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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 Kansas City massage therapists
Christen T.
Wonderful massage!
Todd Brozman, LMT - Massage+BodyworkTodd Brozman, LMT - Massage+Bodywork
Denis M.
Professional, great massage
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Trevor J.
Great massage! Very professional
Lucifer's massageLucifer's massage
Ed M.
Michael provides an excellent and professional massage. His background in physical therapy allows him to identify and improve any problem areas. I highly recommend him for massage.
From Broken to Bringing ItFrom Broken to Bringing It
Ashley B.
I hired Chris to give my mom a massage on Mother's Day. She was very happy with his services and said that she looks forward to getting another massage from Chris in the future. He was very friendly and responsive. I would recommend him to anyone needing mobile massage.
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Lance did an awesome massage, he was very accommodating to my needs and had great pressure and gave a consistent flow in the massage I enjoyed it very much, relaxing and invigorating.
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Michael B.
Alex is punctual, kind, and gives a great strong massage.
Lucifer's massageLucifer's massage
Richard G.
Lance is a fine young man and a very good massage therapist I have booked for three more massages and I am sure I will schedule more. What a pleasure to free of some pain.
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Lance Kelley is an excellent massage therapist. I would recommend him to anyone!
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Phil L.
I am extremely satisfied with Poppy as a massage therapist. She is pleasant to work with and knows how to respond to individual requirements. I have a neurological disease and she provided the perfect massage to relieve my pain and stress. Highly recommended.
Massage Poppy Mobile MassageMassage Poppy Mobile Massage
John T.
Great massage very professional, I will definitely be booking him services again.
Mindful Therapeutic BodyworksMindful Therapeutic Bodyworks
Thumbtack Customer
I've had a lot of massages ... This guy knows what he's doing !!! Great!!!
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
excellent..he is not afraid to massage deep and was accomadating to injuries I had from sports.
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Freddy P.
Just a really great massage. On time and strong work. I should have asked for 120 min!
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Paula P.
You will not be sorry when you book with Lance for a massage!!! Excellent job and always a very pleasant experience.
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Melissa R.
I've had some great massages but this was the best I've ever had. I like a lot of pressure, Lance delivered. He really zoned in on some knots between my shoulders, all my trouble spots got lots of attention. I got a 90 minute massage but may even do a 2 hour next time. I loved that Lance brought his equipment and traveled to me. It was a very smooth process. I would highly recommend Lance for massage therapy.
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Terry R.
I would highly recommend Lance, totally professional and courteous. Came on short notice and performed the best massage
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Del J.
Fantastic massage Deep enough to work out tension and knots yet very relaxing. Most definitely recommend Lance.
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Braxton B.
Great communication. Punctual. Great price for the service. Easy to schedule with. Very engaging and personable. Definitely makes sure to tailor the massage to your individual needs.
Wayne’s Therapeutic TouchWayne’s Therapeutic Touch
Thumbtack Customer
For my Mom’s 85th birthday I hired Chris for a reflexology foot massage. He was very flexible for her appointment. And he came to her, so she did not have to travel. She loved it!! He also worked on her hands, arms and legs. She wants him to come every 2 weeks, and wants to try a full massage. A Happy Mother makes me happy. Thank you Chris!
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
Philip G.
I have had many professional massages in my life. Amongst the best if not the best I have had. Very responsive to all questions and requests. I will be a repeat customer!
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Allen W.
Amazing hands. 60 mins fly by. May have to upgrade to 90 next time. Thank You for hauling the massage table up the sidewalk for my relaxation session. Much appreciated!
Lucifer's massageLucifer's massage
Desiree B.
Lance is incredible. I recently had surgery and he is providing lymphatic drainage massages to help with swelling. These are helping with my recovery and I feel so rejuvenated after each session!
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Kate K.
This was my first time having a professional massage. Alex made the process easy and comfortable. He was responsive, punctual, and communicative. I am looking forward to booking another appointment with him in the future.
Lucifer's massageLucifer's massage
D'Ambra R.
I’m really impressed at her knowledge and expertise regarding lymphatic massages. She’s been amazing in helping me get through the first month after my surgery. I’m lucky to have found her!
A Spring Odyssey Lymphatics LLCA Spring Odyssey Lymphatics LLC
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