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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.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.

Why is it called a Swedish massage?

Everyone loves Swedish massage. It’s soothing and relaxing and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, is proven to relieve pain. Swedish massage can also relieve symptoms associated with chronic illness, arthritis, depression and other ailments. The term Swedish massage is actually a massive mixup, according to Massage Magazine. The technique would be more aptly named classical massage, which it is often called. What we in the United States refer to as Swedish massage was actually invented by a Dutch physician named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger systematized and gave French names to the five massage techniques used today in Swedish (or classic) massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. The confusion began when the techniques systematized by Mezger were attributed to Per Henrik Ling, the founder of the Swedish Movement System who had practiced his similar techniques in his gymnasium. In many parts of the world, Swedish massage is called classic massage, and most massage therapists will understand either term.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

Reviews for San Marcos massage therapists
Cheryl F.
Best massage. Very attentive :)
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Gregg M.
Great massage and very professional. Will book again
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Chrystie C.
My husband really enjoyed the massage. Thank you!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Zahra h.
Clarence was wonderful to have, the massage was a gift to my brother and he said it was the best massage he’s ever had. Clarence was accommodating on a very short notice. We can’t wait to book him again!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Stacy S.
Karen has the touch! She gave me an excellent massage.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Melanie B.
Corrina's massage style reminds me of a lomi lomi massage I once received in Maui, super relaxing, long and smooth strokes. If you are someone that is easily ticklish (like I am on my feet and thighs) her motions take that away. It was my first massage since Covid began and I'm already planning to schedule another next month!
Enjoy The Simple ThingsEnjoy The Simple Things
David B.
Dylan has a great demeanor and provides an outstanding massage. I highly recommend him.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Logan C.
Great massage, my body feels free again and not all tied up. Definitely recommend booking with Sarah!
Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)
Jerome W.
Sarah melds professional training with the art of compassionate touch. The bringing of both together provided for an incredible massage experience.
Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)
Saybeck F.
My husband really enjoyed his massage. She is very professional and knowledgeable. We will book her again.
Ramon R.
Katherine provided excellent massage therapy and addressed problematic areas on my back. I would highly recommend her.
OnPoint Integrative Muscular TherapeuticsOnPoint Integrative Muscular Therapeutics
William G.
Very professional and attentive to customer needs. Ordered for my father and he said, “best massage ever!” Thank you! 🙏
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Kimerick W.
I have had a lot of massages in my life, and I can say this is one of the best ones I have ever received. She really tailored the massage to my body type! She is super in tune with the body and I am feeling 1000 times better than when I went in! Will be going back to see her regularly!
Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)
Chris T.
Jordan is an excellent, thoughtful therapist whose massages are definitely more active and engaged than I am used to. I normally fall asleep during massages and found that his approach--which involved stretching, TENS, and pressure points--helped my muscles relax a lot more than just laying there. I will definitely be going back.
Sanctuary of Art and HealingSanctuary of Art and Healing
Mark F.
Laura is expressly knowledgeable and professional. She was excellent at diagnosing my physical issues and recommending solutions. She is patient and kind, and her massage was truly a therapeutic experience. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is in pain, but especially those that have never had a massage before. Her concern was genuine and authentic. Thank you, Laura!
Laura Uchtmann LMBTLaura Uchtmann LMBT
Andy V.
Sarah gave me an amazing and exciting massage, she fully customizes on what my body needs. Being an R.N. nurse, and knowing the body well, she explained what she was doing and why. She listens well to your needs and addresses those in a professional way and makes sure the pressure she uses is OK. Therefore the massage becomes very enjoyable and relaxing, even more so because of her very pleasant personality. During the massage I could feel her positive attitude effecting my body and mind. If you do not see her you are missing out on something great. I highly recommend Sarah.
Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)
Chris T.
Really great massage and highly professional. I normally have trouble finding anyone who is willing to put the "deep" in deep tissue. Will be a repeat customer for sure.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Elizabeth R.
My husband and I both had massages from Jose and we both loved him. Not only was the massage fantastic, Jose make the whole process so easy. He was simple to schedule, he came prepared to our home and when he was running a few minutes early, he texted me to let me know. We will be booking with him again. To make your experience even better, he even tells you to take a deep breath as needed so you can relax even more. He did this for both my husband and I and that was new for us and very helpful. If you want a massage, don’t hesitate and just book Jose, your future self will thank you.
Jose LMT- Mobile Bodywork ServicesJose LMT- Mobile Bodywork Services
Dannielle P.
Wesley was amazing, he’s really good at what he does, and very knowledgeable.. I can’t recommend him enough, I felt amazing after my massage, can’t wait to book again!
Cristian f.
Had my first massage last night with Dylan. I was more than impressed. He found all the ares which I had knotted muscles and today I woke up feeling fresh and ready for the day.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Tommy A.
So I’ve been having really bad back/shoulder and neck pain this past month, went to a few chiropractor visits and sure they helped, for a bit but was paying a good amount for only a 5min visit and chiropractor ddnt seem to care much about my condition just crack crack and bye visits. Saw Sarah today after feeling horrible again, she was punctual, pleasant to talk too and walked me thru the process, and learned a lot actually! Her great personality made the visit enjoyable. So if you’re looking for a great massage, I totally recommend her!
Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)
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