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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 Lakewood massage therapists
Matt G.
Great Massage. Made sure the pressure was good throughout the massage. Will definitely book a massage again.
Therapeutic massageTherapeutic massage
Victoria W.
Great massage! I have been massaged by 100+ different massage therapists over the years and she was definitely in the top 3! Highly recommend.
Jennifer Slivinski LMTJennifer Slivinski LMT
Daniel M.
Great massage!
Relax In-Home Massage, LLCRelax In-Home Massage, LLC
Branden S.
I just had a massage at Nu-Genesis and it was great! The atmosphere was soothing and the massage was so relaxing I even fell asleep. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a good massage place in Denver.
Nu-Genesis Wellness Centre, LLCNu-Genesis Wellness Centre, LLC
Terry O.
Excellent massage!
Pause Massage TherapyPause Massage Therapy
Bob C.
Maddie is a great massage therapist. She took good care of me. I heartily recommend her for anyone that needs a massage.
Pause Massage TherapyPause Massage Therapy
Johnny T.
Great massage. Appreciated the gentle movement of my limbs, and the firmness of the massage. Was very considerate in areas I said were tender (pain). JT
Yahweh's Hands, LLCYahweh's Hands, LLC
Derek R.
One of the best massage I've had.
A Touch of HeavenA Touch of Heaven
Kathy d.
Best massage I ever had!
A Touch of HeavenA Touch of Heaven
Laurel A.
Celma is an amazing massage therapist. Very skilled, intuitive, friendly, great energy, & techniques. I feel like a new person after the 90 min massage!!
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
Thumbtack Customer
Alyssa did a wonderful massage. I left feeling very relaxed and re-energized. I would recommend her to anyone needing massage work done.
Massage On Wheels, LLCMassage On Wheels, LLC
Chris S.
Great Massage!! Twice. Very professional. Great that she can travel to my house. Makes it more convenient to schedule in my busy schedule. The massage hit all the spots that needed attention. Will definitely schedule another massage. I would recommend 90 min. 60 is never enough.
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
Christina K.
Very easy scheduling and a great massage. I had, had a headache for days but already feel some relief. I immediately scheduled a second massage for next week.
Mike's Mobile MassageMike's Mobile Massage
Ordered an in home massage for my wife for Mother’s Day. Jennifer was very responsive, was able to coordinate a date and time and was there 10 min before the appointment to surprise my wife. My wife loved the massage and ordered one for Father’s Day because she was so impressed by the massage. Would highly recommend!
Jennifer Slivinski LMTJennifer Slivinski LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Best Massage Therapy I have received ever!
Massage On Wheels, LLCMassage On Wheels, LLC
Shaunna O.
The Best Massage Therapist who travels to you and is very kind, gentle and understanding and tailors your session to you with care....He is worth every penny and he is my Zen massage therapist and trust worthy 😊 and so sweet and friendly...I just hired him as my personal massage therapist 😊 he is THE BEST
Mike's Mobile MassageMike's Mobile Massage
Marc D.
Eric gave by far the best massage I have ever had! We had a great conversation and he thoroughly worked through all of my knots and pain points. I have chronic cerebral palsy and he masterfully worked through all of the tension and unique physical stress points that come with that condition! He relaxed my entire back top to bottom my legs my chest and my shoulders! It was a comprehensive therapeutic Sports Massage -bringing mental and physical relaxation across-the-board He was professional personable down to earth and fun to talk to. He made me feel safe and able to relax unlocking the full power of the massage. I’m looking forward to my next massage with Eric and working with him as my massage therapist on a regular basis going forward In a phrase, Eric is awesome and his massage and massage abilities or unparalleled. Hire him you won’t regret it!
Mobile Massage by Eric BonhamMobile Massage by Eric Bonham
Aaron B.
My wife said it was the best massage she has ever had.
360 Healing + Strength360 Healing + Strength
Kevin C.
Celma was proficient, attentive to our wants and needs, and it was a most enjoyable massage.
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
Mary J.
The best massage I’ve ever had and I’ e had 100’s
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
StefAnn R.
Paid close attention to what I asked for and delivered a very relaxing massage.
Mobile Massage by Eric BonhamMobile Massage by Eric Bonham
Jim M.
Awesome deep tissue massage! I have had hundreds, she rocks it!
Pause Massage TherapyPause Massage Therapy
Brian B.
This was my first time having a massage in my own home and it was amazing! Celma did a great job, she was professional, and I would highly recommend! Will definitely use her again - thanks for the great massage! See ya next time!
Celma PereiraCelma Pereira
Joana N.
Audrey was great with the massage. She was understanding when I was running a little late. Clean and professional.
Healing Through MassageHealing Through Massage
Andy Z.
Alaina was a great find. She was very easy to communicate with and her office is convenient. The massage was awesome! She asked me several questions to get an idea of what I needed and then set about delivering a very skilled, high quality massage. Thank you, Alaina.
Alaina's Healing Touch MassageAlaina's Healing Touch Massage
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