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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 Fountain Square massage therapists
Joseph N.
Great massage!!!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Valerie W.
Great massage!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
John S.
Outstanding massage. Highly recommended
In-Home MassageIn-Home Massage
Andrew H.
I got exactly what I want from a massage experience. Tracy took the time to discuss what I was seeking a massage for and what type of massage and pressure I preferred. She checked occasionally to make sure I was comfortable and that the pressure was good.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Michael H.
Very pleasant to work with and a great massage.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Daniel L.
Great experience! Massage was for my girlfriend during a couples massage, she said Troy did an amazing job! Definitely will be booking again, highly recommend!
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Paul B.
Wonderful relaxation, very good massage.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Tony K.
Got a great deep tissue massage from Tracy recently. She put in a lot of work on my neck and upper back. Will definitely be back for another massage.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Angela H.
Mrs Kim was very nice, on time and professional ! My boyfriend loved his massage and wants to have her massage him regularly! Thanks a lot Mrs Kim !!
In-Home MassageIn-Home Massage
Richard K.
Excellent massage! I’ll hire Carole again!
Carole SueCarole Sue
Elizabeth A.
Wonderful massage in my home, easy in/out setup and very professional. Was one of the best massages I’ve ever had, and to be able to have in my home made it that much more relaxing!
In-Home MassageIn-Home Massage
Teri J.
Great massage I can move my neck again !
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Desiree D.
This was my first time having Tracy massage me. She did a great deep tissue massage and really helped my hip and lower back pain. I’ll be contacting her again 100%!!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Marc F.
Excellent massage ,great attention to needed areas of attention,very.professional
Indy's Elite Massage, LLCIndy's Elite Massage, LLC
Alen M.
Serenity and Wellness provides professional and good quality massage! - Alen
Serenity and WellnessSerenity and Wellness
John S.
Amazing massage. I feel like a new person today.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Tricia S.
Tracey was very patient and professional in explaining her business process. We got the massage for our son in college because he had been stressed out with schoolwork. Our son said the massage was heavenly.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Alexus P.
Tracy’s massage suite is very warm and relaxing. The massage table has a heating pad prefect for just coming in from the cold outside. She is very good what she does. I will definitely be back.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Megan S.
I contacted Elizabeth about a prenatal massage. I was having a lot of lower back pain. My experience was amazing! Elizabeth made sure to tell me what she could and could not do for a prenatal massage. She made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. Within 3 days of my massage, most all of my pain had disappeared!
Indy's Elite Massage, LLCIndy's Elite Massage, LLC
George M.
Fantastic deep tissue massage. Would recommend any day of the week!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Tina M.
She is very professional and well educated on several different massage therapies. I have complete confidence that she is solving my issues. Have a problem go see Elizabeth or go for a relaxing massage. She is great!
Indy's Elite Massage, LLCIndy's Elite Massage, LLC
Christian H.
Tracy was extremely responsive to my original message, and worked around my schedule. She was punctual, and the massage was amazing. She discussed areas I wanted her to focus on, and amount of pressure prior to the massage. I highly recommend her.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Lisa B.
I hired Tracy to give my dad a massage while he was visiting. He has Parkinson’s and a few other medical issues. She was wonderful about researching this ahead of time and gave him a great massage. Thank you Tracy!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Peju O.
Kim was great! She was very accommodating and I will be using her again. She gave a great Swedish massage and listened to all my concerns. She also accommodated my husband last minute and he also enjoyed his massage.
In-Home MassageIn-Home Massage
Jeff a.
Great communication, great value, great massage. 10/10 would hire again.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
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