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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 Hayward massage therapists
Andrew G.
Amy was perfect. The massage was just what I needed. Amy massaged my neck very well and she made my feet feel wonderful. I really enjoyed the way she massaged my legs and feet. Thank you Amy I will book another massage soon.
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Yovany A.
Great massage
Touch for Natural Peace
Jose S.
Great massage, great stretching
Warren P.
Best Massage! Very relaxing !
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
Leanne S.
Great massage. Like her technique. It really helped me to feel better.
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Melissa P.
Jasmine came to our home to give my husband and I a couples massage & she did not disappoint. She is very friendly & her massages will leave you extremity relaxed/loosened up. We will definitely be asking her to come back :)
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Faiyaz f.
Very good ,very satisfied,will hire him next time for massage ,100% good
Mahmoud FayadMahmoud Fayad
Zaire h.
By far the best massage I had! 5 star service I highly recommend!!
S. H massageS. H massage
Randi R.
Kate was great. I gifted a massage for my husband and he won’t stop talking about her.
K B MassageK B Massage
Andrew G.
Best massage ever! I will book again for my wife. Professional and very skillful! Thank you.
S. H massageS. H massage
Lucien A.
Jasmine provided a very thorough and much needed massage. She worked out all the tension knots.
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Tracy W.
Masahiro did a great job with my 90 minute massage. I was very relaxed and would definitely utilize his skills again.
Massage ClinicMassage Clinic
Imani A.
Glenn is awesome. He came to my home to deal with my boyfriends neck injury. By just a simple conversation, I found out he also does Lymphatic Massages. My massage was heavenly. I was 25% less swollen the following morning. I slept very well that night. Please take a look at the picture I uploaded. He used objects in my feet to help with swelling
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Carlisa H.
Great massage therapist. She was detailed and did great on the areas I mentioned to her. She was professional and did a great job. I’ll be utilizing her services regularly.
S. H massageS. H massage
Amanda D.
He’s very talented, I was thoroughly impressed, he was on time and well prepared even though I wasn’t 😅 Will use his services again, best value for in home massage
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
Sandy R.
Wonderful massage! Pressure for deep tissue was perfect. Experience of having Lawrence (masseuse) come to the house was exquisite. So nice not having to leave home. Highly recommend & I will be calling to schedule with him again.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Faiyaz F.
This place is amazing. The combination massage was very much needed. I didn’t realize how tight my body was until the session was over. Oh boy was it tense but afterwards I felt so much relief. I would recommend anyone to give it a try.He did very excellent job ,I recommend everyone to chose him ,He did really good massage on me ,very nice personality He knows what he is doing ,Thanks to make me feel better ,I will give him more chances !
Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.
Jaime S.
I had a very good experience with Ace Massage Therapy Solutions. Yusef Najem was quite friendly and professional. He was very much responsive to my needs and was really interested in helping me reduce my body discomforts.
Ace Massage Therapy SolutionsAce Massage Therapy Solutions
Joymara C.
Shu Hu is lovely! She arrived early enough to set up and provided calming music to help me unwind during my massage. Shu Hu exerts just the right amount of pressure with good attention to tight areas of my body.
S. H massageS. H massage
Dmitry M.
I found this massage therapy to be a more permanent solution to my back pain and stiffness caused by a stationary work environment. Jennifer has a natural touch and she worked through every stress point until the pain was gone. I will be coming back!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Michelle P.
I am so thankful for Glenn’s massage. I was going through a really difficult time and he made my day. He was attentive and catered to specific areas that was bothering me. I had a stiff neck and he was able to loosen the knots on my neck. He was very professional and provided me with many information about the names of muscles he was working on. The work he did was priceless and I will definitely be calling him again!
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Natalia F.
PLEASE READ!!! I have been here 4 times already for my boyfriend and his mom and SHE IS AMAZING!!! Her hands are like magic, the way my boyfriend says. He can't get enough! Sharon is complete comfortable with you sitting inside with who you bring and she has an adorable dog! She is completely professional and her space is clean. I recommend you check her out if you've been needing a massage!
Open Door Tarot ConsultingOpen Door Tarot Consulting
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