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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Westminster, MD

4.7
from 28 reviews
4.7
(28)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 31 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

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"She's really nice and I enjoyed her massage."

$85

estimated cost

4.9
from 14 reviews
4.9
(14)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"Heidi has an amazing touch and offers a holistic approach to achieving and maintaining physical and mental wellness. I can honestly say after receiving many massages that she is the best I have ever come across and her willingness to educate and administer other alternative healing practices sets her apart from many other massage therapists. She is a superb individual who highly values her client's wellbeing and will work to accommodate anyones situation and needs. I can't speak highly enough of her and hope you will check her out!"

$65

estimated cost

4.8
from 8 reviews
4.8
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I was so very impressed with the massage I received from Brian. He concentrated on the exact areas where I need it the most. His kindness, professionalism and expertise in his work was outstanding. He made me feel so comfortable. I have already referred my friends, family and some coworkers to him. I can honestly say that I have received my absolutely BEST massage EVER from him. I will DEFINITELY BE A REPEAT CUSTOMER. Try him... you will LOVE HIM."

$60

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"My experience at Seva studio exceded my expectations. During my Reiki treatment I felt deeply connected with Lauren's process and by the way I reacted to the method that she used during my treatment. It was my first experience with Reiki and I feel that it definitely helped me with the issues that were afflicting me, and allowed me to be more self aware and less stressed. The environment upon entering was soothing and induced immediate relaxation. Lauren focuses each treatment based on the individuals personal history and motivations. I would recommend Seva Studio to anyone looking for healing through Reiki, yoga or meditation."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Have tried massage and Tai Chi Chih so far, love both. All services providers are excellent proven professionals."
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4.9
from 12 reviews
4.9
(12)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"I can't begin to explain the wonderful experience I had with Michelle. Today I had the pleasure of receiving a massage from Michelle, from the moment you walk into the quaint and lovely shop you relax and feel blissful. Michelle is so warm and inviting and truly is interested in making your experience memorable. My massage was heavenly and the best I have ever had, the bed is warm, the blanket cozy, the essential oils she used relaxed me immediately. Her technique is several steps above what I have had from others. I have plantar fasiites and Michelle uses a special took to break down (gently) the muscle to allow blood flow to the area. The tool was warm to the touch and just added to the experience. Michelle is NOW my go to person! Go to her you will love it!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Had a great massage with Janthima. She has a naturally pleasant disposition and is very professional. She worked on an area around my shoulder and really made it feel better. This may sound like a contradiction, but she used a rather gentle touch that was somehow super effective at getting out the knots. Great massage!"
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"Mr. Qureshi is highly proficient in teaching meditation and deep relaxation techniques. During the first session, I felt a natural connection with Mr. Qureshi and his teachings. I look forward to future sessions and would encourage any who are interested in meditation to give it a try and see the stillness and peace grow within you."
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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"I went to Steph thinking I was just going to get 1 or 2 sessions for neck and shoulder pain and then move on. I have now been a client for 2 years and I couldn't imagine missing my massage with Steph. She is excellent, and a very caring person as well. I definitely feel energized and relaxed after my sessions!"
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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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