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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 long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for Milwaukee massage therapists
Matt I.
Great massage, much needed! Would highly recommend.
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful and relaxing. First time getting a Thai massage. Stretching was great!
Kalathari Thai MassageKalathari Thai Massage
Ian F.
I’m town for Business. Needed a massage, worked with me on my hectic schedule.
special touch massage & spa servicesspecial touch massage & spa services
Thumbtack Customer
Went to Elle & Company where Dale was to do a massage for me. In the paper work a question asked if I bruise easily and my answer was NO! During the massage I kept waiting for Dale to ask how the pressure was, but he did not. I asked him to concentrate on my neck and shoulders. When he moved to my legs I asked him if he was done with my neck and he said yes. I had him stop the massage. He had no pressure at all and advised me was because I bruise easily!! NO I DON'T!! Worst massage I have ever had. Called my daughters I was so very disappointed and still need a massage. Guess I will go back to VC Cappili
Massage by Dale/ Island Elle Hair & MakeupMassage by Dale/ Island Elle Hair & Makeup
Erika W.
I was searching for awhile in the MKE area for someone that was knowledgeable and trained in lymphatic massage. I had recently undergone a cosmetic procedure on my face and had severe swelling on my face and neck and being a Massage Therapist myself, I knew the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage massage after surgery.. one being it aids in faster healing of the tissues and two helps to reduce swelling by gently moving the fluids. I finally found Jenn after many frustrating phone calls to numerous other therapists and clinics. She knew her stuff! Jenn made me feel and look so much better! Plus she gives a great massage. She gave me exactly what I needed.
Jenn VogelJenn Vogel
Marcia M.
Sheldon is very professional. He listened to my needs and tailored the massage so that I could get the most from the session. I will definitely book him again.
special touch massage & spa servicesspecial touch massage & spa services
Laurie B.
Maggie did such an amazing job w/ my "deep tissue therapeutic back massage." I have never, ever benefited from any other massage w/ such long-lasting superb results -- she even took the time to stand outside because I was lost. She is a true professional w/ a great deal of knowledge of anatomy and all the musculo-skelatol structures. I would recommend her highly for any and all people needing this type of relief. Absolute Healing & Massage is exactly what you receive! I'm very fortunate she scheduled me for her office location -- Thank you for giving me an opportunity to let others know about Maggie's expertise! Laurie Brill
Absolute Healing & MassageAbsolute Healing & Massage
Victoria S.
Great experience. I invited Sheldon to our house for a 60 minute massage. It was a surprise present for my husband. Everything went very well. Highly recommend Sheldon to everybody.
special touch massage & spa servicesspecial touch massage & spa services
Thumbtack Customer
I had a 60 minute session with Sheila. She made me comfortable to begin the session and even more comfortable during. This was my first Thai massage and hopefully not my last.
Kalathari Thai MassageKalathari Thai Massage
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