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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. 

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.

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 Vallejo massage therapists
Louis C.
This massage therapist is very through and intuitive. He arrived on time and had a great table along with excellent massage oil. He gave me a 90 minute massage and it left me relaxed and tension free. I slept great last night !
Jack Liu/Fengbo LiuJack Liu/Fengbo Liu
Charles F.
Perhaps the best massage I've ever had.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Britnee V.
Maya was fast to respond and my wife raved about her after her massage. She tailored the massage on her body needs, was on time and very nice. I would recommend.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Glenda B.
She was wonderful kind and her massage was excellent! Thanks again!
Mobile Massages by JessicaMobile Massages by Jessica
Wayne C.
The service that is provided by Mandala is excellent. She was on time and had all the products that she needed for the service. Her customer service was perfect and massage techniques were great. I recommend her for your massage needed.
Louis C.
Great massage in my home ! He has a great table with heating pad.
Healing Hands By VaughnHealing Hands By Vaughn
Louis C.
Lawrence arrived as scheduled. He was punctual and ready to provide an excellent massage. His table was very comfortable and the biotine product he used was great. He is very intuitive and a skilled body worker. I highly recommend his massage services !
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Marie a.
Best massage ever. Xavier has the magic touch. I highly recommend Xavier
Xavier's Personal Training and Massage TherapyXavier's Personal Training and Massage Therapy
Kelly D.
In a time of social distancing and extra precautions my fiancé and were very happy with our massage from Jessica. She was punctual, responsive, professional, and a great masseuse. Thank you thank you for getting us back to feeling great! We will be calling for more massages in the future.
Mobile Massages by JessicaMobile Massages by Jessica
Raymond b.
She was great friendly knowledgeable definitely worth it id recommend anyone looking for a great massage to message her
K B MassageK B Massage
Harleighcia P.
I called Maya, after being stood up by another massage therapist. Maya arrive a few minutes early to set up, she was professional yet friendly. The massage was a surprise for my wife who desperately needed some kinks worked out of her neck and shoulders.. I can’t honestly rate her on the quality of the massage as it wasn’t my experience; however I can say my wife has been able to move with a lot more ease. And for that I’m grateful. I’ll definitely contact her again.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Clint F.
Great services. Good communication. Very convenient. Vaughn was great. Very well rounded massage. Just what I needed.
Healing Hands By VaughnHealing Hands By Vaughn
Carlos T.
We had a great experience with Amy coming over to do a massage on my wife. My wife is pregnant and is very sore and Amy provided her with the most relaxing experience from the comfort of our own home. My wife was so relaxed she fell asleep a few times haha. We will definitely be having Amy come provide massages on a regular basis. It’s like having a spa at your own house!
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Anissa M.
Wonderful couples massage, she always responded right away with all my questions and even helped me with figuring out Apple Pay. Honestly went above and beyond. Will be booking another appointment in the future!
Amy LiuAmy Liu
Louis C.
Josh is an exceptionally gifted body worker. He provided me a great massage and was able to focus on my trouble spots. His professionalism is outstanding and he has a calm demeanor which was appreciated. I will book again !
Muscle MechanicMuscle Mechanic
Alane O.
Excellent work by maya. I needed deep tissue because it’s been so long since I had a good massage. Maya did exactly what I needed and relaxed my whole body.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Leilua M.
Maya was incredible! Responded swiftly. Was punctual and professional. Best massage I’ve had in years. I have already recommended her to my family and friends right after our appointment this morning. Definitely hiring her again for next month.
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Thumbtack Customer
Anatoly was Awesome! He started by asking me what areas of my body that were bothering me we discussed my concerns and then he gave me the greatest 90 minute massage. I've already made another appointment. If you choose him you won't be sorry. Donna
Anatoly VolokhAnatoly Volokh
Gage F.
Meredith was amazing! She has a very outgoing and bubbly personality, she communicates wonderfully, and listens to everything you have to say. I hired her for a deep tissue massage, and she is one of the few people I have been to that actually got in there deep and worked out a lot of my knots and kinks. Highly recommended.
Celeste Neuromuscular Massage TherapyCeleste Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
Suzannah B.
Maya is amazing!! And I’m a massage therapist who is quite picky, she’s intuitive extremely strong (since I need deep tissue ) and super sweet!!!! Vibes go a long way for me and she was exactly what I needed on my day off when my therapist had to cancel thank god I found her! Can’t wait for my next one. Thanks so much 😍
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
Anthony A.
Maya was AMAZING! I am 9 months postpartum and due to CoVid I was unable to receive my much needed prenatal massages. As a result my body was incredibly tense from carrying a human for 9months and recovering from labor. Maya was able to relive my sore, extremely tense muscles in my lower back, neck and shoulders. I will definitely make her a monthly part of my self-care routine!
Maya - CMTMaya - CMT
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