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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.  

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.

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 Alameda massage therapists
Michael T.
One of the best massage I ever had
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
Ken N.
Wonderful massage, good value for the expertise and time spent.
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
Kenneth b.
Had an expert massage and would one hundred percent recommend
JJ's HandzJJ's Handz
Bridget k.
Best massage I have had! Mya was very conscious of my strict Covid measures as I am high risk pregnant. Mya provided massages for me and my 3 family members and each of us were very impressed! thank you so much for the wonderful experience Mya! You are now our go to massage therapist!!!
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Katy S.
Excellent massage, efficient and relaxing operation transported right into our home
Sacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMTSacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMT
Rob J.
I need a good, strong deep tissue massage and David did a great job. Extremely friendly and professional, his massage included stretching which I really needed. I highly recommend and will be working with David again soon.
Men's Massage by DavidMen's Massage by David
Evelyn S.
Gisele is easy to work with. On time, friendly, and offers a firm massage, which I love.
Massage therapy by GiseleMassage therapy by Gisele
Michael T.
It was a very nice experience. The massage really made my whole body feel so much better. Angel is a gem. Very nice & polite. I would highly recommend anyone to try Angel. I am absolutely going to be returning for another massage.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Rebecca G.
Kate is an excellent massage therapist. She took the time to understand what I needed, checked-in several times about the pressure, and did an awesome job working on several tight areas and knots. She is professional and on-time. I highly recommend Kate (KB Massage)!
K B MassageK B Massage
Renee K.
This was a great experience for all of our family! Massages and Reiki were so well done! She is a gift!
528 Samadhi Healing Light528 Samadhi Healing Light
Thumbtack Customer
She was punctual and very professional. However, I just have a specific expectation when it comes to massage. I guess we all have our own preference. I had a prenatal massage and it was kinda tough having to move around 3 times. Every body does it differently, she had me move on my side, then my back, then my other side. For me that was too much moving. I wanted to fall asleep during the massage but never happened. Normally, that's my gauge whether or not the massage is going well. That's just me. Again, she was not bad, just not for me. I picked her because of her reviews and I thought since she was expensive, she must be good. But that's not always the case. Hope this helps others when choosing their massues.
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Phillip E.
Jennifer was on time and very professional. She left a huge smile on my wife's face with a great prenatal massage, would definitely hire again!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Melody A.
I’m in 3rd trimester pregnant and I had bad back pain and neck pain. I went to massage places and didn’t have any difference much. And I decided to try home massage. Maya was really good I told her abt my neck and back she exactly focused more that areas. After I felt really good definitely will recommend her
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Rudi H.
Kate is a top notch massage therapist in every way and by far the best massage therapist I've found on thumbtack or anywhere else in a long time! Beyond great skills she has a genuinely nice person and has a great attitude. My schedule can sometimes be a bit chaotic and she has gone above and beyond in working to accommodate me. She gets my highest recommendation!
K B MassageK B Massage
Suzzette W.
Angel was on time, professional, and provided a great massage. I left floating! Angel also made sure to advise me to stay hydrated and texted me the next morning to make sure I was feeling well. I will be back!
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Suzannah C.
I had an amazing massage from Jennifer tonight. She was attentive and intuitive in her delivery. There were areas I wasn’t aware of that needed her healing touch. Her excellent reviews are all true. She really is all the rage!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Myla T.
The experience was great... it felt like my back had a mental consultation with him prior to the session... he just knows where to press on my poor back... I’m so happy I finally had a massage after 3 long months.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Stephanie G.
I’m so glad I found Jen she is the best I’m pregnant and she is so right for the job she makes sure I’m good I’m sitting right I was a mess before I found her my body is so relaxed now she’s my own massages go to person I even went twice in one week she makes you feel so at ease and comfortable words can’t express how good she is I’m glad shes In my area I love the atmosphere and everything about Services I wish they had more then 90 mins take it from me once you get a massage from her your not going to want anybody else.
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Chris W.
At first I liked Pol because of his excellent communication while booking a mobile massage for my wife. I even tacked on a 90 min deep tissue for myself at the last second with no dramas from Pol. But that was before I had one of his massages. Unlike many other masseurs, Pol didn't just go through his routine. Instead he was tuned in to what specific muscles of mine needed more attention, and what needed less. Overall I walked away feeling incredibly worked and balanced. My wife also felt like Pol got the balance for her spot on. She prefers something much much lighter. However the danger is is that when given these instructions, the masseur can just often give her 'pats' (her words), without really making her feel relaxed. 'Fantastic' was the way she described the experience when asked. To conclude, I felt like Pol is an excellent masseur, and would happily see him again. 5 stars.
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Rudi H.
This is about my experience trying to book a massage with her and her communication not an actual massage since I was never able to receive one from her. First she told me that she wasn't available on the day I requested -- but I wasn't requesting for a specific day but rather one of a number of days. After I explained this, she told me that she wasn't feeling well but would be in touch soon to schedule with me. I checked in again and she implied that she would be available within a couple of days and would let me know. That was several weeks ago and I never heard from her again. It seems that if you can book an appointment, and she actually keeps that appointment, she is great but that proved quite elusive in my experience. Perhaps you will have better luck. ---- This is the response I got from her after leaving this review: "You incompetent little person. Go screw yourself! I have multiple sclerosis and have a little care in the world for anything your hideous face says. I will be elusive and I will be on top of the world while you rate people a one star review because they are in capable of seeing someone and or they simply do not want to because your energy sucks. Now go take 30 minutes to go review yourself about what a shitty person you are." I reviewed her based on my experience with her. Her response confirms that I was lucky not to have spent any time or money seeing her in person.
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