Find a pregnancy massage therapist near Santa Barbara, CA

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Top 10 Pregnancy Massage Therapists near Santa Barbara, CA

4.3
from 6 reviews
4.3
(6)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Rachel had a lovely demeanor and vibe and is a very talented massage therapist. I felt like a jellyfish after for the whole day! Marvelous work, will be back :)"

$80

estimated cost

4.9
from 9 reviews
4.9
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"He is without question the best massage therapist. He has helped me with deep tissue & acupressure relieve back, leg, feet, and hand problems. Plus he is a wonderful man."

$120

estimated cost

5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
GREAT VALUE
  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Maritza is an intuitive and gifted massage therapist. The spirituality she incorporates into her work elevates it to an ethereal level."

$125

estimated cost

5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Helen is the best in the business, the cat's meow, the bees knees. I have left every visit feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. I went through some serious shoulder physical therapy, and have hip dysplasia; and in painful times, seeing her for massage therapy could be the only good part of a month. I am enormously grateful that I had the time I did with her while in Florida... and I'm so sad that she's relocated... but anyone in her new network area is truly in for a treat."
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"SO AMAZING. Seriously life changing experience. Tom fixed up my shoulders, hips, neck, legs, all in one sitting. I feel like a new human being again. I've had all these posture issues all my life, so it feels so amazing to be freed from it. Tom is great at what he does, and he is great company as well! It was my first real massage and he always gave a heads up if something was going to hurt. He's very passionate about what he does, and he's amazing at it too! Very pleasant to be around, and had great conversations. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who has any body pain issues. Thank you so much! Can't wait for the next session. P.S. it will hurt so good! haha"
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5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"I started working out with Anthony about a month ago and it's been AMAZING!! I have an 8 month old daughter and I couldn't work up the motivation to shed the baby weight on my own. After the first session I could definitely feel a difference, and now a month later, I've dropped 2 pant sizes!! No joke, my stomach is flat again, and if you're a recently new mother, that is HUGE! Anthony is super friendly and fun to have as a trainer. He really encourages me to push myself and I feel great! "
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Very accommodating for a last minute booking. Listened to my needs and designed a therapeutic massage exactly to what I need for sports and recovery. One of the best massages I have had by far. Thanks Hector. I will making another appointment very soon"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 year in business
"Ashley is a true master of her craft and is very in tune with how the body likes to be massaged and worked with! Also, Her coaching classes have opened up my eyes and helped me to recognize and release patterns in my own life that have been holding me back! Highly recommend!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 3 years in business
"Julie is by far the best massage therapist I've ever seen! I always walked out of her prenatal massages feeling better than ever which is saying a lot considering I had lots of edema, leg cramps and back pains prior to the sessions. She is incredible and I highly recommend her services!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Sophia gave me an amazing massage that provided me with relaxation and stress relief. She really listened to my needs and created a custom session based on them. It is refreshing to experience a massage by someone so passionate! 10/10 would recommend"
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is pregnancy massage?

Pregnancy massage is a therapeutic massage tailored specifically to the needs of a pregnant woman’s body. Before having a prenatal massage, always check in with your prenatal care provider and ask if massage therapy will be safe for you and your pregnancy. A pregnancy massage is much more than just an indulgence. The specialized strokes and techniques used to loosen tight muscles, reduce swelling, alleviate pressure, and ease tension provide positive health benefits for both you and your baby. Experts recommend finding a massage therapist who has received additional training on prenatal massage techniques. This is typically a certification above and beyond their standard massage therapy certification and training requirements. During the massage you will likely lie on your side or in a semi-reclined position; these supported poses keep you and the baby comfortable and free from strain or undue pressure. During the massage, the therapist will listen to what body challenges you are experiencing and work to release tension. The massage should be a relaxing and very soothing experience.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

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.

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.
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