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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Fremont massage therapists
Larry c.
Great massage, worked hard to massage my damaged tendons and unknot my muscles.
S. H massageS. H massage
Excellent massage, after 2 years of break from massage I was open to get massage. I found perfect massage to relief my pain and energy with positivity. I was worried with my pain if I will get more pain or reduce!! After massage I felt superb with great energy and my muscles felt relaxed and open up. Thanks for the best massage, loved the music and warm sheets!! Can’t wait again Thanks for everything
Escolacqua Massage Therapy & Aquatic BodyworkEscolacqua Massage Therapy & Aquatic Bodywork
Gio b.
Excellent massage.
Sarany H.
Excellent massage
S. H massageS. H massage
Zack a.
Great massage very good!
Jack Liu/Fengbo LiuJack Liu/Fengbo Liu
Yam p.
I’nead massage right now
S. H massageS. H massage
Reggie C.
The massage experience is worth the value! He is knowledgeable of the pressure points. He addressed my pain by applying different massage technique. It was relieving!
Garima G.
Shu reached on time and did a really good job with massage. She understood my request and gave me massage accordingly. I would highly recommend her. I would appreciate if she could have a package for multiple massage in a week.
S. H massageS. H massage
Ashley L.
Great massage. Will definitely book again!
Peaceful TouchPeaceful Touch
Sanjay B.
I needed a massage very badly and was trying to find a good fit on Thumbtack for my massage needs. I love Thai massages those involve long stretches. There were 2 masseurs on Thumbtack those were Thai professionals, responded to T-Kay’s ad and I got a response right away that he was doing outcalls, but I could not host and hence he mentioned that I could either come to his spa the next day or he could do it at his place. He mentioned his place was small for doing massages but I said if his massage is great I wouldn’t mind and boy I tell you, his massage was deep and strong and exemplary … he hit the right spots skillfully. I wanted him to continue after my 90 mins of massage .. it was that great. Waiting to see him for a massage fairly soon. Do give this quality masseur a shot and you won’t regret it at all …
Massage By T-KayMassage By T-Kay
Ela b.
just be mindful about the pressure applied. it was an ok massage.
Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)
Juste R.
It was one of the best massages I had. Thank you!
528 Samadhi Healing Light528 Samadhi Healing Light
Chris H.
Great massage and good schedule flexibility. Thank you!
Rob J.
Had a great massage from T-Kay. He's definitely top in his field. Been a while since I felt loose hours after a massage. Can't wait to go back.
Massage By T-KayMassage By T-Kay
Renee J.
He was very helpful during these covid times to provide a massage.
Massage ProMassage Pro
Nikki G.
This was my first time working with Shannon. It was very easy to coordinate with her as she is very responsive and gives clear instructions. Arrived on time and gave a great Swedish massage. Enjoyed the massage and will book her again.
Sacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMTSacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMT
Juan H.
If you want a great and solid massage, this is the guy! Thanks, T-Kay!
Massage By T-KayMassage By T-Kay
Gary G.
David is a very good massage Therapist. I recommend him highly.
Men's Massage by DavidMen's Massage by David
Mohammed Y.
S. H is really really good at massaging. She was prompt, extremely professional, and took time to thoroughly massage all the areas I had highlighted as needing extra attention. I’d readily book again for another session!
S. H massageS. H massage
Jacob e.
Joanne is a very professional massage therapist. She listened to my issue and found the knot in my shoulders. She is by far the best I have had and felt way better after the massage. I definitely recommend her to others.
Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)
Jacob e.
Great massage. Followed all safety protocols and really helped my shoulder.
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Mark B.
Very proffessional. Great attitude. Great massage. Im 100% better and I really needed it.
S. H massageS. H massage
Michelle S.
Shu was AMAZING! I contacted her the night before asking if she was available to do two one hour massages and was so happy she was able to accommodate us. She massaged my boyfriend and I back to back. She was very attentive to the areas I requested to be worked on - especially my hips which are always tight! I really like hard pressure massages, which she did wonderfully! I would absolutely request her again!
S. H massageS. H massage
Brittni H.
Shu was great!! She arrived early, very professional, and gave a GREAT massage. Highly recommend her!!
S. H massageS. H massage
Sergio B.
Hank is strong and checks in to make sure He is applying the right pressure. I hired for Thai massage and it was good. Will be back for sure.
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