Top 10 Ways to Save on Massage

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Massage seems expensive, and for many it’s difficult to afford. While we make every effort to deliver value while keeping our business viable, there are several ways you can save money on massages at GLM. In fact, we checked, and there are at least ten ways you can save money on regular massage.

1. Prepaid packages

Your employees or co-workers can all share one redemption code, getting everyone more massage and saving everyone money.

Yes, we’ve covered this before, but it bears repeating. Prepaid packages are far and away the best way to save money on massage at GLM. Prepaid packages are somewhat like the memberships you may be familiar with at chain clinics, but without the monthly billing and tight restrictions. Packages allow you to save by pre-paying for your massages at a lower rate. In fact, you get a free massage if you buy 5 or more sessions at once. These allow you to go into your session without even the slightest concern about what it costs and whether it fits in with your finances at the moment.

Packages can be shared with as many people as you like. We highly recommend getting together a pool of friends or co-workers to go together on a package and share it among yourselves. This can be a great little employee perk or gift for the family. We’ve previously written with much greater depth about how these work, so be sure to check out previous posts or our Services page on the website.
Bottom Line: Get free massages! Who can say no to that?

2. Military discount

Armed Forces Discount

We’ve just unveiled a great new benefit for members of the armed services and their families. You can now get 15% off single sessions when you present your military ID at checkout. Keep in mind that this discount does not apply to prepaid packages and can’t be combined with any other offer.

Bottom Line: Save up to $24 on a single session!

3. Boeing employee discount

Boeing Employee Discount

We’re proud Renton natives with strong ties to the community–not unlike a certain airplane manufacturer in the area you may have heard of. We are a part of the network of companies that accept the Boeing employee discount card, and we’re the only massage clinic on that network in the Pacific Northwest. While we’re not officially affiliated or partnered with Boeing, this one is dear to our hearts: almost all of us here at GLM have family ties to this major local employer.

The Boeing employee discount allows for 15% off single massage sessions when you present your Boeing ID or employee discount card.

Bottom Line: Save up to $24 on a single session!

4. Featured enhancements

Aromatherapy Promo

Every few months we highlight one of our session enhancements. These are little extras you can add to your session. Which one you choose really depends on what you hope to get out of the session. While many have been designed to enhance relaxation, many of them have also been created with muscle therapy and treatment in mind. Normally these range in price from about $5 to $30, depending on what you choose. These can make a huge difference in your massage experience, and can be a great value even at full price.

Our current enhancement as of this post is aromatherapy, and is on sale for $3, which is 40% off. For those of you reading this after February 2016, check our Facebook page or website for information on which enhancement is available at a discount right now.

The featured enhancement discount is a great way to try our different available session enhancements without spending as much, so you can decide whether you’d like to try it again in future sessions.

Bottom Line: You may only save a few dollars here or there, but the added value here could be incalculable.

5. Last minute bookings

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Did you know we have a Twitter feed? We use it for all kinds of things, but its primary purpose is to give our clients a timely update on last minute massage openings. Every morning, we look at at the schedule. If there are any slots that have not yet been booked, we’ll announce it on the Twitter feed. If you book the session, either online or over the phone, and mention that you saw it posted on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll get $5 off your session. This discount is perfect for those who have flexible and unpredictable schedules.
Bottom Line: Save $5! If you do it that way regularly, that could really add up over time.

6. New practitioners

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As of this posting, we’re growing very quickly. We have a lot of space to use, and we’re doing our best to make the most of it. Whenever we take on a new practitioner, we make an effort to promote their availability. We recruit only the best practitioners, but when they’re first hired, they’re still not known to our clients.

To entice you to give them a try, we often provide a discount for a period of a few months. The amount of the discount may vary, but it’s usually considerable. When we first brought on Christie Ellis, for example, we offered a $15 discount on all her sessions. On a 60 minute massage, that’s about 20% off a one hour session!

While we don’t have any deals running for new practitioners as of this posting, we are definitely going to be hiring more in the coming months and years, so watch the website, Facebook, and Twitter for announced deals.

Bottom Line: You’ll be saving in the neighborhood of $15 or more!

7. Regular promotions

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We routinely offer discounts on certain services. For instance, November is always Hot Stone month. Last November we offered $30 off 90 minute hot stone massages booked during for that month.
You never know when something else like this will come up. So, again, be sure to keep an eye on the website, Facebook, and Twitter.
If you have any questions about our discounts and would like to know more, please feel free to give us a call during our normal operating hours of Monday through Friday 9 AM to 9 PM, and Saturdays 8 AM to 8 PM.
Bottom Line: It all depends on the specific promotion, but the savings here is usually a significant percentage off.

