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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 Milwaukie deep tissue massage therapists
Charles B.
Great deep tissue massage! Alex was punctual and professional! Great, therapeutic massage.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Derek L.
One of the best deep tissue massages I've ever gotten. Highly recommend
Massage Therapy - JessieMassage Therapy - Jessie
Jessica G.
Amazing sessions for our group and amazing Swedish & deep tissues massage! Professional, punctual, and now, feeling very relaxed - Jillian, was awesome!
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Lewis T.
My deep tissue massage was awesome. Alex went so deep, he touched my soul...😇😁 Hands Down one of my best massages. Instant relief/gratitude... Great Quality massage. He uses COVID precautions, as well. He really cares about his clients safety and well-being.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Cynthia T.
Super kind thoughtful approach to massage. Deep tissue, and offered a discount when not able to do the hot stone as intended. Very covid safe, and came to my home.
SomaFlow Health and Massage, LLCSomaFlow Health and Massage, LLC
Samantha H.
I was in need of a deep tissue massage to try and relax and get back into life. Kyle gave an excellent massage. He adjusted the pressure level and focus areas based on my feedback, which he frequently requested. I will be going back on a regular basis.
Pleasant Touch Massage LLC _ Deep TissuePleasant Touch Massage LLC _ Deep Tissue
Vicki B.
Emanuel was excellent, punctual, communicative and provided a great deep tissue massage with the option of throwing in cupping. The transaction from start to finish was seamless and efficient. Will definitely be reaching out as a repeat client. The option of remote service is such a plus as well.
BodyWorksTxBodyWorksTx
Jose J.
It had been years since I had a deep tissue massage and as a mail carrier, I desperately needed one. Choosing Ian to be my therapist was a bullseye. His technique was very thorough, really spending time on my problem areas. His personality is very welcoming and I was made to feel very listened to with what I needed. My husband and I got to do a couples massage that day because thankfully Paul (massage therapist) was available to make that happen for us. It was the very first massage for my husband and he had a lot of apprehension on the way to the studio. Afterwards he left having enjoyed and appreciated the experience. I highly recommend Ian, I’ve been getting deep tissue massage off and on since 2000 and I can say that he provided an amazing session, you will not be disappointed.
Ian LeMasters Yoga & MassageIan LeMasters Yoga & Massage
Jessica A.
Alex made my husband’s birthday special with a deep tissue massage. My husband was very relaxed and loose afterward. He is a runner and always has tightness in his legs. Alex worked him good! He was on time, professional, and did great work.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Sam H.
What can I say...Dylan was awesome! He was very responsive and was able to fit in a last minute appointment. From his supplies, music, and relaxing demeanor Dylan makes you feel very comfortable and listens to what you need. His massage technique was excellent! When you ask for deep tissue you get deep tissue! He was able to find spots that needed work I didn’t even realize, and he incorporated stretching that helped immensely! He is definitely worth booking with and I will be booking myself again soon! Thank you for everything!
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
When I awoke yesterday morning, I knew it was time again to have some work done on my back, and thank god it was Danielle I found! I felt extremely comfortable having her knead my muscles (she really deep some great deep tissue work) and provide an amazing massage experience - perhaps even the best I've ever had! I am going back to her in two weeks! Thanks Danielle!
Danielle's Table, LLC - Deep Tissue & Sports Ma...Danielle's Table, LLC - Deep Tissue & Sports Ma...
Mike G.
Danielle is one-of-kind. Really knows her stuff, customizes her sessions to each client's particular needs and does amazing deep tissue/therapeutic work. I was traveling and had driven about 3,500 miles in a couple weeks and she took my appt. on short notice and I felt like a different person walking out. Very generous, authentic, skilled and compassionate. Would recommend Danielle to anyone who needs a great massage from a true pro!
Danielle's Table, LLC - Deep Tissue & Sports Ma...Danielle's Table, LLC - Deep Tissue & Sports Ma...
Eric J.
Dana took extra time beforehand to discuss and understand what I wanted from the massage (deep tissue, focus on upper back/shoulders and calves). He’s a good listener and made me feel comfortable and relaxed. He’s also very strong and easily provided the level of pressure I asked for throughout the entire massage. He identified other trouble spots during the massage and suggested spending more time on other areas that needed it - he clearly explained what he was feeling and let me decide though. I felt great after the session, and that relaxed floating feeling still hasn’t worn off, 3 days later now. Beyond the massage itself, Dana is friendly and easy to talk to, has a spacious, relaxing studio, and one of the better massage tables I’ve ever been on (it’s also a little wider with plenty of space to lay your arms, so they don’t awkwardly hang off the sides with the edge of the table cutting into your arm haha). His pricing offers a great value, too.
DL BodyworkDL Bodywork
Casey E.
Alex was absolutely amazing he was very relaxed but very professional at the same time. Deep tissue, he focused on the areas that I needed most attention to and had a perfect amount of pressure so it didn’t hurt and was exactly what I needed! This was the first time in months that my back hasn't hurt, having scoliosis I easily get a lot of knots and tension on my shoulders and neck and my rib cage area are my worst spots. After the massage I didn’t feel tired either I felt relaxed and ready to go do the rest of my errands for the afternoon. I also noticed how much better my breathing was without the muscle cramps I get in my rib area. Alex was absolutely wonderful best massage I’ve had in a very long time. Thank you so much, I will most definitely be making another appointment soon!
AM WellnessAM Wellness
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