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4. Massage Horizons
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  • 8 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Waltham, MA
"The single biggest reason why you should hire me is the degree to which your comfort level and ability to move easily matter to me. (In fact, they mean so much to me that I’ve built a whole new approach to massage therapy around those two goals!) And that commitment to you begins even before the first time we meet, while we’re texting or speaking on the phone for the first time. You see, as unusual as this may sound, you and your quality of life begin to matter to me the very second that you become a client or patient of mine, and your ability to operate your body and live your life with ease — and to move around and engage in the activities that matter most to you with minimal effort and maximum flexibility, AND comfort — all of those matter so much to me that I dedicate my days and occasional nights to them! It’s a level of respect for you and your body that most people will never get to experience. It’s something very different than is offered anywhere else: a level of care and attention to detail that has to be experienced to be completely understood. See, I believe that if I treat your skin, muscles, nerves, connective tissues and emotions with the respect, sensitivity and consideration that I know I deserve, then not only will you be able to live an exceptionally comfortable life, but you’ll keep coming back, and referring your friends, co-workers and family members to me. (And when you do that, then I’m able to live a comfortable life, too!) So... what can you expect if you decide to become a client of mine? Well, first of all, you can expect to be listened to and heard, and be completely respected, regardless of your age, gender, fitness level, cultural, religious or sexual orientation or identity, any physical challenges, limitations or disabilities, or the amount of melanin in your skin. You can expect the man responsible for your care to be someone who’s highly trained and constantly learning more, who’ll be aware of and both sensitive and responsive to the subtle differences between your stressed or injured tissues, while working on you as a massage therapist, or your circumstances, while working with you as personal empowerment coach and/or energy worker, and who will really and truly be interested in how much better he can help your world to be, both during your session, itself, and during the days and weeks that’ll follow it. And you can expect that I will do my level best to make each and every session you ever receive from me one of the finest massages you will ever experience, without undue pain during it or marked discomfort, afterwards. Now, there’s one subject that occasionally seems to need clarification, and that’s the subject of “personal boundaries”... Out of respect for both you and I, there are five areas of the body that I don’t come in contact with during the course of my massages, and these are the eyeballs, mouth, breasts, genitals and anus. (Enough said?) Thank you for understanding. The thing I love most about my work (and that keeps me inspired to keep offering it) is how people come to my office complaining, with their bodies and/or spirits either in pain or visibly tense, and/or struggling with limited ranges of motion, and then leave, 60 to 90 minutes later, in far greater comfort and ease, smiling from ear to ear, and moving so much more freely that they're practically floating! And on top of all that, I even get paid for it! How could it possibly get any better than that?"


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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

What is pregnancy massage?

Pregnancy massage is a therapeutic massage tailored specifically to the needs of a pregnant woman’s body. Before having a prenatal massage, always check in with your prenatal care provider and ask if massage therapy will be safe for you and your pregnancy. A pregnancy massage is much more than just an indulgence. The specialized strokes and techniques used to loosen tight muscles, reduce swelling, alleviate pressure, and ease tension provide positive health benefits for both you and your baby. Experts recommend finding a massage therapist who has received additional training on prenatal massage techniques. This is typically a certification above and beyond their standard massage therapy certification and training requirements. During the massage you will likely lie on your side or in a semi-reclined position; these supported poses keep you and the baby comfortable and free from strain or undue pressure. During the massage, the therapist will listen to what body challenges you are experiencing and work to release tension. The massage should be a relaxing and very soothing experience.

What is Thai massage?

Thai massage, also called Thai yoga massage, combines acupressure and assisted yoga postures. Thai massage is based on the flow of energy through the body and focuses on energy lines called “sen.” It doesn’t use oils or lotions and, instead of rubbing muscles, the massage therapist compresses, pulls, stretches and rocks the recipient’s body to promote the flow of energy through these sen. In this form of massage therapy, practitioners use their hands, knees, legs and feet to apply deep muscle compression and stretch the body. It’s often performed on a mat on the floor instead of on a massage table. Like most forms of massage, Thai massage is used to relieve stress, improve range of motion and enhance flexibility. Some people also use Thai massage to address a range of health issues, including:  

  • Relieving tension headaches
  • Decreasing back pain
  • Reducing joint stiffness and pain
  • Stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Boosting energy

Because a traditional Thai massage session covers all of the muscles in your body, it typically lasts 90 minutes to 120 minutes.

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 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.
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