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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a massage therapist during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ask your massage therapist if they offer consultations over a video chat or phone call. If they do, ask them any questions you have about the upcoming appointment. For example, ask what precautions they're taking to keep both parties safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You might also want to ask if they offer gift cards that can be used at a later time, remote services or even virtual lessons for you or members in your household.

Also, ask how they plan to handle payments, and whether you can pay through an online or digital method instead of with physical cash or credit cards. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a massage therapist when social distancing?

Because massage therapy requires person-to-person contact, social distancing is not possible. However, you can ask massage therapists near you if they can offer remote services instead, such as lessons for you and your partner.

If you don’t want to book an appointment with a massage therapist right now, but you will in the future when the pandemic subsides, consider paying your massage therapist in advance or tipping them anyway. You can also ask about buying a gift card for future work. 

Do massage therapists offer remote or virtual services?

Ask massage therapists near you about the possibility of remote services. You might come across profiles that state the therapist is offering remote services such as lessons and techniques you can do on your own, with a friend or with a partner.

Does a massage therapist need to enter my home?

Many massage therapists operate their businesses out of their own homes, though some offer mobile massages and come to your home. You should ask the massage therapist where they typically operate and if they are making any special accommodations to better observe the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing

If you must cancel or delay your massage therapy appointment due to COVID-19, consider asking the therapist if they can offer massage techniques or lessons via video chat, email or some other digital format. You can also ask if it's possible to buy gift cards that can be used at a later time.

Can I use digital payments to pay for a massage?

Many massage therapists accept digital payments through Venmo, Apple Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle and other online platforms. Even businesses that do not typically accept digital payments may be changing their methods to practice social distancing. Just check with your massage therapist before the appointment to see how they handle payments.  

How can I find out if a massage therapist is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of an essential COVID-19 service provider varies from state to state and city to city. To see which businesses are considered essential in your area, visit the official government website of your state or city.

You can also read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do deep tissue massages work?

Deep tissue massage not only feels fabulous, it can provide results. The massage technique targets deeper layers of muscle and your connective tissue. For its ability to stimulate those deeper muscles, deep tissue massage is commonly used during recuperation from sports-related and other injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Deep tissue massage has been proved to reduce high blood pressure and a range of other ailments. Deep tissue and other types of massage are frequently used for relieving stress, managing pain, breaking down scar tissue, relieving muscle tension and improving health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health cites the following as health conditions for which that deep tissue massage can provide relief:

  • Chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Labor pains
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia pain and fatigue
  • Headaches

The proper deep tissue massage may also benefit preterm infant health. Cancer patients may experience reduced pain, increased relaxation, and improved mood.

What is a traditional Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage is a different experience if you’ve only ever had a Swedish or deep tissue massage. In Thai massage, you wear loose-fitting clothing (often provided by the massage therapist) and start by lying on a mat. Throughout the massage, the therapist moves your body into various seated and prone positions, which stretch and release your muscles and soft tissue. Although your body is moving, the therapist is doing all the work, making it feel similar to supported yoga. The massage therapist will bend, stretch, and compress and lengthen your body using their hands, forearms, elbows and even feet. Don’t be alarmed by the feet! Many studios have overhead supports that allow the practitioners to safely walk on your back, releasing tight adhesions and promoting ease. Thai massage can be both invigorating and relaxing. It is an excellent option for keeping your muscles in good health if you regularly work out, or if you want to overcome a lack of flexibility. Studies show that Thai massage can increase blood circulation, improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension and enhance mental well-being.

What are the different Swedish massage techniques?

There are five main techniques in Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Within each category there are various movements, all intended to ease muscle tension and pain. Each movement has a specific purpose for loosening, warming, soothing or stimulating your muscles during your massage. Here is a breakdown of each of the five Swedish massage techniques:

  • Effleurage: Sweeping, gliding, smooth long strokes done with the hands or forearms. These strokes can loosen and warm the body and are said to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Friction: These circular or transverse rubbing strokes are also warming and can get deeper into the muscle tissue. They should be avoided on injured or inflamed areas or areas.
  • Petrissage: Lifting, kneading, skin rolling, muscle rolling and wringing. These movements help with circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration, and aid in loosening tense muscles.
  • Tapotement: Tapping, plucking, cupping and pounding. Tapotement movements can help improve blood circulation and cell rejuvenation, and also relax and release tight muscles.  
  • Vibration: Rocking, shaking and trembling movements. These motions can help muscles release.

How much are pregnancy massages?

Prenatal massages can be a safe and therapeutic way to alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy. A prenatal massage can promote a sense of relaxation and well-being for expectant mothers. The national average cost for a pregnancy massage ranges between $70 and $90. The cost of a pregnancy massage will vary depending on where you live, the length of the massage, and the massage therapist. Typically, the longer a massage, the higher the cost. Some massage therapists charge the same rate per minute, regardless of massage length, while others charge less per minute for longer appointments. Here are two examples of average prenatal massage costs:

