapists are well aware that they are being compensated less with package buyers. A good massage therapist that only services this customer base will soon be lost to the world from overwork and injury. 

Mass Production 

A high-caliber massage session is not something that you can mass produce and expect quality. As a consumer, when you choose quality over quantity the results of the work you receive in the treatment room are bound to be better. It’s difficult to demand an outstanding performance from a massage therapist when the number of the clientele is high but the pay is low. It will not motivate them and eventually you will feel their lack of worth in your session. 

Dependent on Discounts

Packages are a business strategy. Most businesses at some point in time (especially in the beginning) use discounted rates to draw in new customers. However, be cautious of those that continually need to use this strategy to retain customers. If this is the primary business model then the quality of the therapists match what you are paying. 

Skills

Massage Therapists are like scientific artists, we use a blend of intuition and knowledge of the human body. It is a practical yet creative work that cannot be precisely reproduced each time, even with the same therapist and client. For example, a master chef creates a dish once, the intentions and skills of that chef are captured on a plate. The meal meant to be consumed directly after preparation, like a massage, a unique session to be given on one occasion. A recipe can be created and followed by another but the talent and experience cannot be reproduced. Therapists can be trained to be professional and well-spoken but there are skills that truly lie in talent. Like a gifted dancer that transfixes you, a massage therapist that does their work well is rare to find. One pays more for a higher skill set in a massage therapist as well as the passion for their craft, authenticity, compassion and the trust you feel with them. 
Michelle Orchid Rodriguez is a wellness lifestyle blogger,educator and an independent Licensed Massage Therapist. Her mission is to promote a higher quality of life for others through her work in therapeutic massage  & promoting healthy living. She is the founder and CEO of Lumina Massage Inc. in Miami Lakes,Florida. Lumina Massage is a specialty massage company that focuses on neuromuscular therapy for pain management and advanced prenatal bodywork.

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