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Q & A

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 Bay Area deep tissue massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
The deep tissue massage was awesome, thanks!
Leandro GouveiaLeandro Gouveia
Jeff W.
I’d highly recommend to anyone needing deep tissue massage work.
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Leonard d.
Great deep tissue massage very clean space very professional
JV’s BodyworksJV’s Bodyworks
Robert R.
Great massage and a really cool guy with an awesome personality. Highly recommend his work and he does a great deep tissue massage.
city unwindcity unwind
Sanjoy J.
Sam is great. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for a deep-tissue massage for aching muscles!
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Dan K.
Shannon provided me a great deep tissue massage a couple of days ago. I highly recommend her services.
Sacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMTSacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMT
Marvin f.
Angel gave me an excellent deep tissue massage with good sensitivity and intuitive awareness. She has a pleasant personality and was very professional and punctual.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Thumbtack Customer
Leandro is very professional and extremely courteous. He did a great job with the deep tissue massage. I left feeling great and my neck and back felt so much better. Leandro was also quick to respond to my inquiry and very willing to work with my tough schedule. I highly recommend Leandro if you are interested in a great deep tissue massage that is also relaxing.
Leandro GouveiaLeandro Gouveia
Catherine M.
Angel was great with what was selected as my massage type on Thumbtack (Swedish massage). I wish the massage had been deeper, but Angel let me know that I requested a Swedish massage, not deep tissue on the site. Overall I would recommend Angel.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Genie s.
His On time, very focused on the target areas. For me, was the deep tissue massage focusing on Back Area and Feet. He does an Excellent Job, I totally recommend him.
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
Antti v.
Great guy, a solid Swedish massage experience with some deep tissue added in. Solved my lower back pain so I’d say I was a very good experience.
city unwindcity unwind
Tsvetan P.
Me and my wife got deep tissue massages with Shirley at home. We both enjoyed our massages very much. Shirley knows how much pressure to apply and how to release tension in tight spots. We are already looking forward to our next massage with her.
Surely KneadedSurely Kneaded
Lina P.
Wow! Jasmine is amazing. I've had many massages all around the world and by far she has been the best for a deep tissue massage. She was very professional and worked on specific areas that caused me discomfort. I highly recommend Jasmine!
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Daniel T.
l have been getting deep tissue massages for the last 30 years and this was the first time I’ve been really disappointed. What Angel considered “deep tissue”, was lighter than a weak Swedish massage. I paid for a 120 minute massage, and after 30 minutes, I should have told her that this was a mistake; and paid for the entire session and left. I kept thinking that she was going to press harder, but I think that her return clients must like a soft massage. I went home to take a shower, as she didn’t wipe off the oil she used.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Marlee-I M.
Glen was absolutely amazing. Professional, punctual, quick to respond, and highly skilled. He exceeded my expectations. The hot stones combined with the deep tissue massage was everything I needed. I 100% recommended his services and will for sure be booking my next massage with Glen.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Marisabel A.
Lawrence has a gift for deep tissue massages. Since working at home, my neck and shoulders have been aching and Lawrence’s firm massage was so soothing. He found the trouble areas instantly and worked them until the stiffness melted away. Highly recommend!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Kris M.
Lawrence did an amazing job working on my body. By far the best deep tissue massage I have received. Pressure was perfect and addressed my problematic areas on my body. Will be reaching out soon.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Tina C.
Great massage! He is a very skilled masseuse - the deep tissue massage was excellent. He has a unique and powerful way of kneading out knots without making it painful. He responded to my request within minutes which was super convenient for booking. Will certainly use him again in the near future!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Majid R.
I love the fact that she combined Deep Tissue, Trigger point , Hot stone, Swedish flow & Thai Massage techniques in one session. I had some pain in my leg but after the massage the pain was gone. I'll definitely use her service again and I recommend it to everyone.
Unbound MotionUnbound Motion
Sarah L.
My boyfriend and I both got deep tissue massages in our home. Sam was extremely professional and attentive, listening to my needs and asking questions to ensure a safe and tailored therapy session. Would highly recommend her service!
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Using thumbtack was easy and simple. Been looking for a good cmt specialized in deep tissue massage. Jennifer was great from the start with communication to setting up an appointment. The massage was amazing. Got a lot of my knots out and knew where to focus to help release all the tension in the muscle. I will be going back.
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Thumbtack Customer
I booked a 90 minute deep tissue massage with Leandro at his studio and his service is excellent. He did the kind of deep tissue work I always feel like most therapists are either too lazy, too weak or possibly too afraid to attempt on newer clients. His instinct was great and his deep work was consistent through the whole 90 minute session. Where does the abundance of energy and strength come from? I'm not quite sure, but I am thoroughly impressed with this talented, adorable, sensitive man. I can't wait to get back on his table again.
Leandro GouveiaLeandro Gouveia
Janet P.
Wow! Fantastic deep tissue massage! Lawrence is a real pro. Can honestly say this is one of the best treatments I’ve ever had. Lawrence was very responsive and a great communicator before and during my treatment. Very Intuitive therapist. Highly recommend and I will certainly engage Lawrence on a regular basis. Thank you!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Before using Lawrence, I had never booked an in-home massage therapist before. Now, I want to use him regularly! Lawrence was punctual (even early!), kind, and gave an excellent deep tissue massage. He genuinely cared about my health and the after-effects of the massage, following up the next day to check on soreness / general sentiment. He even has a customer loyalty program! I've already recommended him to a friend and I'd encourage you to use him if you like a casual in-home setting (with a nice guy) for your massages.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Renee G.
Rhodel made a 20 minute trip to my location and did not charge extra. He was able to make our appointment last minute being I was traveling and only in the area for 2 days. Very reasonable prices. On time for appointment: neither early or late. Rhodel was professional and extremely responsive to my needs. He worked with pressure points as well as muscles and deep tissues. This massage was one of my best, out of at least the 30 massages I have had in my lifetime.
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
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