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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 San Francisco chair massage professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Liya is terrific -- so sweet, professional, and communicative. I would highly recommend her for any chair massage job.
In-Light Body WorkIn-Light Body Work
Ryan P.
Great massage! I didn't want to do a massage indoors, but my backyard is not very private, so he was able to do a chair massage for me. Was really great and even got my legs. I'm a lot looser and relaxed.
Intuitive Touch MassageIntuitive Touch Massage
Thumbtack Customer
I have had three short chair massages with Lara. Usually I come in with some sort of injury and everytime Lara relieves the pain. I have just booked my 90 minute massage and I can't wait.
Lara Klemens Massage TherapyLara Klemens Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer is absolutely amazing! We hired her to provide chair massage services for our clients. And she was amazing. Clients said they loved her. She was on time and professional. So glad we found her!
Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health ServicesMagnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Hung to provide chair massages for our clients. They absolutely loved him. Hung is professional, always on time and his skills are by far A+. We are so happy that we found him. Thanks Hung!
HungKuo Wellness & HealthHungKuo Wellness & Health
Krista S.
Jasmine is the best! This was my first time getting an in home massage and Jasmine had everything ready to go. She gave a great massage and was very thorough, checking in that the pressure was just right. I have really bad upper back and neck pain from a poor home office chair, and Jasmine did a great job on giving me a very deep tissue massage to get the knots out. Not only was her technique great, she was very mindful of being COVID safe and super sweet to my curious pets! Ill definitely be referring her to my colleagues who all miss massages (and booking her again soon!). Thank you so much!
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Thumbtack Customer
It took Dan Lynch a mere 1.5 hrs to perform a near "miracle" on my lower back pain, piriformis muscle and sciatica. As I slowly and pathetically limped from the cab to the Wellness Center, in excruciating pain ("a 10 out of 10" on the pain meter), I was completely unsure of what I should expect. Reasons: I had already started to spend over $14K with my general physician, chiropractor and a highly recommended NFL Orthopedic Surgeon; and on my best days, the pain was at a "7" level with "0" being no pain. With a new orthopedic bed and message chair on order, I went to Dan in hopes of getting relief. BTW-On the previous day, I had visited a ‘highly touted’ SPA in Napa that focused primarily on my tension areas and pummeled them until the pain was at an all-time high (went from bad to worse)! I was hurting and needed some real help!! Dan in Action: By controlling my breathing, connecting with key pressure points and lightly massaging and stretching my lower back area, I left Dan's table feeling in such great shape, I had to ask him if It would be ”too much” if I walked back to the hotel...2 miles away. He advised, 'if I felt THAT good, give it a go unless I started to feel some discomfort.’ I WALKED out of the Wellness Center a solid "5" on the pain threshold and had not felt better in an entire month. My only regret was, I couldn't take Dan back to Texas, as he is a true professional and a master at what he does, 'reducing body pain and discomfort and giving people more than just a semblance of their lives back. Thank you Dan! I am well on my way to recovery following that 'ground breaking' session in your office. Even though your results impelled me to write my first online review (something I have NEVER done before), it comes with SINCERE gratitude and appreciation for the work that you do. It was a remarkable experience and I will be sure to go out of my way to visit you again! RA Ex-professional NFL Linebacker North TX
Daniel Garrett Lynch, CMTDaniel Garrett Lynch, CMT
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