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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Boulder massage therapists
Matthew H.
This was my first massage in Colorado, and it definitely blew the doors off any massage I got back in Wisconsin. I expected a massage and got a full body deep relaxation treatment. Massage table was heated. Office was a little cramped. Worth every penny.
Elysian Clinical Massage and BodyworkElysian Clinical Massage and Bodywork
Jay J.
Good massage. She's nice.
Alyssa Madlom MassageAlyssa Madlom Massage
Michael M.
Excellent massage! Highly recommended.
Front Range MassageFront Range Massage
Diana M.
I was very pleased with the massage Meredith Rader gave me. I originally signed up for a 60-minute massage but extended it to 90 minutes for her to do more specialized work. I gladly recommend her for people needing a relaxing and rejuvenating massage.
Meredith Rader Healing ArtsMeredith Rader Healing Arts
Derek d.
Amazing massage ! Will certainly book again.
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
Thumbtack Customer
An excellent massage therapist - very impressed
Tongen Touch Massage TherapyTongen Touch Massage Therapy
Gordon P.
Great at deep tissue healing massage.
Healthy directionsHealthy directions
Mary H.
Bettina came to give home massages to my 2 grown daughters on their birthdays. Our daughters said they were the best massages they ever had! Highly recommended.
Relax In-Home Massage, LLCRelax In-Home Massage, LLC
Daniel P.
Thank you! My woman loved her massage!!
Relax In-Home Massage, LLCRelax In-Home Massage, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The moment I walked into Meredith's studio, I felt a beautiful energy - calming and healing. I think if I just sat there and didn't have a massage, it would have been great. But the massage was even more healing. Meredith is a truly gifted healer. When she says "soul-centric", she means it. This person is deeply connected to something rare and special, and it flows through her and her massage work. What was my first massage will be far from my last!!
Spanda Body Arts + AstrologySpanda Body Arts + Astrology
Robbie M.
Demi is awesome! Great massage. Very friendly and professional
Demi Berg at A New SpiritDemi Berg at A New Spirit
Timothy M.
Very thorough massage and got out my knots
Please Read Profile First! Massage, Healing, etc..Please Read Profile First! Massage, Healing, etc..
Gabe H.
Awesome massage therapist. My wife and I highly recommend
Relax In-Home Massage, LLCRelax In-Home Massage, LLC
Chelsey L.
Allen is amazing! He listen to what my body needed and was very in tune! He has a high-level of body awareness and a sports massage background. Which means an incredible massage experience beyond the usual swedish massage. He also has a comfortable table and I warming table mat that was really nice. I will be booking again very soon!
G.O.T.C. Health & WellnessG.O.T.C. Health & Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Allen was prompt in responding and getting to massage venue. listened and gave massage according to my specific requests and checked in from time to time to see how I was doing. Provided some education about working out.
G.O.T.C. Health & WellnessG.O.T.C. Health & Wellness
Jonathan f.
Not only is celma the greatest massage therapist I have ever experienced - she is the most wonderful and amazing person I have ever meet. Her heart is totally pure and genuine, her attention to detail and her massage therapy skills are second to none. Book her now. I am done looking for the best massage therapists now that I know celma!
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
Walter h.
Over the past 15 years, my wife BOBBI has never been able to handle a massage longer than 30 minutes. With Maddy, She went for a full hour and booked a standing.....hour long luxurious massage every week. Need I say more? I myself also get a massage and I completely agree with my wife that Maddie is outstanding!
Pause Massage TherapyPause Massage Therapy
Troy B.
Elana was great! I get a fair number of massages and she is really amazing.
Elana Martinez LMTElana Martinez LMT
Peter W.
Had firm but nurturing touch. Introduced me to hot stone massage very invigorating.
Brendan's Bodywork & WellnessBrendan's Bodywork & Wellness
Stan D.
Excellent massage!! Went in for stress reduction and some tight muscles. Perfect touch. Felt great!!
Thrive Wellness Massage Therapy LLC.Thrive Wellness Massage Therapy LLC.
Daniel P.
My woman loved her massage! Thank you for making her birthday weekend special!!
Jessica Lyn BodyworkJessica Lyn Bodywork
Peter W.
Mike was prompt in responding to request and very courteous. Massage was excellent and massuer is very intuitive and conscientious.
Mike's Mobile MassageMike's Mobile Massage
Mira R.
Wonderful. Best massage I have ever had in over 20 years in Colorado! Will be a repeat customer.
G.O.T.C. Health & WellnessG.O.T.C. Health & Wellness
Daniel P.
My woman loved her massage!!! Thank you so much for making her birthday weekend wonderful!!!
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
Tom H.
From the welcoming entry to the super clean room w/ convenient bathroom, the whole massage experience was great. David worked a shoulder area to great relief and a tense back area was loosened up. Tip to tie, the massage was just what you want, relaxing but tough enough to invigorate. Definitely going back.
Elysian Clinical Massage and BodyworkElysian Clinical Massage and Bodywork
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