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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.  

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 Oakland massage therapists
Sydney C.
I was relaxed and rejuvenated after getting a massage from KB. Can’t wait for my next massage!
K B MassageK B Massage
Erin S.
Amazing massage!
Shannon came to my school to give massages to teachers for teacher appreciation week. She was prompt, professional, and flexible. The teachers raved about their massages!
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
Justin M.
Highly recommended. Great massage, well versed in different modalities (I received a combination of deep tissue and Thai massage). Very nice person.
Noel G.
The massage was great and she’s super cool
Massage by KarenMassage by Karen
Star B.
Thank you for a great in-house massage!
Intuitive Touch MassageIntuitive Touch Massage
Michael c.
Very good deep tissue massage.
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Cort L.
Sam provided two in-house massages, first for my husband and then for me. The first was a thorough sports massage and the second was a more traditional Swedish massage. Both were perfect, reflecting Sam's experience with different modalities. She was responsive, professional, and thoroughly skilled, and we'll be working with her again!
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Jason J.
Jennifer did a great job massaging my wife and I. My wife said it was the best massage of her life. Jennifer found all the trouble spots and got the knots out.
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Thumbtack Customer
Jill was very attuned to my needs and provided a fabulous massage. I travel around the country and can say Jill provided one of the best massages I have ever gotten
Jill McIntyre, CMTJill McIntyre, CMT
Thumbtack Customer
I just had a baby and currently have a lot of physical pain from past injuries. This was one of the best massages I've ever had. The environment was peaceful and clean. Attentive listening was provided regarding my needs. I was educated on how to make improvements to my health. The massage also began and ended on time. I'd highly recommend Magnolia Massage to others. I most definitely plan to return and incorporate massages from here as part of my self care regimen.
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
James P.
Ali is professional and a skilled massage therapist. Highly recommended!
Ali massageAli massage
Dara B.
Very good massage. Highly recommend treating yourself.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Jersey n.
Amazing, literally the best massage I've ever had.
Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.
Jareena L.
She put me right to sleep! Excellent massage!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Maha A.
Amy was absolutely wonderful! She came to my home and treated my sister and I to *perfect* massages and left us feeling like jello we were so relaxed. After that massage I had the best day and felt like a true birthday girl. Amy is a wonderful person and massage therapist - do NOT hesitate to book her time!
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Alan H.
Hired Jennifer for the second time and it was just as wonderful as the first massage!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Samantha G.
After not having had a massage throughout the entire pandemic, Jemma arrived with hands ready to work out knots I didn't even know I had. She is kind and delightful and her massages mean business.
Omni Massage and WellnessOmni Massage and Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Booked Jennifer for an hour long massage and have nothing but good things to say about her service! She came to our house early and got set up right away -- had soft music playing and a heated table. She basically turned our place into a relaxing massage studio. The massage itself was amazing. I've gotten massage before with not enough pressure but Jennifer really knows how to get rid of knots using appropriately hard pressure. I definitely plan on using her services again!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Randy G.
Definitely my shoulders and hips felt more relaxed after my massag
Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.
Tyson Q.
The best deep tissue massage I've ever had and I've had a lot.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Ting Wei C.
Amy was an amazing masseuse! My partner and I both loved our massages and came out feeling incredibly relaxed. I would highly recommend Amy to anyone interested in a wonderful and thorough massage. I’ll definitely be hiring her again!
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Mark M.
Gary is awesome! I had a fantastic 90 min massage with him. He responded quickly to my request. The massage was exactly what my body needed - left me feeling relaxed, more limber, and present. I’d highly recommend him!
Intuitive Touch MassageIntuitive Touch Massage
Adam N.
Peter was very responsive when I was in major need of a great massage. Thank you Peter!
I Knead You - Massage for MenI Knead You - Massage for Men
Daniel S.
Jennifer is awesome! I've hired her 3 times and am alway super satisfied with the massage.
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
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