I love being pampered. I love massages, mani/pedis, facials, etc. I also love being a stay at home mom to my son. Which means my pampering income is seriously diminished!
Enter the Cortiva Institute, a school of massage therapy located on State Street near Macy’s. Not only does this school offer classes for future massage therapists they also have a massage therapy center where you can book a massage with a professional or a student. A 60 minute massage with a pro is $85. With a student? $40!
I know some of you might be leery of being worked on by a newbie, but remember these folks are being graded, an instructor may observe your service and you are asked to fill out a feedback form before you leave. They will give you great service because they want positive input from you and their teacher.
And how do I know?
Because I was lucky enough to visit Cortiva today. I went in with a tight neck, sore shoulders and an achy lower back. (I blame my 1 year old; he needs to learn to walk!) For over an hour my massage therapist focused on these problem areas.
And yes, I said “for over an hour!” Near the end of my session, my therapist asked me if I minded if he went over my time a little. Ummmm, NO!
When my service was over, I felt so much looser, my back didn’t hurt and I also felt taller. Now that’s a good massage! As the day has progressed I’ve started to feel a little sore (he said that might happen as he was really getting deep into my muscles), but I have also remained so relaxed and calm. I will definitely be taking advantage of these student massage services again. In fact, they offer a 5 massage package for $160. Do the math with me, folks. That’s like getting one FREE!