Find a swedish massage therapist near Forest Grove, OR

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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Forest Grove, OR

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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"I have been struggling with a lower back problem for months and finally decided to try massage therapy. The knowledge, professionalism and overall experience provided by Svetlana far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend !!"

$90

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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Nick has healing hands , he finds the problem , wirk on it and then the pain is gone, i highly recomend him. Thank you Nick."

$70

estimated cost

4.9
from 42 reviews
4.9
(42)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
"This was absolutely the best thing in the world...really. I was a bit apprehensive at first about having a massage, but Danielle was very insightful and sensitive to my apprehensions. She was completely professional and made me feel totally at ease. She evaluated my sore areas and made it all work out. I was totally in "the zone" for two days. Seriously, this is better than sex....you've got to try it!! "
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Top Pro
5.0
from 20 reviews
5.0
(20)
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"I had a fantastic massage with Mariya! I've had very nice massages in very expensive resorts before and they don't hold a candle to her! Can't beat the price for quality, it's just not possible. I was blown away. Usually massages are a once in a while treat for me, but I may start going regularly. She did absolutely amazing work. I wish I could give her 6 stars."
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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 7 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
"I received a massage from Celina..she was awesome!! Very professional and she continued to check on my comfort level..cant wait to reschedule 😊"
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4.9
from 37 reviews
4.9
(37)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 17 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
"Lori has been my Massage Therapist for over Ten years. I have had three major back surgeries and she has always been there to relax my back muscles in order for me to continue working. She knows a lot about herbs and actually made a suave to heal my scars. The Doctor at the time was Amazed at the healing progress inside and out! I have tried other Massage Therapists but they do not compare to Lori. I will always use her and I am eternally grateful for the positive energy that she provides for me."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Great massage in a nice environment!"
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4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"I've been getting massage from Jonathan for almost two years now. When I met him I had been working with another massage therapist for over 15 years, but after talking with Jonathan at a social event, I decided to give his services a try. He has a fantastic approach to bodywork and is relentless about helping me work yoga and deep breathe into my daily life so that I can heal my body faster and build more strength and flexibility. I also really appreciate that Jonathan offers mobile massage, which makes it really convenient. He is a very skilled massage therapist and yoga instructor and I would highly recommend his services"
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5.0
from 16 reviews
5.0
(16)
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"Rachael's space is beautiful, calming, and relaxing, just like Rachael herself. Her demeanor, personality, technique and skill are what make Rachael a fantastic massage therapist. Whether you are looking for a medical Deep Tissue massage or a relaxing Swedish massage, I highly recommend her!"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Jonathan was able to give me a same day appointment which was on the beginning of the great experience. He chatted with me prior to the massage about my problem spots and really communicated throughout the massage to make sure everything was okay such as pressure and temperature in the room. He even showed me a few stretches to help with my ailment afterwards. Overall a great experience and the best massage I’ve ever had! Thanks!"
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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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