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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 Menlo Park massage therapists
Brian c.
Great massage!
Lena Hotel outcall massageLena Hotel outcall massage
Martin P.
Great massage, intuitive therapist.
Touch for Natural Peace
Thumbtack Customer
Joyce was great, terrific massage, she was ready when I got there, asked the right questions, and tailored the massage to what I needed therapeutically, and I left feeling loose and relaxed.
Massage for TherapyMassage for Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Vivian to do in-home massages for our girls weekend. She was a pleasure to work with. Arrived on time, provided all the necessary equipment, and gave great massages! Everyone was pleased with her services.
Thera Touch and HealingThera Touch and Healing
Diane G.
Jill was warm and professional. We had excellent massages and would highly recommend her.
Jill McIntyre, CMTJill McIntyre, CMT
Tamara B.
Lawrence's massages are pure magic. I was so stressed this last week, and my shoulders and back were so tense. Lawrence fixed them all and by the end of the hour I was completely relaxed and de-stressed. He has amazing pressure and rhythym. I was a little worried about getting a massage in my place because I've never done it before, but Lawrence is so professional and arrives with everything you need for a great massage. Will definitely book again!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Carol C.
Susan is wonderful and took the time to understand my body's 'bad' areas. And, she combines passive stretching along with massage. It was bliss!
Restore Massage + WellnessRestore Massage + Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Jill was very easy to schedule with and showed up nice and early. I am a deep tissue fanatic who has had 100s of massages. Needless to say, I am extremely picky. Jill was superb, perfect, started the massage in a new and innovative way, went deep, and the whole 90 minute process was outstanding. I've already scheduled a second one.
Jill McIntyre, CMTJill McIntyre, CMT
Simon M.
I'd highly recommend Shannon for sports massage - exactly what I needed. She's a great person too who made the experience very enjoyable.
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
Denise D.
Mandala was professional yet personable and just a pleasure! The massage was amazing and much needed. I felt so relaxed when it was over. I highly recommend her!
Thumbtack Customer
Jill is a great massage therapist. She is thoughtful and really works with you and what is going on with your body. She tailors the hour to really help you get the most out of it -- whether it be more relaxation, stretching or working out the kinks in tired, overworked muscles. She's professional, personable and always on time. I
Jill McIntyre, CMTJill McIntyre, CMT
Anton N.
There are not enough superlatives to describe Patrick. With a different mindset he could be working as a therapist for the stars, but here is someone genuinely interested in being a healing force to the average person. I’ve experienced shoulder pain the past few weeks and recently it morphed into resembling carpal tunnel in the right arm. I’ve had many treatments at a top chiropractor but it has not brought about relief. My body is so tight that I thought I would try a masseur before consulting a physiotherapist. I have frequented top massage, acupuncture & chiropractors but never encountered someone so attuned to the human body, than Patrick. He combines eastern and western technique (medicine). I’ve discovered a gem and look forward to seeing him regularly. What makes Patrick so unique is that he is affordable. Don’t hesitate - make the booking! You will not regret it.
Touch for Natural Peace
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