HEYYY! IT'S [INSERT SPECIAL OCCASION HERE]!
You have a great idea! Let’s give a massage gift certificate! Maybe your bestie has been super stressed out and you want to just schedule a massage for them, they obviously need it!
I wholeheartedly support gifting massages, and here are a few guidelines to make sure it’s the best gift for your loved one:
DO THEY ACTUALLY LIKE MASSAGE?
I know, I know, it seems weird… You love massage, I love massage, obviously EVERYONE loves massage! But, believe it or not, not everyone does! Even when I was in massage school and friends could get FREE massages from me, not everyone took advantage.
Sometimes it’s just a tactile thing. Sometimes it’s anxiety or trauma related. I know a few occasions where people have gifted massages and the recipient really just doesn’t want to use it. You might try to bring up massage in conversation and see what they say before purchasing the gift certificate.
DO THEY HAVE A FAVORITE MASSAGE THERAPIST?
I’ve had regular clients sheepishly confess that they went to another massage therapist because they got a gift certificate. I honestly don’t mind, but do you really want to give a friend a guilty conscience as a gift?
You can probably find out pretty easily in casual conversation if they have a regular massage therapist. Maybe just ask them if they have a massage therapist they’d recommend. Most people who are regular clients of a massage therapist are happy to tell you all about them.
HOW SOON CAN THEY USE THE GIFT CERTIFICATE?
You found out for sure that they LOVE massages, but maybe they don’t have a regular one they go to. Excellent, so now you’re looking for the right place to get the certificate! Check out reviews online, ask friends for referrals, and reach out to the recommended massage therapists. Going with a really popular one is fabulous, but it’s a good idea to find out how far ahead they’re booking appointments.
If your loved one is really in dire need of a massage, waiting a month or more to get in for their appointment isn’t ideal. I recommend having a few options and giving them a call before you pick up the gift certificate. In my area, we actually have a great network of local massage therapists, and many of us are happy to help you find one who is the best fit for your or your loved one.
NOW IT’S TIME TO SLEUTH!
Thank you for being an awesome person and wanting to take good care of those in your life, they’re lucky to have you. Now go on out there and do a little sleuthing! You’ve got this!