8. Insurance reimbursement

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We don’t directly bill health insurance, but that’s not to say you can’t have insurance pay for your massage. Some insurance companies will pay for medical massage even if it isn’t offered under your plan. To hedge your bet, we highly recommend getting a referral from your doctor along with a billing code for a diagnosis of what you need treated with us. We can then generate a receipt after your session which you can submit to them for reimbursement.

Also, if you have a flex spending account or a health savings account, massage is usually eligible for spending using one of these alternatives to traditional health insurance. These typically are available through some kind of debit card you can charge, but see your insurance provider for more information on how to use these instruments on your specific plan.

Bottom Line: You might be paying full price at first, but can you jumping through a few hoops could get you the low, low price of FREE.

9. Upgrades

Four hands massage.
Four hands are better than two!

We love our clients, and want everyone to at least try some of the services we offer. In that spirit, the more you upgrade your session from the standard session, the more you save.

Allow me to explain:
A single standard massage session for 60 minutes is $70. Not bad, but have you considered that a session twice as long is only $120? That’s $10 off per hour of massage!

Consider also our Four Hand sessions. With two practitioners working on you at the same time, they’re able to accomplish twice as much in the session. A sixty minute Four Hand session is $140–just as much as two one hour sessions. But consider how much time and gas that saves you! You’re using half the fuel and time out of your schedule, which is money in the bank. You also get not one, but two free enhancements with the session, adding much more value and saving you even more money.

Couples sessions are also a great way to save, especially if you and you and a friend or a significant other both come in regularly. Why not come in together? And since our couples packages include a free enhancement and a chocolate truffle for each of you, you’re getting $160 worth of service for only $120 in a 60 minute couples session.

Bottom Line: Your mileage may vary, but upgrades are definitely a great value.

10. Insurance claims: personal injury/L&I

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We also take worker’s compensation claims or bill your session to auto insurance if you’ve been in an accident and have a doctor’s referral. To book a session under these circumstances, be sure to call us at 425-243-7705, email us at TheGoodLifeMassage@gmail.com, and take a look at our previous blog post for more information.

Bottom Line: Again, does FREE sound like a low enough price for you?

 

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Better Together: A Primer on Couples Massage

Couple lying on massage table at spa centerShare the power of touch with our couples massage treatment. Our couples massage packages allow you and a friend or loved one to come in and get massages in the same room at the same time. Each of you can request a therapist, or one can be assigned to you. This service is a great way to put each of you in the same relaxed frame of mind. Whether the rest of your plans involve going out or staying in, it’s the perfect way to kick off an evening or a day together.

You can book your couples session online any time.

Our couples massage package includes a free enhancement for both you and your guest. The enhancements available in a couples massage include:

* Hands or feet sugar scrub
* Hot stone spot treatment
* Ice Treatment
* Aromatherapy (essential oils are applied during the massage)
* Tension Release Treatment (Massage oil is applied on high tension areas of the body)

You also receive a complimentary hand dipped chocolate truffle after your session.

Please note that the free enhancement and chocolate truffle are not available for those redeeming promotional coupons from Groupon or Amazon Local, or who are using prepaid package credits for their massage.

Not seeing anyone?
A Couples Massage is still for you! Though the treatment is named “couples” massage, you don’t need to be married or in a relationship for this service. If you want to do something fun with a friend, the couples massage is your ticket to a relaxing day or evening together.

You don’t need to worry about being undressed in front of others, either. Here at The Good Life Massage, we respect your privacy and will skillfully keep you covered throughout the session.

A Couples Massage is best for:

  • An evening date between you and your spouse
  • A night out with a best friend
  • A surprise gift for a friend

Touch: our specialized love language
Touch is one of the five ways people best express their love or feelings of appreciation. You might have felt it when you received a much needed hug from a friend or when a parent held your hand to comfort you when you were child. Feelings of peace, happiness, comfort, and appreciation can all come from the language of touch. Since we are certified massage therapists here at The Good Life Massage, we understand perfectly the power of touch. Rekindle this love language with the couples massage

What if I’m tense and my partner isn’t?
In our couples room, two of our skilled massage therapists will be able to work on both you and your friend on separate tables. Our therapists will be able to help you with any particular body work you need to have done. And don’t worry! If your spouse is having back pain, whereas you’re in for simple relaxation, we are more than capable of accommodating both of your needs.

How do I book a couples massage?
When you book online, add the couples massage for whatever length you desire: 60, 90, or 120 minute sessions are available. When you complete the booking, you’ll receive an email confirming your request for a couples session. If we can accommodate your request, you’ll receive another email confirming the appointment with the names of both therapists you’ll be seeing.

