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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 Middleburg Heights massage therapists
Donna A.
Excellent massage skills
Holistic Hands, LLCHolistic Hands, LLC
Beki J.
Amazing massage, very relaxing, friendly, professional. One of the best massages I've had in a long time. 5 stars for sure!
Holistic Hands, LLCHolistic Hands, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage, great price
Vicktoria Lariche Healing massageVicktoria Lariche Healing massage
Jodi L.
Vanessa came out to my office to do chair massages. The process was simple (she sent a sign-up sheet in advance) and my employees gave rave reviews of their massages! I was initially concerned about whether the last massage (at 4:30) would be as good as the first one (at 9am), but all massages were excellent! Will definitely be booking another date soon!
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Erin R.
Great massage, definitely recommend her!!!
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
David S.
Patty provided an EXCELLENT massage. In total, the completion of paperwork, her assessment of my health needs/concerns, and the massage itself took about an hour and a half, but she still only charged for an hour. The massage was thorough and relaxing. I would not hesitate to use her services again and I highly recommend her!
Massage by Patty BealeMassage by Patty Beale
James G.
Great deep tissue massage. Very professional and thorough.
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Priyanka V.
Amazing massage in the comfort of my own home. Will book again!
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Alieu M.
Felt comfortable throughout the whole experience and enjoyed a amazingly relaxing massage!
B&B Health & WellnessB&B Health & Wellness
Gwen P.
a wonderful massage by a wonderful therapist. looking forward to our next session
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Alix A.
She was awesome. Sweet and best massage I have ever had.
Hollywood Dolls Beauty BoutiqueHollywood Dolls Beauty Boutique
Gauntlett E.
I came in for a 90 min Deep tissue Massage with Kim. My massage was amazing with great pressure and great technique. She was very attentive, and a great listener and communicator. She was working out tough tension spots in a way I didn’t even know was possible! I wish I could come everyday! I found my new go too for a massage.
B&B Health & WellnessB&B Health & Wellness
Chris D.
I’ve received massages all over the country. She is by far the kindest and most thorough of them all. Her ambiance is comfortable and private. This is MY masseuse for the foreseeable future. She gave me a two hour massage for my birthday and didn’t get tired. Beauty and talent!
Hollywood Dolls Beauty BoutiqueHollywood Dolls Beauty Boutique
Thumbtack Customer
Patty spends a lot of time with you. She makes sure you have a personalized massage. She is professional and knowledgeable. I will be recommending her to friends and family.
Massage by Patty BealeMassage by Patty Beale
Brad F.
When I first made a request, Kimberly responded quickly and was excellent in her communication and expectations. After scheduling an appointment, she provided updates on her timing and was very punctual. Prior to the massage, we discussed any chronic issues I was having as well as areas for her to focus on. The massage was fantastic and professional. She checked in from time to time to determine the proper amount of pressure. Not once did I feel uneasy or apprehensive while on the table. In fact, it was quite the opposite. She made me feel incredibly comfortable and relaxed. Kimberly offers a great way to escape from the noise of the day while helping your body get back to center. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a quality massage. 🙂
B&B Health & WellnessB&B Health & Wellness
Kevin S.
My expectations were far exceeded with my experience with Ryan. His professionalism and knowledge put me at ease. I would highly recommend using AAB, LLC (Ryan) for a therapeutic sports massage.
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Eric N.
SERIOUSLY FANTASTIC! Ryan is seriously fantastic. He communicates clearly ahead of time so I knew exactly what to expect, and right on time he arrived at my home with his equipment. He set everything up, and even brought a clean set of sheets for his massage table. He arrived as promised 15 minutes before our treatment time so we could discuss the treatment before we got started on the clock. And then, once the massage began, I knew I'd made a great choice. He's intuitive with his hands, giving each part of your body the treatment it needs. I left the table feeling fantastic .... energized yet relaxed. I'm looking forward to making massage with Ryan a regular part of my days! You won't be disappointed.
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Tammy B.
We will definitely get massages from Takeeyia again... we’ve already booked another appointment for next week. I love her professionalism ,performance ,and personality ! She was on time... Her skills were impeccable , absolutely will refer her to everyone I know!
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Matthew A.
Requested Takeeyia’s services to surprise my wife with a professional massage for our anniversary. My wife had nothing but rave reviews. And says she felt amazing after. Takeeyia was incredibly professional and flexible when we ran into a scheduling issue. We will definitely be using her services again in the future, and highly recommend her.
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Thumbtack Customer
Patty was very professional in working on my leg in particular. She spent well over the allotted time working the tightness out of the leg. She also spent much time doing the normal relaxation massage. She was very easy to talk to and put me well at ease. Her work was outstanding and I would recommend her without reserve.
Massage by Patty BealeMassage by Patty Beale
Shelley C.
Takeeyia came to my home where we have our very own wellness room, it was very convenient that she offers this home service. Immediately I was mesmerized by her whole technique and was very satisfied with my 90 minute relaxing Birthday massage. I did beforehand request not to talk unless necessary and she said she would follow my lead! Two family members have already booked. Thankyou Takeeyia! Shelley C.
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
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