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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 Apopka massage therapists
Matthew K.
Great Massage!
Tre ForteTre Forte
Ondrea H.
Overall, the massage was ok. She was 45 minutes late. She didn't let me know until 10 minutes after she was supposed to be here that she was running late. Her massage table is very cheap & has practically no padding, making for an uncomfortable massage. Her technique was very repetitive. I've gotten regular massages for 20 years now at home, so I have LOTS of experiences to compare this to.
Betsa SpaBetsa Spa
Mia R.
I booked massages for Mother’s Day. Jorge has a very good technique. 10 of 10 recommended you book him for your next massage. Affordable and professional.
Jorge FernándezJorge Fernández
Geoff B.
The massage was absolutely perfect. She is a master of her craft!
ADC Serenity HandsADC Serenity Hands
Gerald R.
Very professional, on time and very good at massage. I will sign up again.
Caitlin Nies LMTCaitlin Nies LMT
Deborah J.
Really enjoyed the massage and I was so happy with her willingness to be available for me!
ADC Serenity HandsADC Serenity Hands
William D.
Jorge did an amazing job with my deep tissue massage. Completely 100% recommend and will have him back!!
Jorge FernándezJorge Fernández
Ben E.
This was the first professional massage of my life and I can say it was a great experience and I will be a returning customer. Thanks Alexis for helping me with my pain.
ADC Serenity HandsADC Serenity Hands
David W.
She was very friendly and gave a great massage. She found tense areas others never bothered to work. I’m very glad I hired her.
Peaceful Pain Relief Therapeutic MassagePeaceful Pain Relief Therapeutic Massage
Kayla T.
Alexis was the best massage therapist I’ve had yet! I told her my problem areas a few weeks before I arrived and when I got there she had everything noted. She focused on those areas and made sure all my needs were met. I set up monthly massages with her and I can’t wait to see how my body feels in the future with her!
ADC Serenity HandsADC Serenity Hands
Adriana T.
Jorge exceeded my expectations regarding receive a massage. I request him because I was in pain so in 1 hour Jorge relieved me with his professional hands. For sure I want to see Jorge again.
Jorge FernándezJorge Fernández
Samantha G.
Debra is very professional and accommodating. I like that she send me text the day before to remind me of the appointment. I will be using her as my massage therapist going forward. Definite would recommend her to my friends.
Massage by DebbieMassage by Debbie
Jim C.
Scheduling the appointment was was easy through the Thumbtack app. Alexis' office is located in a small office park where she has her own massage room in a shared professional office suite. Very nicely appointed. Alexis greeted me and I proceeded to fill out the obligatory paperwork. Once done with that, I entered the massage room where we had a conversation about my needs and expectations. She did a very nice job - totally chilled me out. She accepts cash and credit cards for payment. Looking forward to the next visit.
ADC Serenity HandsADC Serenity Hands
Samuel W.
Deshon has me speechless. Perfect pressure, attentive, and knowledgeable about bodywork, plus he gave tips on things I could do because I work from home. All I know, is I got in the table slowly, but felt like I could jump right off at the end of my massage. Also, I reached out to him and Deshon responded and got me scheduled within 20minutes. Oh, and its the 4th so i was surprised and thankful that he gave me an appt on a holiday. I highly recommend Deshon and his gifted hands. Prepare for a stellar massage and full rejuvenation of your body!!!
Mobile Healing ServiceMobile Healing Service
Joseph A.
I was wowed by the service she provided. Thee best massage I’ve ever received and I’ve had quite a few . She was very professional very responsive to our needs . I will be definitely recommending her to my close friends . My wife was pleased and was very satisfied with the services provided .
The BarSpaThe BarSpa
Ondrea H.
Carol gives an excellent massage, but she speaks NO English so it was impossible to ask for anything specific. She tried using a translation app on her phone, but that didn't work. She ended up calling her daughter because she had no idea what I was saying. So if you speak Spanish, I'd definitely recommend her!
J&K Spa and WellnessJ&K Spa and Wellness
Junior C.
Jen was did an exceptional job with the deep tissue. I had injured my back at work and I needed someone at the last minute to fit me in their schedule for a deep massage. Not only was she able to open her schedule but she was very punctual too. Her professionalism was excellent and she made sure to be very intentional in regards to my areas that needed focus from my injury. Thank you Jen!
Firm to Deep Massage by JenFirm to Deep Massage by Jen
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