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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Denver, CO

5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I had a wonderful massage from Tayler today and will definitely be back. Her studio is very inviting and peaceful. The heated massage table was divine. Sooooo relaxing. Tayler used a variety of techniques that were just what I needed. I have a lot of back, shoulder, hip and neck pain and very few massage therapists will do the deep pressure that I need but Tayler did. It was that perfect combination of intense pain relief and relaxation that I look for in a massage. Bonus: Tayler's adorable pug, Henry, will lie in his bed and make very cute relaxed pug noises during your massage. Henry has the perfect chill vibe for a massage studio dog and he was just the cherry on top of a wonderful experience. (Although Tayler tells me she can move Henry to the bedroom if his cute snoring disturbs you.) I left feeling relaxed and happy. The massage from Tayler really just made my day!"

$65

estimated cost

4.8
from 29 reviews
4.8
(29)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 7 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
"Courteous, friendly, and prompt but best of all did a relaxing, thorough massage responding well to requests for adjustments in pressure and areas that needed work. Will recommend Jacob to all my massage loving friends."

$65

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Shes the best massage therpist i have had"

$70

estimated cost

5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Eric demonstrates knowledge and professionalism. I was impressed with his willingness to listen as well as his massage technique. I was recovering from frozen shoulder at the time, and Eric recommended a few stretches, which helped. He was also kind enough to show me a technique to use after learning that I suffer from migraines. I would definitely utilize his service again."

$65

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
"Adryanna provided an excellent deep tissue massage. She was very in tune to how much pressure I was comfortable with during the massage and was never too light. She also provided great feedback to areas I need to focus on and stretch more for preventative health going forward. I would highly recommend Adryanna to help with any deep tissue massage needs!"

$60

estimated cost

4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
(10)
GREAT VALUE
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"She really knows what she's doing. I had a sore muscle deep in my leg and she worked it out. I feel great after a massage from Audrey."

$60

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 11 years in business
"Had a great experience. Alex has a perfect level of pressure, at least for me it was, but he is very easy to work with and very open to adjusting hit technique to your body issues. I also really liked the fact that his massage seemed to have a very nice continuous flow as he worked through the massage, very relaxing but also really relaxed my muscles, really noticed it the next day as well. Thanks Alex."

$60

estimated cost

5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
GREAT VALUE
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"When Ellie helped with my muscle and joint issue, it was powerful! I've never had a massage be so effective. I could feel as if the flow of energy in my body was being tinkered with and the inner puzzle was being remapped. I think she should be charging more. Thank you so for making my body feel younger, Ellie!!!"

$60

estimated cost

5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
"Elisa's massage is amazing and has helped me numerous times find relief. She is extremely intuitive and present. "

$80

estimated cost

4.8
from 17 reviews
4.8
(17)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
"Great Massage, very professional."

$75

estimated cost

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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