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4.5
from 6 reviews
4.5
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GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"I had the most wonderful massage from Claudia. She will forever be my go-to from here on out! I have had a handful of massages elsewhere, but never with this level of personalized care, attention, and valuable information that I can incorporate within my life as I go about my day. Claudia is so friendly and super knowledgable. I am recommending her to everyone I know!"

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4.9
from 15 reviews
4.9
(15)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"As an MS patient and a restaurant owner, stress takes its toll on my body. The pain seems to mainly dwell on my upper back and neck. If it wasn't for Aaron I would still be in extreme pain and discomfort. Aaron knew exactly what to do to relieve the tension. He is very professional and a great guy. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a good message or therapy for aches and pains."
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5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Doreena was fantastic. My wife and I both went for a massage. She was great. I even asked her to give me some pointers on how to massage my wife, and she showed me some of her techniques. The massage she gave me really relaxed me and relieved the pain I was having in my neck for a few days. I slept like a baby that night. I am hoping to go back for another massage in a couple weeks. Wish I could afford more."
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4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
(10)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"If you are looking for the most relaxing and effective massage in the Pittsburgh area, look no further. Alexis Willson at Inner Space Bodywork offers by far the best massage I've ever had. She is highly skilled, professional, friendly and leaves your muscles feeling like a million bucks. I will definitely utilize her services from here on out and recommend her to everyone I know. "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 23 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"I was comfortable with Rob right away. He made me feel relaxed and safe inviting him into my space. During our session I felt a deep sense of calmness. I let go of tension in areas I didn't even realize I was holding any. I definitely recommend getting a Reiki treatment from Rob."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Lori was amazing! She gave me one of the best massages I have ever had. She was right on time, professional and courteous. I recommend her very highly."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"I started seeing Tim for massage therapy for neck pain related to severe whiplash. The results were so remarkable I decided to try his training program. In following through with all of his excellent training techniques I was able to overcome the pain and limited mobility caused by torn meniscus in both knees. Prior to training with Tim I had trouble squatting and walking long distances. I am now able to run again! I recently ran two 5Ks and a 10K, and I can squat with 55 lbs.of weight on my shoulders. I have been training with Tim for two years and the results have been amazing. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. With his nutritional guidance I have lost 60 lbs. But even more surprising to me, I have dropped 7 dress sizes! The exercise program he gave me completely resculpted my shape so that I now wear a size two (2) which I have never worn before even at the same weight as I am now. In summary I highly recommend Tim for both massage and personal training. It has completely changed my body and my life for the better!"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Great massage therapy. We booked for ourselves, our employees, and some of our friends. Everyone has been thrilled with their massage with treatments from deep tissue to relaxation."
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Stacey is absolutely amazing.. I have pain in my lower back especially when it is cold outside. It has really helped comfort the pain i been having. Her massages nearly had me falling asleep haha.. I highly recommend Stacey for your massaging needs. I will be going back for sure and i am looking to plan a group massage party with Stacey as well. I guarantee you will be very satisfied with the results."
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 8 years in business
"I am a registered nurse and I have been working with Jason and wife for 10+ years. Not only have they helped me and my family physically, but the experience was both enjoyable and educational. Jason is extremely knowledgeable of the how's and why's of physical ailments and the steps to combat, stop or repair them. His approach individually identifies just how physical ailments and lifestyle choices effect the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual facets of a body. In my healthcare experience, this holistic practice far exceeds traditional medicine's approach. Excellent and thorough care. Thank you Jason!"
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What are the different types of physical therapy?

Physical therapists work with people who have been injured or people who are ill to improve their movement and help them manage their pain. The U.S. Department of Labor explains that physical therapists “are often an important part of rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.” Physical therapists can also choose to specialize in one of nine areas. According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, these areas of specialization are:

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports and
  • Women's Health

 

The national average cost for a physical therapist is $60 to $80, although it will cost more if the patient is paying for services out of pocket rather than through insurance. If you have insurance and want to work with a physical therapist for a specialty area, such as oncology or geriatrics, you may need a referral from your general practitioner. Patients who are paying directly for services can often contact the physical therapist directly.

What exactly does a physical therapist do?

A physical therapist is a health care provider who assists patients with mobility improvement and pain management. Often patients are referred to a physical therapist by a primary care doctor or specialist for help recovering from a surgery or traumatic injury, such as a car crash. Physical therapists help patients manage pain that results from chronic disease and other illness. Physical therapy can help enhance mobility when patients are faced with neurological disorders, such as after a stroke, and provide relief from arthritis or other mobility and pain issues.   

A physical therapist uses medical exercise equipment and exercises to empower patients to regain flexibility and mobility where possible. They may use treadmills, steps, medicine balls, resistance bands, isometric exercises, weights and more to improve muscle control and movement. A physical therapist uses physical movement to help heal the patient, but also can sometimes prescribe medication as appropriate. A physical therapist can also become board certified in one of nine specialty areas.

Why is physical therapy important?

Physical therapy can help you recover range of motion and ease pain after injury, accident or illness. Many people are prescribed physical therapy by their primary care doctor or specialist after a car accident, surgery or sports-related injury. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to start physical therapy, but unless you are paying out of pocket for the services, your insurance provider might require a referral. Physical therapy is also a medical solution for pain associated with chronic illness such as osteoarthritis and can be used for recovery after a stroke or other neurological disorders.

Physical therapy teaches you how to move your body in a safe and healing way to regain strength and movement. During a physical therapy session, the PT will teach you to use medical exercise equipment and approved exercises to regain your lost flexibility and improve your mobility where possible. You may use treadmills, steps, medicine balls, resistance bands, isometric exercises, weights and more. From young children to seniors, patients of any age can benefit from the science-based movements and exercises that encourage flexibility, rebuild muscle, and ease stiff joints.

What is Thai massage?

Thai massage, also called Thai yoga massage, combines acupressure and assisted yoga postures. Thai massage is based on the flow of energy through the body and focuses on energy lines called “sen.” It doesn’t use oils or lotions and, instead of rubbing muscles, the massage therapist compresses, pulls, stretches and rocks the recipient’s body to promote the flow of energy through these sen. In this form of massage therapy, practitioners use their hands, knees, legs and feet to apply deep muscle compression and stretch the body. It’s often performed on a mat on the floor instead of on a massage table. Like most forms of massage, Thai massage is used to relieve stress, improve range of motion and enhance flexibility. Some people also use Thai massage to address a range of health issues, including:  

  • Relieving tension headaches
  • Decreasing back pain
  • Reducing joint stiffness and pain
  • Stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Boosting energy

Because a traditional Thai massage session covers all of the muscles in your body, it typically lasts 90 minutes to 120 minutes.

How much do you tip a massage therapist?

All forms of massage therapy, from Thai massage to Swedish massage to deep tissue massage, are similar to other spa or hospitality services. So it’s appropriate to tip a massage therapist the standard hospitality rate of 15 percent to 20 percent of the cost of the session. For example, the national average cost for a deep tissue massage is $70-$90, so expect to tip $12-$18. Of course, you can always tip more or less depending on your experience, especially if you’ve opted for extra services. For example, expect to tip more for a couple’s hot stone massage session that includes aromatherapy. Also, if you’re paying with a gift certificate or coupon, or purchasing a discounted multi-session package, make sure to calculate your tip based on the full price of the massage.

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