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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.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.
Reviews for Berkeley massage therapists
Laura R.
Not in a massage studio, but in a private space, which was new to me. Irmi was very friendly and the massage was a good value.
Restorative Flow Massage
Sarah W.
Fabulous massage
Restorative Flow Massage
Julia T.
Excellent massage!
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Francisco r.
The best massage therapist
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Jon N.
Eastern Massage Therapy
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent deep tissue massage!
Restorative Flow Massage
Raquel B.
Eddy was very professional. He combined several different massage techniques, including deep tissue and Thai massage. I would be happy to work with him again!
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
David H.
Amy came to our home to give my pregnant wife a massage. She was very responsive, showed up on time, and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her massage. Will definitely use again.
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Thumbtack Customer
Lawrence gave me a fantastic therapeutic massage to help rehabilitate an upper back muscle strain I have. He was professional, on time, and thoughtful. He followed up with me the next day to see how I was doing. It's timesaving and comfortable to have a massage in your own home. I've already booked another massage with him!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Sarah M.
This was an awesome massage. Really strong pressure, great experience. Maya is super easy to communicate with. This was my first time having an in-home massage so I wasn’t sure how it’d go, and she is excellent.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Kyra H.
Lawrence is the real deal. One of the best massages I've had in a long time!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Nadia V.
Maya was wonderful - great massage experience, and she was very professional and attentive, highly recommend
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Evan S.
Sam is a really good massage therapist. You can tell she really cares.
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Ana has great hands! I am still feeling the results of her massage two days later. She gave me a very thorough massage, is a very receptive practitioner, and had availability for me right away. Easy to communicate with. Highly recommended.
Eastern Healing ArtsEastern Healing Arts
Raquel B.
My massage with Meeka was terrific. She is both strong and intuitive. I will book with her again.
Blue Mountain Holistic MassageBlue Mountain Holistic Massage
Vipul G.
Impress Bodywork was very professional and has advanced training in massage therapy that was effectively applied to my needs.
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Chelsia Y.
Had a great massage with Maya! She was easy to coordinate with, came early to set up, and knows her craft.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Nancy D.
Maya was very professional, and the communication was easy. Her massage helped my lower back pain. Highly recommended!
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Erin C.
Wonderful massage, you can tell Patricia really cares about her clients, their experience and healing. Highly recommend!
Common Health ArtsCommon Health Arts
Mandie C.
I'd give Jessica 10 stars if I could. She came to my house on my birthday and gave me the BEST 90min massage I've ever had. I spent the next several hours feeling like I was walking on air and my shoulders and neck, which normally are painfully tight were relaxed and tension free for days after. I've already scheduled her for another massage and will do so each month going forward! If your budget allows for regular massages or even occasional ones, Jessica is worth every penny!
Jessica Hobbs, LMTJessica Hobbs, LMT
Brittany S.
Sam came to our home for 90 min massages for my partner and I. Wow, I feel like I drifted off to another planet.. so relaxing! She is very intune with each clients specific needs and delivered one of the best massages we have ever had! Thank you so much Sam and see you soon!
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Brittany S.
We hired Nathaniel for two deep tissue massages at our home. He responded to our inquiry very quickly and arrived at our home on time and ready to get started! He personalized the massages for my partner and I and left us both feeling completely relaxed and recharged. We will be hiring him again, he really has a magic touch!
Attunement MassageAttunement Massage
Raquel B.
I had a wonderful Thai massage today with Sierra. She was very professional and skillful and kind. I am eager to book with her again.
Sierra Laurel YogaSierra Laurel Yoga
Antwan M.
Never had a massage before and really glad I decided to allow Issac to be the first to introduce me to a world I definitely been missing!
The Hands That EnhanceThe Hands That Enhance
Linda C.
Jasime is the best! She does a great pre natal massage. She knows how to work those sore muscles in your thighs and lower back!
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
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