Massage Services

Why Should I get Massage at Rehab United?


Our massage therapists at Rehab United are some of the best in the business, all having extensive experience in working with injuries and athletes. If you’re currently a patient in physical therapy, chances are your PT is incorporating hands-on or manual treatment time with you during your session, but is it enough? Oftentimes the 15-20minutes of hands-on time your PT gets with you is just barely scratching the surface of the myofascial adhesion and restriction preventing you from progressing with your treatment. Scheduling a session with one of our massage therapists to specifically address these soft tissue limitations can be the key to finally restoring your function and freedom of movement.


If a client is also a Rehab United Physical Therapy patient, our massage therapists work in conjunction with the treating physical therapist on staff to discuss optimal treatment strategies and outcomes for that client. When a client is referred from a treatment provider outside of Rehab United, our massage therapists may request permission to communicate with that treatment provider on any precautions or contra-indications to observe during massage sessions.


Rehab United Massage & Wellness evaluates each client individually to determine the optimal technique, or variety of massage techniques and accommodates specific client requests. Therefore, we offer the same pricing for all types of massage.


Massage services are available at all Rehab United locations in the San Diego area. Click here to contact the location nearest you to schedule OR email our Director of Massage & Wellness Erynne Hill with any other questions.

Massage Types


Prior to competition, sports massage helps prepare the body for activity and complements an athlete’s regular warm-up. After competition, sports massage aids recovery by restoring the body to steady state. The major muscle groups used in the sport are the primary focus of the massage. Techniques are chosen to warm and ready the muscles, such as friction and kneading, or to calm the muscles in post-event settings, such as compression and slow rocking. Passive and active stretches are commonly used in sports massage, both pre- and post-event, to ease muscle tension while facilitating full range of motion. Sports massage is usually scheduled 1-2 days before or after the target event and because these techniques are non-invasive, sports massage is commonly done the day of competition. Rehab United Massage & Wellness provides the post-race massage for the San Diego Triathlon Series.


Deep tissue massage releases adhesions from the deep connective tissue surrounding the muscles and alleviates tension from the muscles themselves. This massage will often start with some lighter massage to prepare and warm the muscles for the deeper work. Myofascial release, cross-fiber friction, trigger point release and stretches are common in a deep tissue massage session. Clients often report tenderness, or the sensation of a “good ache”, during deep tissue massage, especially in areas of the body holding the most tension. A massage therapist trained well in deep tissue massage techniques will be able to use the appropriate depth of pressure without causing the client pain. Our massage therapists will encourage frequent client feedback during the session regarding pressure and sensation to guide their work.


Injury massage will incorporate any number of massage techniques to address an injury to the musculoskeletal system. Most often, myofascial release and deep tissue massage techniques are used to align scar tissue fibers and prevent adhesions from restricting range of motion. The massage therapist oftentimes consults with the referring physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist to become aware of any precautions or contraindications that may accompany the injury being treated.


Strain-counterstrain is a massage technique that helps alleviate muscle tension and pain by re-setting the motor neuron input to the muscle. The tight muscle is located and then passively shortened by the therapist until no tension can be detected by the therapist, and no pain is perceived by the client. The muscle is then held in this shortened position for a brief period of time, allowing the muscle to relax, and then the muscle is passively returned to its original position. Strain-counterstrain is typically done in conjunction with other massage techniques as part of an individualized treatment plan.


Massage for the expectant mother has many benefits for both momma and baby. Research reveals that prenatal massage can reduce stress hormones and anxiety, improve sleeping, and alleviate swelling and edema in the lower limbs and much more. Massage during the first trimester can be very similar to receiving massage when not pregnant in regard to positioning. Once mom and baby have entered the second and third trimesters, care is taken to support and bolter mom in a side-lying or semi-reclined position and ensure comfort for mom and baby. Special precautions are taken at every stage of the expectant mother’s ever-changing body and to avoid pressure on known labor-inducing pressure points.


Swedish massage, also sometimes called circulatory massage, is the most common type of massage given at spas and other massage facilities across the U.S.. Swedish massage is generally light in pressure and is comprised of a consistent flow of massage strokes to the skin and underlying structures. The goal of this kind of massage treatment typically is to increase circulation and promote relaxation, rather than to address a specific muscle restriction or injury.


Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a very light-pressure massage technique that gently assists the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic, or immune, system. The massage therapist will apply a light pulling or stretching to the skin to help alleviate fluid congestion brought on by allergies, chronic swelling or post-surgical inflammation. Lymphatic drainage massage can also have profound effects on the digestive system as 70% of our lymph tissue is found in the gut. This type of massage can also be highly effective in redirecting swelling away from scars or adhesions so that it does not stagnate and cause restriction. Patients who suffer from chronic lymphedema as a result of lymph system dysfunction or post-lumpectomy surgery are ideal candidates for this type of massage when advised by a physician.


Thai massage is much like passive yoga for the client – the therapist guides the client gently into stretches, which are held and released in harmony with the client’s breathing. Both the client and the massage therapist are fully clothed, and this type of massage is done on a mat on the floor instead of on a massage table. The full body stretches are combined with compressions along the body’s energy lines to alleviate congestion and promote a balanced body, mind, and spirit.

Massage Pricing

Our massage therapists evaluate each client individually to determine the optimal technique, or combination of massage techniques while also accommodating specific client requests when able. Therefore, we offer the same pricing for all types of massage and vary our prices only based on the duration of the session.

30 minutes $40
60 minutes $80
90 minutes $110
120 minutes $150

We also offer package pricing in increments of 5 and 10-sessions at the following rates:

5-Session Package 10-Session Package
30 minutes $175 $350
60 minutes $350 $650
90 minutes $425 $800
120 minutes $650 $1250


How should I dress for my massage?

You may prefer to wear loose, comfortable clothing to your massage appointment to make undressing and dressing before and after your appointment easier. Most clients choose to be completely undressed for their massage, and our massage therapists will keep you covered (draped) with the table sheets to ensure privacy during your treatment session. Only the area of the body that is being worked on will be uncovered. We also recommend leaving accessories at home if possible to avoid needing to remove them for your massage treatment.

How often should I receive massage?

This question is best addressed with your massage therapist and/or physical therapist based on your reason for seeking massage in the first place. Some conditions may warrant coming in once or twice a week for several weeks in a row while others may need only once or twice a month.

How do I schedule a massage?

You can schedule most appointments through our Mindbody Online scheduler. If you are not already a registered user, click here and create a username and password for yourself. You can then navigate the system to book the type of appointment, duration and massage therapist you would like. Want to use your mobile device to schedule? No problem – simply download the Mindbody Connect app and you’re ready to go! If you prefer to schedule with the help of our front office staff, please call or stop by any of our 4 locations. We are happy to help you during our normal business hours.

Do you take walk-in appointments?

We do occasionally have space times available for walk-in appointments, but we highly recommend calling before you come in to check availability.

Should I tip my massage therapist?

Tipping is always at the discretion of the client. If you feel your practitioner provided you with excellent service, a monetary gratuity is greatly appreciated.

For our massage and acupuncture services, you have the option to schedule online, in person or by calling any of our 4 locations.