Finding imaginative gifts that express sincere caring for friends and loved ones is always challenging. The gift of touch, offered through massage therapy, can be an unexpected surprise that is affordable and appropriate for so many occasions and types of people.
Half the fun in selecting this gift is fitting the unique massage to the specific event or individual. Besides the usual holidays and occasions — Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays — a massage can be given for graduations, housewarmings, or bridal and baby showers, as well as employee recognition rewards, thank-you presents, and congratulation gifts.
Massage gift certificates are typically available in a variety of time increments or in a series of sessions, such as combinations of three to six massages suited to the specific circumstance or the recipient’s needs. Possibilities for special massage gifts include a 10- to 15-minute chair massage; a 30-minute foot massage or focused therapeutic massage; a 60-minute pregnancy, postpartum, or sports massage; or a 90-minute full-body massage.
Massage is the gift of soothing and healing relaxation. In a world where stress is a prevalent health problem, massage can transport the gift recipient to a place of incredible calmness and well-being. Consequently, you are oftentimes thanked twice — once when the person receives the certificate and again after the recipient basks in the massage.
Perhaps you don’t have the funds available to spend buying oodles of gifts for your friends and family this year. Why not give the gift of massage? It’s both personal and practical-and it’s especially useful during the stressful holiday season. Create gift certificates especially for your friends and family with a personalized note. If you are like most massage therapists, you rarely-if ever-provide massage to those closest to you. And as much as a friend or a family member might want a massage, he/she may not be comfortable asking for one from you. A personalized gift certificate opens the door for them to receive the gift of touch from a trusted source.
If you feel that “gifting” massage to your friends and family would be awkward, there is another way to show your appreciation to the loved ones in your life. Host a small holiday gathering with your closest friends and family. Have your massage table or massage chair set up in an out-of-the-way spot and then offer each guest a 10-15 minute massage. It will be a welcome-and unexpected-holiday surprise.
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