Tina Quatroni of SOLACE massage looks to provide a variable amount of payment options because she feels finances should not stand in the way of health and wellness.
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How to use your FSA/HSA accounts for massage therapy
Using FSA or HSA Funds:
Massage therapy can be a qualified medical expense, as long as a physician recommends it with a written prescription or letter of medical necessity letter. The IRS rules states that medical care expenses must be primarily to ease or prevent a physical or mental ailment. Examples of illnesses that qualify include: frozen shoulder, piriformis syndrome (commonly referred to as sciatica) stress, back and neck pain, arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression and pain management.
What you need to do:
1- You need to first set up massage as a qualifying expense by paying your primary doctor a visit and tell them you have an FSA or HSA and you'd like to use some of your funds toward massage for treatment or prevention of your ailment or medical complaint.
2- Your physician will need to provide the following information on a prescription form or a written medical necessity letter:
2A. The medical necessity: why you need massage therapy (example: relieving general anxiety disorder)
2B. The frequency they recommend: number of sessions per month (example: minimum of two sessions per month)
2C. The duration: length of treatment (example: 12 months)
Once you've obtained the prescription or letter, file it away in case you are ever asked to back up the expense. It's not necessary to bring the prescription to SOLACE massage, but you should bring your FSA/HSA card (if you have one) to pay for your next visit. If you don't have a FSA/HSA card, simply pay for your massages and turn in your receipts for reimbursement.
Note: you cannot include tips.