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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 Jersey City massage therapists
Nikhil K.
Booked a Massage for my wife. She was extremely happy and satisfied with laura’s massage. Highly recommended
Laura’s Mobile MassageLaura’s Mobile Massage
George M.
Great massage. Kin was professional, on time, and gave a high quality massage. Will definitely be calling her again!
Thai Touch Therapy NYCThai Touch Therapy NYC
Steve M.
Great Massage!
Thai therapy serviceThai therapy service
Anatoly T.
Great massage.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Bryan H.
The massage was fantastic. Would recommend 100%
💆‍♂️Ed's Blissful Massage💆‍♂️💆‍♂️Ed's Blissful Massage💆‍♂️
Manoj K.
I booked a massage for my wife. Laura reached perfectly on-time, her equipment / table was comfortable, and my wife said the massage was great. Great experience.
Laura’s Mobile MassageLaura’s Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Maul is a nice guy and gives a relaxing massage!
Movement RecoveryMovement Recovery
John M.
It was my first American massage and a real great experience!
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Subhasis D.
Nice location, quality massage, clean room. Recommended.
A+Wellness and BodyWorksA+Wellness and BodyWorks
Rouba F.
Kelly was amazing. One of the best massages I’ve ever had and i get massages often. Can’t wait to schedule my next appointment with her. I highly recommend her.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Great massage technique by Renato! I have been getting regular massages for the last 15 years and I could immediately tell that Renato had extensive experience as a massage therapist through his healing hands. He was punctual, very professional, well prepared for the session and very engaging. I highly recommend Renato!
massage by Renatomassage by Renato
Ben D.
I would highly recommend Ashley for massages. Communication was great, she showed up on time and made me feel so relaxed. This was a high-end spa grade massage. Will definitely be booking her again
Ty K.
She charge too much for a massage! Plus She’s not good with communication
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Ranisha w.
Very good massage very knowledgeable and also helps in other area highult
Changes CenterChanges Center
Zara T.
I don’t know if it was your massage but I slept until 11am today 😂. That feeling after the massage was so great my body really needed it and I’m so glad I chooses Hands to You. She was on time very nice person and professional, her massage was amazing. Compared to others she also have the best price so I definitely recommend Hands to You.
Hands To YouHands To You
Tom l.
Roy is an excellent, intuitive and caring massage therapist. Don’t hesitate to book him!
Thumbtack Customer
My wife enjoyed her massage her exact words "she is really good" when can she come back. Can't wait to get my own massage . She was also on time and had amor of great advice Can't wait for mine !
Changes CenterChanges Center
Coco D.
I hired Dexter to massage my boyfriend, who is a massage therapist himself, and he was happy. I wanted him to feel relief and relaxation before his birthday and he said Dexter did just that. He was early, set up and started on time. Best part is, he did the FULL 90 minutes and didn’t cut the time short like other massage therapist tend to do. We will be hiring him again.
De-Stress XpressDe-Stress Xpress
Iesha S.
They showed up punctual, professional, and prepared!! I felt like my living room had been transformed into a massage spa. I did a couples massage and my masseuse had the hands of an Angel. My partner enjoyed it as well! Definitely booking again soon!!
Blue Lotus MassageBlue Lotus Massage
Eddie was amazing. Very professional, fun, and attentive. I highly recommend him for massage therapy.
💆‍♂️Ed's Blissful Massage💆‍♂️💆‍♂️Ed's Blissful Massage💆‍♂️
Joli H.
I inquired about a lymphatic massage that goes for 100-125 for a 60 minute massage. I've gone to a multiple of professional places including where i got my cosmetic surgery and none charged this much. The fact you're trying to double charge for one session is ridiculous to me
Movement RecoveryMovement Recovery
Denise M.
Amazing experience! She’s lovely and I love her personality! She brings in so much joy and the massage was amazing. She worked on my tension areas really well. After the massage, i felt like a brand new person. I can’t wait to work with her again!
Spoiled by KandaSpoiled by Kanda
Maria h.
She is good This is my first massage with her and I really like I hope is a next time😍
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Marva N.
Best experience EVER !!! Since I've hired him I don't want anyone else doing my prenatal massages.
Life through WellnessLife through Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Maul gave me a wonderful prenatal massage. I felt so relaxed after and I can't wait to use him again. Thanks!
Movement RecoveryMovement Recovery
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