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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 University Park massage therapists
Barry T.
The best Massage EVER! Keith is anointed to do massages. I’ve never received a massage like that before! He knows the body! Very professional and was massage drunk afterwards. Thank you so much
Ryan s.
Very good massage. She is present and conscientious during the whole experience. The stretching is great combined with the massage this is the best massage Ive received. I highly recommend.
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Yasmin C.
Best massage ever. I’ve had plenty of massages but byfar, he is one of the best.
Jermaine's Mobile Massages #130172Jermaine's Mobile Massages #130172
Tom G.
Good massage
Carlos G.
Great massage
Attention to Tension Massage TherapyAttention to Tension Massage Therapy
Shay b.
Amazing massage!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Marc H.
Amazing massage!
Magda LamMagda Lam
Jim f.
Great massage!
Red Pearl MassageRed Pearl Massage
Chris C.
Great massage
Hands of ChinaHands of China
Bradley J.
Great massage!
Castle Hills MassageCastle Hills Massage
Peter A.
Excellent massage
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage.
Platinum Massage Therapy and Personal TrainingPlatinum Massage Therapy and Personal Training
Steven B.
Great massage. Alana was really nice. She discussed all of my trouble areas and stuck to the massage plan. Overall massage was great. Really nice suite, clean and comfortable. Will defo return again.
Lana Nicole LMTLana Nicole LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Luis provided an in-home massage on very short notice. He was very professional and kind, and gave a great massage. I would definitely recommend him. Also, a great value for a 90-minute massage!
Busy Stream of LifeBusy Stream of Life
Valerie S.
Yan is great. Gives great massages and very personable. Makes u feel comfortable and relaxed during the massage.
Hands of ChinaHands of China
George N.
Kim is an amazing massage therapist! She was able to take me in on short notice! Awesome massage and definitely be back!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Kristy S.
Josh was awesome! Such a great massage and he checked in during the massage to make sure all felt okay. Highly recommend !
Attention to Tension Massage TherapyAttention to Tension Massage Therapy
Jonathan N.
Solid massage. Recommended
Revive Your VibeRevive Your Vibe
MandJ S.
My husband hired Kathy for a birthday massage for me. She was great! Looking forward to my next massage with her.
Knot Out MassageKnot Out Massage
Faris a.
Very great massage
Jennifer Trevino LMTJennifer Trevino LMT
Roger G.
Very very well done massage I and my wife would highly recommend her deep tissue massages
Stephanie ElaineStephanie Elaine
Ashley Y.
Finally found a great massage therapist! Shannon is great if you are in need of a deep tissue and sports massage!🙌 highly recommend 👍
Recooperating TouchRecooperating Touch
Thumbtack Customer
Not only is Patrice very professional, on time and pleasant to work with, her massages are outstanding! She will definitely be requested (and booked!) for all our future massage needs. I highly recommend contacting Patrice Schilder for you personal or corporate massages!
Massage MatrixMassage Matrix
James B.
amazing personable and considerate massage!
Red Pearl MassageRed Pearl Massage
Ryan J.
Amazing massage and wonderful personality.
OMM-Mobile Massage by KarahOMM-Mobile Massage by Karah
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