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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 Marcos massage therapists
Cheryl F.
Best massage. Very attentive :)
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Brittney K.
One of the best massages I have received!
Natural Balance Wellness CenterNatural Balance Wellness Center
Gregg M.
Great massage and very professional. Will book again
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Chrystie C.
My husband really enjoyed the massage. Thank you!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Zahra h.
Clarence was wonderful to have, the massage was a gift to my brother and he said it was the best massage he’s ever had. Clarence was accommodating on a very short notice. We can’t wait to book him again!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Melanie B.
Corrina's massage style reminds me of a lomi lomi massage I once received in Maui, super relaxing, long and smooth strokes. If you are someone that is easily ticklish (like I am on my feet and thighs) her motions take that away. It was my first massage since Covid began and I'm already planning to schedule another next month!
Enjoy The Simple ThingsEnjoy The Simple Things
Ramon R.
Katherine provided excellent massage therapy and addressed problematic areas on my back. I would highly recommend her.
OnPoint Integrative Muscular TherapeuticsOnPoint Integrative Muscular Therapeutics
Kimerick W.
I have had a lot of massages in my life, and I can say this is one of the best ones I have ever received. She really tailored the massage to my body type! She is super in tune with the body and I am feeling 1000 times better than when I went in! Will be going back to see her regularly!
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
Chris T.
Jordan is an excellent, thoughtful therapist whose massages are definitely more active and engaged than I am used to. I normally fall asleep during massages and found that his approach--which involved stretching, TENS, and pressure points--helped my muscles relax a lot more than just laying there. I will definitely be going back.
Sanctuary of Art and HealingSanctuary of Art and Healing
Mark F.
Laura is expressly knowledgeable and professional. She was excellent at diagnosing my physical issues and recommending solutions. She is patient and kind, and her massage was truly a therapeutic experience. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is in pain, but especially those that have never had a massage before. Her concern was genuine and authentic. Thank you, Laura!
Laura Uchtmann LMBTLaura Uchtmann LMBT
Andy V.
Sarah gave me an amazing and exciting massage, she fully customizes on what my body needs. Being an R.N. nurse, and knowing the body well, she explained what she was doing and why. She listens well to your needs and addresses those in a professional way and makes sure the pressure she uses is OK. Therefore the massage becomes very enjoyable and relaxing, even more so because of her very pleasant personality. During the massage I could feel her positive attitude effecting my body and mind. If you do not see her you are missing out on something great. I highly recommend Sarah.
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
Elizabeth R.
My husband and I both had massages from Jose and we both loved him. Not only was the massage fantastic, Jose make the whole process so easy. He was simple to schedule, he came prepared to our home and when he was running a few minutes early, he texted me to let me know. We will be booking with him again. To make your experience even better, he even tells you to take a deep breath as needed so you can relax even more. He did this for both my husband and I and that was new for us and very helpful. If you want a massage, don’t hesitate and just book Jose, your future self will thank you.
Jose Licensed Massage Therapist - Mobile ServiceJose Licensed Massage Therapist - Mobile Service
Cristian f.
Had my first massage last night with Dylan. I was more than impressed. He found all the ares which I had knotted muscles and today I woke up feeling fresh and ready for the day.
Dylans Heavenly Massage TherapyDylans Heavenly Massage Therapy
Tommy A.
So I’ve been having really bad back/shoulder and neck pain this past month, went to a few chiropractor visits and sure they helped, for a bit but was paying a good amount for only a 5min visit and chiropractor ddnt seem to care much about my condition just crack crack and bye visits. Saw Sarah today after feeling horrible again, she was punctual, pleasant to talk too and walked me thru the process, and learned a lot actually! Her great personality made the visit enjoyable. So if you’re looking for a great massage, I totally recommend her!
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
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