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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 McKinney massage therapists
Barron B.
Therapeutic massage
Health FirstHealth First
Eusevio a.
Got my wife a massage for valentine's and she said it was the best she's ever had. Mind you she was a massage therapist herself and is super particular about her massages. Needless to say this is the spot if you want the most bang for your dollar.
Garden Day SpaGarden Day Spa
Jessica Y.
James was so awesome! He came to our home and provided a massage table and fresh sheets! He gave us privacy when undressing for our massages and was extremely well-versed in technique. Our romantic couple’s massage was awesome and we can’t wait to book again!
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Saphira s.
James is the best massage I’ve ever had. The best experience. He has the best hands, wow. His massage is soo warm and thorough. The body massage Experience you gave me was magical. You are amazing. A Godsend. Your touch …your hands is what I needed. Thank you so much! Reliable on time professional.
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
This was for my wife, she said it was the best massage she ever had.
Recooperating TouchRecooperating Touch
Sadia a.
Amazing massages. Super punctual. Will definitely be using again. Thank you.
Sophisticated BodyworkSophisticated Bodywork
Bradford M.
She was perfect, very attentive to specific areas and overall great massage
Hands of ChinaHands of China
Marvinia A.
Booking was seamless and Shannon stayed in contact up to the appointment. The team arrived on time. Set up was quick and massages began promptly upon arrival. They were flexible, given we changed the number of people booked. Everyone was happy with their massages which was personalized for each persons needs. We will book again and definitely recommend to others.
Recooperating TouchRecooperating Touch
Ted M.
Best massage that I have ever had. Neck has been bothering me for weeks and much, much better today.
Pinnacle Body WorkzPinnacle Body Workz
Aj A.
I had a deep tissue massage with Delance two weeks ago. It was the one of the best massage I have every had. I have already scheduled my second appointment, .......I think I found my new therapist. I highly recommend Delance to anyone. 1 . Location easy to find 2. Very professional 3 . Very clean and safe environment
Delance ToranDelance Toran
Sarina B.
Wow! La Bronaca was absolutely amazing!!! Very professional and punctual. She did a massage for my daughter and I and it was absolutely out of this world. She put a lot of work in, and you can tell that she likes what she does and she is really into making the clients feel wonderful. I highly recommend her for a massage!! I definitely will be having repeat service with her!
Sophisticated BodyworkSophisticated Bodywork
Cam G.
I was a little nervous about my first massage, but Kim made me feel completely comfortable and allowed me to just relax. 10/10 Great experience!!!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Michael W.
Rita was amazing. While the massage was top notch, the consultation and conversation were really what stand out. I would highly recommend Rita for her services and passion for her craft.
Chaumont Massage & BodyworksChaumont Massage & Bodyworks
Daniel S.
If chronic pain and stress describe you, you'll want to hire James. Quick background on me - I've been working in the health and fitness industry for 15 years and hold five different accredited credentials as a personal trainer. I have battled arthritis since 2009 and suffer from constant pain, inflammation, and emotional distress. I also have bulging discs in my lower back. By the grace of God, I am still able to exercise! To date, I've seen five different massage therapists, six chiropractors, three physical therapists, and an acupuncturist. I’d give each therapist six months to a year … when a therapy treatment stopped helping, I would try another therapist or treatment (that’s why I’ve seen so many). Of all the therapies, I've found massage therapy to help me the most. After two years of consistent messages, my lower back started to progressively get worse, so I knew it was time to find someone with more of a medical/therapeutic background. I spent a lot of time researching and found ten different top-rated massage therapists. Here is a list of the top five reasons why I ended up hiring James to come to my house every week of the year: 1.) He loves people. James spent a lot of time getting to know me, assessing, and understanding my needs on our first session (he didn't charge for this). For James, he would tell you this is a ministry for him, not a job. 2.) He wears many hats. James is a chiropractor, certified personal trainer, AND a massage therapist. Not only am I getting a therapeutic massage ... I'm getting professional adjustments and knowledge about fitness and nutrition (and he actually lives the lifestyle!) Since seeing James, I’ve been able to stop seeing my normal chiropractor which has saved me money and time. Additionally, adjustments are so much more effective after doing a massage! My back pain has already been reduced by over 50% to date from seeing him. 3.) He is educated. James holds several advanced credentials as a massage therapist, including cupping. He has his own advanced deep tissue massage therapy techniques that he teaches to other massage therapists. As a massage therapist, he actually graduated sum cum lade in his class! As a result, he understands biomechanics and anatomy at a very advanced level and is able to work with very complex cases. 4.) He doesn’t overcharge. From a business standpoint, James is in a position of strength because if he wanted to, he could charge a hefty fee. Think about it: he travels to you, he holds several credentials as a chiropractor/massage therapist/personal trainer, and he offers so many different services. If you think about how much a chiropractor alone would charge, he could easily charge $250/hour for everything he does! Instead, he understands not everyone is a millionaire and charges below the industry standard. Like I said in #1, this is a ministry for him. 5.) He is a man of character. He values God, family, and people. Since I have been working with James, this has become very clear to me in his communication style and the types of conversations we engage in. He always gives glory to God when he talks about his story. BONUS: He was in the NFL. I would have hired him either way, but it makes me feel even more privileged to work with a former athlete If you want to personally call me or reach out to me for reference reasons, I would be happy to do that (just visit my website and contact me). I hope that you’ll give James a shot and experience what I get to! – Daniel Stein, CEO of
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Heide W.
Carlene was very professional and did a great job! She is the first person I have found, that truly has the capability to give a massage that aids in recovery from injuries. And she follows up to see how you are doing. Very pleased with my service. Thank you Carlene.
Carlene SaelgCarlene Saelg
Javier was great. He responded to my messages very fast. When he arrived, he was on time and was very professional. When he was massaging, he was very thorough and made sure to check in with me to make sure the pressure was good. He’s just a super nice guy. Highly recommend!
Javier GuerraJavier Guerra
Arley G.
I booked this my massage for my lady and she was very happy. We had just arrived from a Disney trip for 1 week and she was sore and hurting. Today she is very relax and ready for the weekend. Thank you buddy. Good job. Happy woman, happy life.
Recooperating TouchRecooperating Touch
Michael W.
Melissa was great. She spent a great deal of precision on getting the relaxation setting right. She is courteous and gracious with things like water or sodas and warm towels. The location is in a nicely appointed building in Plano. Melissa is also a very skilled therapist. I was completely relaxed after the massage and would highly recommend her service to anyone. I intend to visit again soon.
French Touch DFWFrench Touch DFW
Thumbtack Customer
John made my husband feel comfortable and at ease from the very beginning, with completely relaxed not too far after. My husband deals with chronic back & neck issues due to his job and John's different massage strategies helped to work out so much of his pain. And apparently this was just with medium pressure :-) Paul said this is the best he's felt in a LONG time so thank you John!
Thumbtack Customer
Parkinson's has made my husband's muscles very rigid. This causes his posture to bend, his shoulders and arms to curl, and his head to be angled downward. After months of intense PT, the rigidity was unchanged. Within the first week of Rodney's focused massages, my husband's affected muscles were noticeably lengthened, and he was able to improve his posture (and outlook) remarkably. Rodney continues to target affected muscle groups; he is integrated in an overall plan which includes me, the caregiver, doctor, and physical therapist. We can't believe how much difference Rodney has made.
Platinum Massage Therapy and Personal TrainingPlatinum Massage Therapy and Personal Training
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