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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. 

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 Arlington Heights massage therapists
Benjamin N.
Massage was great. Caleb is nice to talk to and helps relax you. Started chatting during the beginning of the massage but allowed me to zone out and nap. It was very relaxing.
Brazilian MassageBrazilian Massage
Sean L.
I have been massaged by Mimi before. As always here massage was a 5 star. Mimi is very professional, polite and I would highly recommend her to everyone.
Massage by MimiMassage by Mimi
Dan M.
Very thoughtful and relaxing massage at the same time. Just the right balance of restorative and relaxation. Highly recommend.
Brendan ConnellyBrendan Connelly
Sheetal J.
Robin was great at her work . It was an awesome experience . I do recommend her . Will defenately hire her again for massages.
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic Massage
Kevin A.
Daniel did a great job and highly recommend him. Very nice guy and great massage. We will hire him again.
Daniel Chisholm LLCDaniel Chisholm LLC
Cheri D.
One of the best massages I’ve experienced! Not only was Ruta’s technique excellent, she was truly interested in my health and well being. I will see her again.
Massage therapy for pain reliefMassage therapy for pain relief
Dean V.
Very good massage. Experienced professional service. She was attentive and addressed all my problem areas. I would definitely recommend Candy and I will be calling again.
DulceMobileMassage, LLCDulceMobileMassage, LLC
Shawn e.
Excellent massage. Professional. Private room at her residence. Pressure and style felt great. Super relaxing, easy to talk to, easy to find, worth the time for sure, she did a great job. My only critique is the massage cream, its a fragranced lotion, not an oil, but it doesn't absorb all the way so it left my skin smelling like feminine lotion and feeling a little greasy till after 2 days and my 2nd shower.
Tranquil Hands Massage TherapyTranquil Hands Massage Therapy
Milena S.
An Hour of Sheer Bliss... Amazing, amazing, amazing!!! The Massage was incredible, everything was so lovely I felt like princess... Thank you so much! Can't wait to book again.
DulceMobileMassage, LLCDulceMobileMassage, LLC
Clark G.
I had massage along with my friend today from truthful touch. He did a phenomenal job. Very friendly and professional. I've never felt so relaxed before and my joints feels great. We are definitely booking him again.
Truthful TouchTruthful Touch
Thumbtack Customer
I wanted to give Thumbtack a try as I needed a massage for my reoccurring lower back pain. I decided to give Mimi a try because I work a standard 9-5 and she as willing to accommodate me. She came to my house 10 mins early to setup which I appreciated and he equipment was organized, clean and up to date. The massage was great, and really helped me relieve my lower back pain. She used hot towels and a stone to warm up my muscles to do deeper work. Something I've never experienced. I would def see Mimi again, she is knowledgable and personable.
Massage by MimiMassage by Mimi
Eureta R.
Oleg helped ease the tension I had in my neck and upper shoulders! My neck finally doesn’t hurt all throughout the day like it used to before I got the 60 min massage. I will definitely be back soon to continue this service. He was also considerate enough to move my appt to his Arlington heights location instead of downtown.
NatureMed AcupunctureNatureMed Acupuncture
Danielle L.
Beatriz was amazing! I never thought to have someone come to my house before and now that's all I want. She was super responsive and professional. Her equipment was clean and she made sure to wipe everything down. Was more than willing to set up in our garage and wore a mask the entire time. She made sure to ask what I liked/ was looking to accomplish and then afterwards gave me suggestions on how I could help problem areas between massages. Will definitely be booking again!
UnKnot Mobile MassageUnKnot Mobile Massage
Jim H.
This was my first appointment with Sergio. He was VERY responsive from my first contact onward. My schedule changed a bit, and he was graciously flexible in working around my delay. He met me at the door with a friendly smile, and spoke with me for a few minutes to identify areas which needed focus. The massage was very professional and therapeutic, with him asking several times if the pressure was OK. He focused on my problem areas, and really helped loosen up some very tight muscles. Sergio was very polite and professional throughout, and I would not hesitate to recommend him. I know I will be going back again!
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