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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. 

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.

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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for North Port massage therapists
Joe S.
I purchased a massage as a birthday present for my wife, who is a former massage therapist. She said, hands-down, the best massage she's had.
Massage Fenix SpaMassage Fenix Spa
Brendan D.
Was quick to respond! One of the best massages I’ve received. Very professional and nice guy! Gave multiple massages for our group and everyone was happy.
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Mitch m.
Responded right away. Pleased with massage.
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Jaspreet B.
Courtney gives the best massages! She was great to work with and very responsive during the booking process, and arrived early to set up. She brought everything - table, head rest, sheets and relaxing music. My 9 year old was curious and Courtney was flexible and gave him a massage from our scheduled time. My husband got a massage also and said he was “floating on air” from feeling so relaxed after the massage. We can’t wait to have Courtney over to give our whole family a massage again!
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Chris M.
Very good massage very great personality very recommended
Massage Fenix SpaMassage Fenix Spa
Steve T.
This was an amazing massage, worked on my painful muscles and feel much better
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Sherrell R.
It was a pleasure having Courtney. The massage was well worth it & I will be hiring her again
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Deborah L.
Was apprehensive, but Jeff was very professional and gives one awesome massage. Already booked again.
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
June H.
Made me feel comfortable. The massage was helpful to me. I will go back...next week.
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Thumbtack Customer
She was on time. Nice person to chat with while giving a good massage. Would use sevice again. Steve
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Donna F.
Nice massage! He took extra steps to help with my lower back pain. I was very comfortable with him.
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Thumbtack Customer
I would definitely use David's services again. He arrived on time and was very welcoming. His massage was perfect adjusting the strength to my needs.
David Transue Mobile MassageDavid Transue Mobile Massage
Stephanie P.
Honestly, the best massage I've had anywhere. Jeff is super nice, too, and knows his craft well. I've already scheduled my next appointment!
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Michael H.
I had a great massage with Jeff. He was very welcoming and made me feel very relaxed. The pressure was just right and the time whizzed by. He has a great technique.
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Denis M.
Emma was very accommodating and very quick to respond with any questions. A super Massage Therapy Found this place to be very clean, comfortable, I am looking forward to seeing her again.
Emma Marie Massage LLCEmma Marie Massage LLC
Diane D.
Barry did a great job and I felt so much better after he gave me a massage. I have a lot more range of motion in my neck now which is usually tight and doesn't move without pain. There were several areas that were painful and he relieved all of those areas: back, sciatica, and neck. I recommend him highly. He also responded to my request for a massage quickly and worked on me the same day. Thanks Barry!
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
John M.
Courtney was wonderful to work with. Very accommodating to my schedule needs. Does a killer deep tissue massage. I added reflexology to the session and it was exactly what I needed. Have already scheduled with her again!
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Thumbtack Customer
Great message very professional. Annette was on time and was interested in making sure I got the most out of the massage. I am training for a marathon and she made to concentrate on my sore spots. I will call on her again. Paul
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional attention to detail and very caring I've had many massages at the age of 53 - I've got numerous complicated conditions she is a great listener and knows what she's doing - she gave me much relief! Pete Disabled American Veteran ( Retired)
Healing HandsHealing Hands
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