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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.

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 Ramon massage therapists
Steve K.
An amazing massage. I pulled my lower back and in two massages from S.H massage within a week I was back to normal. She is extremely knowledge , competent and is able to adjust the pressure and location as needed. You won’t go wrong with S.H massage.
S. H massageS. H massage
Christine G.
Excellent massage!
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
Roger K.
The best of the best massage. He actually stretch your muscles first before the massage. Definitely will highly recommend Eddy!
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
Roger K.
This was the best massage that I ever had in my life. Eddy took time to stretch me first prior to giving the massage, which allowed me to enjoy the massage that much more. Throughout the massage Eddy kept checking on his pressure to make sure it was comfortable. I book him for 90 minutes but that is too short of time in my opinion. I feel stress free from his massage. Looking forward to my next booking with him.
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
Shu is delight, she is very sweet and on time, really like her massage technique, I did a 90 min massage with her and it was so relaxing.
S. H massageS. H massage
Lax L.
Excellent and thorough massage. Highly recommend
S. H massageS. H massage
Sahithi R.
Shu is extremely punctual and professional masseuse. She did an amazing job of deep tissue massage. I booked this massage for my husband as a surprise. He enjoyed it very much felt very relaxed after a rough week at work. We’ll be booking more future massages with her.
S. H massageS. H massage
Adam d.
Very professional and punctual. Thanks for great massage.
K B MassageK B Massage
Marta Y.
Maya's massage was amazing! Everything was great! Maya is very professional!
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Adam H.
Shuhu did an amazing job - the best massage of my life.
S. H massageS. H massage
Steve K.
Ontime , very good massage and very helpful for my back pain
S. H massageS. H massage
Terrell K.
Amazing massage! We got 2 60 mins massages done at our home. Professional, punctual, and did an amazing job. Loved how she worked our needed spots. Will definitely be scheduling again and would recommend her to others.
S. H massageS. H massage
James B.
I’ve had quite a few massages in my life, and last year, I moved to the Bay Area and was looking for a new massage therapist. I took a chance at getting a deep tissue massage from Jose at the Healing Hands Spa in San Ramon, and I say this without exaggeration -- it was the best I’ve ever had. Since then, I’ve been going to Jose at least once a month for a two hour session. He is clearly talented in many different modalities, including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and sports massage, all of which I’ve greatly enjoyed. Each new session seems to be better than the last, as Jose deftly adapts to working with my body and personal goals. After each session, I feel a profound sense of relaxation; for days afterwards, I feel more in tune with my body, from heightened mental clarity and well-being, to increased flexibility and improved performance when working out. I’m still amazed at the significant positive differences that I experience each time. Without a doubt, Jose is highly skilled at his craft. He’s also dependable, always on time, and very hard-working. I confidently recommend him to anyone looking for a massage therapist!
Jose Luis Medina-CMTJose Luis Medina-CMT
Marc G.
I always look forward to my massages with Li. Her trigger point massage is great and eases a lot of stress. Her technique has a calming effect on me after a hard days work. She knows exactly where the pressure points are in my back and feet. She knows exactly where your nerves are in your body. I get surprised when she works on the spots that are the most tense because i never told her where they are. She knows exactly where they are like she has a 6th sense. I always feel like jello after the massage. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants a real massage with a real professional.
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Lauren H.
Shu was absolutely the best massage I've ever received. She was on time, quick set up and right to the massage. It was exactly what I needed for my tense back. She definitely knows what she's doing. I will be having her come back for my fiance and myself again in the near future. Book her now!
S. H massageS. H massage
Patricia R.
Vaughn came to my home to provide massages for my husband and I. He was very quick to respond to my request on Thumbtack. It was easy to get scheduled. He is very professional, has a clean set up, and wore a mask at all times. He is very skilled and gave a great massage. He was attentive and thorough. We will definitely be arranging another appointment in the future.
Healing Hands By VaughnHealing Hands By Vaughn
Adam d.
Due to abrasive practices and request payment in full 2 days prior to massage i did not book. She asked for credit card # expiration and zip code. I said I would make a deposit and pay balance before massage. No one needs to know what zip code you live at and credit card info over an unsecure message application. Hope you have better luck but this was not for me.
Isis Community Health™Isis Community Health™
LaDante S.
Karalyn, was so amazing! She was super friendly, and always made sure I was I was ok. I will definitely recommend her to anyone who wants a skilled massage therapist.
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
Caron K.
Shannon is a skilled massage therapist. I feel much more range of motion in my neck and shoulders after our session. She is a pro and I would definitely recommend her!
Sacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMTSacré Vous Mobile Massage by Shannon Kenoyer, LMT
Deepakshi T.
Excellent service!!! Gifted thai massage by Eddy to my husband for his birthday and he absolutely loved it! Definitely recommend him to everyone, very polite and professional, awesome job done!! Thanks Eddy :)
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
Jimmy W.
It was a day before Valentine's Day and I was looking for an in home masseuse to surprise my wife with a deep tissue massage. Jasmine responded to my request and was able to fit in a session on one of the busiest days of the year. She brought all the equipment, arrived on the time we discussed, asked my wife what areas she needed to be worked on and provided a great massage with the right amount of pressure. We will definitely recommend her services to our friends and contact her for future sessions. Thank you Jasmine!
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Andy O.
I wanted something special for my wife’s birthday. And I knew she’d appreciate a fabulous massage. What I DIDN’T know was that it would turn out to be the best she’s ever had! Eddy was attentive to her specific requests, highly professional and a pleasure to work with. Next, it’s my turn!
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
Divya P.
I gifted my husband a massage from Eddy for Father’s Day and my husbands said it was just out of the world amazing. He was appreciated how detailed he was to take his time to figure out where and how much pressure was needed. He arrived right on time, set up neatly, was very professional during interactions and did an absolutely wonderful job. My husband would for sure wants to be his regular customer. Thank you Eddy.
Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Massage & Body Work CMT.
Shawn J.
I planned a day of surprises for my Wife’s Birthday. One of the surprises was a in home massage which Glenn helped to arrange. Where do I begin? Glenn didn’t just ask for my address and time we wanted him there. He asked very good questions about the kind of massage she wanted, if she had problem areas, medical history and allergies just to name a few. My wife cried first of all at the surprise and when he was done with her, she was a new women. My wife had a back injury from a car accident over 15 years ago. But she has had lingering back pain every since. When he was done with her, she couldn’t feel her spine for the first time in a long time. 7 days later and she still doesn’t feel any pain. I say all this to say, Glenn is more than a Masseuse, he cares and he definitely is passionate about solving your pain issues. I HIGHLY recommend his service. Thank you Glenn. We will definitely be using your services again.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
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