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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 Santa Ana massage therapists
Nicole D.
We hired him to come and give 4 massages in one evening and everyone loved there massage.
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Rodger R.
Great massage
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
John H.
Really great massage.
Roman M.
Bela is an awesome therapist. Very professional. Down to earth. She's great with her hands. Knows exactly what she's doing when it comes to massage therapy. I think I found my new massage therapist....Ps. loved the massage.
Bela Professional MassageBela Professional Massage
John T.
The best massage I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!
Masters touchMasters touch
John T.
Best massage I’ve had in my entire life. Will definitely be coordinating more in future, highly recommend!
Spa JetsetterSpa Jetsetter
Larry W.
Wowwwww!!! Amazing massage took care of all aches in one hour I highly recommend her!!
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Matt B.
I had a really great experience for my first massage. She was very professional and great technique.
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Dena S.
I have had many surgeries and have scars she knew how to massage that area and made sure I wasnt in any pain after that massage my back felt better then in has in months I plan on using her on a bi weekly basis after I recover from this most surgery I had on the the 27th of this month she'sivery informed and knows the difference in massage and the effect it will have on my body I'm very glad I met her thiz was thr fit dr time I have used the thumbtack app
Massage by LizMassage by Liz
Janelle H.
I had a Mothers day brunch and Visionary Therapeutics performed chair massages for myself and 7 of my guests. The massages were excellent! Everyone who received a massage was so happy. We had two massage therapists Quincy and Greg who conducted themselves with the upmost professionalism. They arrive 15mins ahead of schedule to set up. The Therapists set an atmosphere of peaceful relaxation. Both therapists got rave reviews from myself and my guests for being able to work out areas of concern, relieving the pain and tension. I was also extremely impressed on how they were able to help my disabled mother in law to enjoy the experience. She is paralyzed on the left side and needed extra help to get into the appropriate position. The therapists made sure all their equipment was cleaned thoroughly after each use. I would definitely rehire this company for future events.
Q•Sci: MassageQ•Sci: Massage
Brandon G.
Amazingly relaxing and perfect massage experience. Mina uses a combination of her perfectly balanced oil and energy to give the best experience. She knows how to read your body to give the right pressure and combination of techniques. Great conversation while relaxing. First time I have ever rested while being massaged since I was so relaxed. Thanks so much Mina. Will be contacting soon for another relaxing experience.
Spa JetsetterSpa Jetsetter
Corliss M.
Essence is an amazing knowledgeable massage therapist. She's very attentive to the needs of the client as well. I have recommended more clients to her as well. I will see you again soon
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Douglas S.
If your looking for relaxation, Lee is terrific. His massage combined stretching and kneading that was very relaxing. I felt great afterward and had the deepest sleep that night. His studio was warm and quiet and very comfortable.
Lee - Soothing & Relaxing MassageLee - Soothing & Relaxing Massage
Ma'An R.
Bela was amazing! I loved her positive energy and her technique is great. One of the best massages I have ever had and she helped me greatly with my knots. Will definitely book her for more! :)
Bela Professional MassageBela Professional Massage
Joe P.
Jillian was a lifesaver for me today. I have been a dentist for over 20 years and suffer from fibromyalgia . I routinely have deep tissue massage treatments on a weekly basis back home, however, I was here on business and was in need of treatment to manage my flare up! Jillian was so accommodating and worked around my schedule, but more importantly..... this was by far, the best deep tissue therapeutic massage treatment that I have ever had!! Jillian, I can’t thank you enough for the excellent care today . Sincerely , Joe
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
John m.
Eugene has a gift. He combined a number of massage styles and is completely present in the process. There was an 'energy' that came from him that I can't articulate, but I can say it felt kind, healing and present. Eugene is a truly amazing!
Massage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/OutcallMassage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/Outcall
Drew K.
Matt is very strong and humble and delivers the complete package: Strength, years of training is evident, he's intuitive, and performs a variety of massage techniques in one session if requested. Discrete and quiet setting. Personally, I appreciate Matt's size; his athletic build allows him to dig out knots and he uses deep pressure if requested. Highly recommended!
South County MassageSouth County Massage
Roman M.
Maggie is awesome. Whenever any part of my body is Soar, which is quite often cus im a mover. I call Maggie n she fixes me up. She has diffrent techniques that she masters. When Maggie comes She Relieves all my stress. Ive had other massage therapists n I gota say they dont compare to Maggie.
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
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