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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 Sunnyvale massage therapists
Sudarsan M.
Good massage experience.
MassagebyselineMassagebyseline
Cheryl C.
Lawrence was very pleasant and professional. The massage he gave me was excellent. I was so relaxed during the entire massage and it was the best massage that I've ever got. I am still so relaxed and have no pain and my massage ended about 45 minutes ago. I will definitely use him again whenever possible. Thank you for the wonderful service. Cheryl Courtney
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Krishnan V.
One of the best massages I have ever received!!! My body was sore all over and I now feel much better after the massage
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
Niki R.
He was great. He was on time, wore a mask the entirety of two massages, and was one of the best massages I've add. We plan to call him again!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Jake S.
Lawrence was fantastic! He was on time, prepared, and professional. Not to mention the massage was perfect and just what we needed! We highly recommend him and look forward to future massages.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Michael B.
Jasmine gave a phenomenal massage and was extremely professional. It was an overall wonderful experience!
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Mark f.
Really great massage, if you’re looking for deep and sports massage he is your guy. I run a lot and he worked he lossened my IT band and he aligned my hips. Great pressure. Worth it! Thank you Jack
Jack Liu/Fengbo LiuJack Liu/Fengbo Liu
Tracy S.
Rhodel provides an exceptional massage. He is kind and professional. I definitely plan to be a regular client!
Rhodel Rosales CMTRhodel Rosales CMT
Michele S.
I had a special request for a really gentle massage, one focused on relaxation rather than Swedish or Shiatsu. Sam understood what I needed and the massage was perfect. Also stayed a bit longer to help my husband who is recovering from cancer. Thanks Sam!!
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Rebecca D.
Although we had an initial mix-up about where we were meeting (be sure to clearly state if you want massage at your home or in her workspace!), Ni provided me with one of the two best massages I've had in the past 20 years. I highly recommend her.
Livin'Touch MassageLivin'Touch Massage
Ruth m.
Joanne responded promptly, arrived on time, is very strong. we liked her so much we booked another massage immediately!
Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)Yujuan Zhou (Joanne)
Gena M.
Jack is incredibly TALENTED, communicative, AFFORDABLE, punctual and professional! Best value I’ve ever gotten for a 1 hour massage. I booked him for an at home massage for my wife who has been working remotely and holding a significant amount of tension in her neck, shoulders and back. She had an unimaginably amount of knots that Jack expertly found and addressed with precision.
Jack Liu/Fengbo LiuJack Liu/Fengbo Liu
Ramona A.
I booked Susan for an hour massage for my mom as a birthday gift. Susan was extremely timely in her response and accommodating with scheduling. She did a home visit and was very professional and COVID-safe. My mom absolutely enjoyed her massage with her and is definitely planning to book with her again in the nearby future. I highly recommend her professional services!
Restore Massage + WellnessRestore Massage + Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Lawrence for a pregnancy massage and I'm more than just satisfied! He is a real professional. I'm at 37 week of my pregnancy and that was the first time I ordered such specific massage. When I wrote my request I asked just for shoulders and legs, but he did everything - from head to feet. He worked so gently and smoothly, that I felt very relaxing after the massage during the whole day. Lawrence is very kind and attentive to his patients. Even the next day he messaged me and asked if I feel good. I highly recommend him and will be happy to hire him again.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Sangeeta A.
Mahmoud puts his heart and soul into his massage. He takes tune to understand what you need and continues to check with you throughout. I did deep tissue for a problem area and a full body as quick one. He gave a thorough massage for full body and really got into the problem area for deep tissue. He stated extra time to make sure we finished addressing all parts. I’ll be booking follow up. He wore his mask throughout abd washed his hands. He was flexible to do the massage in backyard. I hope this is helpful for you to get a sense of what you can expect. Good luck!
Mahmoud FayadMahmoud Fayad
Patton P.
The massages were great and deeply relaxing. The setting in Santa Cruz was also a beautiful and peaceful backdrop, and everything about the experience was very professional and satisfying. Thanks so much!
Massage and Movement TherapyMassage and Movement Therapy
Serhiy K.
Kosta's massage was wonderful. On top of it, he's a very smart and pleasant person, and knows a lot about the human body thanks to his advanced medical degree. I'll definitely hire him again.
Kosta BreeKosta Bree
Arthy V.
Suzi was extremely professional, warm, and helped me feel very comfortable with my first prenatal massage. She is also very knowledgeable about the human body. Both contributed to a very positive experience and helped get rid of a lot of my aches and pains. Definitely worth the try!
Restore Massage + WellnessRestore Massage + Wellness
Silvia K.
Suzie is by far the best massage therapist I have ever worked with. I walked away with my lower back pain completely gone. She took the time to help me with stretches and gave me ideas on what to work on at home. She is a true professional and worth every penny.
Restore Massage + WellnessRestore Massage + Wellness
Matthew B.
Great experience! I feel incredible after my session with Embodhi. I told her exactly what I needed and she spent an hour working on my problem areas in my back. She is very knowledgeable and understands exactly what your body needs. Excellent professional massage and would highly recommend.
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
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