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Can My Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Cover Massages? See How it Works…

If you have a Flex Spending Account (FSA), you may not be aware that Massage Therapy can qualify as a medical expense. If massage therapy services are prescribed by your physician then you can use your FSA account to pay for these services. Below, we will discuss how the process works and if your massage might be eligible.

Is My Massage Eligible for FSA?

According to the IRS regulations for medical expenses, medical care expenditures must be used to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental condition. Some of the ailments that qualify for FSA spending include:

  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Pain management
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

If you are experiencing any of these conditions and you want to use massage therapy for treatment or prevention, then you may be eligible to use your flex spending account if you have a prescription from a doctor

Getting a Prescription for Massage Therapy

If you want to use massage therapy to treat or prevent a physical or mental ailment, you will first need to make an appointment with your primary care doctor or chiropractor. Explain to him or her that you have an FSA and would like to use some of the funds for massage therapy to treat or prevent the condition that you are experiencing.

Under IRS regulations, your physician will need to include the following information on your prescription in order for it to qualify for FSA funds:

  • Therapeutic Necessity – Why do you need massage therapy services? This may be to relieve stress and anxiety, to relieve back or neck pain, or even to prevent certain conditions that you may be prone to due to your occupation or activity level.
  • Number of Sessions per month – How frequent do you need treatment? Many clients see benefits from 1 to 2 sessions per month, but your doctor or massage therapist can help recommend how many sessions are appropriate. You can also check in with your doctor regularly to adjust session amounts.
  • Duration of Treatment – How long should you continue receiving treatment? Again, this will vary. Your doctor or chiropractor will be able to recommend the appropriate duration, and again, you can check in with your physician periodically to adjust session duration.

After you have the prescription, you should keep this with you for tax purposes. If you ever need to verify the expense, you will have the prescription right there in your files.

Use Your Flex Spending Account at Coastal Massage & Bodywork

You can now use your flex spending account at Coastal Massage & Bodywork. It is not necessary to bring a copy of your prescription with you to the office. However, you need to bring your FSA or FLEX Card to your appointment to pay. Remember, tips cannot be included in your flex payment.

Don’t lose the money in your flex spending account! Now is the perfect time to get a massage and use your pre-tax flex dollars.

Book online or call 910-208-4161

Reasons Why You’ll Love a Hot Stone Massage – Wilmington NC

Hot stone massage is the Godiva chocolate of the massage world. Every type of massage therapy has its place, but hot stone is the ultimate relaxation massage, using the healing power of warmth in conjunction with massage to relieve muscular tension gently, leaving you refreshed, restored, and rejuvenated.

What to expect in a Wilmington NC Hot Stone Massage

In a hot stone massage, smooth basalt stones of different sizes are heated in a special warmer then placed in strategic positions on the body, especially the back, while the massage therapist works on other areas. The steady warmth of the stones works to gently ease tight muscles, allowing the massage therapist to work more deeply with less pressure. As the stones cool they are removed, and the therapist continues the massage in the areas prepared by the stones. Smaller stones are often used in place of the therapist’s thumbs or palms, increasing the effectiveness of the massage. The soothing warmth of the stones eases both body and mind, creating a tranquil state of complete relaxation.

Hot stone massage can be either a standalone treatment, or an add-on treatment during other types of massage.

The Reasons to Love a Wilmington NC Hot Stone Massage

The benefits of hot stone extend beyond mere relaxation. Massage has been shown to both lower blood pressure and boost the immune system, and hot stone massage in particular increases circulation. The warmth of the stones dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the areas where the stones have been placed, which makes it a positive benefit for many issues from post-workout soreness to poor circulation.

Coastal Massage and Bodywork offers hot stone massage as an add-on to any massage treatment. Choose from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, or any of our other therapies. We offer a full range of massage treatments for those in the Wilmington NC area. Not sure what type of massage is right for you? Our licensed massage therapists will help you decide which treatment is right for you each time you visit.

If you’re seeking hot stone massage Wilmington NC, look no further!

Schedule your appointment online today, or call us at 910-208-4161.


The Best Wilmington NC Massage and Spa

If you’re looking for the best massage, body treatments and facials in Wilmington, NC, you’ve found the right place. With a soothing atmosphere and relaxing aesthetic, Coastal Massage and Bodywork is nominated again and again as the best spa in Wilmington, NC. We are passionate about our practice and look forward to having you in the Spa.

Coastal Massage and Bodywork was a Top 3 Finalist for best spa in the StarNews Shore Picks in Wilmington, NC.


And owner Theresa Ann Stevens has been nominated Top 3 Finalist for “Best Massage Therapist” in Encore Magazine’s Best of Wilmington, NC 2015. 


Our casual, intimate seaside spa provides the best individually-customized massage in Wilmington, with complimentary aromatherapy. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Our clients are our best advertising, because they rave about our work all over town.

