How much does a deep tissue massage cost?

Average cost in 20149: $85 See National

$60

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$85

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$125

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The average cost for a massage therapist is $85. You are likely to spend between $60 and $125 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated July 1st, 2017

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Deep tissue massage is frequently used for stress relief, pain management, breaking down scar tissue, relieving muscle tension and improving health. For example, deep tissue massage is proven to reduce blood pressure. Massage therapists generally give either 60- or 90-minute deep tissue massage sessions. People commonly get a deep tissue massage for relaxation, pain relief and increased flexibility. A few factors affect the cost of a deep tissue massage.

Massage duration

Length of time directly affects the cost of a deep tissue massage. The longer the massage, the more it will cost. Rates typically start on an hourly basis and increase incrementally on the half hour. Here are some pricing examples:

  • Blissful Massage in Bedford, Texas: $49 for a 60-minute massage and $59 for a 90-minute

  • Divine Touch Bodyworks in Arlington, Texas: $50 for a 60-minute massage and $75 for a 90-minute massage

  • Relaaax in Plano, Texas: $100 for a 90-minute massage

Massage location

Deep tissue massage may cost more if it takes place in an upscale studio or spa because the practitioner most likely will have business expenses and overhead that will factor into the cost for services. In addition, geographic location can affect deep tissue massage costs if the massage therapist is in a city with a higher cost of living.

Travel costs

Independent massage therapists often cost less per hour than those working in spas or studios. However, travel fees can directly affect the cost of a deep tissue massage. When massage therapists have "outcalls" (massage services performed in a client’s home) that require them to drive outside of their service area or when they are requested during peak traffic hours, the client may be charged a travel fee or a higher hourly rate. Here’s what Relaaax charges:

  • Outcalls up to 30 miles away: $30

  • Outcalls up to 30–50 miles away: $35

Another reason some practitioners charge more for outcalls than incalls (massage given in a studio or the practitioner's home or office) is because of the extra effort that traveling requires of the professional. For example, here’s what Garry Commiato, LMT of Dallas, Texas, charges:

  • Incall massages: $50

  • Outcall massage: $95

Packages

Many massage therapists offer add-ons and time-based packages that cater to different needs. Relaaax, for example, offers these packages:

  • Two-hour massage, including deep tissue: $130

  • Two-and-a-half-hour massage, including deep tissue, plus hot stone treatment: $160

  • Two-hour massage, including deep tissue, along with other techniques such as energy work, aromatherapy, hand and foot paraffin spas, and passive stretching: $160

Type of technique

Some massage therapists charge more for deep tissue massage than lower pressure massage techniques such as Swedish massage because of the increased physical effort required. Here’s an example of this pricing difference from Caring Touch Myotherapy in Duncanville, Texas:

  • One hour of Swedish massage: $60

  • One hour of advanced technique or deep tissue massage: $75

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