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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.  

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
  • 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 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 Woodley Park massage therapists
Michael T.
Great massage!
Domo’s Healing Hands and MoreDomo’s Healing Hands and More
Robert L.
Excellent massage.
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Ryan P.
Excellent massage!
AlexAlex
Ko r.
Excellent massage
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
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
Karen b.
The best massage ever
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
David C.
A great and relaxing massage.
Highly Favored MassageHighly Favored Massage
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
Sesleigh S.
Amazing, fantastic, will hire again. Best massage therapist in the area and I've had a lot of massages and she was the best I've experienced.
Black Ivy WellnessBlack Ivy Wellness
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
Kevan S.
Fantastic massage and very friendly
Rain Walker HealingRain Walker Healing
Rafik d.
Great massage, will go back !
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
Shanice M.
Prefect for a spa/massage party!!!
Black Ivy WellnessBlack Ivy Wellness
Clifford R.
Great massage, I’ll be back.
AlexAlex
Jay H.
Excellent massage and an effortless process
Heavenly Hands MobileHeavenly Hands Mobile
Debbie D.
Incredibly relaxing and so good! Massage: 90-minute aromatherapy combination of deep tissue and Swedish massage. My lower back was killing and he tremendously helped knead the muscle knot out! Mike inventoried my specific needs, my sensitive muscles, and my goals for the session. He was thorough and responsive. AND his massage table had a heating pad so it was extra relaxing! Love the free added extras. Professionalism: Mike was the first to respond of all the massage therapists here. He responded quickly to my questions and to scheduling. He was punctual and set up quickly for the massage. Overall, incredible massage! Definitely re-scheduling soon.
Massage DMV (COVID-vaccinated Massage Therapist)Massage DMV (COVID-vaccinated Massage Therapist)
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage, nice guy, too!
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
Thumbtack Customer
Great job. Enjoyed my massage.
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
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
Craig B.
Very professional and courteous as well as an excellent massage.
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Will S.
Wonderful massage and great to work with. Will be scheduling again.
Handsinmotionmobile (Donnell)Handsinmotionmobile (Donnell)
Stuart k.
Massage Arts of Georgetown was the best, It had been a long time since my last massage therapy. She was excellent and very personable. A wonderful and peaceful environment. I will recommend to others
MassageArts of GeorgetownMassageArts of Georgetown
Yaqoub K.
Our experience with Natalia was excellent. She uses her expertise and techniques to deliver high-quality massage. The massage was relaxing and therapeutic. It helped reduce tention and swellings overall. We highly recommend Natalia.
Moon Touch SpaMoon Touch Spa
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