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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 Saint Petersburg massage therapists
Devon M.
Cathy was a gem! Great massages! A positive attitude with quality massages.
Bodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile MassageBodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Joe R.
Shelby is awesome. Had a 120 deep tissue massage and it was the best massage I have had. I have had at least 100 massages and Shelby was awesome and worth every dollar! I highly recommend her for your massage needs. Thanks Shelby
SField Healing TherapySField Healing Therapy
Kendall G.
Great massage
Mountain Breeze Therapeutic MassageMountain Breeze Therapeutic Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Tara, the massage therapist at Jade Tree Wellness gave both myself and my husband wonderful massages. We have been receiving massages for many years and can tell you that she is very good.
Jade Tree Wellness Center, Inc.Jade Tree Wellness Center, Inc.
Zach A.
Very pleased with my massage! He didn’t rush through my massage, but was able to focus on my problem areas. Definitely recommend!
Mir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapyMir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapy
Teresa G.
We loved our massages!
Reset MassageReset Massage
Brendon Z.
Excellent massage. Will hire again.
Bodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile MassageBodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Timothy H.
Excellent service, great massage.
Bodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile MassageBodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Precious D.
Great massage. Will be booking him again !
Master MassageMaster Massage
Kevin S.
High quality massage - on time and thoroughly relaxing.
Stress Less Massage & WellnessStress Less Massage & Wellness
Colleen T.
Nice person and excellent massage. Thank you!
Reset MassageReset Massage
Mark L.
Cathy was very professional and provided an excellent massage.
Bodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile MassageBodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Shawn Q.
One of the best massages I’ve ever had :)
SField Healing TherapySField Healing Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Booked the massage as a Christmas gift for my dad. She was extremely responsive and flexible during the process and my dad emailed me afterward to say that the massage itself was fantastic. Thanks!
Bodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile MassageBodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Kristina K.
Just had amazing massage with Rey! Very professional and punctual. With his physical therapy skills and knowledge of the profession he provided a therapeutic massage that relieved tension and pain. I highly recommend Rey!
Rey mobile massageRey mobile massage
Jade W.
Mir was a pleasure to work with in getting my mom a massage for Mother's Day. He did a therapeutic massage for her and made her pain go away for the first time in a long time. Excellent work!
Mir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapyMir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapy
Keith b.
On time and a very good masseuse A good deep tissue massage
Mountain Breeze Therapeutic MassageMountain Breeze Therapeutic Massage
Daniel F.
She performed a great massage and cupping. She is definitely someone I would book more frequently if I lived closer to her location. As is, I would highly recomend her for massage or cupping to anyone.
Emma Marie Massage LLCEmma Marie Massage LLC
Jaydee R.
I have worked in the massage and spa business and I was very impressed with Willie's service. He arrived early, set up very quickly, offered marketing material to ensure customer retention, and gave an amazing massage.
Mountain Breeze Therapeutic MassageMountain Breeze Therapeutic Massage
Andrew f.
Amazing massage! I had some serious back pain and Shelby was able to give me immediate relief! Definitely knows what she’s doing and how to tailor each massage to her clients specific needs.
SField Healing TherapySField Healing Therapy
James C.
Did 4 massages for us in one afternoon and everyone was happy with experience.
Massage as an ArtMassage as an Art
Ryan D.
Amazing massage...exactly what I needed. Will be using her again for sure.
Lana Bostwick, LMTLana Bostwick, LMT
Christophe Z.
Wow, that was the deepest deep-tissue massage I've ever had!! Shelby did an amazing job coaxing out some serious knots in my muscles, as it had been about 6 months since my last massage. She was super-responsive to an appointment request and incredibly professional. Best thing is that four days after the massage I am still feeling the therapeutic effects of her work. Top notch!!!
SField Healing TherapySField Healing Therapy
Marc D.
Mare’s work was awesome! She worked on the tight part of my back muscle. I love the head massage too. My headache went away after. I wish I booked her longer. I slept well after the massage.
Mobile Massage by Mare'Mobile Massage by Mare'
Nicole W.
Very knowledgeable. Kind and Professional..The Best gentle massage..Just what I needed..
Stress Less Massage & WellnessStress Less Massage & Wellness
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