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Sports massage helps treat and prevent injuries sustained during athletic pursuits. It can reduce pain and swelling, relax the mind, increase flexibility and improve recovery rates. Massage can even enhance the body’s immunity. A sports massage before an athletic event can stimulate muscles; after an event, it can flush toxins and normalize muscle tissues. Maintenance massage in between events helps keep the body limber and reduces aches and pains. Many massage therapists specialize in sports massage. Some have their own offices, and some will come to clients’ locations.

Hourly

Most sports massage therapists charge by the hour. Here are some hourly pricing examples:

  • Be Well Massage Therapy of Haddonfield, New Jersey: $45 for a 30-minute sports massage, $60 for 45 minutes, $75 for 60 minutes, $90 for 75 minutes and $105 for 90 minutes.

  • Massage by Olivier of New York: $120 for a 60-minute sports massage and $160 for 90 minutes

  • L.E.S. Acupuncture & Bodywork of New York: $55 for 30 minutes, $85 for 60 minutes and $115 for 90 minutes

  • Lauren Groth LMT of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania: $65 for one hour

Mobile

While many therapists have their own offices, some go to clients’ locations. Some therapists charge an extra travel fee, and some simply build the expense into their flat or hourly rates. Here are some examples of on-location sports massage:

Packages

Some providers offer package deals when clients purchase multiple massages at one time. For example, Be Well Massage Therapy offers a three-massage package for $210 (a $15 savings over purchasing three individual massages) and a five-massage package for $350 (a $25 savings).

Extras

Some massage therapists charge extra for enhancements. For example, Massage by Wen of Rosedale, New York, charges $10 for aromatherapy.

Tipping

Some massage therapists include gratuity in their rates. If not, it’s common practice to tip 10 percent or 15 percent or more, depending on how satisfied the client is with the massage.

Cost-saving strategies

Ask about discounts. For example, Massage by Olivier offers $20 off to first-time customers. Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage in New York knocks $5 off the price every time a customer checks in on Yelp. Weekday appointments are sometimes slightly less expensive, and some insurance providers cover sports massage. Take advantage of package deals for multiple massages at a reduced rate.

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