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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 San Bruno massage therapists
Sai K.
Sam did a great job with our massages. We've never had in-home massages, but Sam made it really easy. We had her come to our place and she had a sturdy massage table, speakers to change the ambience, and pleasant massage oils. I got a deep tissue massage and she really dug into knots in my legs and back. My wife got a standard (Swedish) massage and she said it very relaxing. We were both very happy with the service we received and I would definitely recommend her to anyone wanting a massage.
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Melissa D.
Best massage!
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Sarah C.
This massage therapist is a healer .
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Vishesh S.
Masahiro was great to work with. Very professional and knowledgeable. He was on time and we had a great, relaxing Swedish massage. I would recommend him and go back for future massages.
Massage ClinicMassage Clinic
Brett C.
Slow and soothing massage was extremely relaxing! Recommended for sure!!!
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Srini S.
Anatoly is a great massage therapist and we've now hired him multiple times. My wife has lot of back pain and feels very relieved after massage with him. He is an expert and very professional. During pandemic he's been following all precautions and does in-home massage. We highly recommend him!
Anatoly VolokhAnatoly Volokh
Brittany H.
Shannon was professional, punctual and really effective. Wonderful Swedish massage. Will definitely keep booking her!
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
Erin P.
I had an excellent experience with Amy from start to finish. On the Thumbtack platform she was responsive, easy to communicate with, and easy to schedule. She came to my apartment on time and set up her massage table right away. She provided an *excellent* massage and addressed the pain in my neck, shoulders, and back. She was very strong and able to provide a thorough deep tissue massage for the entire two hours that I had requested. She also had very good energy and etiquette. Thank you so much Amy! Would highly recommend!
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Sukriti G.
Shannon was amazingly good!! I had a superb experience in getting the much needed massage therapy. The session was wonderfully relaxing and also value for money.
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
Lorraine L.
Lawrence is very responsive and easy to communicate. He arrived on time, and was very professional throughout the massage session, and especially helped to smooth the tension/pain around my back and shoulder area. It was an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Would definitely recommend and book more sessions in the future.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
John A.
Shannon was amazing! I get weekly massages and chiropractor visits when I am home in VA. I am in CA for work and hurt my shoulder, after two weeks I started looking for a mobile therapist, she contacted me within hours, set up the appointment and showed up early. The relief that she gave me is indescribable, Shannon gave my therapist (of 3 years) a run for his money. Her portable table is even more comfortable than my home chiropractor. Bottom line is that you will not be disappointed, Shannon is a true healer and I booked her for next week. Thank you Shannon and I look forward to our next session!
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
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