Sports Massage Don’t Fall For The Up Sell
I was recently booking a massage appointment when the receptionist asked if I would like to try the new Sports Massage. As an active person myself, I wondered what this would entail. A sports massage is fantastic if you are an athlete, but it isn’t entirely necessary when taking a trip to the spa. You see, a traditional sports massage is nothing more than a Swedish massage with occasional deep pressure on your injured areas. If you have injuries, you should certainly stay away from a massage completely and see a doctor. If you have a little soreness and want it to be worked on, I recommend going with the classic massage and asking the therapist to focus on that area.
A sports massage is often just an up-sell. Spas are able to charge anywhere from $30-$50 more for this treatment than a classic, for the same amount of time. Spa’s will tell you that a different oil is used, and that could be true. But if you are money-conscious like myself, you’re better off going with the classic and bringing your own product to the appointment. For instance, you can schedule a classic/Swedish massage for $30 less, and bring your own Muscle Freeze to the appointment. Just ask the therapist to apply that product to your affected area during the treatment and you just saved yourself enough money for lunch and a good dinner!
Some therapists really do offer a better massage for the higher price, but the majority of chain spas are simply trying to get more money out of you. Be aware of what you’re spending on, and if at all possible, avoid the hidden costs. Most men will go in to booking a massage and immediately go for the “sports massage” because it sounds more masculine. Spas capitalize off this and will often book you with the same therapist you would get if you got a classic. Point is, just be aware and do not be afraid to ask the spa or the massage therapist questions! They are serving you, so if you want to use a different lotion or oil, bring your own massage lotion or even a massage grape seed oil or check with the location to ensure this is possible. You want to listen to something specific? Ask if you can bring your iPod and plug it in during the treatment. For how much money it is to get a fancy spa treatment, I’m shocked at how scared people are to specialize it to their liking. Be a smart consumer, and you will be happy EVERY TIME!