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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 Tempe massage therapists
Greg S.
Alec was great! After recently relocating to AZ from NM I was searching for a great massage therapist. Definitely one of the best massages I’ve had! Will be rebooking my next massage ASAP
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Claudia G.
Awesome massage for both me and the husband!!
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Christion S.
Wow there are not enough stars to give Alec. I decided to go with a 90 minute massage with cupping. He showed up 15 early (which he said he would the night prior) to set up. Unlike most massage places my 90 minute massage was 90 minutes of actual massage. I came into the massage pretty tight from sitting at a desk and serving tables. My body feels amazing now. I have been getting massages for about 18 years and I can say this was one of my best. He was very professional and listens to feedback. I will be booking Alec on a regular basis.
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Roderick S.
Excellent massage. Very relaxing. Highly recommended!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Karen V.
I had a most awsome massage! He was very kind. I could not lift my arm very well before the massage and now I can lift it straight up.
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Thumbtack Customer
Jen did excellent myofascial massage. I have been getting Swedish massages before, but Jenn's style is pretty amazing. she finds those sore knots and tries to release them by asking you breathe as well. Overall it was intense massage and after the session, your body is relaxed, could not find much pain.
Jenn's Massage HeavenJenn's Massage Heaven
Abbey V.
I've had many massage services before but nothing comes close to Alec's massage! His hands are AMAZING, with just the right amount of pressure to put my whole body into total relaxation! He came complete with his massage table, blankets, aromatherapy oil, and even music! Already booked my next appointment. Thanks Alec!
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
Bob P.
Trinity was a true pro. Her approach was creative and the massage was amazing.
Trinity Ixchel LMTTrinity Ixchel LMT
Ken B.
Excellent massage and was exactly what I needed. Therapist was responsive, scheduled time that worked for me, very professional, and adjusted massage to fit what I needed, helping by doing a little more stretching for me. Location is clean, but lacks some of the usual touches like soft lights and candles, but don't let that put you off. Excellent massage.
Zen TouchZen Touch
Daniel H.
Personable and professional. Excellent massage, i was left feeling free of stress, relaxed, and rejuvenated.
Mindful MendingMindful Mending
Thumbtack Customer
I was in absolute pain and Tamara did an extraordinary job. She had me up and about in no time. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs pain relief or just a good deep relaxing massage. She is an amazing licensed massage therapist.
Tree Of Life Mobile Massage TherapyTree Of Life Mobile Massage Therapy
Omar F.
Best massage I’ve ever had in my life!! Thank you so much trinity :)
Trinity Ixchel LMTTrinity Ixchel LMT
Travis M.
Sebastian accommodated my last minute booking and provided a deep and thorough massage. Excellent service.
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
John O.
A total sweetheart, professional and provides an excellent massage. I'm a big guy with a lot of injuries, she spent a lot of time on my back and the results were amazing. Don't let her petite stature fool you. I will continue with her massage therapy. Highly recommended! Thanks Nichole.
Town TherapyTown Therapy
Nancy M.
One of the best massages I've ever had. She comes to your home so no driving is a big plus for me.
Massage by Larissa.Massage by Larissa.
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic massage and advice to deal with ongoing issues I am having. I will return when we come back to town in the future.
Sacred Alchemy ArtsSacred Alchemy Arts
Thumbtack Customer
My massage was excellent, just the right pressure and very relaxing, just what I wanted. The therapist was professional and the facilities were comfortable.
Absolute Vitality SpaAbsolute Vitality Spa
Christion S.
This is the 2nd time I have hired Alec. This time it was for a very specific reason. My doctor advised me to start getting sports massages due to tight rotator cuffs. I grew up as a professional ballet dancer and have had sports massage by some of the best in the industry. I can honestly say that Alec is right up there with his knowledge and ability. He took time working on specific areas and included stretching and massage. I will be hiring him again in the near future. I %1000000 recommend Alec whether you want to just relax or if you have an injury that needs attention.
Massage by AlecMassage by Alec
James G.
Larissa provided an excellent 90 minute massage, whole body with focus on some trigger points. We would definitely request her again when we are in town.
Massage by Larissa.Massage by Larissa.
Joshua S.
Hands down they best massage ever. I suffer from a compressed spinal injury and struggle with daily pain. My back hasn't felt this good in over a decade.
Trinity Ixchel LMTTrinity Ixchel LMT
Kevin l.
Larissa is an excellent massage therapist that I will for sure be using again! If you have sport injustices, tight muscles, or just looking to relax I would recommend her.
Massage by Larissa.Massage by Larissa.
Jeanne P.
My husband loved his surprise Father’s Day massage. She had everything and made him feel very comfortable. We would definitely use her again for her service.
Tree Of Life Mobile Massage TherapyTree Of Life Mobile Massage Therapy
Donna C.
Finally found someone who gave a great massage! I had a run of bad experiences and now I have a new winning streak with Sebastian! He deserves his fantastic ratings.
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Troy A.
The best massage I ever had. Knew exactly what spots to concentrate on and level of treatment was definitely what I needed. Such a pleasure to converse with and taste in music is excellent!!! Would hire again without a doubt!
Balenchino MassageBalenchino Massage
Connor C.
cami was amazing — she got deep between my shoulders and gave me a FULL 90 min massage with maybe even a few more to make sure she finished stretching my neck. thanks cami!!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
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