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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.

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 Boise massage therapists
Rachel J.
A truly beneficial massage! It seems that most massages are either relaxing and stress relieving or medicinal body work. This massage was wonderfully Both. Relaxing bodywork! Thank you
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Dustin K.
Awesome massage!
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Nick C.
Great massage
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Jeff S.
Great massage
Johnathan MorenoJohnathan Moreno
Nick C.
Always a great massage
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Tony B.
Went in for a deep tissue massage and it was one of the most effective massages I’ve come away from. The masseuse was very professional.
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Stephen p.
It was a good massage it helped a lot .
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Nick C.
Very good massage. It’s rare to get bodywork done by someone that has such an in-depth understanding of the body, resulting in one of the best massages I’ve ever received.
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Kylie D.
Without question one of the best massages I've ever received (I've had many). Nikita was very thoughtful in her approach and delivered exactly what I asked for. I like deep pressure and massage "work" which she delivered like a pro. I feel so much better post-massage and would recommend her highly no matter your massage preference. Additionally, she works in a private studio so for anyone that prefers more privacy or a dedicated space this is an excellent option.
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Will F.
A very experienced and qualified Massage Therapist. I highly recommend her.
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Madelyn C.
Quick to respond, great price, and really amazing massage. Would hire again!
True Reflections Massage LLCTrue Reflections Massage LLC
Paula F.
Great massage! Rose has so much knowledge and skill. I feel great and will be back.
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Kent C.
Had an excellent massage from Rose. She is very professional and cares about her patients.
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Mac E.
I had a massage from Rose today and it was great. She is very knowledgeable about anatomy and what you are dealing with. Rose uses awesome technique that makes the deep pressure of sports massage palatable to anyone. Despite the drive, Rose is definitely worth a trip from Boise!
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Michelle S.
Nikita did she great job with my massage. She is knowledgeable about muscles and made sure I was comfortable throughout. I will go back!
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Jamal p.
wow best massage i ever had very professional rose made sure i was very comftorable at all time i will be returning soon thanks a bunch
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Linda C.
Blair was right on time for our appointment. He listened to me when explaining my issues and he gave me an excellent massage. I. Will definitely hire him again.
Blair Sutherland MassageBlair Sutherland Massage
Kris H.
I had some serious neck and shoulder tension issues. Lateesha was able to locate the tension points and loosen everything up. Awesome massage therapist, very professional and reasonably priced. :-)
True Reflections Massage LLCTrue Reflections Massage LLC
Ron P.
With Nikita when you pay for 60 min. you get 60 min. of professional massage. She is the real deal and a consummate professional. There’s a reason she booked up and has a 5 star rating.
Boise BiomechanicsBoise Biomechanics
Melissa M.
Jeff truly was amazing. He really understood what was wrong, what my needs were, and addressed every detail. I'm amazed at how much he knew just by feeling things out and reading my body throughout the massage. I called him the "body whisperer" because it's like he could feel exactly what needed focus without my having to say anything. I will be back again next week. I've gone months with so much pain in my shoulder, neck, and upper back. Immediately after the massage, I felt such relief. Thanks, Jeff! You really are an expert, super knowledgeable and professional.
A Touch Of HealthA Touch Of Health
Jeffrey K.
I had my first massage with Kirk, It was great!!! I usually go for deep tissue work, but have had more stress and tension going on so I wanted some deep tissue and some relaxation... I got both and was very impressed with his skills and intuitiveness. I will defiantly be a repeat client. I highly recommend him as a new local therapist.
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Terrie T.
I absolutely recommend this service! I have gotten massages a few times a year for the last couple decades. Some therapists are better than others. I scheduled this one after a day of cross country flying & needed to get rid of the kinks I developed from sitting on a plane for several hours. I found Lateesha to be professional, with great technique. I will definitely be calling again!
True Reflections Massage LLCTrue Reflections Massage LLC
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