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Do massage therapists offer remote or virtual services?

Ask massage therapists near you about the possibility of remote services. You might come across profiles that state the therapist is offering remote services such as lessons and techniques you can do on your own, with a friend or with a partner.

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.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

How much are pregnancy massages?

Prenatal massages can be a safe and therapeutic way to alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy. A prenatal massage can promote a sense of relaxation and well-being for expectant mothers. The national average cost for a pregnancy massage ranges between $70 and $90. The cost of a pregnancy massage will vary depending on where you live, the length of the massage, and the massage therapist. Typically, the longer a massage, the higher the cost. Some massage therapists charge the same rate per minute, regardless of massage length, while others charge less per minute for longer appointments. Here are two examples of average prenatal massage costs:

  • Therapist A: Offers a 30-minute massage for $45, 45 minutes for $60, 60 minutes for $75, 75 minutes for $90 and 90 minutes for $105.
  • Therapist B: offers a 30-minute massage for $45, a 60-minute massage for $85, a 90-minute massage for $115 and a 120-minute massage for $145.

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.

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.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the purpose of a deep tissue massage?

There are many reasons to get a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage can release adhesions — also known as knots — that are causing painful tension in your muscles. Deep tissue massage can promote healing and ease discomfort related to illnesses such as cancer, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic neck or back pain, depression, and more, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. If you have an old sports injury such as shin splints, or a bad back from an old car accident, deep tissue massage can promote healing in your traumatized and scarred soft tissues and get you on the road to recovery. The strokes and techniques used in deep tissue massage work to lengthen soft tissue structures that have stiffened and hardened into knotty adhesions that allow minimal movement. Deep tissue massage can loosen these adhesions so that long-standing scar tissue releases and you can gain more mobility and more freedom from stiffness and pain. And it just feels good. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for Missouri City massage therapists
Frank W.
Great massage! Professional, great massage and very relaxing
My Massage CareMy Massage Care
Frank W.
Trey Lorenzo SpaTrey Lorenzo Spa
Tom M.
Great massage !
Sam’s Massage & BodyworkSam’s Massage & Bodywork
Tia A.
My massage was absolutely the best! I highly recommend!
Massage evolutionMassage evolution
Thumbtack Customer
I get a lot of massages and have tried many therapists. My massage from Danelis was fantastic and exactly what I needed. The experience was very thorough from beginning to end, and she was very professional. I felt very comfortable having her in my home and plan on using her for regular massages from now on.
Professional Advanced Massage Therapy by Daneli...Professional Advanced Massage Therapy by Daneli...
Corinthian B.
She’s great! I can’t wait until my next massage.
Anastasia’s Therapeutics & Healing TouchAnastasia’s Therapeutics & Healing Touch
Katelyn K.
Amazing job. Everything was very personal. Outstanding individualization and expertise. I need more massages.
Jasmine C.
Anastacia was AMAZING!!! My husband and I throughly enjoyed our couples massage. I definitely recommend her. 💕
Anastasia’s Therapeutics & Healing TouchAnastasia’s Therapeutics & Healing Touch
Jesse R.
I appreciated Jacqueline fitting me in so quickly. She does a good job communicating to make sure I got the type of massage I wanted.
Therapeutic Massage by JacTherapeutic Massage by Jac
Renaja B.
Sedrick was absolutely amazing! He is a professional, experienced and knowledgeable masseuse. He thoroughly worked through my problem areas. Sedrick was very punctual and ensured that I received every second of my session. He went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable throughout our session. I feel amazing and way less tense as compared to before our session. This is one of the only massages that I can actually say have long lasting effects (I usually am back in pain by now). I am very pleased with this massage and can not wait to book another appointment. If you’re looking for a great, relaxing and effective massage with a therapist who knows what they’re doing, please don’t hesitate to book with Sedrick!
Aley B.
We had a couples massage and were both extremely satisfied with their work. They arrived on time, very professional and overall gave us a great experience. My husband and I will definitely be calling them again!
Concierge Functional Wellness, LLCConcierge Functional Wellness, LLC
Jackie B.
Thank you Richard for responding to me right away and helping me make a last minute appointment for my mother. She love the massage and her mother gift. We will going to you again soon.
Welcome MassageWelcome Massage
Fabiola R.
Very profesional, she is very knowledgeable of what kind of massage you need depending on what kind of procedure you got done, I was very pleased with the first visit and I will continue my treatment with her
Carolina Pintos Therapy | Lymphatic MassageCarolina Pintos Therapy | Lymphatic Massage
Anne C.
James is a very talented masseuse. He provides so much more than just a standard massage and focuses to address the specific needs of his client. His knowledge of Chinese medicine only enhances his skill. We are now permanent clients because of his quality of service!
Meridian therapy with JamesMeridian therapy with James
Arialla M.
Courtney was amazing! Very professional as well. I work from home on a computer all day so my back and shoulders always hurt. Courtney did a deep tissue massage with high pressure and left me feeling light as a feather and super relaxed. Will definitely be scheduling with her again.
Complete Massage Kneads by Courtney WilliamsComplete Massage Kneads by Courtney Williams
Karen P.
Found Nneka while looking for a massage to gift a friend for his birthday. She responded quickly, has very reasonable pricing, was easy to set up, showed up on time, and my friend was soooo incredibly impressed. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent and dependable mobile masseuse
Renaja B.
Steve was perfect! I surprised my mom with an in-house massage for her birthday. Steve did so fantastic that my mom is still talking about how loose and relaxed she is. She really enjoyed the aroma therapy and Steve's expertise with hot stones. He really made it easy for me to give back to my mom because she is more than deserving. Thank you Steve for being awesome.
The De-Stressor, LLC---Massage TherapyThe De-Stressor, LLC---Massage Therapy
Tavia S.
I really enjoyed my massage session with Ms. Anastasia she was very professional, punctual and thorough. Her spirit was very welcoming as if I have known her for years. During the session she focused on areas that were very tender and ensured I was okay. I would definitely recommend Ms. Anastasia as your therapist because she loves what she does and it shows through her work. Thank you and look forward to seeing you again. Tavia S.
Anastasia’s Therapeutics & Healing TouchAnastasia’s Therapeutics & Healing Touch
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