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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
  • 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 Melbourne massage therapists
Martin M.
great massage. will use again
Betsa spaBetsa spa
David P.
Outstanding massage! Definitely recommend.
Table For One Massage Inc.Table For One Massage Inc.
Matt W.
Great massage and great person.
Kp MassageKp Massage
Mohammad B.
Perfect deep tissue massage. She is strong!
Massage by KaitlinMassage by Kaitlin
Michelle R.
Can’t wait to book our next massage.
Kp MassageKp Massage
Andra L.
If you want the best massage of your life dont wait contact Betsa NOW!!! Excellent!!!! Thank for your quick response today looking forward to my next massage. Andra
Betsa spaBetsa spa
Dana J.
She provided an excellent at home massage for my wife.
Betsa spaBetsa spa
Josh V.
Short review: This is the massage therapist you want to see. Katie met me to discuss what issues I had and what I expected from a massage. She recommended some stretches to do at home and then got to work. She did exactly what I needed to relieve chronic pain and tight muscles. I requested deep tissue massage and she definitely provided it. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable, professional massage therapist, Katie should be your first choice.
Table For One Massage Inc.Table For One Massage Inc.
James B.
One of the best massages I've received since moving to FL
Table For One Massage Inc.Table For One Massage Inc.
Art S.
Terrific massage! All reviews that I read were very positive, so I booked my massage with Kaitlin. She was professional, polite, and very skilled. I will definitely be going back to see her again.
Massage by KaitlinMassage by Kaitlin
Jessica T.
She does great work. She is now my regular massage lady!!
Firm to Deep Massage by JenFirm to Deep Massage by Jen
Rick S.
Exceptional knowledge. Much more than a massage. This was an education in the benefits of muscle care and therapy.
TSR Massage TherapyTSR Massage Therapy
Jennifer D.
Wow! Best massage I have had in years. Can’t recommend highly enough.
TSR Massage TherapyTSR Massage Therapy
Teresa K.
Excellent massage. Katie's willing to listen to her clients and use her experience to meet their needs!
Kp MassageKp Massage
Sophia M.
This was my first massage. I didn’t exactly know what I wanted, but he helped me figure it out. He was very informative and a good communicator. I didn’t feel uncomfortable and the massage was very relaxing. I’m definitely going again and recommending to my friend and family.
TSR Massage TherapyTSR Massage Therapy
Francis G.
I am an aging athlete and a massage enthusiast and have tried many massage therapists over the years in search of the really good ones.....Katie is one of those really good ones...exceptional...she has a great touch...and she is intuitive in her technique....she is obviously very knowledgeable about the human body and how to execute a wonderful massage which leaves you feeling just outstanding!...I am so happy with the massage I just got from her that I plan on using her regularly in the future and I am now discontinuing my therapist search! ….And....on top of all these skills she demonstrates....she is also a very nice person!
Kp MassageKp Massage
Marty F.
Katie made time for me and gave me one of the best massages I’ve had in a couple of years. I’ll be a regular customer.
Table For One Massage Inc.Table For One Massage Inc.
Thomas M.
Excellent deep tissue massage! Found the knots in my back and worked them out. I will definitely be using Katie again!
Table For One Massage Inc.Table For One Massage Inc.
Martin M.
Therapist responded quickly and showed up on time. The massage was very relaxing and thorough. Very pleasant person too. I highly recommend.
Kp MassageKp Massage
Michael D.
By far the best massage therapist around, hands down. If you need to relax from your day to day stressors, Katie is the answer.
Table For One Massage Inc.Table For One Massage Inc.
Donna C.
Overall a great experience. I booked Dennis when I had an acute need and my usual massage therapist was unavailable. Dennis located issues other therapists have not found before and made great headway. As a bonus, he was by far the best massage therapist I've ever encountered at foot and calf issues. Finally, there is relief in such a critical and commonly abused part of the body. I will definitely book again! Thanks Dennis.
TSR Massage TherapyTSR Massage Therapy
James s.
Had a superb massage with Lauren. Have had an upper back problem for the last few weeks and Lauren did a great job in working out the knots. I will return for sure!
Aqua Hands Massage & BodyworkAqua Hands Massage & Bodywork
Shaqueena M.
Betsa did an amazing job helping me to execute a surprise for a newlywed couple. She was extremely responsive and informative. The couple complimented how relaxing and through the massages were. I can’t wait to book with her in the future!
Betsa spaBetsa spa
Chuck M.
I came in with pain & tension in my neck and back. After a 90 min massage the tension & pain are gone and I feel great. Katie is really good at what she does. I highly recommend her!
Table For One Massage Inc.Table For One Massage Inc.
Julie H.
Katie was quickly responsive to my need. She wa s professional, punctual and effective. She performed deep tissue massage for a chronic problem and I honestly felt much better afterwards. I would hire her again.
Kp MassageKp Massage
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