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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

What is the difference between a deep tissue massage and a Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are both forms of therapeutic bodywork. In both modalities, a licensed massage therapist uses strokes administered with their hands or forearms to loosen and relax your muscles and other soft tissue. These releases can promote relaxation, pain relief and wellness.

Deep tissue massage may be an excellent therapeutic choice for people with chronic pain or severe tension in their muscles. The deep tissue massage technique moves below the top layer of muscle and soft tissue to release adhesions in your core muscles. In comparison, the strokes used in Swedish massage focus on loosening and relaxing the top layer of your soft tissues. Swedish massage produces relaxation and well-being, but if you have a long-term injury or back pain that won’t seem to go away, deep tissue massage may be a better option for you. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again.

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.

What is a traditional Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage is a different experience if you’ve only ever had a Swedish or deep tissue massage. In Thai massage, you wear loose-fitting clothing (often provided by the massage therapist) and start by lying on a mat. Throughout the massage, the therapist moves your body into various seated and prone positions, which stretch and release your muscles and soft tissue. Although your body is moving, the therapist is doing all the work, making it feel similar to supported yoga. The massage therapist will bend, stretch, and compress and lengthen your body using their hands, forearms, elbows and even feet. Don’t be alarmed by the feet! Many studios have overhead supports that allow the practitioners to safely walk on your back, releasing tight adhesions and promoting ease. Thai massage can be both invigorating and relaxing. It is an excellent option for keeping your muscles in good health if you regularly work out, or if you want to overcome a lack of flexibility. Studies show that Thai massage can increase blood circulation, improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension and enhance mental well-being.

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.
Reviews for Sarasota massage therapists
John B.
Great massage
Massage by JulieMassage by Julie
David B.
A great massage
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Brian L.
Great massage
Massage by JulieMassage by Julie
Nate k.
Great massage, very professional!
Sacred SunSacred Sun
Kolleen G.
I text on thumbtack on a Sunday afternoon and within minutes I received a message back saying he was doing a 90 minute massage and would be over to massage 3 of my family members after!!! And we were new clients. We were all very impressed with are massages he had listened and we all received the massages we requested!!!
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Chris c.
Great massage!! Very professional and attentive
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Jim B.
I surprised my wife for a massage on our vacation. Vince gave a personalized massage and will definitely use him again the next time we are in town.
Reset MassageReset Massage
Dakota P.
Barry was very punctual and personable. I booked a couples massage for my parents and they were very satisfied with the massage! Thank you, Barry! See you next time!
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Kari K.
Had a great in home massage. I recommend
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Jayme R.
Amazing! In every way. Do not hesitate to book. It was such a great massage I booked him the following night. I have since had about 6 massages, all excellent.
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Dorothy I.
Working with Julie was so easy. Responded quickly with any questions. Julie went to my parents home and provided a double foot massage to my older parents who are first time massagers! Her visit and massage during this pandemic isolation was well needed. She made them feel comfortable and was very informative and gave them the gift of time. I would recommend Julie to others and will schedule a massage when I visit in the fall.
Massage by JulieMassage by Julie
Marie B.
We had back to back in room massages which were fantastic! I usually get antsy by the end of a 1 hr massage, but not this time! I felt both relaxed and energized - highly recommend.
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Michael R.
Excellent massage. Highly recommend Jeff. I’ll go back.
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Jimmie R.
Ana gave me the best massage I have ever had
Massage by AnaMassage by Ana
Chris G.
Courtney is a joy excellent technique, upbeat and energetic, and yet calming presence, and very professional and punctual I have been getting regular massages for many years and have had massages from many people Courtney is tops
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
James J.
Was in need of a good deep tissue massage at the end of a long tough week. I reached out, and received a reply in a very timely manner. Within 24 hours, I received a really really great 90 minute massage! Thank you, and I look forward to the next one!!
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Michele P.
I loved the massage. Excellent! I will definitely use her again. I recommend her highly.
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Eric H.
This was our second couples session with Vince. He was every bit as professional as the first visit but it just seemed better now that my wife and I were more comfortable. Vince massaged my wife first then gave her time to slowly move from the table to a comfortable place to rest and enjoy her relaxed state. Then Vince gave me a very professional massage. If you’re a single or a couple or a group, i again recommend Vince for your massage needs. We will definitely be regular clients.
Reset MassageReset Massage
Cher C.
Jim is an amazing massage therapist! His grounded tranquil energy helped me to relax when my mind & body was buzzing with energy. I enjoyed and appreciated his style and technique a lot! After the massage I felt like a brand new woman; so much tension released!!! Highly recommend!!
James Smith LMTJames Smith LMT
Jon K.
excellent massage when i arrived i was sore all over.when i left i had no pain...awesome...
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Mandy M.
Lana was wonderful! She arrived on time and was very professional. I have had numerous massages and she was one of the best.
Mobile Massage by LanaMobile Massage by Lana
James J.
James exceeded all expectations! His calm and considerate personality matched his thorough and professional techniques throughout the 90 minute massage. I've had many massages throughout my life, and I can easily say that his was one of the best ever... maybe even the best ever. Thank you James, and I look forward to the next one!!
James Smith LMTJames Smith LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Rob was amazing, I hired him for chair massages and the guests were thrilled! He was prompt and very professional, would recommend and use again!
Holistic RenaissanceHolistic Renaissance
Allyson P.
Courtney is exceptional. She focused on my back as requested. She gave me the best massage I’ve had. I highly recommend her.
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Kolleen G.
John gave a great 60 minute massage with deep tissue and stretching, heat, music he made the ambience very relaxing.Three of my family members enjoyed their massages so we now are having him come to our home weekly he worked around our hours and to have him come to the home and only charge the same amount as if I was to go to the spa was amazing.
Jon Gabriel Med-Sports MassageJon Gabriel Med-Sports Massage
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