Coastal Massage and Bodywork Reviews

Facebook reviews say Coastal Massage and Bodywork is the best massage in Wilmington NC

Skip the massage chains in the area and relax at Theresa’s calming, beachy spa! Not only is Theresa so passionate about the art of massage, but she takes all the details into account – better beds, softer sheets, and amazing ambiance. My fiance has been seeing Theresa for almost three years because as a dentist, he often has poor posture. He would often fall asleep from her massages, and I recently was able to experience Theresa’s massage work. I can attest to her ability to work out knots and tension spots with ease and without pain! She has a wonderful flow and I would recommend her and her spa to everyone in the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area!

-Steffanie Anne, April 2014


What a great experience! The atmosphere is serene- welcoming and relaxing. Mariah did an amazing job and was personable and very professional. It was perfect!

-Melody Granger, June 2014


The experience I had today was something that needed to be shared and expressed. I received a massage at Coastal Massage and Body Work that was nothing like I had ever experienced before. The space is intimate and welcoming with the most relaxing beach feel. Mariah my therapist was professional and provided such an incredible therapeutic touch. I was able to also meet the owner Theresa who was nothing but pleasant and welcoming. I would recommend this business to my closest friends and family! Thank you again Coastal Massage and Body Work for one of the best massage experiences!

-Kyle Dore, June 2014


When I first met Theresa Stevens about a year ago, my neck & back were a mess. I had no idea if I was fixable, but she somehow worked her magic & put me back together. I am so thankful to Theresa & what she has brought me through. Not only is she great at what she does, she is a hardworking, compassionate, beautiful person & is always a joy to see. I would highly recommend to anyone in need of feeling happier, brighter, more themselves! I love this place & the staff is wonderful!

-Susan Chesson, September 2014


Best massage I’ve ever had!! Love the salon and Theresa is wonderful!

-Tori Maywalt, January 2014


After many visits to other local massage therapists I have finally met the therapist of my dreams! I originally booked a 1 hour massage but after Lindsey started the deep massage I immediately asked to increase it to a 1 1/2 hour session. Not only was she in tune with my body but, she was able to continue the deep pressure for the whole time!
I am amazed at her abilities and stamina, the atmosphere, decor and pricing are another great addition to an awesome experience. Lindsey, you have a customer for life!

-Bob McCambridge, October 2014


Google+ reviews love Coastal Massage and Bodywork, the best spa in Wilmington, NC


Super relaxing. As a guy I was a little worried that the beachy, rustic daydream vibe would be too feminine but the place is spot on. Theresa Anne was my massage therapist and was super effective at relaxing the neck and back muscles from day-to-day stress as well as working in specific massage to address to scoliosis I have. Truthfully, and I say this as somebody who finds it hard to justify spending money on myself… it’s worth the money. Would go again. Would recommend.

-Ben Snyder, September 2014


Very excited to see Theresa for a massage in the near future. Looks like an extremely relaxing environment to rejuvenate the mind and body 🙂

-Lauren Causey, August 2014


Theresa is amazing and so is her spa! I love the coastal vibe and comfortable atmosphere. After my first two massages, I went and bought a package and gift certificates for friends. I highly recommend Coastal Massage & Bodywork.

-Amanda Baker, June 2014


Yelp reviewers vote for the best Wilmington, NC, massage and spa


I have received many massages to help release tension headaches from pressure built up in my neck. Theresa gave me a full body massage but worked my neck consistently and thoroughly the whole time like I have never received before! She is a peaceful presence and allows you as the client to fully relax & enjoy. I recommend her 100%!!

-Hannah S., August 2014


I LOVE this spa! It’s so comfortable and inviting, and the massage therapists are friendly and seriously great at what they do. In a town with a multitude of spas, my husband and I have tried quite a few places and this is the place we’re sticking with. For atmosphere,  a really great massage experience, and great prices, they can’t be beat!

-Cheryl T., August 2014


Coastal massage and body work is beyond the best experience I’ve had anywhere else. Not only is the atmosphere welcoming, but the massage is out of this world. It’s rare that you find a massage therapist who reads your body the way Theresa does. She knows where to spend a little extra time and never cuts the massage a minute short. I won’t go anywhere else!

-Meredith J., June 2014


Had my first prenatal massage and it was wonderful! I felt very relaxed and comfortable. It was a clean, calming environment. I booked my next one before leaving! They also ALWAYS offer 20% discount for military & their families.

-Stefanie S., July 2014


This was an awesome treat to end our five-day mini vacation! Theresa was as welcoming as can be! To the beautiful sheets and lovely decor, great location! Super beautiful facility! Thank you from two very picky Asheville ladies 🙂 Great massages, very talented, Theresa and Jessika! Thank you ::))

-Jessika P., March 2014


Coastal Massage and Bodywork is easy to find, just before the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. Call (910) 208-4161 now to book the best massage in Wilmington, NC, or visit us online.