A sports massage costs $75 to $125 per hour on average. Mobile, in-home sports massage costs $100 to $130 per hour. Prices vary greatly by location and the therapist's experience and reputation. Some therapists offer special rates for first-time customers. If you're looking for ongoing therapy, you can typically save on the cost per session by purchasing multiple sessions at once.
Tipping 15% to 20% for a sports massage, or for any type of massage or spa treatment, is common in most areas. If your therapist works in a non-medical office or spa, part of your fee goes to the facility instead of the therapist. As such, while tipping is not necessarily required, doing so can make a significant impact on a therapist's take-home pay.
Sports massage is a therapeutic massage that can help increase circulation, reduce pain, promote quicker recovery, and improve mobility. The therapist uses a combination of deep tissue techniques, including kneading, wringing, trigger point therapy, compression massage, muscle stripping, and assisted stretching to release muscle tension and promote relaxation, which can, in turn, improve performance and prevent injury.
For sports massage focusing on the upper half of the body, massage therapists typically recommend removing any clothing on your top half if you are comfortable doing so, as it allows them to work into the muscles more smoothly. The therapist should keep you covered with a sheet or towel during the session and only expose the area on which they are working. You may also leave a bra on that you or the therapist can unclip to access your back when you are laying on the table, and then re-clip once they are finished in that area.
For sports massage focusing on the lower half of the body, short tights or sports shorts that can be rolled up work well. Alternatively, you can wear underwear. Again, your therapist should keep you covered during the session and only expose the part of the body they are working on at the moment.
Avoid wearing full-length sports tights or a sports bra that does not clip, as these items make it very difficult for the therapist to access your muscles.
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