Find a swedish massage therapist near Foster City, CA

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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Foster City, CA

4.9
from 184 reviews
4.9
(184)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 18 years in business
  • 430 hires on Thumbtack
"Jennifer was great. I had a Swedish massage and it was very relaxing and balanced. She focused on my back which was really a problem. She was also very efficient on booking my appointment. Overall great experience."

$85

estimated cost

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4.8
from 23 reviews
4.8
(23)
GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
"It was a very nice experience. The massage really made my whole body feel so much better. Angel is a gem. Very nice & polite. I would highly recommend anyone to try Angel. I am absolutely going to be returning for another massage."

$70

estimated cost

5.0
from 12 reviews
5.0
(12)
GREAT VALUE
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Bridget is great. She listens well and seems genuinely concerned with holistic health and well-being. Her massage was gentle, but focussed and effective. Would definitely recommend her."

$80

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I've got massages from Jessica since December 2017. I keep having low-back problems from time to time as I'm sitting all day at work and my hamstrings become too tight. She carefully listens to my requests and develops unique plans combining various massage techniques, moves, and stretches. She resolves the problem areas with smooth, uniform pressure, and also helps me become deeply relaxed. She works very efficiently and with great precision, and usually leaves me with some great tips on posture. She thoroughly understands the human body and never hesitates to explain the cause of my problems with the scientific names of muscles, ligaments, and bones. Jessica is extremely professional and takes great care to make me feel comfortable throughout the session. She has a calm, kind, intuitive, and scientific nature and it is such a wonderful experience to get a massage from her."

$100

estimated cost

4.6
from 7 reviews
4.6
(7)
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Gary responded to our request within minutes during the holidays and went out of his way to provide both a sports and Swedish massage in our home. He listened to our pain points and made us feel super comfortable during the massages. He made booking a massage therapist incredibly easy and relaxing. I highly recommend Gary!"

$85

estimated cost

4.3
from 3 reviews
4.3
(3)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Patrice made me feel comfortable right away with the first massage. I like his technique and can vary his style based on my requests to focus on a particular area. I always feel the tension leave my body and I am rejuvenated every time. I highly recommend him and will continue to use his service."

$90

estimated cost

4.8
from 8 reviews
4.8
(8)
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"I live in LA but I still keep in constant communication with the Intentio staff who, even from a distance of 500 miles, are the best at advising me on how best to achieve my fitness & nutritional goals. It's so rare to find a group of people so single-mindedly focused on actual health rather than the aesthetic benefits of looking good, which seems to be the prevailing raison d'être of trainers here in SoCal. I can't recommend Anna or her team highly enough! It's worth every penny. "

$120

estimated cost

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 12 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
"My first session with Alex was, hands down, the most premium experience I've had. I've had more than a few massages and I've learned that, for the most part, the therapists have a predefined routine they've settled into and there's really no variance between clients. Most will ask if you want special focus on a particular area and maybe you'll get a few extra minutes of their routine there, but that's about it. Alex is totally different. He listened attentively to my concerns and goals for the session and put real thought into developing ideas about what the root cause of certain misalignments might be. During the bodywork, it was abundantly clear that Alex was paying attention to the specific needs of the area he was working. It wasn't five minutes on this should then five minutes on that one - it was the amount of time and work each shoulder needed. I'm super grateful for having found Alex and I'm really looking forward to continuing to work with him. For me, massage is about caring for my body - keeping it healthy and ensuring it's performing optimally. Alex's thoughtful approach is exactly what I'd been looking for."

$145

estimated cost

4.0
from 1 review
4.0
(1)
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I had a very good experience with Ace Massage Therapy Solutions. Yusef Najem was quite friendly and professional. He was very much responsive to my needs and was really interested in helping me reduce my body discomforts."

$75

estimated cost

5.0
from 35 reviews
5.0
(35)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 7 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
"Rob loves his job and is well studied and well practiced. This was obvious from the very first conversation we had about how he should customize my massage to me. But the massage was what really mattered, and it was outstanding. I highly recommend him; I will recommend him to my friends. Thanks, Rob."
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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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