Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 78: Massage Envy

A couple of years ago, a Massage Envy location opened at the corner of 19th & S, across from the R Street Market Safeway.  Mr. E and I had heard about this company and took advantage of the introductory massage rates to try it out.  We enjoyed our experience, and since my sister was a member of Massage Envy at the time and had given us some positive feedback, we decided to join.

Massage Envy follows a membership subscription business model, so current members pay $49.99 per month, which gives you a "credit" for a 1-hour massage.  If you don't use that credit in a particular month, it rolls over to the next month, so it's not a "use it or lose it" arrangement.  Any additional 1-hour massage in a month costs only $39.99 for members, and you can also add on an extra 30 minutes to any massage for a slight incremental fee of $17.

Mr. E decided a few months ago to cancel his membership, as he didn't feel that he was getting as much benefit out of the experience as I (my neck and shoulders and back really need this monthly attention).  And I usually opt for a 90-minute session, as 1 hour just doesn't seem sufficient!

Since we're fortunate enough to have a wonderful primary care physician who knows how active we are and supports our healthy lifestyle, she has provided us with prescriptions for regular "therapeutic massages," which means that the cost for my monthly massage can be reimbursed through our Flexible Spending Account for health-related expenses.  Nice!


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