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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 Milton massage therapists
Curtis R.
Had an amazing massage session with Britton! Knowledgeable on body work! Showed up on time! The massage went over time and he kept the massage going until he was done!! By far the best massage I’ve ever had! Will hire him again for sure! He’s will now be my go to guy!
Britton C. NMT, LMT, CPTBritton C. NMT, LMT, CPT
Dhruti P.
Lacona is an amazing massage therapist! I had a hard time finding a vaccinated therapist and Kristen was super helpful and responsive while booking the massages for my husband and I. Mobile massages makes it really convenient to get massages in your home! It was a great treat and I can’t wait to book our next ones!
SuperHands Therapy Call 18332315777SuperHands Therapy Call 18332315777
Yusra L.
The massage was great and the therapist was very knowledgeable.
SuperHands Therapy Call 18332315777SuperHands Therapy Call 18332315777
James J.
I’ve had several massages over the past few years and spent countless dollars trying to achieve results through massage therapy. Words can’t explain the care, attentiveness and skills I experience through my massage today. If you’re not using Dimitri, you’re wasting your time and money.
Mission BodyworkMission Bodywork
Brian R.
Excellent massage...very attentive, made helpful recomendations.
Natalia’sMassage known as Dunwoody massage spa.Natalia’sMassage known as Dunwoody massage spa.
William G.
She did a great job on the 60 minute massage.
Integrative Massage StudioIntegrative Massage Studio
Natalie G.
My massage was needed! I used to be a massage therapist myself so I did the research on here by looking for a quality massage in the reviews. He did not disappoint and he also told me about his passion for massage. You can definitely tell that in his work. I love the fact that he works on areas that some therapist refuses too if you ask him (like the gluteal muscles) I highly recommend this talented young man!
Tangent TouchTangent Touch
Thumbtack Customer
The massage was a gift for my husband. It was excellent!! Randall took great care to tailor the massage to my husband's needs and relieved tightness and pain in his hips and shoulders. I would highly recommend him.
Core Sports Massage LLCCore Sports Massage LLC
Daniel S.
Amazing massage! Very professional and friendly. I have never had a massage this good. Already feel much better after my session. I will definitely be back and sending my friends too. Very pleased.
Bgood MassageBgood Massage
Jana L.
So so so glad I trusted the reviews. Lee was on time, professional and gave the best massage. As someone who gets massages often, I can’t imagine booking with anyone other than Lee from now on. Amazing!
Thumbtack Customer
Randall came to our workplace and performed 10 minute massages for several employees. He did a great job, everyone who received a massage raved about him. He was great at hitting pressure points and working out tough spots.
Core Sports Massage LLCCore Sports Massage LLC
George R.
Best massage I have ever had. He did magic on my shoulders!
Mission BodyworkMission Bodywork
Roger B.
Kelly was great. She has a very soothing touch. I felt like she was massaging my spirit as well as my body. It was a very relxing, healing, spiritual experience. By far the best massage I've ever had. I would highly recommend.
Integrative Massage StudioIntegrative Massage Studio
Ana F.
Alisha was amazing, she was available and very professional. The massage was great will definitely be reaching out again.
Alishas mobile massageAlishas mobile massage
Donna H.
Gift for my husband, he enjoyed the deep tissue massage and likes the fact it was in our home
Restoration Sports MassageRestoration Sports Massage
Carol H.
Kelly always listens to what I need in a massage and she addresses those need perfectly.
Integrative Massage StudioIntegrative Massage Studio
David G.
I was very pleased with the massage I got from Robin because she evaluated my condition and tailored the massage to my needs. She had to refer to her notes to identify some trigger points, so it was a bit of a learning experience for her as well as for me. A good rating overall
Restoration Sports MassageRestoration Sports Massage
David W.
Randall is fantastic! Very knowledgeable and in tune with the body! I had a great experience and have another massage already scheduled!
Core Sports Massage LLCCore Sports Massage LLC
Jessica B.
Skip was very professional and gives a great massage. I will definitely use him again and would recommend him to friends.
Massage by SkipMassage by Skip
Brian R.
Moriah was great..she was attentive, thorough, and focused on problem areas. She is very intuitive. This was the best massage I have had in a long time!
Massage by MoriahMassage by Moriah
Lauren R.
This hot stone massage was amazing ! I’m so happy with his techniques, I feel so much better! 10/10 quality! Worth the money!!
Relaxx Ultimate Massage TherapyRelaxx Ultimate Massage Therapy
Hannah D.
Skip = excellence. He has been nothing but professional and courteous. He was on time and gave two of the best massages we have ever had. He is strong and extremely talented. He is warm and welcoming and made the entire experience easy and tailored it exactly to me. I am setting up a regular schedule with him because he is fantastic and I have never received such a great massage.
Massage by SkipMassage by Skip
Norma W.
According to my husband, Britton is the best massage therapist he ever had, and that says a lot! We will definitely try to get him again. Thanks, Britton!
Britton C. NMT, LMT, CPTBritton C. NMT, LMT, CPT
Patrice G.
MY MASSAGE WAS EXCELLENT! The response to my last minute request was prompt. He arrived early to set up and get started for my desired start time. He listened to my concerns and addresses every one of them. He was VERY Professional and I felt very safe having a male therapist give me a massage in my home. He was very respectful and the pressure was Spot on! And I also received a complimentary gift/ token which I thought was a very nice touch! (I won’t say what it is so I don’t spoil the surprise 😌) From one massage therapist to another your work is excellent in every way. I will be booking frequently!
Matt B.
Alex delivered an amazing and intense Deep tissue massage as requested. I am still feeling the difference days later. I highly recommend and will be booking another appointment.
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