Find a swedish massage therapist near Van Buren, AR

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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Van Buren, AR

from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
"Simply put, Willie is the best massage therapist I've ever been to in my life. And I've been to many. I'm 6'1" and 235lbs and I have severe disc generation throughout my neck with bulges and bone spurs at 2 levels. I also have a severely degenerated disc in my lower back with a broad base diffuse disc bulge. I'm also pretty confident that I have issues in my thoracic (mid-back) area now, but honestly I have enough spine issues to know that getting another MRI to tell me I have more disc problems really isn't gonna change anything, unless I want to have spinal fusions, which I have refused for 5 years. I'm not doing that until I HAVE to... I've seen my mom go through too much with 4 spine surgeries. Anyways, due to the issues above, I have significant upper back/neck pain as well as fairly significant lower back pain, and all the pressure on all these nerve roots also causes pain in all four limbs. To say I have moderate, widespread musculoskeletal pain on a daily basis would be referring to my good days. With all this muscular tension and widespread pain, a good, deep tissue massage feels amazing. Problem is, most therapists I've been to aren't strong enough to go deep enough, and/or their technique isn't very impressive. Because I'm a bigger, muscular guy, I've been to therapists who were small women who looked at me and said "Geez I hope you don't want deep tissue!" Of course I do! Every therapist always says "Let me know if you want more or less pressure." I ALWAYS say the same thing: "More. You can't hurt me." Willie is the only therapist I've ever had that ever came close to me saying "Ok less pressure." If you want a deep tissue, sports massage that actually is deep enough to help your tense, tired and sore muscles... Willie is definitely The Man. I don't get massages so I can "relax and be pampered", I get massages for PAIN RELIEF (although I'm super relaxed by the time he's done too!). Going deep on taxed muscles may hurt a little bit, but it hurts in a good way, and all that scar tissue that forms into knots can be broken up. And the end result is I FEEL GREAT when I walk out his door. I'm sure Willie has the ability to give you a more pampering and relaxing massage if that's what you're looking for - he's very talented. But he is also strong enough and has amazing technique if you want a deep tissue massage, or sports massage. Last but not least, Willie's prices are comparable or cheaper than others I've been to, and I can't complain about that! *Willie also does hypnotherapy, and on one session he included some of this with a focus toward pain relief at no charge for me to try it out. This was also beneficial. JRC"


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from 3 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Reid is an amazing massage therapist. He really cares about helping people who are in pain. I've seen quite a few massage therapists over the years and there's no one better than Reid. In early January 2015, he moved locations to 2612 S. O St., Fort Smith, 72901, and thank God he did! The new salon is so much nicer than the day spa he was in before! I highly recommend him. I refuse to see anyone else!"
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from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"My massage experience with Wendy was amazing. She asked me before the massage what my trouble areas were and proceeded to work those areas to relieve the pain and tension. I was so comfofortable in Wendy's hands that I almost dozed off. I definitely will book my next massage with Wendy."
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from 1 review
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Adams & Son Roofing was very professional in every way a person could ask for. Was straight forward and honest in all aspects, a person couldn't ask for a bette straight forward answer, integrity and honesty. I would recommend them for sure just from the excellent attitude and ethical values!!"
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"I am a locally owned and operated Massage Business"
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What are the different Swedish massage techniques?

There are five main techniques in Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Within each category there are various movements, all intended to ease muscle tension and pain. Each movement has a specific purpose for loosening, warming, soothing or stimulating your muscles during your massage. Here is a breakdown of each of the five Swedish massage techniques:

  • Effleurage: Sweeping, gliding, smooth long strokes done with the hands or forearms. These strokes can loosen and warm the body and are said to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Friction: These circular or transverse rubbing strokes are also warming and can get deeper into the muscle tissue. They should be avoided on injured or inflamed areas or areas.
  • Petrissage: Lifting, kneading, skin rolling, muscle rolling and wringing. These movements help with circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration, and aid in loosening tense muscles.
  • Tapotement: Tapping, plucking, cupping and pounding. Tapotement movements can help improve blood circulation and cell rejuvenation, and also relax and release tight muscles.  
  • Vibration: Rocking, shaking and trembling movements. These motions can help muscles release.

What is a Swedish style massage?

Swedish massage is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, according to the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, as well as to relieve depression and anxiety and aid in recuperation from chronic illness. Swedish massage is also referred to as classical massage, and — contrary to popular understanding — does not originate from Sweden. There are five main strokes, or movements, that make up a Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Each technique was created to help soothe, stimulate, soften, and rejuvenate muscles and other soft tissue.

During a Swedish style massage, the client will lie on a massage table in a comfortable position — usually facedown to start. Clients can choose to be clothed or nude; if they are nude, the massage therapist will drape them with a cloth so they are never exposed. A Swedish massage typically lasts from 45 to 120 minutes, depending on client need and pricing agreement. During the massage, the therapist typically employs all of the stroke techniques as a way to ease any tension in the body. Swedish massage is one of the most gentle types of massage and is known for being soothing and relaxing.

Why is it called a Swedish massage?

Everyone loves Swedish massage. It’s soothing and relaxing and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, is proven to relieve pain. Swedish massage can also relieve symptoms associated with chronic illness, arthritis, depression and other ailments. The term Swedish massage is actually a massive mixup, according to Massage Magazine. The technique would be more aptly named classical massage, which it is often called. What we in the United States refer to as Swedish massage was actually invented by a Dutch physician named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger systematized and gave French names to the five massage techniques used today in Swedish (or classic) massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. The confusion began when the techniques systematized by Mezger were attributed to Per Henrik Ling, the founder of the Swedish Movement System who had practiced his similar techniques in his gymnasium. In many parts of the world, Swedish massage is called classic massage, and most massage therapists will understand either term.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

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