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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 Bankers Hill deep tissue massage therapists
Darlene B.
Lisa is great at what she does...especially if you want a DEEP tissue massage.
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Zachery H.
Amazing massage, would recommend Dylan to anyone from a traditional relaxation Swedish massage to deep tissue sports massage. He can do it all!
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Lindsey R.
I had a deep tissue massage with Ashley that was just what I needed! Would recommend to anyone
Bliss Massage and ReikiBliss Massage and Reiki
Anita K.
She did an excellent massage ! Heavy hands is good for deep tissue. Details in muscles problems. Thank you 🙏🏻.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Curtis R.
Just had an amazing massage with Dylan... By far amazing deep tissue work... felt like a new person highly highly recommended.. don’t miss out
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Agustin A.
I've been receiving Sports massage (deep tissue) for increased recovery time and flexibility for the better part of 35 years. Jena's work is second to none. Highly recommend.
Jena Murgia Mobile Body CareJena Murgia Mobile Body Care
Mark G.
If you want a deep tissue or trigger point massage then Karen is your person. She did an excellent job and was able to really dig in and hit all the right spots.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Landon T.
Had a much needed massage from Joyce. Did the 90 minute deep tissue and it was great! Perfect amount of pressure. Very professional and polite. Will definitely be using her in the future!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Jessalyn O.
I scheduled her for my mom as a gift and she loved it. She loves deep tissue massage and it was just what she needed. Her hands and body weight are very strong (if you like really strong deep massages) wherever she would tell her she had pain or tension, she would know exactly what to do. At the end she finished by relaxing her muscles from all that deep tissue, she knew exactly what she was doing she was just amazing!!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Erin T.
I came in for a 90 mim deep tissue Massage with Dylan. My massage was amazing. Great pressure, technique, and Hot Rock massage. I wish I could come every week. I chose to drive to him because of our hotel reservations, but he can travel to you. I found my new go too for a massage.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Johana R.
This is my first deep tissue massage and at first I was tense and scared but as the minutes passed by and even hours after the massage I feel like I’m on cloud 9. He is really professional and loves his job, he made sure I was comfortable. Thank you Dylan !
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Faith W.
I enjoyed a wonderful deep tissue massage this evening from Dylan. Hercules should be his nickname! He is very strong and goes deep into the muscles with expertise persision .. My body needed exactly the gift of his amazing hands. I feel like a brand new woman! Thank you Dylan
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Angelic M.
He was late but made up for it by giving me a discounted price and was very apologetic. The 90 minute massage I received from him was by far the best I’ve had and I’ve been to various massage spas around San Diego. He really gets deep into the tissue. Definitely going to schedule more appointments with him in the future!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Noah L.
Everything about working with Dylan was perfect. He was quick to schedule, had fair pricing, showed up on time, and did a fantastic job. Not only did I get a great deep tissue massage, but he used hot stones and cupping to help with tougher areas. I highly recommend booking him!
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Jessalyn O.
Booked Lisa for my Mom and she’s amazing!! She loved the deep tissue massage she got. She felt relaxed and rejuvenated after! Lisa knows exactly where you need work on and she hits all the pressure points. Looking forward to booking Lisa again! Thank you so much & it was lovely meeting you ;)
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Wozzi R.
The deep tissue massage from Dylan was truly outstanding. He has a good understanding of anatomy and really focused on the areas which needed the most work. I like a massage with a lot of pressure and while most masseurs do not apply enough pressure to really get my muscles to relax, he was able to deliver. Dylan has an extremely professional demeanor from start to finish and is all round a super cool guy exuding good vibes. I look forward to my next massage with Dylan and you should too!
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
I explained to Ms. Jena my chronic arthritic condition and how my massage therapist back home usually works with me and she was very open to the information conveyed. Ms. Jena is a very experienced with deep tissue massage and warming up the area before applying more pressure. My body is composed of muscle knots and I immediately felt and noticed the difference with my posture. She can also carry a pleasant conversation. If you're needing pain relief choose Ms. Jena.
Jena Murgia Mobile Body CareJena Murgia Mobile Body Care
Gerry S.
On our family’s recent trip to San Diego, we set up an appointment for San Diego mobile spa to come to our house for multiple massages. Regina and her colleague were prompt, professional, and gave great service. My family each had different likes pertaining to massage and these guys were great! Some liked soft therapeutic massage, some liked Deep Tissue and some liked medium pressure. They also did great stretching and Thai massage which was intense but wonderful. These guys were really attentive to each persons individual needs. Thanks for helping us have such a nice addition to our vacation experience. We will definitely hire them again!
Bradley T.
Karen is amazing! I used to get massages quite frequently and haven’t been able to do so for a few months because of COVID-19. I’ve been slowly trying to get back into working out and I have been experiencing a lot of soreness. I’ve also had a lot of stress and anxiety lately and it tends to build up in certain areas of the body. My “tension” spots. Karen identified every single one of those touch points and was able to dig deep enough to satisfy and release so much that had been built up. She is very sweet and will work with you to focus on your problem areas. She is professional and experienced. She is also very strong for the deep tissue soreness. I’m getting Karen every single time I get a massages. Beyond five star experience.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Pam B.
Karen gave me the best deep tissue massage that I have ever had and I've had a lot of them. She personalized my massage to address the pain that I have due to severe back problems including sciatica. She also found painful areas I didn't know that I had. Her knowledge of anatomy allowed her to get in and stretch the muscles around the nerves which were causing lot of my pain. When I left I could actually stand up straight instead of being all hunched over. I've had acupuncture as well as various other types of massage and Karen's treatment was far more effective in controlling pain. I'll keep scheduling until I go back to Montana for the summer. I wish I could take her with me.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Steve H.
What an incredible massage! I was visiting San Diego and really needed a massage after the stress of traveling and the discomfort of being crammed into a very small airplane seat for five and a half hours. When I saw all of the top-notch reviews for Dylan, I knew that he was the therapist that I should book. And, he completely lived up to all of his rave reviews. Dylan is extremely skilled, and he's also a really nice person. He has very strong hands and was able to give me the very deep tissue work that I requested. I feel fantastic, relaxed, and pain-free. I highly recommend Dylan, and I'll definitely be contacting him again when I'm back in San Diego.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Joshua L.
ObI asked for a deep tissue massage. I always get frustrated because no one can give enough pressure for the entire hour. But I need it deep and other areas I just need swedish massage. Karen did it all! I can not tell you how incredible her massage was. You just have to experience it to believe how skilled she is in technique and her hands just seemed to know every area I was in need. She did not miss a spot. If you are looking for a thorough massage, where you need more pressure say here then there. This girl has magic fingers. I felt NO pain for days after her massage. She also is good with the feet knows reflexology, and the cupping was awesome. I am having her come weekly. Nothing at all in my life makes me feel better then one of Karen's sessions. If you want your money's worth, and the best massage YOU can EVER get. Man, don't waste your money. Hire this Lady. She has over 20/30 years of experience. She knows the body she know where to go. Make her your masseuse, However don't take my weekly times away from me! All I can say is "Oblivian". and she is on time and empathetic and a real person. Easy to feel comfortable. I can not say enough! THANK YOU KAREN! Josh L.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
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