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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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Milwaukee massage therapists
Matt I.
Great massage, much needed! Would highly recommend.
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic 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
Michael B.
Deondre was very professional throughout the massage session. He arrived on time as promised and gave me a thorough Swedish style massage, making sure that I was relaxed and comfortable while on his table. We scheduled a follow-up session for one month from today.
Infinity Massage and BodyworkInfinity Massage and Bodywork
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
Matt A.
This was the best massage experience I have ever had. The first time I have had a full nights sleep in a very long time. Definitely will be booking again.
Alexis MinorAlexis Minor
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
Princess A.
Had a beautiful massage experience on a spa day with my friends. Alexis did a great job and she is very polite. I would definitely ask her again on relaxing occasions.
Alexis MinorAlexis Minor
Mohamed m.
Alexis is a very great masseuse who took time to listen whats my issues and discomfort which she demonstrated how she is going to treat the affected areas with choice of very relaxing oils ( she has plenty to choose from but i preferred she pick what ever would help me most), her table got heated cushion. She even went over the massage time to make sure she had fulfilled all the affected areas i pointed. Im definitely her new regular and already booked my next appointment. No one will question her professionalism, ethics, high quality work nor her humble presence. In summary i give my highest recommendation for her as one of the bests in milwaukee.
Alexis MinorAlexis Minor
Valencia B.
Alexis provided a couple’s massage for me and my friend. Prior to the appointment, her response time was fantastic even though I contacted her last minute (3 days prior to the appointment)! My first impression of her was that she was perfectly professional, clean and neat as it relates to her own personal care, equipment and supplies. Alexis is incredibly friendly and down to earth, which is extremely helpful when one is vulnerable, exposing their body to a stranger. Though when I talked with Alexis, I felt very comfortable with her as if I had met her before. Ooohhh and her hands! It’s clear that she understands the human anatomy and knows how to make the body feel great! She could tame a tiger! 😉 I would totally recommend Alexis to anyone who wants to get RELAXED….mind, body and soul. Alexis Is Your Best Choice! I plan to travel over an hour to see her over and over and over again! Cheers to you, Alexis!
Alexis MinorAlexis Minor
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