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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 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.

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.

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 Vista massage therapists
Jocelyn V.
Karen was very nice but her massage was not for me. Her hands is very gentle, her deep tissue massage felt like very soft Swedish massage. Her massage was ok, just not wasn’t for me. So if u like Swedish massage she’s definitely for you. If you really like deep tissue massage she might not be right fit for you.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
David B.
Great massage
Heal2ChangeHeal2Change
Michael F.
Amazing masseur! I am a massage snob and this was one of the best massages I’ve ever had. He hit all the right pressure points and worked out sore spots I didn’t even know I had. I will definitely being using North South Massage again really soon!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Jennifer G.
Sarah understood that my husband and I DID NOT want deep tissue massages and that we prefer a massage that is relaxing, so that we don't go home sore. She used just the right amount of pressure. We will schedule again.
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
Michelle G.
Fernando is an outstanding massage therapist. He was on time, very professional and friendly. He did 3 massages back-to-back for a mini spa/bachelorette party we had at home. He wore a mask and washed his hands often. Highly recommended!
Fernando Alves Massage TherapistFernando Alves Massage Therapist
Bruce J.
Karen provided a first-class massage. She is intuitive, strong, knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Michael F.
Great massage. Very professional and enjoyable, the masseuse found spots I didn’t realize were in pain.
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Michael F.
Excellent massage! Dylan has a knack for finding spots you didn’t even realize were sore and working them out.
Dylans Heavenly Massage Therapy+personal trainingDylans Heavenly Massage Therapy+personal training
Rebecca J.
I had a 90 minute Deep Tissue massage with Dylan and I am very satisfied with the service. He was very attentive and kept checking in on me. Highly recommend!
Dylans Heavenly Massage Therapy+personal trainingDylans Heavenly Massage Therapy+personal training
Evan S.
Karen was awesome. She really took the time to provide a quality massage and you can tell she takes pride in the work she offers. I will definitely see her again.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Baylee R.
He was very professional and gave helpful advice for relieving pain in problem areas when you don’t have a masseuse handy at the moment. And, he gave a great deep tissue massage. Highly recommended!
Holistic Massage & BodyworkHolistic Massage & Bodywork
Lois T.
Working from home for the last 6.5 months I needed a good massage. It was so nice to have someone come to you. Very relaxing and felt wonderful. Highly recommend Jackie. She knows exactly what to work what you're needing fixed.
Knead Balance MassageKnead Balance Massage
Todd B.
Troy was able to get me scheduled within hours of calling. On time. Professional. Knowledgeable. Personable. Hands down THE BEST massage I've ever had. Was barely able to move because of my back pain. After, moving freely. Relaxed. Energized. I WILL BE RECOMMENDING TROY FAR and WIDE. I will be using Troy again in the future. 😊
Living Well with TroyLiving Well with Troy
Miyuki N.
Had such a great experience, brought my sister and mother to come get a message. Sarah was great made us feel comfortable and very welcomed. She knew what she was doing and talked us through the whole massage. Felt like a new person afterwards. Totally recommend if you have any tight knots or just want a relaxation message.
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
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