How much does massage therapy cost?

Average cost in 20149: $85 See National

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The average cost for a massage therapist is $85. You are likely to spend between $60 and $120 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Massage therapy involves body movement and touch therapy techniques used for healing. It is good for relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, pain management and increasing flexibility. Popular types of massage include shiatsu, Swedish, sports therapy, deep tissue, hot stone, craniosacral, Thai, reiki, prenatal and reflexology. Many factors affect the cost of massage therapy.

Location

Massages at spas or massage studios may have higher rates than those given by a massage therapist in his or her own space or in a client’s home. The higher rates are due to the additional cost required to run a brick-and-mortar business. Massage provided in-home is often referred to as "mobile massage."

Duration

A massage typically lasts for 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Michele Sabia of Michele’s Mobile Massage Therapy, based in Butler, New Jersey, says the standard rate is $1 per minute of massage in her region.

Travel costs

Travel costs are often added on to the cost of the actual massage and generally calculated based on mileage, traffic considerations, tolls and overall time en route. For example, Michele’s Mobile Massage Therapy offers a 90-minute massage certificate for $97.50 for New Jersey-based sessions or a 90-minute certificate for $120 for New York-based sessions. The increased price for the comparable service is a result of tolls and additional travel time.

Specialized massage

Massages that require special training or intensive work from the therapist, such as neonatal infant massage, can also affect the cost. Another example is trigger point therapy, which Sabia says can range from $1.50 to $2 per minute because of the added physical effort required of the therapist.

Add-ons

Sugar scrubs, paraffin treatments, aromatherapy and other special treatments can all affect the overall cost for a massage. Lunes Lioness of Berwyn, Illinois, provides these add-ons:

  • Hot stone treatment: $25

  • Ear candling: $45

  • Aromatherapy treatment: $15

Packages

Purchasing multiple massage sessions at one time may reduce the overall cost per massage.In addition, many massage therapists offer party packages for private events such as bachelorette parties. For example, Lunes offers a free 90-minute massage to a party host or hostess when he or she has six or more paying massage guests at a private event.

Corporate events

Corporate event and festival organizers often hire chair massage services to provide short massages to guests. Sabia’s standard rate for this type of event might be $55–$65 per hour, not including travel, with the ability to see six guests per hour.

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Recent reviews

Perfect Personal Training, LLC

My girlfriends and I hired PPT to give massages for our stress relief party. Sara and Sabreena were our therapists and they were both fantastic! Coordinating with PPT was very easy, the price was more than fair, and the service was excellent. I highly recommend and will use again.

Bluebird Wellness Co.

Lauren came to my home for a massage on the day of my wedding. It was a great treat to have an in-home service with all of the extras like hot stones and essential oils for the same cost as a massage that I would get in a salon or from a bodywork place. I also appreciated that those extras were included, when they would normally be $15/per at a place where they were offered a la carte. I would refer her/schedule an appointment again!

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Cameron is a great massage therapist. I love the fact that he comes to the home for an affordable price and delivers top quality. He is very flexible with scheduling. I have been receiving massages for many years and look forward to my weekly session with Cameron. He has an awesome personality as well which adds to the overall relaxation. He knows your body well and can tell when it needs extra attention. Would recommend him without a second thought.