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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 Modesto massage therapists
Dale N.
Excellent massage.
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Emanuel D.
Amazing massage
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John N.
Excellent massage.
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Abel H.
Wei is an amazing massage therapist. He is very professional and very caring person. I have seen him three times and He is great. Looking forward to next massage. Thank you for being so kind.
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Chad B.
I was impressed by the way Alejandro approached the massage. His understanding of anatomy and body mechanics were very evident. He was respectful and caring about my unique set of needs. Worth considering when you need massage care.
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Ossiel R.
Excellent person to deal with, very professional, awesome massage, reasonable price. Clean, confortable and relaxing atmosphere.
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Cheryl S.
Wei was excellent. One of the best reflexology sessions. Also massaged hands and neck/head area. I would highly recommend.
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Gladys E.
I had a great experience getting a lymphatic drainage massage from Wei Liu. He goes above and beyond, cares about how you feel during the massage and is always making sure you are comfortable . He is very professional and I highly recommended him. Thank you Wei Liu for caring and demonstrating pure kindness.
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Krystal B.
Wei was very professional, and I got the best massage I've had in 2 years. He really worked on my trouble areas, and I believe becoming a regular client, he will help me to better manage my pain. His work area is very clean and tidy, and very relaxing. Awesome massage Wei! I'll be back!
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Cari R.
The best massage I’ve ever had. He truly helped my lupus pain and gave me better range of motion. Plus, very professional and calming.
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Sukie S.
Went here for a lymphatic drainage massage.....YOU MUST GO! I can't say enough good things about his professionalism. He really goes above and beyond. You will not find a better value for money spent either. He responded quickly and I actually booked for the very nest day.I will definitely be returning often. Don't miss out on this massage experience. Satisfied customer fir sure. Sukie
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Onslow D.
Thank you Jack he was very professional very thorough has great knowledge and ability of what he’s doing with the massage it was awesome and I would refer him
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Ryan M.
Wen really knows what he’s doing. Had some trouble areas, and he knew exactly what to do. Will definitely be going back for another great deep tissue massage.
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Miriam L.
Alejandro literally has magic hands. I have been getting massages for years and have never had a male masseur because I was afraid it would be awkward or something but honestly he was one of the only people I found near my area so I thought I’d give him a try. First of all he was very punctual and responded to my message immediately. He confirmed the appointment with me the day prior and was early to our appointment but was patient to wait for me until I was ready. He’s extremely professional and I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. You can tell that Alejandro cares about his work and knows human anatomy quite well. Although it was our first session together, he seemed to somehow know EXACTLY where I was having problems without having to even tell him. The amount of pressure was perfect and the whole thing was a very positive experience. I think he undercharges for his services. I feel like I am a good judge of character even with brief interactions with people and I can just tell that Alejandro is a good, trust-worthy person and takes pride in what he does. He is a very skilled massage therapist and it shows. I don’t think you will regret booking him for a massage. Your body mind and spirit will thank you. ☀️
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Edgardo L.
Wei is a top-notched massage therapist. He is a master of his craft and I feel like he was born exactly to do this job. He started slow and easy and began releasing the muscle knots accumulated on the target areas - back and shoulders, that has been bothering me for quite sometime. In the end, I am very happy with the service he gave to me. The price is also affordable, which I think he is worth more than what he is actually charging to customers.
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