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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Washington, DC

4.7
from 29 reviews
4.7
(29)
GREAT VALUE
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
"Suzanne was our first massage therapist and we were extremely satisfied with her work. She's very friendly and does an amazing job. She came right to our apartment and gave us each a massage there. We both got the Swedish massage and would recommend Suzanne to anybody."

$65

estimated cost

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4.9
from 26 reviews
4.9
(26)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
"Great experience! Jules was very thorough and intuitive in her approach. She spent time before my session to learn about me and my problem areas. During my session, she blended multiple techniques including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Aromatherapy, and Hot Stones to resolve knots and muscular tension. When my session ended, I was super relaxed and loose. I will definitely be incorporating regular sessions with Jules as part of my Health and Wellness regime. Thanks again Jules!"

$95

estimated cost

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Personable, positive, and incredibly inspiring! Just when you think you can't do one more burpee or squat, Leon's right there to convince you that you've got it. And then just like that, you do. Highly recommend! (Oh, and just to describe how badass he is, he participated in a dance flashmob, which makes him even cooler.)"

$75

estimated cost

4.9
from 11 reviews
4.9
(11)
GREAT VALUE
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"Wow! Chris is a fantastic massage therapist! I had a recent bad ankle sprain, and he worked with the resulting muscle injuries extremely well! He is very professional and responsive, and I highly recommend him for any type of massage therapy!"

$70

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Marcus is extremely skilled at what he does—after hearing what my problem areas were he pinpointed them right away and used different methods to massage and relax them. His technique is great; he is very in tune with what he does and the results show it. I felt so amazing after my first session with him and cannot wait for the next one!"

$80

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"The things that impressed me the most about Mr. Nixon were his professional manner and his respect for my privacy. He made sure I was comfortable and covered except for the area he was working on at the time. He worked with me on what I needed and asked for feedback, creating a very custom treatment. I have a back injury, so trust was a big factor. Because of the conversation before hand about what I needed and what to expect, I was relaxed within minutes and could take full benefit of the massage. I look forward to working together on this healing journey. Thank you Reggie."

$71

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Shay is AMAZING! She is so attentive to your needs. She is very professional. I was so relaxed after my massage. She did a great job with asking me about my needs. She made me feel so comfortable and relaxed for my 60 minute massage. I have recommended her to all of my family and friends. She is a rock star and I am definitely coming back! Thank you Shay!"

$80

estimated cost

5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"He was right on time, very kind, From Alexandria. Knows the area. Very attentive, I have had MS for 20 years, my first massage, in my home. Gental first time Ive had a massage in my home, Wont hesitate to call him again. He is GREAT!"

$110

estimated cost

4.5
from 2 reviews
4.5
(2)
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Crystal is AMAZING! She works with you to fit your needs. Her studio is CUTE! She lets you choose the music. She works on your knots, and helps you feel like a new person by the time you walk out!"

$70

estimated cost

4.4
from 5 reviews
4.4
(5)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"Mr. Tsakounis (Thom) is a skilled and caring therapist. We came to "A Quiet Journey Counseling " center for couples counseling. My husband was very reluctant at first, but quickly found Thom to be a supportive and understanding ally. Feeling like Thom "got " him, and us, allowed our work with Thom to progress quickly. As a mental health therapist myself, I have very high expectations for fellow counselors. Thom met or exceeded my expectations! He is well versed in a number of holistic, cognitive behavioral and Gestalt modalities, and a genuinely caring human being. While my husband and I have more work to do, Thom has supported us and given us new tools to communicate more effectively in our relationship. I reccommend Mr. Tsakounis whole-heartedly! "

$80

estimated cost

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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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