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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 Naperville massage therapists
Marveal I.
Very communicative throughout whole massage and the whole massage was very relaxing
Aleksandra RyndakAleksandra Ryndak
Dave P.
Aleksandra gives a great massage and is very personable. She's easy to talk to about my needs. Did I say she gives a great massage!! Also, very fair pricing.
Aleksandra RyndakAleksandra Ryndak
John B.
Can’t ask for a better massage sandy is a true professional
Essential Massage & Bodywork in North Napervillle!Essential Massage & Bodywork in North Napervillle!
BJ H.
The massage was a gift and I heard it was an enjoyable experience. Outstanding!
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic Massage
Greg S.
I hired Anka to give a deep tissue massage to my wife. My wife gives Anka a thumbs up. Anka was able to accommodate my wife’s schedule, starting the massage at 8:00 pm.
Anka ComptonAnka Compton
Rohit P.
It was a great session with Scott and felt very relaxed after the massage. Definitely booking again!
Scott A Gould, LMTScott A Gould, LMT
Victor M.
Outstanding! I hired Aleksandra for an in home massage for my wife as a birthday present. Our communication was excellent and informative. Her prices are inline with the industry. She arrived on time. My wife said it was one of the best massages she ever had. I highly recommend Aleksandra!
Aleksandra RyndakAleksandra Ryndak
Alessandra Z.
Erin is amazing. Simply put. She was punctual, well prepared, and made the in-home massage experience truly perfect. Best massage my husband and I have had - perfect pressure, timing, focus. Wow. Thank you Erin. I’m already recommending her to friends!!
Erin MikulaErin Mikula
Arriel J.
This was the first time I hired a professional massage therapist to travel to us to perform our couples massage. I was a little skeptical with the booking process but it turned out to be great. Mary stayed in communication with me the entire time up until and through the service. She arrived early and she kept in mind that it was a surprise for my husband. A huge plus for me was that she cleaned and sanitized her work area before starting. The reason I gave 4 stars was because Mary answered her phone and held a short conversation with someone in another language during my husbands massage. Overall, Mary was an amazing massage therapist who is skillful in her craft and was very nice. I would book Mary again!
The Anointed TouchThe Anointed Touch
Stephanie S.
My son is a lacrosse player and has lots of aches and pains and Hamadi was fast to respond to my request and we scheduled a sports/deep tissue massage for the next day. He was on time and did a great job working on troubled areas. We will be booking another massage for after his next round of tournaments! Thank you!
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Cassie S.
Our family is so grateful to have found Paula! She is highly professional and knowledgeable. She is extremely skilled in therapeutic massage and she gave my husband the best massage of his life. She was very courteous in all aspects of her visit to our home. Highly recommend Paula and can’t wait to get on her schedule again soon!!!
Wisdom For HealthWisdom For Health
Rebecca J.
Robin did 6 massages at my home. Everyone was very happy with her. I would use her again. Thank you Robin!
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic Massage
Yusra B.
Anka was so quick to respond and easy to work with. She arrived on time with all of her supplies and delivered a wonderful massage. I would definitely book her again!
Anka ComptonAnka Compton
Jessica M.
Anka was awesome, she responded quickly to all of my inquiries and was punctual and organized when she arrived. My husband and I both got massages and were very happy with the service!
Anka ComptonAnka Compton
Gwen b.
Hamadi organized a spa day for our family. He did an amazing job, we had the best day! Hamadi has the perfect touch for massaging and he has an excellent esthetician on hand.
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Greg S.
The massage was for my wife, who told me it was very good. Next time she would like the pressure to be stronger and stay strong for the full 90 minutes. We would hire Robin again.
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic Massage
Laverne S.
I hired Erin as a surprise for my husband. He turned out to be thrilled felt that her massage was the same pressure throughout and it stated it was wonderful. She asked him if he wanted more pressure and he was delighted that she did. He tried it and decided to not go forward with continuing pressure. It was the first time he had had a massage in years. But he did ask that we have a standing appointment with her going forward. She arrived promptly on time,actually early, and has a pleasant personality. We are thrilled!
Erin MikulaErin Mikula
David M.
Robin did an amazing job. She focused on the troubled areas and really made a huge difference. Her massage techniques improved my overall wellbeing and really reduced my general stress level. I would recommend 100%
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic Massage
Samone D.
While looking for a last minute booking on my day off, I was lucky to find Jovan. His technique combines massage and stretching and I walked away feeling completely tension-free. Would recommend and book additional sessions.
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
Erick H.
Brendan did a fantastic job finding all the right spots tonight. He has great intuition to find the spots that really need a little extra attention. He showed up on time, and gave me a full 90-minute massage. He has a system set up to understand how much pressure to use. It was a great experience, and I'll definitely use him again soon.
Brendan ConnellyBrendan Connelly
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