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How to afford a massage on a budget
As a dental hygienist, Woodridge resident Melinda Chapman, 53, bends over a lot and uses repetitive motions throughout the day.

Her weekly massage at the Edward Health and Fitness Center's Spa at Seven Bridges is her chance to relax. What started as an occasional treat during college has become part of her schedule for five years. If you think a regular massage will cost a mint, you’re buying into a myth.

“The average person needs one 30-minute massage a month, which costs $40 -- about the same as 10 coffeehouse drinks” said Chapman’s Massage Therapist and Spa Supervisor, Brian Sommer.

More and more, people are concerned about wellness; massage is an excellent tool to relieve or even prevent aches and stiffness throughout the body.

He recommends regular massage for office workers and others at risk for repetitive-motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of his clients have more physically demanding jobs or chronic conditions; which may require an hour on the massage table and cost a little more money, around $75.

“People want to be able to do their jobs without the aches and pains of modern living,” added Sommers.

There are a number of ways to save money on massage at the Spa at Seven Bridges. Members of Edward Health and Fitness automatically get a 10-percent discount. The spa periodically runs specials for an additional 10-percent discount. Check the “new products and services” section at edward.org/spa.

Chapman said massage is an investment in her business and her well-being.

“I think there are additional advantages, other than just the physical benefits,” Chapman added. “It’s also taught me how to relax quicker. After work, I’d be rushing, and I was still uptight. Now I have learned to have that relaxation response.”


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