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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 Pleasanton massage therapists
Sharlee O.
We love Carly’s massage experience. We have been picky about our massage expectations forever, Carly is AMAZING. So professional, listens, very intuitive, and a heavenly massage experience.
Jim M.
Requested in house massage for my wife for mother's day and she said it was a great massage. Everything went well setting up and coordinating and I would highly recommend S. H massage.
S. H massageS. H massage
Denise G.
Excellent massage! I like deep tissue and he did a great job combining pressure /trigger point work with massage.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Michael S.
Great massage professional and on time.
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Siddharth S.
I was looking for a massage therapist in the East Bay and luckily found Jose. He was really helpful and flexible in making sure that my partner and I could have a great couples massage. I originally planned for a Swedish massage but he noticed I would benefit from a deep tissue massage more and transitioned to that in the middle. Would definitely recommend checking out Jose!
Jose Luis Medina-CMTJose Luis Medina-CMT
Derek L.
Excellent massage, would highly recommend.
Sheri N.
My back was really locked up and I needed a massage that day. She responded quickly and it was one of the best massages I have ever had!, all from the comfort of my own home. Highly recommend!
S. H massageS. H massage
Darlene S.
Awesome massage! Definitely Healing Hands with a focus meeting your needs.
Muscle MechanicMuscle Mechanic
Thumbtack Customer
I booked Jill for 2 one hour massages, and she was amazing to work with. Jill was professional, courteous, an prompt with our appointment. I would recommend Jill if you're interested in a certified massage therapist who is an exception among other professionals I've worked with.
Jill McIntyre, CMTJill McIntyre, CMT
Joanie l.
We love Kate! My younger son was in town last week and he had a massage done by Kate. He enjoyed it so much, that my older son who came to town too, my husband, and my younger son all had a massage by Kate yesterday. The 3 of them in one day! My turn is Next! They think that she gave one of the best massages they've ever had! Highly recommend her.
K B MassageK B Massage
Ilya M.
There does appear to be a language barrier unfortunately. Got the 90 minute massage for my wife. Specifically asked for essential oils, and just barely any were used (just brought over lavender and almost didn't use it). My wife said she specifically during the massage was saying her lower back was hurting and to concentrate on that, however that never happened and just an overall body massage was done (which my wife said was good! Just not concentrated on the specific pain points unfortunately).
S. H massageS. H massage
Kristy M.
In my 3rd trimester of pregnancy and scheduled my first massage with Maya yesterday. The BEST massage I have ever had. She relieved so much of my pain I had been experiencing. I plan to schedule her weekly until I give birth.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Katherine A.
Amy was excellent. Attentive to my requests and listened well. She gave me a fabulous in-home massage. She clearly has a lot of experience at her craft and it shows. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a general relaxation or a healing massage. 5 out of 5 stars.
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Thumbtack Customer
We had a 50yr Anniversary pool party for my parents and hired Tatum through Thumbtack. She was in the Pleasanton area and within our budget. She arrived early to setup but our party was behind in schedule but she was very nice and patient even though she was told different setup locations from several different people. She worked upon agreed 3hrs of chair massage for the guests, including easily adjusting the allocated 15mins per guest massage to longer for our parents-guest-of-honor, and staying addn 1-1/2hrs longer due to popularity of the massage. Tatum was friendly and easy to work with. My dad had a happy smile on his face that lasted long after his massage! The guests thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am very lucky and happy to have been contacted by Tatum through Thumbtack!
Massage Therapy @Thee SalonMassage Therapy @Thee Salon
Tanner s.
Best massage I have ever had hand down 100% worth it. Don’t pass on eddy he’ll make you feel amazing
Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.
Rick L.
This was a shot in the dark - hiring a massage therapist via thumbtack. But Glenn was fantastic. He asked great questions to know more about the reason of my back issues. He was also very knowledgeable and explained everything he did. The actual back massage therapy was very helpful and I could feel a difference right away. Very punctual, professional and easy to work with. Highly recommended.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Michael C.
This was the first time I had every used.this service. Shu was excellent did a wonderful massage. I will definitely have her come out again.
S. H massageS. H massage
Shelvey T.
Lawrence was an absolute professional and extremely skilled in massage therapy. I hired him to come to my sister-in-law's house in Pleasanton the night prior to her wedding. Myself, the maid of honor, and the bride got 1 hour massages. We all thought he was AMAZING and were super impressed with his skill. I get massages very often and have experienced different styles and levels of expertise and Lawrence was one of the best. We will definitely book him again. He was very punctual and we were the ones who were a few minutes (about 10) late getting back to the house from running errands and he was not upset at all and was very understanding. HIGHLY recommend!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Munazza Q.
Maya was extremely professional and on time. She gave a great massage and was definitely worth it! I would highly recommend her services and she took the time to understand what I needed.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Lydia W.
Amazing deep tissue massage. She is so intuitive to areas I didn’t even realize needed attention. Super professional, punctual , and I will be booking again soon! Thank you so much!!
S. H massageS. H massage
Steve F.
Lisa was quick to respond and accommodate my schedule. She was prompt and professional and delivered the perfect massage. As an athlete it was important that she targeted those areas that needed specific attention. I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone who needs a professional!
Sam A.
I booked a birthday massage for my wife & ended up getting one as well. Carly took care of us & we'll definitely call on her again. Be advised, her caller ID is under a different name than her business & personal names (to avoid confusion).
Cynthia F.
I booked with Amy as a surprise for Valentine's Day for my husband. Amy was very respectful in answering in a timely manner, on time to the appointment, had a great price, traveled to my location, met my husbands needs in the massage and followed all safety protocols for cleanliness to help prevent the spread of Covid19. 10++ and 5 star rating given to Amy!!!!
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Natalie Y.
What can I say except that when I saw Glenn’s reviews and credentials that I KNEW he was the right therapist for our situation. The pain my father was experiencing was to the point that he couldn’t take it anymore. I contacted Glenn on a Saturday night and 3 days later my fathers pain had decreased by 50%! Glenn took the care and time to listen to my fathers history and his everyday life to really give him the relief that has been much needed for YEARS. Don’t hesitate, Glenn’s approach to massage / Reiki, and General overall well being is GREAT.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
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