  • Therapist A: Offers a 30-minute massage for $45, 45 minutes for $60, 60 minutes for $75, 75 minutes for $90 and 90 minutes for $105.
  • Therapist B: offers a 30-minute massage for $45, a 60-minute massage for $85, a 90-minute massage for $115 and a 120-minute massage for $145.
Reviews for Peoria massage therapists
Emily B.
Leeann gave me a wonderful massage! Very relaxing and felt awesome afterwards. Will definitely hire her for my next massage☺️
Good Energy Gardens LLCGood Energy Gardens LLC
Jeffrey S.
What a fantastic massage! Driving across the valley is well worth the results. Do not waste your time trying to find a better massage, this is it.
Touched by KALLURETouched by KALLURE
Crystal P.
My husband and I really enjoyed our massage. I’ve got to say, we are pretty hard to please when it comes to massages and absolutely no complaints! We loved our massage so much Gary will be coming back in a few days for a longer massage for my husband. It’s hard these days to truly find someone that is good, give him a try and you won’t be disappointed in anyway!
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Ryan P.
Absolutely incredible massage work, I will repeat!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Joe M.
Was best massage I have ever had.
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Karen B.
Arun was wonderful. One of the best massages I've had ever and that is a lot of them in my 65 yrs I highly recommend him and can't wait for my next massage. Karen Bowar
Ayur-Reiki Massage & Healing for WomenAyur-Reiki Massage & Healing for Women
Vista B.
Cami was the best massage I've ever gotten! And I don't say that lightly because at 44, I've had many massages from spas, chain locations, and other individual professionals. Cami has been the only one that truly dialed in to where the pain in my shoulder & neck was, found it and was able to alleviate the tension causing it. The one hour massage felt like two hours (in a good way), she checked with me every now and then to make sure the pressure was good but otherwise was very relaxing. She was super responsive, on time and everything went very smoothly for both mine and my husband's massages. We will be getting on her schedule for regular massages and I'd recommend her to anyone!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Robert C.
She was excellent. I got a deep tissue massage and afterwards I was not sore. Even when my chihuahua Rambo jumped up on the massage table she kept going but laughed and said “that’s never happened before”. It was so funny because she kept going on with the massage as my dog walked up my back. She was excellent. I even made another appointment with her.
EARTH Massage by AshleyEARTH Massage by Ashley
Thumbtack Customer
I have been getting massage for over 8 years now. Today was one of the best massages I have ever had. Gary was proffesional, nice and exactly knew areas where I needed massage the most. I can definitely tell that his passion for work is real and he loves to help people feel better and free from pain. I already hired him again and I will be getting massage once or twice a month. If you need really good massage you should definitely hire him! If I could I would give him 6 stars. Thank you again Gary for coming in such a short notice and making my back feel so much better!
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Ivan O.
Had a recent home service massage with Sebastian. Very professional and skillful. Thanks Sebastian!
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Lee R.
I hired Michelle as a birthday gift for my wife. She was great at coordinating a meeting and responded promptly. My wife received a 90 minute massage which she described as one of the best massages she's received. Would highly recommend Michelle.
Michelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE MassageMichelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE Massage
Richard K.
best massage I ever had Ive had alot friendly 0n time pro
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Breann W.
Sebastian was very responsive and flexible to get me in last minute. He was extremely professional and the massage was excellent!
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Jaden h.
Cami is so sweet and did such a great job on my massage. Her availability is awesome and i would highly recommend her to anyone!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Jack A.
Gary made my day! I was tense in my back and suffering from significant back pain. Gary used his years of experience delivering deep tissue massage to successfully minimize the pain. I felt so good that I emailed Gary later in the day and booked my next appointment. I highly recommended Gary to anyone who is looking for a GREAT massage.
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Jess L.
Muzique was great! Her healing and deep tissue massage hit the spot! She was also fun, a hard worker and had a positive attitude! Thank you, Muzique
Balenchino MassageBalenchino Massage
Francine G.
Gary is a true professional and is very passionate about what he does. He has a focus in pain management and that is what I needed. After a car accident I suffered from whiplash with 4 bulging disc in my neck and a locked jaw. After my massage I was able to move my jaw and neck freely with no discomfort. I also suffer from Lyme Disease so the pressure of the massage was perfect. Anyone with Lyme or Fibromyalgia could relate on how sensitive a person can be. Gary communicated with me throughout the massage to make sure I was comfortable. His passion for his clients and for what he does is amazing! Not to mention due to the COVID 19 he wore a mask the entire time and was very caution about sanitizing and keep everything clean and safe. I will definitely continue using Gary's service. I can honestly say this was the best massage I have had. Thank you Gary!
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Megan S.
Cami did a great job with our first body work session! I’m happy to have found a high quality massage therapist to work with in the future for all my aches and pains as an athlete.
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Daniel l.
Kris was Amazing! I knew right away from her technique that she was different. Felt so comfortable with her, and very soothing deep tissue massage! I would definitely use her again.
Allison B.
The best deep tissue massage ever!! Worth every penny and I’m definitely feeling it all the next day. She knew exactly what to do without us having to communicate much. :). We can hardly wait for her to come back. Many thumbs up!
Balenchino MassageBalenchino Massage
Mike L.
Rhonda did a really nice job for myself and my wife on very short notice. She was on time and very professional while still making you fell at ease. All COVID protocols were followed to the letter. I recommend giving her a call and get a relaxing massage.
Balance Massage and WellnessBalance Massage and Wellness
Wendy L.
Lisa was amazing. She replied quickly to request for help and was able to schedule me around my schedule. I asked for a deep tissue massage and she was not afraid to dig down in and use her strength to work the evil out of my over worked muscles. Thank you Lisa. Great job!
Mobile Remedial MassageMobile Remedial Massage
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