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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near University Place, WA

5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Iris seriously works magic on on sore achy muscles. She genuinely cares about her clients needs and adjusts accordingly. I’ve never been comfortable with getting massages by anyone until her. She has a very comfortable energy that just sets you at ease. I can not sing her praises enough! I swear this woman has magic hands or something, because I have had other massage therapists work on me and no one....I mean no one makes my back feel like ‘butta’, but she does EVERY time! I’m never disappointed, only that it’s over lol."
$60
estimated cost
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
GREAT VALUE
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Great massage really helped my lower back and left shoulder"
$70
estimated cost
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4.9
from 41 reviews
4.9
(41)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
"Oh, I needed that! A fantastic massage. Katie was responsive, punctual, and professional. I had a deep tissue massage and will definitely request her services again. Highly recommended."
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4.8
from 44 reviews
4.8
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
"Fantastic! My wife, my 84 year old dad, and I needed a therapeutic treat after a difficult loss of a loved one. We couldn't really travel anywhere, so Jessica offered to come to our home. What a pleasant surprise! She is excellent both in technique and in knowledge. She gave me and my wife an excellent deep-tissue massage, focusing on our problem areas, then gave my frail father a wonderful Swedish relaxation massage - first massage he'd ever had. He talked non-stop and she was so gracious about it. He can't stop telling us how great it was. My wife and I get massages at high-end places fairly often, and Jessica is as good as any we've had anywhere."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"I LOVED my massage by Bethany! She tends to your specific needs! I have another appointment with her and was even able to convince hubby to make an appointment!"
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5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"Keveyonna is very professional. She took the time to go over and explain different massage options and why one would be better for me than the other. I am a person who likes very deep tissue massage and she was honest enough to let me know that she may not be the right therapist for me. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone."
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4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"A massage with Sara is always a life saver! She has a wonderful manner and seems to know how to smooth out those rough & tense spots in your body. I know I am in "excellent hands" on Sara's table!! Just love her❤️"
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5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Julie gives the best massage. If you want relax sore muscles then look no further. Julie listens to your needs and customizes the massage just for you. Julie rocks!!!!"
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4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"I had a wonderful session of Yoga Nidra with Krystina. It was my first time trying this type of yoga and I enjoyed it very much. It was calm and relaxing. I plan to start using it as my everyday method of meditation. Krystina was an excellent teacher and I would definitely use her again."
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5.0
from 16 reviews
5.0
(16)
  • 21 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Nicole Gatchell has been our Massage Therapist for some years now. She has definitely been helpful to us, especially my wife's hip and leg pain. Nicole is friendly, puts you at ease, and, most importantly, I can truly say that both of us have always felt better after one of her treatments."
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Q & A

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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.

What is a Swedish style massage?

Swedish massage is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, according to the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, as well as to relieve depression and anxiety and aid in recuperation from chronic illness. Swedish massage is also referred to as classical massage, and — contrary to popular understanding — does not originate from Sweden. There are five main strokes, or movements, that make up a Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Each technique was created to help soothe, stimulate, soften, and rejuvenate muscles and other soft tissue.

During a Swedish style massage, the client will lie on a massage table in a comfortable position — usually facedown to start. Clients can choose to be clothed or nude; if they are nude, the massage therapist will drape them with a cloth so they are never exposed. A Swedish massage typically lasts from 45 to 120 minutes, depending on client need and pricing agreement. During the massage, the therapist typically employs all of the stroke techniques as a way to ease any tension in the body. Swedish massage is one of the most gentle types of massage and is known for being soothing and relaxing.

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.

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.

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.
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