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Cost of hiring a massage therapist

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Based on 9,390 cost profiles



Based on 9,390 cost profiles

Costs mentioned are determined by quotes received for masseuse requests on Oneflare and should only be used as a guide.

With different types of massages varying in technique such as shiatsu, hot stone, deep tissue or aromatherapy, it makes sense that the price will varies quite a lot. Every type of massage solves a different issue - whether that may be to stress relief or help rehabilitate damaged muscle. An experienced masseuse should listen to your needs and determine the best way to solve your problem. The region will also have a significant impact on cost, the more urban areas tend to jump up in price because of operational costs.

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Setting a budget for your massage therapy

The type of massage you choose will affect the time and price. While budegeting, it's worth knowing if the the therapist offers a discounted package rate to encourage return visits. This is a common practice amongst therapists and a good way to get a competitive rate.

Other factors affecting the cost of your job

When you are booking a massage, along with the type of massage you require, there are a variety of factors that will affect the price. The principal factors being, proximity to the massage therapist, how long you want to be treated, frequency of the treatments and whether or not you require an additional treatments.


Depending on whether the masseuse you hire has their own space, works from a spa or studio or works mobile will affect the price. Spas and studios may be able to provide a host of additional services but will have to contend with overhead costs as well, increasing the price. Massages provided in your own home may incur a travel fee depending on the proximity of your home to the masseuses’ business.


The duration of the massage is a key factor in determining the price of the job. Typically massage sessions last 60 minutes with longer sessions, treating multiple areas, lasting for 90 minutes. Whether the business charges by the hour or as a single fee may also affect the price quoted.


If you are looking to make regular appointments with a massage therapist there will be an impact on the price. You will ultimately be paying more than a one off, however, you may find that the cost of each session comes down in prices with the guarantee of a longer contract.


Depending on the treatment required you may need to find a specialised masseuse. That specialisation often requires an extra level of training and, in some cases, certification on the behalf of the masseuse. Remedial massage, acupressure or reflexology all require a greater level of specialisation and will in turn incur a higher cost. Make sure you know what you are looking for from your masseuse in order to make sure that you don’t end up paying more for something that you don’t need.

Additional treatments

Some masseuses will offer add ons alongside their massage treatment. Hot stone treatment, acupuncture, ear candling are common and will incur an additional charge if they are applied.

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Improve accuracy of quotes by including the following information:

  • What type of massage do you need?
  • Are you recuperating from an injury or are you looking for a general relaxation massage?
  • Do you have any specific requests for the massage therapy session?

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$45 $100 Expected price range in Australia*

*This is an average price only and doesn't include materials. Your job may receive different quotes.

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How to hire a Massage Therapist


Professional masseuses undertake training and education to gain the knowledge and skills to provide a quality service. Hiring a qualified masseuse can be beneficial in the business determining your specific needs and tailoring their service to solve any complications.

What's their speciality?

Hire a business that specifies which area they mainly perform massages in. For example, a massage business may specialise in sports massage or reflexology, and another in aromatherapy and hot stone massages. These types differ greatly and it's rare that you'll find a masseuse that can do it all.

Location arrangements

Most often, you'll have to go into the massage business to receive the service. However, depending on the business, it's possible that they can come to you if that's what you prefer. If you have to travel to them, make sure they're within desired distance, and alternatively, if you want your massage in the comfort of your own home, make sure the business provides the option of a home-visit.

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