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How Much Does Massage Cost?

 
average costGyms: $30-$50 for 30-45 minutes; $50-$90 for 45-60 minuteshigh costPrivate Therapists: $60-$120 for 45-60 minutes
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Massage fees are set by length of appointments, which are typically 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes. Rates are similar for the many different types of massage[1] , but adding hot stones, aromatherapy or other services adds 10-20 percent. Fees are lower in the Midwest, and highest in coastal regions and urban centers. While there is typically little difference in fees among spas, gyms or specialty clinics, rates at hotel and resort spas are typically 30 to 50 percent higher.

Typical costs:

  • Fees at clinics, gyms and spas range from $30-$50 for 30-45 minutes, to $50-$90 for 45-60 minutes. Hotels or resort fees are $50-$70 for 30-45 minutes, amd $85-$125 for 45-60 minutes.
  • Couples packages (friends usually allowed) massages range from $120-$220 for 60 minutes. Service is usually performed side by side.
  • Prenatal massages are often limited to hour-long sessions so as not to overwork the mother's muscles and blood flow. Fees range from $80-$150 for 45-60 minutes.
  • Aromatherapy massage -- adding scented oils like lavender and jasmine to enhance relaxation -- is often 10-20 percent higher than regular massage.
  • Fees for hot stone massage -- which penetrates muscles with deep heat by incorporating flat, smooth stones soaked in 135-degree water -- range from $85-$100 for 45-60 minutes.
  • Chair massage -- service just for the neck, shoulders and head -- is offered at airports and shopping malls. Fees range from $30-$40 for 30 minutes or around $1 per minute for shorter sessions. About.com offers a list of airport massage companies[2] .
What should be included:
  • A therapist should be certified by an accredited instructional program or have chiropractic training. MassageTherapy.com offers a directory of 48,000 licensed massage therapists.
  • Therapists should begin each appointment by asking if there are any painful places on your body they should avoid, what particular region of the body you would like them to work, and how much pressure you prefer.
  • Therapists often use oil to aid the movement of their hands around the skin. Some also use lotion at the end to leave the skin moisturized. Soothing background music is often played to enhance relaxation.
  • MassageTherapy.com provides information on what to expect during an appointment[3] . SpaFinder.com provides tips on general spa etiquette[4] , including booking procedures and what to wear.
  • Discounts:
  • Massage schools occasionally offer discounts for massages performed by student therapists. Rates are typically $30-$40 per hour. NaturalHealers.com features a nationwide directory of schools[5] .
Additional costs:
  • Tipping: Many therapists expect tips of 15 to 20 percent, but not all spas, clinics or private practitioners accept gratuity.
Shopping for massage:
  • MassageTherapy.com lists massage therapists nationwide who are registered with ABMP.
  • Spa Finder Magazine offers a nationwide directory of spas[6] . Search for those that offer massage once you enter your location.
  • HealthClubDirectory.com offers a database of more than 8,000 fitness centers nationwide[7] . Search for those that offer massage once you enter your location.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Seattle Marty C
Amount: $340.00
Posted by: Cami in Seattle, WA.Posted: April 17th, 2015 07:04PM
Marty I am a LMP of 11 yrs around the Seattle area. It is normal for chiropractor offices to bill insurance 140-160 per massage. The insurance company will pay a percentage so it depends on what company you are with. Most offices don't actually get as much as they bill for unless it's car insurance or lni. The LMP usually is an employee so they get a set price per client typically and that is anywhere from 20-40 an hr and average pay is around 25. So its unfortunate and sad you had this experience. Not all lmps or businesses charge the client this much that's ridiculous.
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chiropractors office
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tarnji Navie in Bundaberg, Other.Posted: April 13th, 2015 08:04AM
Type: trigger point therapySpa or Shop:: chiropractor
My God I would not think that was normal I would feel totally violated!
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Massage Specialist at Chiropractors office
Amount: $340.00
Posted by: Marty C in Seattle, WA.Posted: December 30th, 2014 09:12PM
Type: Back massageSpa or Shop:: chiropractor
Thought $30.00 co-pay was all I had to pay. My UHC insurance says 17 covered per year. They only covered 2. BUT $340.00 ?????? Way over priced. Doesn't this sound like a rip-off? Not if or what I owe now. Won't be going back there.
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Prices of Massage and Clients
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: mochamassage in Tuscola, IL.Posted: March 23rd, 2013 11:03AM
Type: Swedish or Deep tissueSpa or Shop:: Private therapist/ Chiro
I am a Massage Therapist. Answering to Cats Meows post, I didn't know that you could have a business for WOMEN ONLY. Is that legal? I would say ~50% of my clients are men, which are from the women getting their husbands in to work on the sore areas or tight back/neck,etc. But, She is missing out on a LOT of clients! I live in the Midwest, $50 is the average price here.
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Massage
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Cats Meow in Pawtucket, RI.Posted: February 16th, 2013 01:02PM
Type: Deep TissueSpa or Shop:: Private Therapist
Dr. Von ~ View Of Healthy Body Renewal Offers Several Types Of Massage In A Truly Relaxing Environment. I went in for a regular massage for 60 ( for 1 hr ) But, I received a deep tissue massage which is normally $ 20 more. However, after coming from the gym she suggested the deep tissue ( No Charge ). I gave her the extra $20 anyway (as a tip). With 25 years of experience I trusted her judgment. Came back a few weeks later for a steam facial. $ 30. Seemed a little high priced but, I was allowed to take a nice long shower after my massage. Then a light lotion rub after that. I was there for 2 hours total. Good Deal ! Not sure if this allowed ? Her website is http://healthybodyrenewal.com For Women ONLY
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My Massage Experience
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Judy B. in Honeoye Falls, NY.Posted: March 31st, 2011 01:03AM
Type: Swedish & Deep TissueSpa or Shop:: Office & Yoga Studio
75 minutes for $60. Unheard of! I had a great experience and the pain in the hip joint is no more!
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chiropractors office
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: a user in cranberry twp, PA.Posted: August 26th, 2010 12:08PM
Type: trigger point therapySpa or Shop:: chiropractor
I went to a chiropractor,for trigger point therapy only.He did some tapping in the front of my lower private part,between legs near private part,both sides,is this normal?I have Myofascial pain syndrome/overlapping symtoms of fibromyalgia.Please answer,Thanks.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.massagetherapy.com/glossary/index.php
  2.  spas.about.com/od/dayspas/a/airportspas.htm
  3.  www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/whattoexpect.php
  4.  www.spafinder.com/spaguide/etiquette.htm
  5.  www.naturalhealers.com/feat-massage.shtml
  6.  www.spafinder.com/search/index.jsp
  7.  www.healthclubdirectory.com/
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