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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Jacksonville massage therapists
Bree c.
Very good massage techniques incorporated during my massage.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Pedro C.
Wonderful massage.
Coastal Massage SpaCoastal Massage Spa
Shane F.
A was excellent. Very professional. She gave a great massage. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a relaxing massage.
Natalie c.
Absolutely wonderful massage therapist
Roger r.
Great massage, very knowable
Wellness Coaching with DanielaWellness Coaching with Daniela
Rebecca W.
Wonderful massage, thank you
Pain Relief Massage by JeanettePain Relief Massage by Jeanette
Kylie D.
Best massage i've ever had!
Jax Mobile Massage LLCJax Mobile Massage LLC
Reon B.
it was the best massage i ever had.
Kneaded Relaxation and Integrative MassageKneaded Relaxation and Integrative Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, courteous and excellent massages!
Jax Mobile Massage LLCJax Mobile Massage LLC
Lemerell r.
Great massage, will definitely be booking with A again!
Joey J.
Great massage and even better person.
Lena C.
Will recommend to anyone looking for an at home massage.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Sam g.
It was a great massage. I felt very comfortable.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Destinee P.
A great massage at home that allowed me to easily continue relaxing once it was over. Eric was punctual and professional and checked in with me on pressure and how I was doing throughout the massage. Would definitely select again.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Cici l.
She was on time, and so professional. I purchased a massage for my sister as a birthday gift, and it was the best choice. She was very informative, knowledgeable and relaxing. Definitely look no further and contact her for your next massage or as a gift.
Ken M.
Daniella was prompt and professional. Good massage, felt relaxed after session.
Wellness Coaching with DanielaWellness Coaching with Daniela
Mery M.
I usually get massages at least once a week for two hours because I have a lot of tight muscles and have joint pain on a daily basis. When I hire a massage therapist I just tell them where I hurt and let them get to work. My first time having a massage by Perry, I was really not sure what to expect but he did a great job. He also stretched me a lot and my pain was relieved by the massage. I have already scheduled my neck massage with him! In fact, he over exceeded my expectations. He was professional, kind and repeatedly asked me if I was OK with the pressure. I value communication, customer service and quality work from a person that serves me in that setting. He really made me feel better and after my massage I slept through the whole night for the first time in months. If you want a good massage, this is the Therapist I recommend, and I can be hard to please! So, if you are in pain or just want to feel really relaxed then call Perry. A Man's Hands Massage is the way to go! I am very glad I gave him a chance and you should too!
A man's hands ( massage therapy)A man's hands ( massage therapy)
Kate p.
This was a fabulous massage!!! Thank you so much!!! Positive and definitely refreshing experience!
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Leon H.
Thorough, professional, rejuvenating massage. Booked follow up before I left.
Epik MassageEpik Massage
Karla C.
I hired A for a corporate event. She did 20-minute massages for our staff.
Joanne K.
I had some knots built up from not going to my regular specialist and therapy due to covid19, and out of desperation I started looking for a massage since most places weren't taking massages. That's when I stumbled on Epik Massage. Ron was really great. I couldn't believe his prices. I opted for the 90 minute massage due to my problem areas. I have chronic back pain and asked for a medical massage. I have had so many massages and treatments in the past, so I'm comfortable talking about what I need and what pressure I like. I can honestly say that Ron was so willing to work on the areas that I asked him to focus on, and adjusted pressure as I needed. He even used CBD creme on my back. He really worked out my back and I felt amazing afterwards. I didn't like the part where he used a massager for a brief moment. He was trying to use it to break down some of my tension knots and I felt like it so rough so I told him that I didn't like that, so, he did put it away. So he was definitely receptive to my feedback. Overall, I really enjoyed my massage, and feel a world of a difference better! I will definitely be back!
Epik MassageEpik Massage
Steve B.
Excellent massage! Just the right amount of pressure. Highly recommend. Will be going back again
Epik MassageEpik Massage
Christina P.
Was a very professional and relaxing massage! Great atmosphere and no where near as costly as most places.
Epik MassageEpik Massage
Mark H.
Awesome high quality very thorough deep tissue massage. Will work with her on regular basis.
Joe C.
It was my wife’s birthday and it was the best massage she ever had A was very professional and my birthday is next
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