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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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Rosa massage therapists
Dawn M.
It was a wonderful experience. She was professional and responsive to our massage needs. The massage was great. I will hire her again.
Ko-CreationKo-Creation
Willow G.
Perfect massage. Highly recommend
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Russell S.
Thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful massage.
Massage For AthletesMassage For Athletes
Alice D.
Highly skilled and knowledgeable massage therapist
Earth Mamma MassageEarth Mamma Massage
Trudie K.
Great massage! Jessica has strong hands and give a great massage. Is intuitive and seemed to know what my body needed. She is excellent at what she's doing
Mobile Massages by JessicaMobile Massages by Jessica
Thumbtack Customer
90 min relaxation and stress relieving massage
Village TherapeuticsVillage Therapeutics
Robert R.
A season bed pro who has still got the touch and the strength to perform a wonderful massage.
Redwood MassageRedwood Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Good massage, deep, thorough, and sensitive to my needs and my body's peculiarities. Will certainly return.
Body Wise TherapyBody Wise Therapy
Mary O.
Dorothy was a wonderful person. Her massage was beautiful and blissful. I will be going back to her once a month.
Massage by Dorothy with Plant Passions Organic ...Massage by Dorothy with Plant Passions Organic ...
Ryan M.
Very knowledgeable about the specific areas I needed help with. Charismatic and passionate the best combo for a great massage!
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Thumbtack Customer
I had soreness and discomfort in my back and shoulders and Chelsea removed my symptoms in one hour deep tissue massage
Chelsea Parkhurst, CMTChelsea Parkhurst, CMT
Peggy O.
Patricia gave me a wonderful massage and I’ll be using her again. She had all the things I hoped she would have.
Massage by PatriciaMassage by Patricia
Thumbtack Customer
Robin was great I set a appointment for my wife as a surprise she said it was a great massage and liked robins personalty and will use her again
Inspired Touch Mobile MassageInspired Touch Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
I described the kind of nurturing massage that I needed, and Chelsea "got" it, and I've felt much more relaxed for the past three days. Wonderful job!
Chelsea Parkhurst, CMTChelsea Parkhurst, CMT
Fausta N.
I had a Bbl surgery and I needed to have many lymphatic massages as possible to get good results. Am glad I landed on Glen on this app. He knew what exactly I wanted and how it should be done. I scheduled 10 lymphatic massages with him and he did a great job. He did help me so much to come down the swelling. Thank you Glen.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Thumbtack Customer
Rebecca is awesome! Very unique style. It's not a cookie cutter massage. She listens to your body and reacts accordingly. she's cool too! Go see her
Rebecca Gudobba Massage TherapyRebecca Gudobba Massage Therapy
Tyree h.
Amazing massages for myself and my partner. Perfect pressure! Super fast to respond to my appointment request and very Friendly! Can’t wait to book again! Thank you!!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Fausta N.
I had a bbl surgery and needed massages. But I needed someone who understands what exactly I needed and how to do it. Glen reached my expectations he did a great job. Thank you Glen.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Randy F.
DEEP TISSUE WORK WITH PLENTY OF PRESSURE. KNOWLEDGEABLE, CAPABLE FLUID MOTION AND CONTACT. WAS ABLE TO DO MY ABS WHEN I ASKED (ASCENDING, TRANSVERSE AND DESCENDING COLON) I TOO HAVE BEEN A CERTIFIED MASSAGE PROFESSIONAL FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS (NOT WORKING ANYMORE)I CAN GIVE MY FULL THROATED RECOMMENDATION OF HER SERVICES...!
Chelsea Parkhurst, CMTChelsea Parkhurst, CMT
Thumbtack Customer
I can't say enough good things about Coralie. She came to my house when I was in so much discomfort with my neck and really helped get me on the road to recovery. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about helping me get better. She kept in touch with me and continued to give me advice and support. I feel blessed she came in to my life and will continue to see her for my massage therapy . I will highly recommend her to all my friends.
Massage For AthletesMassage For Athletes
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