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Do massage therapists offer remote or virtual services?

Ask massage therapists near you about the possibility of remote services. You might come across profiles that state the therapist is offering remote services such as lessons and techniques you can do on your own, with a friend or with a partner.

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.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

How much are pregnancy massages?

Prenatal massages can be a safe and therapeutic way to alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy. A prenatal massage can promote a sense of relaxation and well-being for expectant mothers. The national average cost for a pregnancy massage ranges between $70 and $90. The cost of a pregnancy massage will vary depending on where you live, the length of the massage, and the massage therapist. Typically, the longer a massage, the higher the cost. Some massage therapists charge the same rate per minute, regardless of massage length, while others charge less per minute for longer appointments. Here are two examples of average prenatal massage costs:

  • Therapist A: Offers a 30-minute massage for $45, 45 minutes for $60, 60 minutes for $75, 75 minutes for $90 and 90 minutes for $105.
  • Therapist B: offers a 30-minute massage for $45, a 60-minute massage for $85, a 90-minute massage for $115 and a 120-minute massage for $145.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the purpose of a deep tissue massage?

There are many reasons to get a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage can release adhesions — also known as knots — that are causing painful tension in your muscles. Deep tissue massage can promote healing and ease discomfort related to illnesses such as cancer, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic neck or back pain, depression, and more, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. If you have an old sports injury such as shin splints, or a bad back from an old car accident, deep tissue massage can promote healing in your traumatized and scarred soft tissues and get you on the road to recovery. The strokes and techniques used in deep tissue massage work to lengthen soft tissue structures that have stiffened and hardened into knotty adhesions that allow minimal movement. Deep tissue massage can loosen these adhesions so that long-standing scar tissue releases and you can gain more mobility and more freedom from stiffness and pain. And it just feels good. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the difference between a deep tissue massage and a Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are both forms of therapeutic bodywork. In both modalities, a licensed massage therapist uses strokes administered with their hands or forearms to loosen and relax your muscles and other soft tissue. These releases can promote relaxation, pain relief and wellness.

Deep tissue massage may be an excellent therapeutic choice for people with chronic pain or severe tension in their muscles. The deep tissue massage technique moves below the top layer of muscle and soft tissue to release adhesions in your core muscles. In comparison, the strokes used in Swedish massage focus on loosening and relaxing the top layer of your soft tissues. Swedish massage produces relaxation and well-being, but if you have a long-term injury or back pain that won’t seem to go away, deep tissue massage may be a better option for you. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again.

Can you have massages while pregnant?

Not only can you have a massage while pregnant, multiple scientific studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services demonstrate that pregnancy massages provide physical and mental benefits to pregnant women and women in labor. Always ask your OB-GYN about receiving massages before starting any massage therapy to make sure it is safe for your own pregnancy. Pregnancy massage can alleviate pain, improve mental health and feel great. According to the DHHS, the benefits can include:  

  • Decreased depression.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Decreased leg and back pain.
  • Lower cortisol levels, which in turn lowers prematurity rates.
  • Lessened labor pain (for women who received massage during labor).
  • Labor time that is three hours shorter, on average, for women who receive massage during labor.

What is a traditional Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage is a different experience if you’ve only ever had a Swedish or deep tissue massage. In Thai massage, you wear loose-fitting clothing (often provided by the massage therapist) and start by lying on a mat. Throughout the massage, the therapist moves your body into various seated and prone positions, which stretch and release your muscles and soft tissue. Although your body is moving, the therapist is doing all the work, making it feel similar to supported yoga. The massage therapist will bend, stretch, and compress and lengthen your body using their hands, forearms, elbows and even feet. Don’t be alarmed by the feet! Many studios have overhead supports that allow the practitioners to safely walk on your back, releasing tight adhesions and promoting ease. Thai massage can be both invigorating and relaxing. It is an excellent option for keeping your muscles in good health if you regularly work out, or if you want to overcome a lack of flexibility. Studies show that Thai massage can increase blood circulation, improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension and enhance mental well-being.

