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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.  

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.

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 Eden Prairie massage therapists
Robert M.
Great massage. Good combo of deep tissue work on some tight areas and relaxing Swedish massage. I will definitely be booking another massage!
Jo A.
Wonderful, deep tissue massage by a caring and talented professional. I highly recommend Pure Body Massage!
Robert M.
Great deep tissue massage from Sandy.
Healing MassageHealing Massage
Ronald G.
Very nice 1. 1/2 hour massage
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Dustin M.
I received a 90 minute massage. It was the best massage I’ve had in a long time. She asked upfront if I preferred certain focus areas, pressure, etc so she could provide the best experience. She provided a welcoming atmosphere and professional setting. I couldn’t recommend more highly Pure Body Massage.
Carla M.
He’s very nice and polite besides giving a good massage
Majestic Spa goes by PrestonMajestic Spa goes by Preston
Brian w.
Kacy most comfortable massage interaction I have had yet. I will refer to anyone I know that does and doesn't do massage. Worth every nickle. Thank you Kacy. see you soon.
Healing MassageHealing Massage
Steve S.
Kate Lynn is a high quality massage therapist. Her massage is different in a very positive way. She advised me beforehand that if I fell asleep, she would take it as a compliment. Her massage techniques had me so relaxed that I was falling asleep, but I wanted to stay awake to enjoy the relief she was providing to my sore muscles. I will definitely continue using Kate Lynn and would highly recommend her to those who are seeking a massage therapist who truly does rank above the rest.
Heart⚡️Force W/ Kate LynnHeart⚡️Force W/ Kate Lynn
Diana j.
Amazing massage! I came into Pure Body with several key points on my body (shoulder, upper & lower back, etc.) needing a lot of work. My entire body feels better after my 90 deep tissue massage, I will definitely book another appointment.
Thumbtack Customer
Professional environment and atmosphere, she is a skilled massage artisan. Great job. I will definitely visit again.
R E F I L L Massage and BodyworkR E F I L L Massage and Bodywork
Chris B.
Brandy was amazing! Fun to talk to and provides a great experience overall. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a quality massage
N'Hands HealingN'Hands Healing
Chris M.
Very accommodating when I booked a massage for my wife on Mother’s Day, and she says he did a great job, was professional, and pleasant.
TravelPro LMTTravelPro LMT
Lisa E.
Vanessa responded quickly to my last minute request, asked good questions, and provided a really great massage. I will definitely recommend her to others!
Melissa S.
Wonderful experience from start to finish! Barbara was very prompt in responding, was able to come on short notice, and the massage itself was just what I needed. Thanks, Barbara!
Barbara's Soothing (MOBILE) MassageBarbara's Soothing (MOBILE) Massage
Melissa K.
There’s a lot to say so let me be quick. Yes she’s the highest priced but absolutely worth every penny she gets + a generous tip. Jenna responded Immediately within 10 minutes of me inquiring. Came to my home from an hour away within 2 hours on the same day I called. Having gotten massages in 10 countries and weekly since 2014 Jenna is the best. She isn’t just a therapist she knows the body, listens to the body and heals the body. This kind of work is completely different then your normal massage. It’s masterful, powerful and worth paying for. Don’t hesitate to book Jenna.
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Nathan P.
For my first ever massage experience I couldn’t have ask for anything better. As soon as you walk in Vanessa makes you feel at ease and the setting amplifies that sense of calm. She is attentive, caring, professional, and friendly. Vanessa did a fantastic job and I will certainly be back!
Tom B.
Kate did an amazing job. She has a unique style that is unmatched in the industry. She is very in tune with soft tissue injuries and TBI’s. If you have been been in an auto accident she is definitely a person you should see. It was a very relaxing and positive energy massage. I will definitely be seeing her again! Tom
Heart⚡️Force W/ Kate LynnHeart⚡️Force W/ Kate Lynn
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