Anyone ever gotten professionally massaged?.....

  • TannerMasseur

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    Apr 29, 2014 9:33 AM GMT
    What experiences have u had getting massaged? Was it worth what u paid for it? Did u leave feeling holistically better, ur body in tune & free of knots? And would u be more comfortable getting massaged by a masseur (male) or a masseuse (female)?
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 29, 2014 11:16 AM GMT
    I get massage (usually deep tissue, but sometimes therapeutic sports massage) about once every 3-4 weeks. I realize that it is a luxury, but it is worth every penny to me. I'm a competitive athlete, and at 49, my body needs more regular maintenance to keep functioning at a high level and injury free.
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:26 AM GMT
    Yep, very often! I've found a massage instructor that is THE best and often the session will run to 2 hours or more. He never takes more than the agreed on price for a 90 min. session, either!

    There's a few forum posts about massages on here, too.

    I'd recommend you check with massagefinder.com for one in your area, or use a trusted friends recommendation.

    Hint: Asian massage parlors are *not* what you are looking for....I presume!icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:49 AM GMT
    I get one once a week, with acupuncture. Awesome. Need it. Can't live without it now.
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    Apr 29, 2014 12:03 PM GMT
    I've been a Massage Therapist for almost 9 years. With regular sessions (every 4-6 weeks) - you will notice a major difference in how you feel. Think of massage as part of your healthy lifestyle, and not as a luxury item.

    Obviously, you get what you pay for - there are inexpensive massages out there - Massage Envy, etc - but it's like going to McDonald's. Don't pay for a Big Mac and expect Filet Mignon. Shop around, try out a few different therapists until you find a good fit.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 29, 2014 12:23 PM GMT
    I did an interview with a professional massage therapist on my weekly fitness webradio program. Because of the benefits of massage, I thought it wise that the listeners hear about the benefits in detail. She did a fantastic job with the interview. That said, I haven't had many massages, but I can see what I've been missing.
  • Rock222

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    Apr 29, 2014 1:23 PM GMT
    I've done both give and receive massage. Its very therapeutic and meditative. I always feel like I've connected my mind body and spirit. Ive also had those that do happy endings, which is ok, but it can take away from the meditative part, cause then both parties think about the fun, not the massage.
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:17 PM GMT
    It's always relaxing, but it isn't all that.
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:23 PM GMT
    it was nice but only lasted about an hour afterwards.
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:37 PM GMT
    Tanner saidWhat experiences have u had getting massaged? Was it worth what u paid for it? Did u leave feeling holistically better, ur body in tune & free of knots?



    It is the big missing element in most men's workout routines. Professional athletes find it indispensable in their active sport's schedules. It opens up muscles for growth and healing ( rebuilding) .
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
    I think from all what i have personally heard of and read about being massaged it is something i would like to try.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Apr 29, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
    DanOmatic saidI get massage (usually deep tissue, but sometimes therapeutic sports massage) about once every 3-4 weeks. I realize that it is a luxury, but it is worth every penny to me. I'm a competitive athlete, and at 49, my body needs more regular maintenance to keep functioning at a high level and injury free.


    I have a lot of regular clients & bodybuilders that I full-body massage. With all the pronounced muscles on bodybuilders it can take 2 hours to massage all of their muscles. They love how I massage all their knots out icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:19 PM GMT
    Dennis_1989 saidI think from all what i have personally heard of and read about being massaged it is something i would like to try.


    Well, if any of u guys ever make it to Philly, look me up icon_smile.gif I give great full-body massages icon_smile.gif
  • LJay

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    Apr 29, 2014 3:20 PM GMT
    Would (several) someone(s) address the cost issue? I see a lot of prices in the $100 range and that seems like a lot. Maybe it is the spa markup. where whould one look for a professional massage at a reasonable price. What do you charge/pay? Is there a range of services to llok for or is a massage a massage?
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:21 PM GMT
    We have licensed massage therapists for our annual SMART Ride, and that's the last massage I had back in November. I'll get one after the initial 100-mile segment, but on the 65-mile second day I typically arrive in Key West too late for another (I don't pedal too fast), barely in time to form-up for our concluding bicycle parade around the island. The massage does help when you've been working your muscles extra hard all day.

    I've also had massages at resort spas. Including a "vintage spa treatment" that ended with a massage, at one of the old hotels in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They claim the warm water for the baths you take is natural mineral water piped direct from the nearby hot springs, that years ago was thought to have medicinal value.

