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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.  

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.

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 Santa Fe massage therapists
Jess R.
I’ve been receiving a lot of massages and only few of the Therapists made me really relaxed and rejuvenated. Clarence of Northern South Massage is one of them. I highly recommend Northern South Massage for your next massage services.
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Alex M.
The best massage I’ve ever had! Amazing!!!!
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Alex M.
Amazing massage, personable, and punctual. Will definitely be a repeat customer.
Living Well with TroyLiving Well with Troy
Sam A.
As a new person to receiving a massage, Lee made me feel very comfortable upon entering his studio. The studio was actually quite nice and has a relaxing atmosphere. His soft spoken demeanor and his professionalism made the experience quite enjoyable. Once on the massage table, he knew the right technique to use to knead the tension out of my neck and shoulders. And using the right amount of pressure on my back was perfect. Once the massage was over, I was so relax, tensions spots were gone and I needed a nap. As a person new to receiving massages, I will most definitely use Lee again.
Lee - Soothing & Relaxing MassageLee - Soothing & Relaxing Massage
Jaime C.
Omgosh! Where do I begin? He was on time, quick with his responses and had that magic touch that is most required of massage therapists. That 90-minute massage went by too fast. I will definitely be seeing him again every 2-3 weeks for sure!
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Henry m.
Tammy was professional and focused on all my main concerns. She was delightful, courteous, warm and professional. I am due for another massage and cannot wait until I see her again. I would recommend her to anyone and I have had massages with others, but she is the BEST! Thank you Tammy.
Holistic TherapyHolistic Therapy
Esmi A.
Hired for an anniversary surprise. My sister and her husband said it’s one of the best massages they have gotten! Will definitely use again!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Jessica s.
my massage from jamal was relaxing. The type of relaxing a long work week calls for. Thank you 😊 I anticipate more bookings in the future!
Image Wellness N RecoveryImage Wellness N Recovery
Daniel L.
My experience was terrific. Amanda was very professional and friendly. She arrived on time and was accommodating to me especially with it being my first massage ever. The communication before, during, and after the massage was excellent. I was able to convey what I needed and which areas needed more work. I would definitely recommend her. Her work was superb. I would also go back to her for another session.
Rooted TherapeuticsRooted Therapeutics
Franky b.
Tiffany was AMAZING! Did a surprise couple massage for my parents and they loved it! They where perfect with everything and help keep it a surprise! She is a very sweet lady and we will be calling her very soon! Thank you so much Tiffany for making this happen!
Organic massageOrganic massage
Jahaira M.
My first time getting a massage and it was beyond perfect. Barrett was amazing! She was so attentive making sure I was comfortable and okay. she made the experience so great. Very kind and sweet. I highly recommend. overall she was amazing!!!
Integrated Wellness by BarrettIntegrated Wellness by Barrett
Jessica s.
I had my 1st in home massage today with Clarence and I have to say he was very attentive. I told him my problem areas and he addressed them with just the right amount of pressure. I look forward to booking again with him.
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Leticia E.
Wasn’t quite the massage we had in mind. We wanted a was more Thai and never asked to turn over. The table my husband was on the head rest kept flipping down and she never asked to fixed it. I wish it wasn’t this way, but overall not the experience we had hoped.
Ale Healing Touch - LAAle Healing Touch - LA
Jeffrey M.
Amazing work, very professional and punctual. I was having lower back pain and scheduled a deep tissue massage. He located all the sore spots and was able to relieve the muscle “knots”. My back pain has greatly improved. I have already booked a second appointment and strongly recommend.
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