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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 Santee massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
April listened to my needs and customized my massage accordingly. I needed a sports massage and she's very good at what she does, worked on the parts that needed it the most, without leaving anything out. I will be back!
Bodywork for PeaceBodywork for Peace
Thomas B.
Excellent massage! She is great and really knows what she is doing.. highly recommend
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Ryan G.
Troy was great at communicating showed up on time and gave a great massage will definitely schedule again.
Living Well with TroyLiving Well with Troy
Ethan B.
Fantastic!!! Not only did I receive a great deep tissue massage we had great conversations.
BG Spa ServicesBG Spa Services
Kevin K.
The best, never had a better massage. Sweet person, skilled, caring. Worth more than $85. Will repeat.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Tasia W.
The massage therapist was great! She was sweet and great at what she does, but.... I specifically asked her in our email how much her rate was for a massage and she said $75 plus travel. When she came over I asked where she lived and it ended up being only 10 mins from me so I thought “cool” not much of a travel fee then right? WRONG. At the end of the massage when paying I said $75? She said no, I have a travel fee so it’s going to be $145... WHAT?!! You’re going to charge me an extra $70 without letting me know beforehand? That is unacceptable and wrong on so many levels, I was so shocked. So if you hire her you will definitely get a great massage just make sure you are very specific when asking about the cost.
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
I wanted to get my dad a massage at home as a thank you gift for helping me. Ashley was great and very flexible in finding a time that would work for him.
Massage Poppy Mobile MassageMassage Poppy Mobile Massage
Robert B.
Christine really did a great massage. She seem to sense just the right amount pressure to use without me having to say anything. Very friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
Natural Balance Wellness CenterNatural Balance Wellness Center
Deanne G.
Lisa is an amazing massage therapist. She is pleasant, cheerful and very engaging with her clients. Lisa response was very timely and she was very knowledgeable. Lisa has a wide range of experience, helping a different clientele. Lisa was very professional, she’s not just a massage Therpist. She enjoys helping people feel amazing as well. Lisa will make your first experience with her your very best. Would highly recommend Lisa, she is a wonderful person with an amazing personality!!!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Neethu J.
My husband and I throughly enjoyed our massage today from Lisa and Melissa. They were a joy to work with and it was exactly what we needed to start our Sunday. We will definitely be using them again in the future!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Brittany C.
Lisa was so kind and generous! She was interested to see what kind of discomfort I had to help customize the massage for my knees. She was very clean and seemed to be passionate about her craft. Highly recommend!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Sage G.
I hired Lisa to surprise my husband with a massage, she was so nice and professional. My husband hasn’t complained about his back all week, and that’s saying something! I can’t wait to hire her again for my turn!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
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