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.
Reviews for Peoria massage therapists
Emily B.
Leeann gave me a wonderful massage! Very relaxing and felt awesome afterwards. Will definitely hire her for my next massage☺️
Good Energy Gardens LLCGood Energy Gardens LLC
Jeffrey S.
What a fantastic massage! Driving across the valley is well worth the results. Do not waste your time trying to find a better massage, this is it.
Touched by KALLURETouched by KALLURE
Crystal P.
My husband and I really enjoyed our massage. I’ve got to say, we are pretty hard to please when it comes to massages and absolutely no complaints! We loved our massage so much Gary will be coming back in a few days for a longer massage for my husband. It’s hard these days to truly find someone that is good, give him a try and you won’t be disappointed in anyway!
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Ryan P.
Absolutely incredible massage work, I will repeat!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Joe M.
Was best massage I have ever had.
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Vista B.
Cami was the best massage I've ever gotten! And I don't say that lightly because at 44, I've had many massages from spas, chain locations, and other individual professionals. Cami has been the only one that truly dialed in to where the pain in my shoulder & neck was, found it and was able to alleviate the tension causing it. The one hour massage felt like two hours (in a good way), she checked with me every now and then to make sure the pressure was good but otherwise was very relaxing. She was super responsive, on time and everything went very smoothly for both mine and my husband's massages. We will be getting on her schedule for regular massages and I'd recommend her to anyone!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Robert C.
She was excellent. I got a deep tissue massage and afterwards I was not sore. Even when my chihuahua Rambo jumped up on the massage table she kept going but laughed and said “that’s never happened before”. It was so funny because she kept going on with the massage as my dog walked up my back. She was excellent. I even made another appointment with her.
EARTH Massage by AshleyEARTH Massage by Ashley
Thumbtack Customer
I have been getting massage for over 8 years now. Today was one of the best massages I have ever had. Gary was proffesional, nice and exactly knew areas where I needed massage the most. I can definitely tell that his passion for work is real and he loves to help people feel better and free from pain. I already hired him again and I will be getting massage once or twice a month. If you need really good massage you should definitely hire him! If I could I would give him 6 stars. Thank you again Gary for coming in such a short notice and making my back feel so much better!
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Ivan O.
Had a recent home service massage with Sebastian. Very professional and skillful. Thanks Sebastian!
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Richard K.
best massage I ever had Ive had alot friendly 0n time pro
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Breann W.
Sebastian was very responsive and flexible to get me in last minute. He was extremely professional and the massage was excellent!
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Jaden h.
Cami is so sweet and did such a great job on my massage. Her availability is awesome and i would highly recommend her to anyone!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Jack A.
Gary made my day! I was tense in my back and suffering from significant back pain. Gary used his years of experience delivering deep tissue massage to successfully minimize the pain. I felt so good that I emailed Gary later in the day and booked my next appointment. I highly recommended Gary to anyone who is looking for a GREAT massage.
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Jess L.
Muzique was great! Her healing and deep tissue massage hit the spot! She was also fun, a hard worker and had a positive attitude! Thank you, Muzique
Balenchino MassageBalenchino Massage
Francine G.
Gary is a true professional and is very passionate about what he does. He has a focus in pain management and that is what I needed. After a car accident I suffered from whiplash with 4 bulging disc in my neck and a locked jaw. After my massage I was able to move my jaw and neck freely with no discomfort. I also suffer from Lyme Disease so the pressure of the massage was perfect. Anyone with Lyme or Fibromyalgia could relate on how sensitive a person can be. Gary communicated with me throughout the massage to make sure I was comfortable. His passion for his clients and for what he does is amazing! Not to mention due to the COVID 19 he wore a mask the entire time and was very caution about sanitizing and keep everything clean and safe. I will definitely continue using Gary's service. I can honestly say this was the best massage I have had. Thank you Gary!
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Megan S.
Cami did a great job with our first body work session! I’m happy to have found a high quality massage therapist to work with in the future for all my aches and pains as an athlete.
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Daniel l.
Kris was Amazing! I knew right away from her technique that she was different. Felt so comfortable with her, and very soothing deep tissue massage! I would definitely use her again.
Holly P.
Cami was exactly what I was looking for. She asked about my problem areas and was very professional and courteous. I’m never going back to a corporate massage location again. She has a repeat customer with me!! Thank you, Cami.
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Allison B.
The best deep tissue massage ever!! Worth every penny and I’m definitely feeling it all the next day. She knew exactly what to do without us having to communicate much. :). We can hardly wait for her to come back. Many thumbs up!
Balenchino MassageBalenchino Massage
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