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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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.
Reviews for San Francisco massage therapists
Pamela R.
Such a great massage. Literally one if the best and I get massages often!
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
Thumbtack Customer
I got a great massage from Rob. He did a combination of massage and stretching, which is exactly the type of sports massage I wanted. He was really attentive and professional. I plan to return to get more massages from Rob.
Rob Smith Bodywork & MassageRob Smith Bodywork & Massage
Karl S.
Best massage you can find! The massage was fantastic from start to end! Highly tailored, relaxing but also a massage that leaves you feeling like a new person.
North Bay Massage ClinicNorth Bay Massage Clinic
David B.
Excellent massage. She was responsive and punctual. The quality of the massage was top quality. I will repeat.
Massage therapy by GiseleMassage therapy by Gisele
Catherine M.
Angel was great with what was selected as my massage type on Thumbtack (Swedish massage). I wish the massage had been deeper, but Angel let me know that I requested a Swedish massage, not deep tissue on the site. Overall I would recommend Angel.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Melissa T.
I had a great experience with Magnolia Massage. Jennifer is trained in prenatal massage and I had a very comfortable and tension relieving massage. I will definitely be back. Thanks Jennifer!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Hannah M.
Excellent! QUALITY massage. Rhodel brings the whole massage experience to you. I would highly recommend.
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
Joefree S.
Jennifer has years of experience in massage and it shows -- it was the most relaxing massage I had in a long time.
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Elissa G.
Amazing massage!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome Massage!
Rob Smith Bodywork & MassageRob Smith Bodywork & Massage
Thumbtack Customer
good massage
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Leah C.
Great massage.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Thumbtack Customer
The massage was great!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Gonzalo M.
Nela was amazing, professional, on time and a great massage. We called her back and did another massage.
Brightside Massage (ask about CBD!)Brightside Massage (ask about CBD!)
Rishika S.
Excellent massage
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
Yuqi D.
Great massage!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Casey M.
Lovely massage!
Thumbtack Customer
Good massage!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Annie C.
I had a wonderful massage experience with Magnolia Massage & Holistic Health Services. I haven't experienced many massages before and was a little nervous but Jennifer was very welcoming, professional, and put me at ease immediately. She did an excellent job and I left the massage feeling extremely relaxed!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Megan K.
Had a wonderful massage with Erin at Studio Touch! She was extremely easy to coordinate with and very professional. The massage was exactly what I needed -- incredibly relaxing and thorough. I would book a massage Erin again in a heartbeat.
Studio TouchStudio Touch
Luke B.
Very good massage!
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
Hani A.
As someone who has been getting massages for years and very often, this was one of the best massages I have received! I continuously have neck pain that only disappears for a few hours most of the time after a massage. After this massage my neck and upper body felt great for an extensive period of time. Highly recommend!
Melt Away MassagesMelt Away Massages
Thumbtack Customer
Hands down the best massage I've ever had. I nearly fell asleep during the 2 hour massage. Jeremy's gentle thai massage was the perfect balance of stretching everything out and some much needed relaxation.
Jeremy Falk YogaJeremy Falk Yoga
Rick D.
My father and I both had massage and I can say is Very good professional massage. I recommend highly...
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Rachel L.
Angel was very responsive and was able to fit me in for a next day massage. She operates out of her home in the Mission and has music playing during the massage and provided water afterwards. For the actual massage, I wish it was a bit deeper and more focused on my problem areas. The sheets on the massage table were a bit old and worn down.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
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