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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 Chicago home massage services
Jane K.
Dara was professional and a great communicator. This was a home massage and she was very respectful. She listened to my concerns and focused her attention appropriately. It was a deep tissue massage and she is more than capable with the body strength to apply the needed pressure. Overall excellent service!
Whole Body HealingWhole Body Healing
Kelly B.
I’m new to Chicago and this was my first time getting a service through the app. Jack gave a great deep tissue massage and helped relieved pain in certain areas where I’ve been experiencing tightness. He was able to schedule an in home visit, same day, for an hour long full body massage. Jack was very thorough and did a great job explaining why certain parts of the body were tight, also sharing advise on what I could continue exercising to help. I can’t wait to book with him again!
Jack Miazek LMTJack Miazek LMT
Jeanne W.
I contacted Jovan pretty last minute for a massage for my best friend and I, within a few hours of my request he responded with his availability and we confirmed. The experience was awesome, I appreciated his rapid response, his communication every step of the way and the AMAZING experience, He was very punctual, clean, professional and we would definitely be using his services again. He definitely deserves the 5 stars especially because of the in home service he provides. Thanks again Jovan.
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
Claudette G.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting an in-home massage from Ms Santee Blakey. I’ve been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for over a year with pain in many of my joints. The gentle hands of Ms Blakey soothed all the right spots on my body. She talked me through the entire process and she did an excellent job. I highly recommend her service and I will be sharing my experience with my family and friends. The warm blanket that was used during my session was an added touch. If a 10 star rating was possible she definitely would have 10. Schedule a massage session with her you will be very happy you did.
Santee BlakeySantee Blakey
Salvador S.
After a crazy work week - JianHua was able to accommodate me last minute and traveled to my business to preform the service at the exact time I needed him to. When he arrived, I was not ready and he was patient and waited in my lobby without complaint until I finished up what I was doing and still preformed my full service. I was skeptical as this was my first hire on Thumbtack but this was even better than if I would have hired him through my concierge. After we finished, I pointed out an additional pressure point which I had not addressed and he did not hesitate to say "Sit down, lets fix it." and he did immediately. Very knowledgeable, even told me about some potential issues that may arise if I do not address at an early stage and suggested at home care after the massage. I will definitely be booking regular monthly massages with him, as he is of upmost professionalism, and is straight to the point! (I have had many massages in the past all over the world, and he is one of the best I have had!) Highly recommended.
Shelly R.
WOW! Jovan, surpassed our expectations! First, let me start by saying, he was a great and prompt communicator. Second, he was very accommodating to our schedule and needs (his schedule permitting of course). Third, PROFESSIONAL and courteous, and I can’t stress the Professional enough (I say this, so that you the reader understand that I, like many, am skeptical about bringing people into your home, or private stay while away from home. Jovan- was a delight! We asked for the sports massage, and it truly was a sports massage, he really worked the knots, and was able to determine places needing attention, that we did not even know needed attention, he used the perfect amount of pressure, along with perfect stretches. We will definitely be using his services, next time we are in town, and let me finish by saying this, both my husband and I travel extensively and have indulged in 5 star spas, Jovan by far has been one of our favorite! Bar none.
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
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