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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.

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

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 Mesa massage therapists
Hayatt H.
Best massage an massage therapist, I can't be more satisfied an look forward to more amazing massage
Wildflower Classic MassageWildflower Classic Massage
James N.
Was a good massage but not worth $150. for an hour massage
Satellites MassageSatellites Massage
Robert H.
Excellent massage
Zen TouchZen Touch
Laura w.
Awesome experience with Alec! Great massages for the 3 of us - I will be having him back as my primary massage therapist! ☺️
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Diana M.
We had a massage 'event' for 4 people with 2 therapists. All participants said it was the best massage they had enjoyed.
Balenchino MassageBalenchino Massage
Jim D.
Besides getting a very relaxing massage Alec is very professional, punctual, friendly and respectful. One of the few times I scheduled a 60 min massage and received a 60 min massage. I definitely recommend Alec and will book again.
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Hayatt H.
Best massage an nicest lady
Holly’s Healing HandsHolly’s Healing Hands
Heather L.
Probably the best massage I have ever had. They came to our air bnb and gave 6 of us massages. Everyone loved them.
Massage by Larissa.Massage by Larissa.
Kim H.
One of the best massages I’ve had. Made the 90 minutes feel like 5, on time, professional, no complaints! I will definitely be booking future massages with him for sure.
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Sebastian arrived, set up and went right to work. He was kind, professional and extremely skilled at massage therapy. He has strong hands and is senative to your request on pressure....he gives an excellent massage. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a massage for any reason.
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Vaishnavi B.
One of the best massages I ever had!
Mobile Remedial MassageMobile Remedial Massage
Barry G.
Great massage. Melissa is very intuitive. Highly recommend.
Melissa's Mobile Massage and WellnessMelissa's Mobile Massage and Wellness
Hayatt H.
The massage was best I have ever had, best pressure, short notice was given an she showed up, super excited happy I found my massage person forever
Kierstynn WileKierstynn Wile
Jared C.
Great massage, great space, overall great experience.
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
John F.
Kami is very good, massage was exactly what I expected.
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Julia H.
My massage was very relaxing and definitely helped with my pain.
Healing Quest Massage TherapyHealing Quest Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Best massage ever and very informative on a lot of subjects for nutrition and exercise!
Elysium Health TempleElysium Health Temple
Thumbtack Customer
For Mothers Day we wanted to give my mom something special. When I searched for a massage therapist I ended up on Thumbnail and received an email from Gloria at Body Skin Soul. As my mom is elderly she needed a in home massage. This morning Gloria provided my mom with her first massage. Gloria made my mom feel comfortable and in capable hands. It was such a good experience that my mom has already made plans for future massages by Gloria. Thanks to Gloria we found the perfect Mothers Day gift.
Massage Therapy and You/ 20 yrs experience.Massage Therapy and You/ 20 yrs experience.
Charity S.
Deb was wonderful! Several women received 10 minute massages and I heard high praise from many of them. She was so caring and kind in addition to her excellent massage skills. I'd definitely hire her again!
Deb Bursell, Licensed Massage TherapistDeb Bursell, Licensed Massage Therapist
Ann S.
Tyler was excellent! Very professional, a wonderful massage therapist. We will be using her again!
Touch. Heal. Repeat.Touch. Heal. Repeat.
Anne N.
My elderly mother has been getting weekly massages from Deb and could not be more pleased. She has thoroughly enjoyed Deb’s therapeutic massages. She has become more flexible and her legs feel better/more stable. She looks so forward to her massages as not only are they therapeutic but so enjoyable. Deb has a great personality and my mom feels very comfortable with her. I definitely recommend her!
Deb Bursell, Licensed Massage TherapistDeb Bursell, Licensed Massage Therapist
Thirdie T.
If you’re looking for a good deep tissue massage worth your dollar, Wally is your man!
Darnell Muscle TherapyDarnell Muscle Therapy
Terry R.
Kierstynn is very knowledgeable and has a passion for massage therapy! I highly suggest making an appointment with her!
Kierstynn WileKierstynn Wile
Sharon M.
I really like Cami! Her massage was very therapeutic... I have booked her again
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Christina R.
Super friendly and professional! Great massage! Definitely knows what she is doing! Will be my go to from now on!
Michelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE MassageMichelle's Pro-Therapeutic MOBILE Massage
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