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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Pasadena massage therapists
Best massage
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Bob T.
AMAZING massage....highly recommend!
Massage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/OutcallMassage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/Outcall
Natalie J.
Really great energy and great massage
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Judith B.
Thank you very much for your great massage Quincy! I appreciate your punctuality and your professionalism! I feel like a new person after your massage! Your massage is definitely therapeutic and relaxing at the same time! Oh I also love the smell of your massage oil, I had aromatherapy along with your great massage! I can’t get enough words to describe your great work but thank you so much! I highly recommend this therapist!!
Q•Sci: MassageQ•Sci: Massage
Tony S.
Good quality massage. Very professional.
Butterfly beauty &wellness centerButterfly beauty &wellness center
Patricia A.
Relaxing massage during a stressful time
Model MassageModel Massage
Lori D.
Yeal was amazing, I hired her for my husbands valentine gift and he raved and raved about the massage. we both get massages regularly " and he said she was a pro and it was one of the best massages he has received !! I was so happy to give him such a great gift !!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Gabriel P.
Linda gives a wonderful massage and I’ll be using her again!
George H.
Rayshelle is a great therapist. I am addicted to massage and a world traveler, a massage in every city I spend a night. I know a good therapist, "Ray" is one of them. Lucky for us who retain her services.
RayLaxation Massage by RayshelleRayLaxation Massage by Rayshelle
Sharon F.
Wonderful massage and such lovely conversation. Will certainly book again! Thank you thank you!
Robert L.
May was pleasant and provided an excellent massage. Highly recommend if you are looking for a real therapist.
House call massage by MayHouse call massage by May
Briana W.
Clarence was good with a deep tissue massage. It relieved the pain in my back. Thank you!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Steve Y.
I was desperately in need of a massage and was able to book a same day appointment with her. I am so grateful that I found her. She was on time, professional and provided a great massage. I will continue to use her services again in the future. Thank you!
Masters touchMasters touch
Gabriel P.
Enjoyable massage and quality individual! Slept like a baby afterwards! Looking forward to my next one!
Masters touchMasters touch
Bob T.
Incredible..... skills, massage and therapist. As soon as I can get back - I’ll be booking another session.
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Ally K.
The derive was great, easy to set up appt and he brought everything needed for a perfect massage, even the music!
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Thumbtack Customer
Very happy with service and professionalism. I felt great and ready to tackle the rest of my holidays after my massage.
Holistically UnrestrictedHolistically Unrestricted
John D.
I messaged Jesse yesterday and he responded right away. We arranged a time for a massage therapy session for today. He followed up this morning to confirm. I went to his place which was nice, clean and easy parking. The massage was great. Jesse really knows what he is doing. He continually checked in to make sure the pressure was good. He has very strong hands and was able to apply fantastic pressure. Overall, he was very professional, courteous and and an excellent massage therapist. I would highly recommend Jesse.
Massage with Jesse MendezMassage with Jesse Mendez
Nina L.
Sarah was wonderful! Truly, a professional. I hired her for a bridal shower for chair massages for my guests. Everyone loved the experience and her!
Sarahtonin Mobile Massage TherapySarahtonin Mobile Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks for the outstanding massage. Lauren is prompt, professional, and an excellent masseuse. She worked hard on my knots without it being too painful.
Peace of Mind MassagePeace of Mind Massage
Neha B.
Maggie is a fantastic massage therapist. She will listen to your concerns/issues and tailor her massage accordingly. She has a quiet, calm demeanor that helps you begin to relax immediately. She's carefully to tailor her pressure and movements per your needs. My partner was so relaxed after his massage that it made me laugh--I mean, he was super-happy and chill, but so relaxed that he could barely talk. :) As for me, I came away feeling relaxed, very clear-headed, and energized. (Yeah, both relaxed and energized, simultaneously.) We were both pretty happy and we will hire Maggie again.
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Gavin M.
Jose showed up on time , extremely courteous and delivered an amazing massage. I highly recommend him , he listens understands and does exactly what you ask.
Jose LMT- Mobile Bodywork ServicesJose LMT- Mobile Bodywork Services
Thumbtack Customer
the person never showed up or responded re the date and time she asked me to name for an appointment. i was very disappointed as i truly need massages. i never had direct contact.
Peace of Mind MassagePeace of Mind Massage
Tyler R.
Jason was just amazing. He showed up on time, set everything up cleanly, and did gave a fantastic massage to my fiance. She had a great experience and Jason really helped relax her tension and relieve some neck pain. I will be using him again in the future and would highly recommend him.
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Jessica H.
Zalina did an AMAZING job!!! My neck and shoulders feel so much better, and my body overall feels relaxed. She explained to me that it's important not to overstretch my already-overstretched neck and shoulder muscles and did a great job not only relieving the tension there but also opening up my chest, hips, etc as it's all connected. I recommend Zalina and will definitely use her again the next time I need a massage!
FlyByZ Stretch/Meditation/WellnessFlyByZ Stretch/Meditation/Wellness
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