Find a deep tissue massage therapists in San Diego, CA

Find deep tissue massage therapists in San Diego, CA

Find deep tissue massage therapists in San Diego, CA

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Find deep tissue massage therapists in San Diego, CA

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Top 10 deep tissue massage therapists in San Diego, CA

Clients agree: these therapists are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Jasmine Healing Center

Jasmine Healing Center

4 hires on Thervo
2+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Leticia C. says, "Nadia is so good at what she does. I’ve been seeing Nadia since she gave me a prenatal massage four years ago and was so excited when she re-opened after COVID restrictions were lifted. I always look forward to my 60 minute sessions with her." Read more


12 hires on Thervo
14+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Elisena S. says, "She was very friendly ,calm .and did a very good job .I will contact her in the future let say for my birthday. I was so happy that I found such a great therapist like her." Read more
JustinCredible Massage

JustinCredible Massage

19+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Mikey V. says, "Amazing experience from start to finish. Justin is the only massage therapist that I've used for deep tissue work for the past 3 years. He gives incredible tactile pressure the entire time and I highly recommend his massages to anyone." Read more
Sopak Massage

Sopak Massage

New on Thervo
Serves San Diego, CA
Good for trigger point and relaxing Have knowledge from 2 massage schools more than 1,000 hours and have experience more than 5 years

Your deep tissue massage questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does a deep tissue massage cost?

A deep tissue massage costs $80 to $120 per hour on average, depending on location and the therapist's experience. Rates are higher for in-home deep tissue massage, costing $100 to $130 per hour for the added convenience and reduced stress of not having to leave your home or deal with traffic.

  • Adding extras like aromatherapy or reflexology to your session increases the cost by $10 to $50+, depending on the service.
  • Most therapists offer a discounted rate when purchasing 5+ sessions at once.

What is a deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage involves firm pressure and slow, smooth strokes to sink deep into the layers of muscle and connective tissue. Rather than just focusing on relaxation like Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage aims to reduce chronic pain and stiffness by breaking down knots and adhesions that are restricting movement and causing tightness and discomfort.

Using their hands, forearm, elbow, or specially designed massage tools, the therapist may use one or several techniques during a deep tissue massage, including:

  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Cross-fiber friction
  • Muscle stripping

Does deep tissue massage hurt?

No, deep tissue massage should never hurt. While you may feel some soreness for a day or two after a massage, you should not feel pain during the massage. Always communicate with your therapist if you feel pain during the session. Experiencing pain during a massage can cause your muscles to tense and tighten more, resulting in the opposite effect that most people are seeking when they schedule a massage.

Can you get a deep tissue massage while pregnant?

Most doctors and therapists recommend avoiding deep tissue massage during pregnancy, especially deep pressure to the legs that could dislodge a blood clot. Prenatal Swedish massage using gentle pressure and avoiding the abdomen can help lower stress, decrease leg and back pain, and improve sleep and mood. However, be sure to discuss any type of massage with your doctor first to confirm it will not put you or your baby at risk.

How long should you wait in between deep tissue massages?

Most therapists recommend waiting at least 48 hours in between deep tissue massages, to allow the system to rebalance itself after such deep bodywork. A general scheduling guideline is to get a deep tissue massage once per month at minimum or up to 3 times per week to manage pain and stress, always leaving at least a 2-day gap between sessions.

How much do you tip for a deep tissue massage?

Tipping a deep tissue massage therapist 15% to 20% is common in most areas. You do not need to tip for a deep tissue massage at a medical office or hospital where the therapy is often covered by insurance. If your therapist works for a spa or non-medical setting, a good amount of what you pay goes to the facility, not the therapist. While tipping is not required, it can make a significant difference in a massage therapist's take-home income.

  • Most therapists prefer a cash tip so they don't have to wait for it in their paycheck.
  • If you are using a gift certificate or a coupon, calculate your tip based on the full price of the service.
  • Consider tipping more during the holidays if you see the same massage therapist regularly.

How do I choose the best deep tissue massage near me?

When researching deep tissue massage therapy services near you, be sure to:

  • Choose a licensed and insured company or therapist that has been in business for at least 5 years.
  • Confirm their licensing information. Most states have an online database where you can look up a therapist's license information and status.
  • If your state does not regulate massage therapy, look for a therapist specializing in deep tissue massage with at least 500 hours of training from a reputable massage therapy school.
  • Search for members of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) or the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
  • Read their reviews on Google and Thervo.

What questions should I ask when searching for deep tissue massage therapist?

Ask these questions to help you choose the best deep tissue massage therapist near you:

  • What training and certifications do you have?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How long have you been a massage therapist?
  • Will deep tissue massage help my specific problem?
  • What add-on services do you offer, and how much extra do they cost?
  • Do you require a health questionnaire?
  • Do you offer a discount if I buy several sessions in advance?

Reviews for San Diego deep tissue massage therapists

Recent success stories from people in the San Diego area.
Patricia K.
Jasmine healing center was very personable, on time, clean, deeply relaxing massage, and healing. I recommend the full body scrub with Nadia.
Jasmine healing center
Pamela F.
Lisa was very friendly as well as professional. She did a great job of giving my husband & I a nice relaxing massage. We will use her again!
Ben P.
"JustinCredible" lives up to his name. He is professional, personable, methodical, precise, and strong; Justin provides world class body work. There is a genuine serenity, a calm strength about Justin that transmits a sense of trust, that somehow you intuitively know he isn't there for the payday... and the results prove it. He listened to, but more importantly understood, what was bothering me and focused deeply on those areas, unlike like so many others who address issues fleetingly because their eye is on the clock and they feel they have to finish their "routine". I've been searching for several years for someone that can provide this level of body work and now I can stop looking. -Ben
JustinCredible Massage
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