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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 Olathe massage therapists
Anita M.
Enjoyed the massage and had a great massage therapist
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Deanna S.
The Swedish massage was great!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Lindsey L.
Awesome massage!! Highly recommend!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Matt F.
Elise is an excellent massage therapist!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Preet s.
Amazing massage much needed
Petrichor BodyworkPetrichor Bodywork
Cynthia L.
My daughter enjoyed her massage!!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Lori K.
Chris is a great massage therapist. I will keep using him.
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
Jason M.
Great massage for a great value. Found my regular masseuse.
Healing Touch MassageHealing Touch Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Got a deep tissue massage. Excellent hands, very experienced and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Ray R.
Susan has a great touch and is very intuitive. Massage was excellent. I highly recommend her to all.
Healing Touch MassageHealing Touch Massage
Melissa H.
She did exactly what I asked and even today I'm feeling the benefits of massage. Thank u!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Susan W.
My experience with Heather was phenomenal. I have sciatica and she worked the area as well as provided valuable feedback on the type of exercises to help alleviate the pain. I also was recovering from ankle surgery and she gave me tips on massaging the incision area to help with the tightness. Overall the deep tissue massage was heavenly.
Regenerate Massage TherapyRegenerate Massage Therapy
Jerri C.
This was the most helpful and therapeutic massage I have ever had. When I arrived, I could hardly walk due to a hip issue of sorts. But I walked out with no problem....and felt 200% better. The massage itself was not painful as some others have been for whatever strange reason. Best of all, the effects continued long afterward, which was new to me. She knows a lot and is incredibly helpful. I will most definitely return. Thank you!!!!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Brandon H.
Great experience, She came in and worked half a day with our staff, giving 15 minute massages to over 15 employees. It was great and I'm sure we'll have her back out.
Massage By HeatherMassage By Heather
Gabriel P.
Absolutely fantastic! I haven't felt this good in over a decade! I highly recommended Elise to anyone and everyone that is searching for a massage. Very professional, very courteous, and extremely thorough. Definitely now a loyal customer! Thank you Elise!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Jim S.
Excellent massage! Rachel is personable, easy to chat with, and uses good pressure (firm but not too deep). Spent time on my lower back which is always sore. Also, felt great around the back of my head/neck and hands and feet. Thanks again!
Petrichor BodyworkPetrichor Bodywork
Kara L.
Rachel was amazing! She came on a short notice and did a great job! I was incredibly sore and in a lot of pain... after her massage I felt so much better and was able to finally have a good night’s sleep that evening. I would highly recommend her and do plan on scheduling her again in the future.
Petrichor BodyworkPetrichor Bodywork
Leslie S.
Eva was my massage therapist today! She listened to my concerns and worked to address my trouble spots. I felt significantly better after! She also offers some suggestions to support my continued health. It was a last minute decision to get in today and I’m so grateful for the quick respond ability to work me in! I highly recommend the Spring in Winter!!!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Lucas K.
Elise was awesome. This was my first massage ever and I have a lot of post surgery issues. She was more than happy to explain what she was doing and why. Which was just what I needed. She let me know when something was going to be uncomfortable and what I can do to make things easier on myself in the future. I couldn't be happier. Can't wait to see her again. I am usually very uneasy with things like this, and she couldn't have been better. Will be going again.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
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