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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

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 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
Tom L.
Excellent massage. Very professional.
Irma Melano LMT Master BodyworkerIrma Melano LMT Master Bodyworker
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
Eduardo A.
Sara gave me a 5 star Swedish massage. She’s very professional, courteous, and skilled. Absolutely worth the price and Sara is so pleasant to talk with during the massage.
Massage by SaraMassage by Sara
Roderick S.
Excellent massage. Very relaxing. Highly recommended!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
George V.
Had an AMAZING massage with Mobile Massage! Lisa was great and really got some places I didn’t know I could feel. Would highly recommend!!! 5 stars EASY!
Mobile MyotherapyMobile Myotherapy
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
Stephen C.
Diane is a very knowledgeable and professional massage therapist. She listens to what you want worked on before the massage but also figures out what the body needs as her hands move over your body. She incorporates aromatherapy and hot stones during your massage in her very comfortable setting. Highly recommended!!
Healing from the Heart Massage by DianeHealing from the Heart Massage by Diane
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
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
Megan T.
Tammy gives a wonderful massage. I will definitely be back! My body feels wonderful!
Five Elements Organic Spa ServicesFive Elements Organic Spa Services
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
Roderick S.
Amazing massage! Right amount of pressure. Expert, very intuitive, and quite invigorating. Highly recommended!
Sonoran Mobile Massage and BodyworkSonoran Mobile Massage and Bodywork
Travis M.
Sebastian accommodated my last minute booking and provided a deep and thorough massage. Excellent service.
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Melissa B.
This was one of the BEST massages I have ever had. She was very quick to get back to me and to get me booked in. She listened carefully to all of my concerns at the beginning of the treatment and worked on all areas that I had asked with intention. I felt so incredible afterwards - I loved the way she used her knowledge to incorporate stretching into the massage to help increase my range of motion. I would absolutely recommend seeing her for a massage!!
Repose RetreatRepose Retreat
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
Nathalie R.
Mary responded promptly to my request and worked at getting an appointment that worked for both of us. She is a skilled massage therapist. My body responded well to the massage. She needs to update her address and base rate as those are not accurate. I thought I was engaging a therapist in Tempe and she is in Chandler now.
Five Elements Organic Spa ServicesFive Elements Organic Spa Services
Bill L.
Holly is a great message Therapist, very knowledgeable of her profession. I would highly recommend her for your massage. Bill
Holly’s Healing HandsHolly’s Healing Hands
Nickolos J.
One of the best deep tissue massages I've had in a long time and helped me get rid of my shin splints
IN HOME-Personalized Training/Therapeutic MassageIN HOME-Personalized Training/Therapeutic Massage
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
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
Eric L.
Mary did an amazing job. I was really impressed with her work. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a massage
Five Elements Organic Spa ServicesFive Elements Organic Spa Services
Thumbtack Customer
Rebekah was wonderful with taking time, to discuss with me what my needs and concerns were on massage work. She was prompt, professional, and wonderfully kind.
Rebekah Essig, LMTRebekah Essig, LMT
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