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Popular Types of Massage in Chicago, Illinois

For thousands of years, across cultures, people have put their bodies in the hands of skilled professionals to promote healing and relaxation through massage.


Chicagoans work hard and play hard, so it’s no wonder that we often end up with muscles tighter than the Kennedy in rush hour. Most everyone could use a little pampering, and who would say no to feeling more relaxation and less pain?


Chicagoans are lucky, however, because the city has a wide variety of expert massage therapists specializing in a variety of techniques that will leave you feeling relaxed and energized to take on daily life in the Windy City. But how do you know what type of massage is right for you?


The Most Popular Types of Massage


Swedish Massage


What is it? The most common type of massage available. Focuses on promoting relaxation, easing any physical soreness, and improving circulation in large muscle groups.


Approach: Therapists use long, firm strokes and kneading pressure to gently loosen muscles and may include aromatherapy oils.


Benefits: Reduction in muscular tension and fatigue, stronger immune system, improved mood, and more.


What to Expect: Sessions usually last between 30 and 90 minutes and cost on average $50–100.


Deep Tissue Massage


What is it? Targets scar tissues or “adhesions” from previous injuries or recurring problem areas to reduce pain and improve mobility by manipulating muscles and soft tissues.


Approach: Therapists use their hands and elbows to stretch and apply pressure with and against the grain of muscles to penetrate soft tissue.


Benefits: Pain reduction, accelerated healing from injuries, greater mobility and flexibility, and more.


What to Expect: Sessions can last 30–90 minutes and on average set you back $60–150.


Thai Massage


What is it? Sometimes called “lazy yoga,” Thai massage is a traditional bodywork practice that focuses on manual manipulation of the entire body by a skilled massage therapist.


Approach: Like the intense massage techniques practiced at Chicago Bodywork, patients lie on the floor as a therapist eases you through yoga stretches, massages muscles, and applies acupressure to specific parts of the body using hands, feet, elbows, and knees.


Benefits: Feelings of balance, relaxation, and increased energy.


What to Expect: On average, sessions last 60–120 minutes and cost between $80–200.


Pro Tip: Unlike other massages, patients remain fully clothed and should wear loose and comfortable clothing.


How to Find the Best Massage in Chicago


No matter what approach you’re looking for, booking an appointment with Chicago’s best massage therapists is as simple as downloading the Booksy app or browsing the above listings. Get booking!