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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 Goodyear massage therapists
Jolene W.
Nice massage
Old Town Massage therapyOld Town Massage therapy
Scott E.
My massage was amazing. First time, but will not be my last. He was very thorough and did an exceptional massage. Great listener to what I exactly needed.
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Zeb J.
Ashley was punctual, took time to understand my massage needs and responded to my every request. The massage invigorating and I will be a repeat customer. My leg is feeling better.
EARTH Massage by AshleyEARTH Massage by Ashley
Lyle H.
THIS LADY IS AMAZING!!!! Work quality, Effort, understanding the difference of a normal massage to a deep tissue sports massage was great! Very understanding of a working man body! Can’t wait for our next appt.
Mobile MyotherapyMobile Myotherapy
Ron W.
Michelle was a great massage therapist. She was knowledgeable about my muscle pull and how to relieve the pain. She also included a complete professional massage. I would highly recommend her.
Michelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE MassageMichelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Gary gives nice, strong, therapeutic deep-pressure massages. He travels to the client’s house with his own massage table, as he does not have a salon/spa of his own. However, after giving me one price quote for a 1-hour massage before we met, he texted me weeks after the first massage saying that any subsequent massages would now cost $15 more due to his the gas he used coming to my house. Funny...He had already known exactly where I would be living - and how much gas it takes to drive a few cities over - prior to that very first massage. Yet, still he had quoted me an original price that was $15 less than the “new price” he planned to charge after my first massage. And, I’d even given him a 20% gratuity for the first massage. While living in the Low Salary, At-Will Work Capital of the U.S., my husband and I continued to struggle financially (even while spending money only on just the very basic necessities) and I was obviously unable to spend on frivilous things like massages. Gary continued to text me, pretending to be a caring acquaintance, writing me messages at each holiday like Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc. At first, I thought he was just being nice. Intermittently, though, he’d bug me about scheduling another massage. I told him a few times that I’d be unable to afford to do so for awhile, especially with his new higher price. Gary sent me another text about 9 months after we met. He feigned concern with an out-of-the-blue text that said, “Are you okay? You haven't booked a massage.” Naively, I believed his “are you okay?” question was genuine. I didn’t realize that his true purpose for writing was to goad me into booking another massage. I wrote him a VERY long, sad text detailing how depressed I was and why, how my husband was chronically ill, and how we were struggling financially and emotionally in the Land of Low Salaries, Corrupt Government, Drug Abuse and High Suicide Rates. My text was pretty pathetic, but I thought I was simply venting to someone who sincerely cared how I was doing. I ended my text by saying that I was very sorry, but I couldn’t afford a massage at the time. Gary took awhile to respond to me - a person whose wellbeing he was *pretending* to care about. His only text response to my despondent diatribe was simply, “Oh, ok”. That’s ALL he ever wrote, and he never contacted me again. So, you tell ME what Gary really cares about. People? No. Gary cares about MONEY.
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
perfect amount of pressure. Most relaxing and therapeutic massage I have ever had!
Tree Of Life Mobile Massage TherapyTree Of Life Mobile Massage Therapy
Jojo P.
Very professional! Massage was excellent! I woke up this morning with decreased pain and stiffness! Highly recommend!!!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Mike H.
Phillip is a awesome massage therapist , leave you feeling better than when came in. Try him out and see . Mike.
Phillips Healing Hands Traveling Massage TherapistPhillips Healing Hands Traveling Massage Therapist
Gloria S.
Mr. Watson is very adept at massage. If you want a masseuse who is knowledgeable, qualified, attentive—he is your man. Dr. Solomon
Gary Watson Mobile MassageGary Watson Mobile Massage
Lkierra E.
Amazing!!!! I was able to get a next day appointment. Very flexible hours, which is great. The massage was amazing! Can’t wait for my next appointment. Thank you again!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Heidi S.
I feel amazing after Sebastians service! He did a wonderful job on my massage and I feel so much better! I will be scheduling continuing services in the future!
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Sabrina B.
Ashley was absolutely amazing! She arrived on time & gave an amazing trigger point massage, one of the best I've had in the last 15 years! Can't wait to schedule my next appointment!
EARTH Massage by AshleyEARTH Massage by Ashley
Kyla H.
Booked her for my husband, he was always complaining about stiffness. After finishing the massage with Esseance he was impressive and felt very relieved. Book with her she has amazing hands and very professional. Definitely will book again…
Healing EsseanceHealing Esseance
Paul B.
Trinity was by far best massage therapist i have ever had. She read my body, worked very key areas that had been bothering me. Trinity is extremely knowledgeable, wise and all around fantastic person & Woman. 100% will schedule again with Trinity. Many thanks 🙌🙏👏👐
Trinity Ixchel LMTTrinity Ixchel LMT
Connie M.
Michelle is such a excellent therapist! She had everything she needed to setup at my home and she was very Covid-19 conscientious and careful. I highly recommend Michelle and hope to reschedule a few more time with her. Michelle is a true professional and I felt very comfortable with her in my home. Her skills are superior to other massage therapists. I am so grateful she is on Thumbtack!
Michelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE MassageMichelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE Massage
Thumbtack Customer
I had neck muscle pain and a pinched nerve in my neck. Tim was professional and very informative. He suggested chiropractic work for the pinched nerve of which I made an appt. The day following the massage, I definitely felt better but still need the follow up with chiropractor. I would refer Tim in an instant and will certainly use him in the future. I would rate him outstanding without any reservation!!
Healing InsightHealing Insight
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