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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 Oak Lawn massage therapists
Rhonda I.
Super nice and great massage! Thank you!
Revital Peremen, LAc.Revital Peremen, LAc.
Samantha M.
Carlos was a complete professional throughout the entire process. The massage itself was amazing. After, Carlos showed me some stretches to alleviate future pain in my neck and shoulders. I would absolutely recommend and am looking forward to another massage soon!
C’s BodyworkC’s Bodywork
Mary was amazing she took our call last minute, and showed up earlier than expected. She remained professional with her techniques and communicated with me throughout the massage. She was so amazing my grandmother even received a massage. I definitely recommend her services and will use her again
The Anointed TouchThe Anointed Touch
Carmen M.
This was the absolute best massage I ever had and I have experienced hundreds over the years! From pregnancy massages, hot stone, thia sports, trigger point, reflexology, active release therapy, myofascial and everything basic swedish deep tissue I've had them all! Hamadi has an unimaginable ability to find things without you even telling him! He gave me a Cbd massage with his company's body butter and it felt prescription grade quality but delivered naturally through his cbd body butter cream that I requested to be scented.......BALI MANGO was amazing and I haven't felt pain 4days post massage! I found my therapist for life! I've been in physical therapy for nearly 8years and had to start finding more natural alternatives for pain management and ultimate healing I'm truly still in disbelief! Hamadi is wonderful!
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Johnny M.
I felt amazing after my massage. Nice and relaxed. The stretches really have me feeling like a new person. I will definitely rebook.
The Anointed TouchThe Anointed Touch
Nadia M.
He is very professional with therapeutic skills. He felt my aches and adjusted the massage to heal those areas. I already hired him a second time.
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
Gale M.
Hamadi is EXACTLY what all the reviews and my friends have been raving about since he did an event for my best friend. He was punctual, professional, knowledgeable about anatomy and the mechanics of what things cause certain issues and how to best alleviate them after he is gone. I have never had a massage like this ever!! I WILL BE BOOKING again and again! He is excellent!!! This was the perfect day I have been sleep and relaxed for hours. The Cbd massage with his custom body butter was worth every penny! I decided to gift my close friends and family with a massage from him this holiday season. Thank you, you have a lifelong client.
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Gary J.
The Anointed TouchThe Anointed Touch
Melissa W.
I recently added deep tissue massage to my therapeutic regimen to help manage chronic pain within my disabilities and chronic illnesses. In the hiring process, Veronica ask very specific questions about what pain and issues I had, and took the time to research my illnesses. She was very attentive to what my body needed during the massage and checked in on the amount of pressure as she learned my body's tolerance and pain threshold. The conversation was so enjoyable and Veronica was such a light to welcome into my home. As someone who is immunocompromised, Veronica took all CDC and WHO protocols very seriously for COVID-19 and I felt safe and secure having her in my home. Her attention to detail of my chronic illnesses, encouraging words, and quality of massage therapy has me as a client for life! Thank you Veronica!!
The Royale TouchThe Royale Touch
Jessica b.
Everything about this was perfect!!!!! I just knew I was out of luck on sweetest day weekend for a massage when a therapist I booked with in advance canceled on my at 9pm for the next morning!! I saw Hamadi’s reviews, messaged him and within 15min i was booked for next morning. He came on time, setup, and the rest was unbelievably amazing!! No one would understand unless they have already experienced his massages and judging by the reviews before mine I now get it!!!! I will continue to book only with him. He is amazing!!
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Rajah M.
Where do I start??? This man Hamadi is incredible to say these very least! I will use him forever and ever! I needed a medical massage for a malady and when I say I have been to chiropractors, massage therapist, acupuncturist, my physician and none gave me relief as immediate as Hamadi! His hands are a true gift. I surface level told him what was going on with me to see if he could tell me somethings I withheld. He far exceeded the expectation by telling me those things and more. He told me some things to request on my next to my doctor that could be the missing piece to the puzzle. He said he has a longtime client that had a similar issue that is now 100% in large part to having the proper knowledge in preforming this kind of massage and constant testing and some x-ray's from the physician to measure the progress that is being made. The Illuminate Touch 3,000mg CBD is superb!! It completely shocked me how effective it is along with how knowledgeable he is. Hamadi told me different exercises I could do in between massages and chiropractor visit. I haven' t felt immense relief in some time now and it's largely due to Hamadi. This is more than massaging for him and I can tell by how he encouraged and reassured me that light is at the end of the tunnel. This is so emotional for me because of the level or compassion and care he has shown I never ever experienced with many doctors I've encountered on this journey. Thank you thank you thank you Hamadi!
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Started off my Saturday with an awesome 90 min massage. I have a medical issue where at times I feel so defeated but and he was very informative and he knew exactly what to do and how to work with me. The pressure was perfect. I have a new sense of hope and can’t wait till my next session. I I feel great and actually booked my future appt before I walked out his door!!!!
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
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