Find a swedish massage therapist near Santa Paula, CA

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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Santa Paula, CA

4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
"Brandon massage was strong and relaxing. I highly recommend. Also spent some time giving me stretching exercises and zeroed in on my pains and relieved them. Look forward to the next session, it can't come too soon. He's that good."

$70

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4.9
from 9 reviews
4.9
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Terence is by far the best person for a massage. He can feel your trouble spots and performs various techniques to relax and heal those areas. He has as much knowledge about the body as a doctor. I really appreciate his words of wisdom on exercises or stretches to perform at home. "

$120

estimated cost

5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 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
"I have been going to Helen for Massage therapy for over 5 years. Helen believes in many types of healing therapy to get to the root of the problem. She really listens!!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Got a very relaxing and soothing massage from crystal. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating :) definitely going back!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 14 years in business
"Denise always goes above and beyond to deliver. Her caring nurturing energy and vibrant personality makes you instantly feel loved and like you are with family. She offers a wide variety of services including body sprays & other personal care products which she personally makes with loving care. Her Reiki healing treatments and angel card readings are very relaxing and informative for each session is filled with love and authentic radiant energy that you can feel. I highly recommend her to any one looking for advise, healing or just simply relaxing and energy clearing through the Chakra balancing. I am truly grateful to have her as a friend and can always count on her for exceptional service! Donna Yount"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Layla is great to work with. Since my consultations with Layla I have lost 10lbs. Layla was instrumental in guiding me toward a better lifestyle with emphasis on moderate exercise and changes in diet. After meeting Layla you will figure out she has an extensive background in nutrition and has worked as a personal trainer. She will listen carefully to your current situation and your goals. If you follow her advice to the letter you will meet your own personal fitness and nutrition goals. Plus she has a great sparkling personality to go with the dietary advice. All in all working with Layla is a smart decision."
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"Always trying to help in every need and your professionalism is 5 stars.. Continue doing the great job you always show!!!!!!!"
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4.3
from 4 reviews
4.3
(4)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"He did a fantastic job, we would absolutely have him back for another massage. "
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"I had a bad hip and was limping for a couple of months due to some improper form on some squats that were too heavy for me in the gym. During those two months I had seen a chiropractor twice and Mexican healer/masseuse twice as well. While these treatments did help immensely, the pain only ceased for about three days after. Finally I got a deep tissue massage from Kathy at Natural Optimal Wellness and I was able to really start healing. After the first session I was limping a lot less and there was a lot less pain. After the second session a week later I was completely cured of my problem. It took a few days after the massage to completely feel 100%, but after that wait I was completely healed and I haven't had a problem in my hip since and I no longer limp around. She definitely beats the chiropractor and that other healer/masseuse because the healing was long term. Today I feel like I was never hurt at all. Thank you Kathy!!"
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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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