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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Garner, NC

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
"Arthur, the owner of Healcyon, is a highly-educated individual (BA in Philosophy from NC State, graduating Magna Cum Laude; a NC-licensed Massage Therapist for over 7 years) with a great work ethic and a good sense of applying non-traditional methods of healing. He worked on my bum shoulder over several weeks and now I have free range of movement again. I Highly recommend this young man."

$65

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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Complete relaxation. This is how I describe my massage session with Akira. I stand a lot with my work, so my back, glutes and legs are often very tensed. Akira was able to realize the areas that were tense and through deep tissue massage, work to relax the muscles. By the end of the 120 mins session, I felt the most relaxed I have in a long time. From my experience, I can see that Akira is very respectful and cares about his clients. He first reviews the intake form to see what expectations the client has and to determine if there are any medical conditions that might affect the therapy. Throughout the session, Akira checks to make sure the pressure is okay. The mood of the room is calm with soft tranquil music. The massage table is very comfortable and warm and the draping is professional. Overall the experience was wonderful. Akira was professional, very thorough as a therapist, focused on his work (and not checking his cell phone/texting like many therapists do), reasonably priced and his office was clean. It is great to have Akira in the community."

$60

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Jennifer gave me back my life! She took me from excruciating pain and and restricted movement, to smiling and being active, ready to face what the world throws at me."

$75

estimated cost

4.9
from 46 reviews
4.9
(46)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 16 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
"The BEST massage in Cary!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
"Katie is fabulous at deep tissue massage! I have gone to a few different spas in the area for massages and they do not compare to her! She listens to me AND to my body. If she finds knots and trouble areas she works to get rid of them. And every time I feel better after seeing her, unlike the other places I’ve been to. I highly recommend her!"
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 1 year in business
"As a massage therapist myself, I tend to be slightly picky about who works in me. Thea listens and applies skillful knowledge to trouble areas; allowing for the relaxation I need. I can recommend Thea’s professional massage skills wholeheartedly!"
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4.8
from 4 reviews
4.8
(4)
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Emma is a great massage therapist!"
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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I had a full body massage by Ashley and it met my expectations. Her knowledge, professional mannerisms and massage room exceeded my expectations. My neck and back feel much better and I booked my next massage before I left."
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4.8
from 17 reviews
4.8
(17)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"I have been getting massages from Shashi for about a year now on a regular basis. My neck and lumbar tense up from frequent travels and I seek relief through his therapeutic work. The first massage I had from Shashi was 90 minutes. Since that first one, I have always had the 2 hour massage sessions. At each session, Shashi thoroughly assesses the situation and recommends the appropriate modality. The pressure is always right and he seems to know whether a little more or a little less is needed. The massage room environment is relaxing, neat, comfortable and the heated table is a real plus in cold weather. Shashi is a good person and very interesting to talk to. He often asks how he might improve the experience. I honestly don't know. I keep going back because to me the experience is perfect. DW. Cary"
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Ms. Sharon is amazing. Everything that she told me was true and I just needed confirmation. I didn’t tell her anything about my relationship and the problems I was having, but she was able to pinpoint everything. My brother who recently passed was able to come to us and tell us that everything was going to be okay. That was a bonus for me. I’m so glad I went to see Ms. Sharon."
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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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