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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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Cole Valley massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
I got a great massage from Rob. He did a combination of massage and stretching, which is exactly the type of sports massage I wanted. He was really attentive and professional. I plan to return to get more massages from Rob.
Rob Smith Bodywork & MassageRob Smith Bodywork & Massage
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
Melissa T.
I had a great experience with Magnolia Massage. Jennifer is trained in prenatal massage and I had a very comfortable and tension relieving massage. I will definitely be back. Thanks Jennifer!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Sai K.
My wife and I got a couples massage here. My masseuse, Pat, was amazing! Pat adjusted the amount of pressure perfectly and massaged right along the fascia of my back and hamstrings where I told her I was tight. My wife's masseuse, Pin, was also great! Her massage was a stress-relieving, Swedish massage. Pin used a hot stone and my wife told me that the massage lifted away a year of stress. Not bad for a 90 minute massage!
Buddha Bliss Therapeutic MassageBuddha Bliss Therapeutic Massage
Joefree S.
Jennifer has years of experience in massage and it shows -- it was the most relaxing massage I had in a long time.
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Gonzalo M.
Nela was amazing, professional, on time and a great massage. We called her back and did another massage.
Brightside MassageBrightside Massage
Annie C.
I had a wonderful massage experience with Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services. I haven't experienced many massages before and was a little nervous but Jennifer was very welcoming, professional, and put me at ease immediately. She did an excellent job and I left the massage feeling extremely relaxed!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Yuqi D.
Great massage!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Casey M.
Lovely massage!
MandalaMandala
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome Massage!
Rob Smith Bodywork & MassageRob Smith Bodywork & Massage
Thumbtack Customer
good massage
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Leah C.
Great massage.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Thumbtack Customer
The massage was great!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Elissa G.
Amazing massage!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Thumbtack Customer
Good massage!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Dana R.
Thank you so much for an excellent massage! Eric listened to what I asked for and adjusted his massage to match my needs. He has really strong hands and gives a great massage
Art of MassageArt of Massage
Megan K.
Had a wonderful massage with Erin at Studio Touch! She was extremely easy to coordinate with and very professional. The massage was exactly what I needed -- incredibly relaxing and thorough. I would book a massage Erin again in a heartbeat.
Studio TouchStudio Touch
Thumbtack Customer
Dessi is extremely professional, knowledgable about massage, and very friendly. I would highly recommend hiring her for a massage!
Connected Body In GravityConnected Body In Gravity
Thumbtack Customer
Hands down the best massage I've ever had. I nearly fell asleep during the 2 hour massage. Jeremy's gentle thai massage was the perfect balance of stretching everything out and some much needed relaxation.
Jeremy Falk YogaJeremy Falk Yoga
Hani A.
As someone who has been getting massages for years and very often, this was one of the best massages I have received! I continuously have neck pain that only disappears for a few hours most of the time after a massage. After this massage my neck and upper body felt great for an extensive period of time. Highly recommend!
Melt Away MassagesMelt Away Massages
Luke B.
Very good massage!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Rick D.
My father and I both had massage and I can say is Very good professional massage. I recommend highly...
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Rachel L.
Angel was very responsive and was able to fit me in for a next day massage. She operates out of her home in the Mission and has music playing during the massage and provided water afterwards. For the actual massage, I wish it was a bit deeper and more focused on my problem areas. The sheets on the massage table were a bit old and worn down.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Thumbtack Customer
Good masseuse, but horrible, sticky butter oil which made the massage less pleasant. It detracted from an otherwise great massage.
Connected Body In GravityConnected Body In Gravity
Ryan P.
Great massage! I didn't want to do a massage indoors, but my backyard is not very private, so he was able to do a chair massage for me. Was really great and even got my legs. I'm a lot looser and relaxed.
Intuitive Touch MassageIntuitive Touch Massage
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