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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.

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 Aventura massage therapists
Michael L.
Excellent massage. Mila was attentive and knew the correct areas to massage based upon my informing her of same.
Ike k.
Tremendous more then a massage
Healing BodyworksHealing Bodyworks
Lazer k.
Best massage my wife and I had! He was friendly and knew all our pressure points and did an amazing job with deep tissue massages for both of us.
Divine BodyWork By ErnestDivine BodyWork By Ernest
Drake E.
Relaxing massage, great with stretches and tight muscles.
Candid Care BodyworkCandid Care Bodywork
Chen J.
The best massage I ever had, thanks Mila
Max R.
Massages are very well done and attentive. Highly recommend.
Healing touchHealing touch
Vitaliy S.
She is amazing massage therapist! Highly recommend her work.
Rika’s MassageRika’s Massage
Yuki B.
I would give 10 stars, not 5, to her skills and strength. She can detect pressure amounts your body is craving. I always need strongest massage, and she can dig in with both acupressure and elbows to take the hardest knots away. I had been looking for a massage therapist who can give shiatsu and very deep massage for 3 yrs since I moved to FL and could not find anyone until I met Alina. She can give you stronger massage than male therapists. Her understanding of anatomy is much better than other massage therapists as well. She is polite, quiet and comes fully equipped to your place. What she offers with her miraculous hands is way beyond what any other massage therapists can.
Faigy f.
Eric is the best !!!great massage, very professional, highly recommend him!!!!
Healing from EricHealing from Eric
Juan F.
Mila is very professional and punctual in her appointments. Overall, she provided a very good session. Besides an extremely good massage she incorporate stretching which is an excellent part of the massage. Great job! Will definitely hire her again.
Thumbtack Customer
A wonderful therapeutic massage! Mark was very knowledgeable and helped with my back pain
Planet Massage Urban OasisPlanet Massage Urban Oasis
Yuki B.
Frank can give you the deepest tissue massage along with big stretches and strong acupressure. He possesses special technique I haven't found in other massage therapists. If you are looking for strong pressure to take knots out, Frank is whom you should see.
Frank KaupasFrank Kaupas
Erika R.
Ana Maria was great! Me and my husband got a 90 minutes massage and we could'nt be happier.
Body Focus massage by Ana MariaBody Focus massage by Ana Maria
Razan A.
Hands down this was the best massage I have ever received. I will definitely make this a weekly thing. :)
Synal  Therapeutic LLCSynal Therapeutic LLC
Olga W.
Mila is Great! I loved my first 90 mins Tibetan massage and will see Mila again next week! Highly recommend
Jonathan f.
Best massage I ever got in my life... he’s professional and amazing at what he does ! Can’t wait to use him again
Relaxing MassageRelaxing Massage
Lauren C.
Eric is amazing - incredibly responsive and a fantastic therapist. He gave one of the best and strongest deep tissue massages I've ever had. Highly recommended!!
Healing from EricHealing from Eric
Yuki B.
Co owner Chelsea sent a therapist named Eni to me in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. She was 30 min late but gave good massage.
Massage Connection U.S. ~ MiamiMassage Connection U.S. ~ Miami
Sharon D.
Massage was amazing. I would give 10 stars if I could. Ernest was on time, very professional, very pleasant and knowledgeable. I will definitely be a repeat customer!!!!
Divine BodyWork By ErnestDivine BodyWork By Ernest
Sophia C.
I recently had some work done on my body and really needed someone who knew about lymphatic massages. I knew from the moment Ernest reached out to my request that he was knowledgeable about his service. He was prompt, professional and made me feel extremely comfortable. On top of that, he has years of experience. I would highly recommend booking Ernest for any type of massage service.
Divine BodyWork By ErnestDivine BodyWork By Ernest
Brittany E.
Eric was amazing! He was respectful and prompt with his responses, and answered all my questions before scheduling. He gave massages to myself and two of my friends, and we all left feeling amazing. Prior to starting each session, he discussed our pain/focus areas, the style of massage we wanted, etc. During the massage he frequently checked in to make sure the pressure and technique were okay for each of us. He came in and set up the bed along with music and a heating pad - turning the room into a relaxing space with great ambiance. He changed the sheets each time, frequently washed his hands, and stayed masked throughout the entire time — hygiene and cleanliness are clearly a priority for him. Overall, this was just what we all needed! We’re feeling great and would definitely recommend him and book him again!
Healing from EricHealing from Eric
Michael B.
Shontae is very professional. Great follow up. Gave me and my wife excellent massages. Very good about asking what our needs were and has great hands. Would definitely use again.
Shontae's massageShontae's massage
Leah Y.
Rika gave my husband and I massages on Valentine’s Day and it was great!! She came to our apartment, everything was very professional and clean. She used the perfect amount of pressure and was considerate of what we wanted. Definitely recommend!
Rika’s MassageRika’s Massage
Kirstin e.
I hired Rika to surprise my boyfriend with a massage. He LOVED it! He said it was "amazing" and gave him energy to start his day. Rika was very welcoming, professional, and very prompt with responsiveness! I would book her again most definitely!
Rika’s MassageRika’s Massage
Yuki B.
If you are looking for a peaceful yet deep strong massage that calms down both your mind and body, EJ is whom you should see. His long slow deep strokes with strong arm and hands will take off all your knots and stiffness.
Divine BodyWork By ErnestDivine BodyWork By Ernest
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