The average cost for a massage is $75 an hour. Hiring a massage therapist for a one-hour massage, you will likely spend between $50 and $90. The price of a massage can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local massage therapists or get free estimates from pros near you.
While there are multiple types of massage available, they all involve the application of pressure to the body, usually using hands, but often using feet, elbows, or a massage device.
An average hourly price for a massage is $75, but with cost, you also need to take the following into consideration:
All massage professionals must be licensed in their states, and while you may find some who have to do a certain number of massage hours to graduate and don’t charge, the average massage will cost you at least $50 an hour.
Factor in the location of the clinic, knowledge and skill level of the massage therapist, and travel time (if relevant), and you might find yourself being charged more than double that. A massage usually runs from thirty minutes to two hours and is priced accordingly. Some sample pricing from around the country includes:
It seems that relaxation massages are the lowest in price, whereas massages that require more effort on the part of the massage therapist, or a higher degree of certification, cost more.
For instance, Healing Touch Massage in Grants Pass, OR, charges $75/hour for a deep tissue massage vs. $65/hour for a Swedish massage.
Some clinic only offer massage, while many others include other services that promote a more holistic approach to physical wellness.
Serenity Massage & Bodywork in Whitinsville, MA, also offers reflexology, cupping, polarity, and reiki starting at $70 per hour.
Eastern Market Wellness in Detroit, MI, also offers herbal care, nutritional planning, reiki, and Thai massage (traditional Thai massage using no oils or lotions). They charge $75/hour, or $140/hour for a couple’s massage.
Online ratings and reviews are one of the most efficient ways of assessing the quality and manner of a massage therapist. Many base their reviews on the degree of pain relief a massage can bring rather than the massage therapist’s number of years in practice.
While all massage therapists should be licensed, many are also certified in treating other aspects of muscular and physical health.
For example, Kaitlin of Performance Health in Windsor, ON, graduated from Canadian College of Health, Science and Technology. Along with her background in massage therapy, Kaitlin is also an established dance instructor and choreographer. She charges $75/hour.
The massage therapist at Effective Massage in Providence, RI, is board certified in both medical massage and manual lymph drainage, and is currently working on oncology patients at the Cancer Institute of Rhode Island. Her prices start at $55/hour.
In order of cost based on location, a massage will cost the most at a day spa, followed by a clinic. A massage therapist who comes to your home or office will cost less (although keep the travel cost of $25-$50 in mind), and some even set up a chair at local stores.
Massage therapists can frequently be booked for 5-10-minute chair massages at business or corporate events, and they can provide multiple therapists if needed.
Many massage therapists will give a discount to new patients or to those who purchase a series of treatments. For instance, Suspire in Cedar Park, TX, gives up to 50 percent discounts for each additional hour of massage therapy, or for senior citizens, service-oriented employees, and regular clients.
Chi Wellness in Fort Lauderdale, FL, offers credits worth $75 at reduced prices: $550 for ten and $285 for five. Their prices start at $75/hour for a Chi massage—a Swedish massage with stretching and compression techniques.
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