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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 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 Elk Grove massage therapists
Fatima M.
Quick to respond and punctual. Massage was great!
Massage DelightMassage Delight
Jay p.
Wow! When you receive a massage this good, it would be hard to go elsewhere! I get frequent massages, so I know the difference between mediocre and excellent. Jack is an expert masseuse, and delivered an excellent massage. I plan on sticking with Jack as long as our schedules mesh. Really. It was that good!!
Jack Liu/Fengbo LiuJack Liu/Fengbo Liu
Jay p.
I'll get a massage several times per month, mostly as an escape from stress. A relaxing massage lets my mind and body escape- if only for an hour- from life's stressors. So its a massage- or a bottle of wine...! Jessica came through with a nice relaxing environment at her home. No phones ringing, no knocking at the door, no running out to greet another customer, etc. I appreciate that. Her demeanor and her massage were equally peaceful and relaxing. And I appreciate that, too. For those reasons, I can recommend her as a massage therapist, and I plan to visit her again...and again...and again.... Jay
Sac City MassageSac City Massage
Lu J.
5 STARS!! Thank you! Amazing massage I'll be back!
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Jay p.
Wow! Just wow! I'll get a massage several times per month, mostly as an escape from stress. A relaxing massage lets my mind and body escape- if only for an hour- from life's stressors. So its a massage- or a bottle of wine...(and sometimes both!) Kelly comes through through with a nice relaxing environment at her home. She provides a very comfortable massage table, with beautiful, calming music in the background. No phones ringing, no knocking at the door, no running out to greet another customer, etc. I appreciate that. Her demeanor was equally peaceful and relaxing, And I appreciate that, too. But beyond that, Kelly has a true gift for the art of massage. She knows what she's doing, and is obviously educated and highly skilled at it. For lots of reasons, I can recommend her as a massage therapist, and I plan to visit her again...and again...and again.... Jay
Swedish Full Body Relaxation Massage by KellySwedish Full Body Relaxation Massage by Kelly
Vee S.
I scheduled 2 massages with Larry recently, one for me and another for my boyfriend. Larry was very nice and professional, however, it just wasn't my kind of massage. My boyfriend really liked it though and gave him an 8/10 rating.
Massages by LarryMassages by Larry
Leanne K.
The massage was excellent! Charles is a true professional dedicated to his craft. Put me down as a repeat client.
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Jo O.
Truly enjoyed the massage. Very professional. I liked the way he communicated. I will have him back.
Massages by LarryMassages by Larry
Shauna G.
I got a deep tissue massage from Jessica for sciatic pain I've been having. The massage was the perfect pressure and really relieved the shooting pain and let me sleep soundly at night. She was very professional and double masked which I really appreciated. I am also a wheelchair-user which can make things tricky, but Jessica found creative ways to still work my muscles. She also gave great advice and tips in general. I'm looking forward to booking my next massage with her!
Sac City MassageSac City Massage
Shawna W.
I would recommend him to anyone in need of his service! He’s by far the most amazing massage therapist I’ve ever experienced!!
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Maurice E.
Charles did an amazing job with the massage. He was attentive and very responsive to requests throughout the massage.. He was very responsive while coordinating service which I really appreciated. He brought his own table which was very nice and even had gloves to accommodate for COVID concerns. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that he was a bit more late than I could do 5 in clear conscious. Still, he expanded the massage past our alloted time to make up for being late and I would definitely rehire his services. Dude is a hard worker and it shows.
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Ryan J.
I really enjoyed Jessica’s massage and all the input she about about my health. I’m going to try to see her regularly
Gina V.
She hasn’t come to give me a massage yet but she’s getting back to me really fast and she lives close to me and her prices are really reasonable
Trinity MassageTrinity Massage
Nicole H.
Charles was professional, on time and very attentive to details regarding the level of pressure/type of massage. He listened and delivered exceptional work!! Definitely making my future appointments with him!
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Shelley S.
Very nice massage! My girlfriend and I called yesterday and she was able to accommodate us today. Thank you so much! Already booked her again for another friend this Saturday.
Massage StudioMassage Studio
Amna A.
I’m very upset, that I booked a massage for my mother with her, and when I got home I found her not wearing a mask, and when I asked her why, she said “ Don’t worry about it, I have the herbal stuff it kills corona virus” OMG, she was in the room with my mom for 90 minutes!!! If I had known she had the cure to corona virus and was not going to wear a mask, I would not have booked her. If my mother gets sick after this massage....
Yvonne S.
My first massage today with Alex was the BEST! I caught myself falling to sleep a few times. I have never felt so relaxed in my life. Highly recommend. Thanks Alex and I'll be seeing you very soon!
Alex Body StudioAlex Body Studio
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