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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near National City, CA

4.8
from 5 reviews
4.8
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I love how the therapists listen to your needs and know if your massage should be relaxation, therapeutic or a combination. I enjoy my facials and love the fact I get educated on home care. I have fallen asleep with both massages and facials. Everyone is very accommodating and personable. I love the infra red sauna for detoxing, pain, burning calories and overall relaxation. I like that they have prices for everyone's budget. Small and quaint, Spa 33 is the place to be! "
$70
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 31 reviews
5.0
(31)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 19 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I discovered Tom when we moved to Sorrento Valley. We had very intense, stressful desk jobs that resulted in a ton of shoulder/neck tightness. Add to that - tennis, outrigger canoe paddling, and personal training and all of our other outdoor activities - we needed a lot of help! :) Tom has an amazing ability to work out the knots, and also gave us stretches to do at home. I especially like that he starts his massages face up, and he asks you what's bothering you - physically and mentally - and then he works you through it. It's not just massage, it's massage therapy! (No pun intended!) The best part was going on a frequent enough basis, such that he was able to become familiar with the "trouble spots" and knew exactly how to kneed those out. The relaxing feel of the rooms, the soothing music, the salt rock lamps . . . ahhhhh . . . wish I was there RIGHT NOW! "
$100
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Landed at the airport, needed a massage after long day, found Karen and she booked me right away. Very calming and relaxing experience ."
$80
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Elia’s massage was great , I’ve had many before and he is definitely one of the best . I’m looking forward to my next session. Thanks Elia :)"
$75
estimated cost
5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"James has been training me for a few months now and I couldn't be happier! I have had many different trainers and he has by far exceeded my expectations. Every workout is different, fun, and kickass! He is very patient, encouraging, and has pushed me to do things I never thought possible (like losing 30lbs). Not to mention the workouts are so much fun, he's got a great energy and always flexible with scheduling. Highly highly recommend him!"
$90
estimated cost
3.7
from 6 reviews
3.7
(6)
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Superior service at an affordable rate. With 8 years experience in both clinical and spa settings you are sure to get a personalized treatment to suit your individual needs. Unprofessional requests will be reported. "
$90
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Thomas will greet you with a warm smile and great personality Within the first 5 minutes I knew this was going to be a wonderful relaxing massage Thomas is well trained yet his massage is no way mechanical but he puts his energy and unique style into it I’ve never felt better I choose 90 minutes for $70 and next time 2 hours I rarely write a review but Thomas is a rare find"
$50
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.8
from 85 reviews
4.8
(85)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 32 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
"ObI asked for a deep tissue massage. I always get frustrated because no one can give enough pressure for the entire hour. But I need it deep and other areas I just need swedish massage. Karen did it all! I can not tell you how incredible her massage was. You just have to experience it to believe how skilled she is in technique and her hands just seemed to know every area I was in need. She did not miss a spot. If you are looking for a thorough massage, where you need more pressure say here then there. This girl has magic fingers. I felt NO pain for days after her massage. She also is good with the feet knows reflexology, and the cupping was awesome. I am having her come weekly. Nothing at all in my life makes me feel better then one of Karen's sessions. If you want your money's worth, and the best massage YOU can EVER get. Man, don't waste your money. Hire this Lady. She has over 20/30 years of experience. She knows the body she know where to go. Make her your masseuse, However don't take my weekly times away from me! All I can say is "Oblivian". and she is on time and empathetic and a real person. Easy to feel comfortable. I can not say enough! THANK YOU KAREN! Josh L."
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5.0
from 16 reviews
5.0
(16)
  • 15 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
"AMAZINGLY FANTASTIC!!! I had a girls weekend in San Diego and we had rented a beach house in Mission Beach. Leah came to the beach house for 6 hours to give all us girls massages and it was amazingly fantastic! I could tell with Leah that she had a great sports massage therapy background and she worked every single muscle. Usually when I get deep tissue massages I am in pain the entire time and very sore afterward but with Leah she was so gentle with my knots and I was actually more relaxed than I had ever been. Leah is very professional, nice and this was the best massage I have ever had. I wished I lived in San Diego to see Leah for a massage every month! "
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5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Jay is an awesome person and an even better tennis coach! Jay knows what he is doing and wants the best for you. When I first started I knew nothing about tennis and just after 7 lessons I feel like I can play at Wimbledon. He has amazing drills and tips that will greatly increase your tennis game! Overall I had an outstanding experience being coached by Jay."
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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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