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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. 

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.

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 Ontario massage therapists
Esteban C.
great massage and very friendly.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Kaylee B.
Great pregnancy massage. very professional!
Valley Massage & Therapeutic BodyworkValley Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Scheduled a massage with Shonda Massage after day 2 of the bar exam... She's an angel! It was so great I immediately rebooked for the next afternoon as well.
Shonda P.Shonda P.
Ashley O.
Joyce responded to my request to get a massage that same day very quickly, which made me so happy! I was able to get my massage in the comfort of my home just a few hours later and it was amazing! She did such great job and made sure I was comfortable. They are the only massage company I go to! Love them!!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Claudia v.
I have just experienced by far the very best massage ever. Joyce was very friendly and helped me recouperate from a horrible massage I had two days ago. She was amazing. I am recommending her to my family forsure.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Claudia v.
Linda was on time very communicative and I just wished I would have told her to give me 90 minute massage. The massage overall was great!. Quite strong lady. I will be aure to recommend her and call her for my next cuping session.👍🏾
LindaLinda
Semeion R.
I was speaking with this massage therapist trying to set up an appointment and she was very short and rude. Would not recommend
Canna CalmCanna Calm
Crystal Y.
This was one of the best massages me and my boyfriend have gotten! great service and very friendly . Will definitely use them again.
OnPoint Integrative Muscular TherapeuticsOnPoint Integrative Muscular Therapeutics
Laureen P.
I had an event at my house just for women, this was the most talked about 10 minute massage. Quality and relaxing touch made our sign up sheet exceed our time limitations. Great one on one care for all women in attendance. Foot massages were also a hit. I got one and almost wanted to not go back to my party I was hosting.
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Lisa B.
Quincy is the BEST. If you need a massage therapist; look no further Super Quincy is here. Due to the pandemic; I haven’t been able to get my monthly massages due to the closure. Quincy was punctual, well versed in his profession, was able to tackle mist of my problematic areas, and made me feel very comfortable in his presence. So much so that I booked him for another session.
Q•Sci: MassageQ•Sci: Massage
Sallie H.
Kaitlyn really listened and took into account my requests for my massage. Just what was needed for stress relief and healing in these crazy times. I highly recommend her.
Massage.Heal.RestoreMassage.Heal.Restore
Thumbtack Customer
My fiancée works on his feet all day and was in serious need of a good massage. As a birthday gift, I decided to get him one. After visiting Thumbtack, I found Amber to have a great introductory rate. After checking out her website and speaking to her, I determined she was the one for the job. Amber is extremely personable and understanding. She came to our house the next day and performed a 60 minute deep tissue massage. My fiancée is very muscular and said Amber had strong hands...so strong, he had to ask her to ease up :). He was so relaxed during the massage, he had almost fallen asleep. Next will be my appointment!
Amber JawaskiAmber Jawaski
Scott M.
Kaitlyn really did an exceptional job in the massage I received! She found many knots I was not aware I even had. Will definitely use her services again.
Massage.Heal.RestoreMassage.Heal.Restore
Roseana K.
Honestly, the best massage I have had maybe ever. I would highly recommend this masseur any time you need assistance with aches, pains, or just want to relax under someone else's touch. I could not ask for a better experience.
J's WellnessJ's Wellness
Claudia v.
How convenient, clean, professional, patient, kind words cannot express how great my first in home massage has been with this masseuse. I will definitely be keeping her contact for future sessions. Thank you so very much for your great work. :) :)
A&B holistic touch massagesA&B holistic touch massages
Amber I.
This was such a great experience working with Massage.Heal.Restore! Kaitlyn came to our home on my boyfriend’s birthday to surprise him with a 90 minute massage + stones to start off his day. He said it was amazing, and I was thankful she was able to help me pull off the surprise. :) She came about 15 minutes early and was great. I will definitely call her again. I am really happy to have found a traveling masseuse! Thank you!
Massage.Heal.RestoreMassage.Heal.Restore
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