It’s best to plan for a couples session at least a few days in advance. This is because we may not be able to arrange two therapists to be on the schedule at the time you’ve requested. We do our best to fulfill every request, but your patience is appreciated as we try to arrange the logistics of these kinds of sessions. Bottom line: you’re more likely to get the day and time you want for a couples session if you plan ahead.

If you request a session online and have any questions about scheduling, please feel free to call us at 425-243-7705 or email us.

Tanner Zornes is a blog contributor for The Good Life Massage and a student at Brigham Young University.

You Don’t Have to be Rich to Get Regular Massage: Save With Prepaid Packages

If you think massage is out of reach or not practical for you, it might be time to take another look.

Massage has come a long way in the past twenty years. As word has spread about massage’s many benefits for health and wellness, more and more people are coming in to try a session who may never have had one before.

A common misconception about massage is that it’s a luxury service–a personal indulgence that only the rich can afford. Massage chains have contributed a great deal to rolling back this misconception by offering massage at low rates previously unheard of in the spa industry. While this has been great for introducing people to the benefits of massage, the situation is less than perfect, and often isn’t beneficial to the long-term care of clients.

The problem with massage chains…

There's nothing to envy about the hidden costs of massage memberships.
There’s nothing to envy about the hidden costs of massage memberships.

Hidden costs
Massage chains are most often run like gyms: their product is memberships, not massages. You, the customer, commit to a fixed payment each month that entitles you to so many massages within that month. But don’t be too dazzled by the introductory rate. Your monthly costs are usually much higher than the introductory rate, and often come with a start-up fee of some kind.

Revolving door
Further, massage chains can offer the bargains they do because they generally hire newly minted massage therapists fresh out of massage school. Often, these therapists are just looking for work anywhere they can find it. With enrollment in massage training programs at an all-time low, chains throughout the industry are finding it hard to recruit talented therapists whose work is worth coming back for, and who will accept the near-minimum wage chains are offering. The low pay also necessarily makes for a high turn-over rate as massage therapists burn out or find better-paying work elsewhere.

“Can I get Jessie? She did such a great job on my lower back last time.”

“Sorry, she’s no longer with us. Don’t worry, though, Alex is great.”

Even if your favorite therapist is still there, it can be very hard to get in to see them regularly.

The owners of the Good Life Massage both spent some of their careers at major massage chains, and much of what they saw inspired them to strike out on their own. Both wanted to offer clients something more.

The Good Life Massage–meeting you in the middle
We set up GLM not as a luxury service only for the wealthy, but as a wellness center designed to help contribute to a culture of self-care and well-being in a world that’s so often hostile to those things.

For our clients who need regular massage, we designed a system that lowers the price tag of regular sessions considerably, but still provides a great benefit without cumbersome contracts filled with hidden costs and fine print.

Massage packages: How it works
The Good Life Massage offers prepaid massage packages. These allow you to purchase multiple sessions all at once which you can book whenever you like. There’s no contract to sign, no fine print, and no monthly payment to worry about.

When you purchase the package of your choice, you pay up-front for all your massages, getting one for FREE when you buy 5 or more.

What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. Your package doesn’t even expire.

Share and share alike
The best part is that the packages are completely transferable. You can offer your unique package code to anyone you want so they can book a session. Massage chain memberships are tied to your name only, and can’t be used by family, friends, or co-workers.

Your employees or co-workers can all share one redemption code, getting everyone more massage and saving everyone money.
Your employees or co-workers can all share one redemption code, getting everyone more massage and saving everyone money.

A massage package can be a great cost-effective way to give family gifts, provide a perk for your employees, or just save money in the long run on the massages you’re already getting.

Spreading the cost out with a group means even more savings and more massage for everyone.

No revolving door
All our massage therapists are hand-picked by our owner/operators Kylee Davis and Amy Gunn. Both are licensed massage therapists. They hire only the best therapists in the business and pay fair, competitive wages.

We’re here to build lasting relationships with our clients that will help their health and wellness long term, not just fill massage rooms. Our turnover practically non-existent so far, and all our therapists have won loyal clients eager to come back for them again and again.

So what are you waiting for? Massage packages can be ordered through our website. Your package redemption code can be instantly downloaded and used the moment you get it. You can also buy them in-person at our clinic at 200 South Tobin, Ste A in Renton, Washington.

Want to apply a package to your next massage? At checkout, just ask to purchase a package and we can credit the massage you just had to your new package.

Tom Gunn is the Marketing Director and official blogger at The Good Life Massage. You can follow him on Twitter @tomgunnpoet or visit www.tgunnwriter.com