Find a swedish massage therapist near San Clemente, CA

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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near San Clemente, CA

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GREAT VALUE
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"Best massage in the OC. After getting back into a routine of intense workouts, Cedric was able to soothe many of my aching muscles. His technique is smooth but gentle and strong. The spa location is also a great gem to find and includes facials, a gym and many more items. I will definitely return!"

$60

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4.7
from 23 reviews
4.7
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GREAT VALUE
  • 19 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
"Mark is a dedicated professional massage therapist. I receive weekly massages and he is one of the best that I have ever had. He listens to your needs, reviews his assessment, and provides excellent results! Jana Mar"

$90

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5.0
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5.0
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  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Tonda is the best functional medicine/energy medicine.... massage therapist/biofeedback practitioner that I have ever been treated by. She provided amazing/life saving treatment for my golden-doodle. She is way more than just a massage therapist - she uses her medical intuitive skills along with her 30 years experience as a biofeedback therapist to confirm the cause of the animals challenge- usually a combination of emotional blocks, with subclinical infection and chemicals/heavy metals- and then treats it with her device and gets amazing results! Dr J- Wholistic Physician"

$95

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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
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  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Good Massage, very professional."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Jenni gives the best massages I've ever received. I've been to several therapists over time and I'd easily rate hers the best. She knows how to get the trouble spots without torturing you as well as just a really relaxing overall experience. She's very kind, professional, and meets my requests for the day - level of firmness, specific areas, etc. Love Jenni's massages!!"
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5.0
from 7 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 18 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"I started training with Greg in August 2015 because I had a fitness goal that I didn't know who to attain on my own. I didn't have any experience lifting weights and I had a hard time motivating myself to workout at home. Greg introduced me to weightlifting. He ensured I used proper form and lifted the right amount of weight for me. Then, he customized a plan, which included personalized workouts, to help me reach my goal. I love working out with Greg because he keeps me accountable, he's extremely positive, and he's great at motivating me to push myself. Even though I reached my original fitness goal months ago, I still workout with Greg multiple times every week. His expertise continues to impress me, and I love the results his workouts produce."
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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Kathy is phenomenal! She is patient like mother Teresa and that is critical for someone like me that hates exercise and avoids it like the plague. She makes it fun and the time goes by very quickly! Kathy is also what I call a body specialist she stretches you using various techniques and also uses reflexology to help your body heal and work better. Kathy has restored my husband's back and has helped me tremendously w my self esteem And motivation she is a blessing! "
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5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
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  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I have been getting massage from John for the last 8 months. He is very professional and has a confidence that makes me feel comfortable with him. He is a fountain of knowledge about the body and shares information not only about exercise but other factors in your life that affect how you are feeling. I have been getting massages for over 20 years and I would rate John among my top two therapists. "
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"Andrew was professional and delivered a real deep muscle massage! I would highly recommend him if you're looking for someone to work tight muscles and provide pain relief."
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 8 years in business
"I went to Katarina for the first time and had the best massage that I have ever had. I can't imagine going to anyone else from this point forward! She is sweet, funny and the best massage therapist! You must try her out!"
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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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