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.