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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. 

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.  

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.

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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Shawnee massage therapists
Shelly C.
Excellent massage. Very receptive and professional. Thank you!
Regenerate Massage TherapyRegenerate Massage Therapy
Brian F.
Great massage. I am definitely going back.
Right On Time MassageRight On Time Massage
Angela J.
Great massage! Nice location and she was sensitive to my needs by wearing a mask!
Healing Touch MassageHealing Touch Massage
Jeffrey D.
Was amazing. Showed up on time and did a very well planned out massage
Peace Of Mind MassagePeace Of Mind Massage
Rod S.
Probably one of the best massages. She is extremely knowledge, professional and easy to communicate with. Outstanding over all. Highly recommend her.
Regenerate Massage TherapyRegenerate Massage Therapy
Antoinette H.
Elise was wonderful and focused on exactly what I needed. I'm a runner experiencing some discomfort in my knees and Elise's knowledge of what I needed to relieve any additional pain along with get rid of my current discomfort was remarkable. Some call it a sports massage I call it some torture but it felt so good it hurt which is exactly what you need for a sports massage! Already have a second appointment set up and will definitely be coming back on a regular.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Heather is excellent! It was very easy to set up the appointment, she was on time, professional, and well prepared. The massage was very relaxing and helped with some of my pain areas. I will definitely be setting up a future appointment. I would highly recommend Heather!
Massage By HeatherMassage By Heather
Julie R.
Elise was very knowledgeable about my challenges wth post-surgical healing. I have already seen improvement with one lymphatic massage and she gave me great instruction on how to follow up at home with holistic remedies. I will definitely go back to Elise.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chris did an amazing job! The massage was for my 8 year old son that has special needs (cerebral palsy). My son who is non-verbal really liked him. He would smile, laugh and even "talk" to him and my son rarely does this so this tells me that Chris is a genuine person. Chris was also very polite, professional and explained things to me so that I can learn what to do to help my son in between times that he will be coming. It was also really nice that he comes to us and that way my son could be more comfortable. I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone that is looking for an experienced, professional and genuine person to do their massage.
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
Harold P.
I just received the best massage I have ever recieved. Very Close Attention to detail and extremely personal when it came to my pain in my lower back and hip area. Highly recommend to all athletes in the KC metro area. She was able to release multiple areas and stretch me out.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Angie S.
I wanted to book an appointment with relatively short notice, and this was my first time using Thumbtack. Matt responded quickly, answered all my questions, and had an appointment available when I needed it. The massage was excellent in both addressing specific areas of pain/tension and providing much needed relaxation. Thank you, Matt!
Right On Time MassageRight On Time Massage
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