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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.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

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 Washington massage therapists
Sean D.
Great massage!
Shuravee LMTShuravee LMT
Michael T.
Great massage!
Domo’s Healing Hands and MoreDomo’s Healing Hands and More
Robert L.
Excellent massage.
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Ko r.
Excellent massage
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MDMasseur Shar/Bethesda, MD
Ryan P.
Excellent massage!
Alex (Outcall only)Alex (Outcall only)
Bailey M.
She came and gave my mom a massage for her birthday! Super sweet lady and my mom lovedd the massage and asked for her information to recommend to her friends. Definitely get a massage from Suzanne #magicalhands
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage therapist.
MassageArts of GeorgetownMassageArts of Georgetown
Cassandra M.
Brittany provided chair massages at my team retreat. She was on time, professional and warm -- and the massages were terrific. Thanks, Brittany!
Sacred Space Therapy LLCSacred Space Therapy LLC
Robert L.
Thumbs up! Massage relaxed my tired body and knots in my back and lower neck had all but disappeared by end of massage. Engle has magic in those hands. Look forward to my next massage with him. Bob L
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Robert L.
Terrific massage, pleasant experience.
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Rafik d.
Great massage, will go back !
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MDMasseur Shar/Bethesda, MD
Shanice M.
Prefect for a spa/massage party!!!
Black Ivy WellnessBlack Ivy Wellness
Jay G.
Excellent massage. Time flew by.
Shuravee LMTShuravee LMT
Jay H.
Excellent massage and an effortless process
Heavenly Hands MobileHeavenly Hands Mobile
Clifford R.
Great massage, I’ll be back.
Alex (Outcall only)Alex (Outcall only)
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage, nice guy, too!
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MDMasseur Shar/Bethesda, MD
Thumbtack Customer
Great job. Enjoyed my massage.
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MDMasseur Shar/Bethesda, MD
Ana H.
She was professional and so good at the massage that I found myself falling asleep when she massaged my scalp and shoulders. Haha. Will be hiring her again.
Back To BlissBack To Bliss
Emily W.
Thank you for the quick response and lovely massage! :)
Shuravee LMTShuravee LMT
Craig B.
Very professional and courteous as well as an excellent massage.
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Joe S.
Chaun was great, it was a wonderful massage and he was very professional. His massage bed was very comfy. He was very diligent in regard to Covid, wearing a mask the entire time and wiping down all surfaces.
Chaun RogersChaun Rogers
Thumbtack Customer
The most amazing massage, So firm and relaxing. Must repeat.
Mary I.
She is a wonderful massage therapist. I will be booking her again!
Gifted HandzGifted Handz
Ana Carolina F.
Great massage. Roger is very experienced. Highly recommend him!
Bodywork Therapy by RogerBodywork Therapy by Roger
Excellent massage. I would recommend Hands on a Healing to anyone.
Hands on HealingHands on Healing
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