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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 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.

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.

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 Berkeley massage therapists
Pete n.
Blue Mountain Holistic Massage is awesome. Professional and very effective massage therapist. I would always recommend if you are in need of an quality massage.
Blue Mountain Holistic MassageBlue Mountain Holistic Massage
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
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived at the stated time. She is pleasant and focuses on the massage and not a lot of chatting during the massage. Good deep tissue technique.
Lanae's Massage Therapy - Mobile Table & ChairLanae's Massage Therapy - Mobile Table & Chair
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent deep tissue massage!
Restorative Flow Massage
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
Thumbtack Customer
Shannon provides an outstanding deep massage and really helped me relieve pain issues.
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
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
Evan S.
Sam is a really good massage therapist. You can tell she really cares.
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
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
Candace C.
Great massage, wonderful value! Super quiet studio in secluded Oak hills bungalow. Thank you!!
Open Door Tarot ConsultingOpen Door Tarot Consulting
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing, thorough, sensitive massage. Lanae has incredible strength and the ability to find every knot. So grateful.
Lanae's Massage Therapy - Mobile Table & ChairLanae's Massage Therapy - Mobile Table & Chair
Erin C.
Wonderful massage, you can tell Patricia really cares about her clients, their experience and healing. Highly recommend!
Common Health ArtsCommon Health Arts
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
Lanae came to our preschool for staff work day and gave 11 teachers a 20 minute massage. She's a talented masseuse and everyone had a great experience.
Lanae's Massage Therapy - Mobile Table & ChairLanae's Massage Therapy - Mobile Table & Chair
Mei Z.
He arrived on time and was very professional in setting up the massage tables and covers etc. the only thing u wished was a bit more heating as I used his service on a very cold day.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Lawrence accommodated me at the last minute which I really appreciated. He combined massage styles and gave me the ultimate relief and relaxation treatment I've ever experienced. I will definitely use his services again in the future.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Deshae W.
Got a massage with Shannon about a month ago and loved it. She was really responsive and was able to get me in last minute. As a DI athlete, I am always concerned if the pressure levels will be enough but she was great. Will definitely be working with her again.
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
Thumbtack Customer
Cat was awesome, not only firing the message session, but also during scheduling and before starting the massage. She asked me about what I was expecting, and clearly explained what we were going to do. Will definetly visit her again soon!
VastRoot WellnessVastRoot Wellness
Janet S.
My very first at home massage was amazing! Lawrence was great! super professional & prompt. calm energy, good firm pressure, used my own sheets on his table, he brought his own soothing music too :) Will recommend to others too. thank you, L.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Lauren G.
Sam delivered an amazing massage. I am a dancer and personal trainer and have had a lot of body work to support these practices, but my session with Sam stood out. She obviously understands the body and the tension it carries well and I am happily not suffering from neck pain today!
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
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