    Don't be shy, though (assuming they still have these spa treatments). In typical 1920s-30s fashion dozens of men are all naked together in big rooms receiving different phases of the treatment. Even my final massage was in a group of about 10 other guys naked on tables, no private rooms.

    There's also a naturally-heated mineral swimming pool, but since it's co-ed now (for female hotel guests) men need a swimsuit there, unlike the old days. Otherwise, though, you spend several hours without a stitch on, towels at most, white-clad attendants escorting you all around to each station. You finish feeling rather drained, and I almost fell asleep during my massage.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    LJay saidWould (several) someone(s) address the cost issue? I see a lot of prices in the $100 range and that seems like a lot. Maybe it is the spa markup. where whould one look for a professional massage at a reasonable price. What do you charge/pay? Is there a range of services to llok for or is a massage a massage?


    My rate is $100 an hour for a full-body massage. I hit every muscle from head to toe.
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 29, 2014 3:34 PM GMT
    They feel good for the moment but it only lasts an hour or so. I do use one when something feels like I've overdone it. A good one can be a relatively cheap alternative to going to a doctor.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:48 PM GMT
    I think if i ever had one i would like a nice relaxing one and a proper deep sports massage haha
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    Apr 29, 2014 5:39 PM GMT
    I only had one a few years ago by a pro.Since it was my first one I didn't know if I was to get completely naked or what so I kept my underwear on.It wasn't relaxing for me because I was nervous and I didn't like the music and it was a female therapist.I never had one since.
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:00 PM GMT
    discojim saidI only had one a few years ago by a pro.Since it was my first one I didn't know if I was to get completely naked or what so I kept my underwear on.It wasn't relaxing for me because I was nervous and I didn't like the music and it was a female therapist.I never had one since.


    I only massage men, straight or gay. I just feel more comfortable & they do too icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:27 PM GMT
    My first massage was in Thailand, lovely Thai lady with freakishly strong hands.....I got more than I bargained for even though it was a really nice resort/hotel ;) not an unpleasant experience I have to say but not the sports massage I was after!
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 29, 2014 6:31 PM GMT
    I pay $100/hr and tip $20. It's worth it to me.

    I've been going to the same therapist for 3 years, a big, burly guy (6'5") who has a very loyal clientele.
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    Apr 29, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    TheZenAlchemist saidI've been a Massage Therapist for almost 9 years. With regular sessions (every 4-6 weeks) - you will notice a major difference in how you feel. Think of massage as part of your healthy lifestyle, and not as a luxury item.

    Obviously, you get what you pay for - there are inexpensive massages out there - Massage Envy, etc - but it's like going to McDonald's. Don't pay for a Big Mac and expect Filet Mignon. Shop around, try out a few different therapists until you find a good fit.


    Since you're a CMT, how do you know that a massage place is good or not? In other words, what am I looking for so that I know that the massages I get are high quality?
  • stratavos

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    Apr 29, 2014 6:57 PM GMT
    There's a heavy student discount at my school's rec center, and you pay by the 15 min after the first 30. While only my upper body (mostly neck, back and shoulders) gets worked, it's completely worth it.

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    Apr 29, 2014 7:37 PM GMT
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    TheZenAlchemist saidI've been a Massage Therapist for almost 9 years. With regular sessions (every 4-6 weeks) - you will notice a major difference in how you feel. Think of massage as part of your healthy lifestyle, and not as a luxury item.

    Obviously, you get what you pay for - there are inexpensive massages out there - Massage Envy, etc - but it's like going to McDonald's. Don't pay for a Big Mac and expect Filet Mignon. Shop around, try out a few different therapists until you find a good fit.


    Since you're a CMT, how do you know that a massage place is good or not? In other words, what am I looking for so that I know that the massages I get are high quality?


    - Look at reviews on Yelp.
    - Check the place out, make sure its clean, etc.
    - If you know the therapist's name, check the National Certification Board's website to see if they're board certified. Not every state requires this, but it's a good sign that the therapist is serious about their career and takes the extra steps to maintain certification.
    - Ask around. Check with your friends, with trainers at your gym, etc. See who they recommend. One of the first things I do when I join a gym is introduce myself to the trainers and get them to book massages with me. They're much more likely to recommend me to their clients once they know I'm good at what I do.