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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 Fresno massage therapists
David C.
I am a regular with Sam the greatest massage always feel great after my massage
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Barry S.
I’ve received many massages from professional massage therapists but my experience with Kimberly Mendez was pleasantly different. Kimberly is knowledgeable, professional, and seems to really care about helping her clients improve their health through massage. I highly recommend her as a massage therapist.
Fresno Massage TherapyFresno Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Deatra T.
Massage was excellent!
Shannon BenningerShannon Benninger
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Ray W.
Intuitive massage
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Alex K.
Great in home massage!
Mobile Massages by JessicaMobile Massages by Jessica
Mary D.
Was a good massage. Very deep.
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
David C.
Always gives a great massage
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Amber k.
Very sweet, genuinely a great massage.
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Keith V.
Gave me and my wife a massage
Genevieve FrateGenevieve Frate
Lon T.
Excellent Massage ---I will book with her again
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Isidro P.
Excellent massage. I definitely felt the difference after the massage, much needed. I am happy I went to see Kim, she was very professional and responsive.
Fresno Massage TherapyFresno Massage Therapy
Donald v.
Would recommend. Highly valued and massage experience was totally relaxing
Fresno Massage TherapyFresno Massage Therapy
Art A.
Thank you so much for taking the time for my massage!
Fresno Massage TherapyFresno Massage Therapy
Kristin H.
I messaged Brandi three days before my anniversary to set up massages as a surprise for my boyfriend. She was super accommodating to my availability. We got great massages and all for a great price!
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Terry G.
Excellent massage, one of the best I've ever had. I will be back for more. :)
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Sean C.
I like th hat she does 2-3 hour massages
Shannon BenningerShannon Benninger
Patrick A.
Genevieve is an awesome massage therapist. She catered the massage to some recent injuries I've endured, essentially putting together a hybrid of deep tissue and Swedish and it turned out perfect. I recommend her services and will be seeing her again soon.
Genevieve FrateGenevieve Frate
Victoria L.
I felt so relaxed after my massage that I napped the rest of the day! :)
Fresno Massage TherapyFresno Massage Therapy
Omid i.
Such amazing massage I got today from Brandi , she has the magical hand
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
John L.
Highly recommended. Best massage I’ve ever had. She hears that a lot, no doubt.
Genevieve FrateGenevieve Frate
Ted K.
Just had an amazing massage with Kimberly. She is very professional and was good at making sure I was comfortable with the pressure of the deep tissue massage. It was great. I was able to relax into it all and left in so much better shape than when I came in. Highly recommended.
Fresno Massage TherapyFresno Massage Therapy
John H.
Finds the root of the problem and tries to work out a series of massages that best works on solving the problem
Mirembe Massage TherapyMirembe Massage Therapy
Colleen S.
Very strong hands. Did super good deep tissue massage feel super relaxed
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
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