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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. 

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.  

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.

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 River Ridge massage therapists
Aaron B.
Great massage
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Robert F.
Awesome Lomi Lomi massage!
Jason Shivers Healing ArtsJason Shivers Healing Arts
Waqas j.
Excellent massage. Very relaxing.
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Carl H.
Awesome therapist with great knowledge of massage.
Jason Shivers Healing ArtsJason Shivers Healing Arts
Mark D.
Shay was amazing!! By far one of the best massages ever.
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Allison J.
Zach was very professional. Much needed massage for relaxation
Zach TurnerZach Turner
Dick c.
Best massage I’ve had from 5 continents
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Steve G.
Excellent massage, helped a sore shoulder. I will return.
Zach TurnerZach Turner
Sherry D.
Zac gives a fantastic massage! I would recommend it to anyone
Zach TurnerZach Turner
Holly S.
Such a wonderful massage! I will definitely be utilizing A Healer’s Touch again!
Jason Shivers Healing ArtsJason Shivers Healing Arts
Katlin W.
Jason was incredibly professional, listened carefully to my specific needs (prenatal massage), responded promptly to all online communication, has a welcoming facility,and most importantly, provided the best massage I have ever had! Thanks!
Jason Shivers Healing ArtsJason Shivers Healing Arts
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome Massage. I plan on seeing Jason again in the future. Highly recommend!
Jason Shivers Healing ArtsJason Shivers Healing Arts
Erica P.
Jason was absolutely amazing! Very professional, attentive, and calm. Massage was great! Highly recommend!
Jason Shivers Healing ArtsJason Shivers Healing Arts
Jason M.
This lady knows what she is doing and closely listened to my explanation of why I was on her table and responded with not only a great massage, but offered some key insights as to why I might have some pain and tension retention in problem areas. I left 100% satisfied with the work she did and how I felt afterwards. I highly recommend Massage Melody. Next time I need a massage she will be who I call.
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Nolan P.
First massage and listened to my needs of my neck issues. Will definitely plan for a second when the time comes.
Jason Shivers Healing ArtsJason Shivers Healing Arts
Philip J.
Excellent massage good intuition about your needs and a very bright personality that makes it easy ti relax
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Pam W.
As a former teacher of massage and therapist myself, I highly recommend Zach. On time, professional, with a great energy. I also through him a curve by asking him if he would use my lube as I am so very allergic to the most popular massage oils/lotions. He did a fantastic job.
Zach TurnerZach Turner
Joey D.
She is a wonderful massage therapist. However, she’s even more of a wonderful human being. Very good Therapist very good person highly recommends
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Greg N.
I have been to many massage therapists. I have only met two in my 60 years that I would consider excellent and Zach Turner is one of them.
Zach TurnerZach Turner
Bob M.
Shay did a wonderful job today, the pressure was good and I had a very relaxing massage! I would definitely recommend her services and will schedule with her again. Thank you!
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Dr B.
I hired Shay to preform a massage on my pregnant wife. My wife has been raving about how good her services were all day. This was the prefect surprise for my wife.
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Jessie T.
My wife and I could not have been more pleased with her sincere thoughts and professional attentive massage and bodywork! Her work needed and welcomed! Job well done! Thanks a bunch and we’ll see you again soon. Tom Quarles (Retired MMT, LT)
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Dan E.
Shay is by far the best massage I’ve had! Had my second session and she understands exactly what I need. I can’t say enough good things about her. I may fly back soon just for a couple of sessions, she’s that good! Very special person. Thanks
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
Sean M.
Shay did an amazing job on my massage. She was able to focus on several problem areas. She also made suggestions on how I could resolve those issues in the future. When I got off the table I felt like a new man. I will definitely going to see her again.
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
David G.
There are not enough STARS to express the quality of my experience. I was in town for business and was just 9 days after a 2nd hand surgery. My level of total body discomfort was beyond a 10. Shay was so professional and knowledgeable in her approach. Most importantly, she challenged me to the point my body relaxed to allow the pain and discomfort to dissipate. Shay's therapeutic massage capabilities are a gift and heart is the wrapping!!
Massage by ShayMassage by Shay
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