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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 Stockton massage therapists
William E.
Excellent massage for my back.
Massage by EMassage by E
David D.
Very good massage. She is very thorough and detailed. Was prompt , professional and very good at what she does. Definitely recommend , one of the best massages I’ve ever had.
MassageRx by NatashaMassageRx by Natasha
Edward C.
I would recommend this gentleman to anyone in search of a professional massage therapist
Massage therapyMassage therapy
Christina S.
My massage session was amazing. Charles was on time. He was professional, clean and attentive to my needs. I felt very relaxed and less tensed after my massage. Thank you Charles. I will be calling in 2 weeks.
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Lori E.
One of the best massages I’ve ever had. I will definitely be calling again.
Healing Hands By VaughnHealing Hands By Vaughn
Edward C.
Enzo I would recommend too anyone who is in need of a professional massage
Massage by EMassage by E
Fernando R.
Best massage I have gotten, oil was wonderful and great experience with the hot rock! Thanks again!!’
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Ricky H.
Very professional. A quality setup and cleanliness. Learned my issues of concern before she started with the massage. Will definitely continue using her services.
Samadhi Mobile Spa by JoanneSamadhi Mobile Spa by Joanne
Neshawn D.
Responded quickly. Got a massage for my husband for his birthday and he loved it. So professional and knowledgeable. We will be booking again for an extended time. Highly recommend
Calming Waves MassageCalming Waves Massage
Marilyn K.
He was absolutely amazing at his job. Explained all my options and then proceeded with my massage. Glenn is a very likable person. Friendly, knowledgeable and just plain a great guy.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
As I sit here enjoying the after affects of my massage I am completely satisfied and could not have asked for a better choice in a masseuse. And now it’s time for a nap lol🤗
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Charlandra R.
This was one of my best massages! She was on time (actually early) and was available to accommodate last min. So appreciative of her service and would definitely book again. She set the mood with spa music, oils and was masked the entire time as well as having her own sanitizing materials. Definitely worth every penny.
Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)
Shelley H.
Seriously the best massage I've ever gotten hands down. He was very attentive to my needs and very professional. My back has been so sore from working 3 jobs and he got all the kinks out worked out all the knots out and relieved all the tension in my neck and lower back. I highly recommend Charles 1000%
Charles' Mobile MassageCharles' Mobile Massage
Christropher h.
For obvious reasons, it’s been about a year since my last massage and I was a little hesitant. But I couldn’t have made a better choice for me and my muscles than choosing Jack. I work overnights and he was immediately accommodating of my unusual schedule. He was communicative, responsive and timely. I’m not prone to exaggeration so when I say that this was the best massage I’ve ever had, I really mean that. He took his time with each muscle group, spending just the right amount of effort on each knot. For a little guy, he has amazing strength and I never once had to ask for more pressure after I told him what I was looking for. He is personable but intuitively understood my desire to be quiet after a 13 hour overnight shift. I’ll definitely be booking with him again very soon! I hope you get the opportunity to as well.
Jack Liu/Fengbo LiuJack Liu/Fengbo Liu
Christropher h.
Alex is the real deal. I’m someone who likes a lot of consistent pressure in my deep tissue massage and he really delivered. He’s methodical but let my body’s needs guide his work as he ground out some serious knots in my shoulders and legs. It’s obvious that he is well-trained and has a gift for taking his clients from a tightly wound spring to a relaxed ball of putty in just 90 minutes!
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