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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.  

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 Sarasota massage therapists
David B.
A great massage
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Kolleen G.
I text on thumbtack on a Sunday afternoon and within minutes I received a message back saying he was doing a 90 minute massage and would be over to massage 3 of my family members after!!! And we were new clients. We were all very impressed with are massages he had listened and we all received the massages we requested!!!
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Glenn S.
Great massage and great person.
Emma Marie Massage LLCEmma Marie Massage LLC
Nate k.
Great massage, very professional!
Francia Siri MassageFrancia Siri Massage
Tabitha L.
I’ve had many massages and she is excellent. Was very kind, and professional. I have her booked for future massages. You won’t be disappointed.
Stress Less Massage & WellnessStress Less Massage & Wellness
Jim B.
I surprised my wife for a massage on our vacation. Vince gave a personalized massage and will definitely use him again the next time we are in town.
Reset MassageReset Massage
Jonathan M.
Excellent massage, will be back as a returning customer!
Emma Marie Massage LLCEmma Marie Massage LLC
Chris c.
Great massage!! Very professional and attentive
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Dakota P.
Barry was very punctual and personable. I booked a couples massage for my parents and they were very satisfied with the massage! Thank you, Barry! See you next time!
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Kari K.
Had a great in home massage. I recommend
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Michael R.
Excellent massage. Highly recommend Jeff. I’ll go back.
Knead To RelaxKnead To Relax
Jimmie R.
Ana gave me the best massage I have ever had
Massage by AnaMassage by Ana
Chris G.
Courtney is a joy excellent technique, upbeat and energetic, and yet calming presence, and very professional and punctual I have been getting regular massages for many years and have had massages from many people Courtney is tops
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
James J.
Was in need of a good deep tissue massage at the end of a long tough week. I reached out, and received a reply in a very timely manner. Within 24 hours, I received a really really great 90 minute massage! Thank you, and I look forward to the next one!!
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Eric H.
This was our second couples session with Vince. He was every bit as professional as the first visit but it just seemed better now that my wife and I were more comfortable. Vince massaged my wife first then gave her time to slowly move from the table to a comfortable place to rest and enjoy her relaxed state. Then Vince gave me a very professional massage. If you’re a single or a couple or a group, i again recommend Vince for your massage needs. We will definitely be regular clients.
Reset MassageReset Massage
Rikki I.
Diana was absolutely wonderful. I booked her for a girls trip in Sarasota and I am so glad I did. She did 6 massages in 1 day and everyone absolutely loved it. One of the better massages we’ve had:) Diana was extremely punctual and very professional. I highly recommend!!
Stress Less Massage & WellnessStress Less Massage & Wellness
Jim H.
I hurt my low back and left leg exercising. I had been to doctors, physical therapy and another massage therapist. I needed deep tissue massage. Sandy knew exactly what I needed and she fixed my low back/leg pain. Gone! Thank you Sandy!
Life Force Essentials & MassageLife Force Essentials & Massage
Jon K.
excellent massage when i arrived i was sore all over.when i left i had no pain...awesome...
Golden Touch MassageGolden Touch Massage
Shivani G.
Diane did an awesome job! The massage was very relaxing and helped a ton with my neck and back tension. Highly recommend!!
Stress Less Massage & WellnessStress Less Massage & Wellness
Steven Z.
Emma is an excellent and very professional massage therapist. Her technique is very good and it’s obvious that she knows what she’s doing. She’s also a really nice and caring individual and you can tell that she enjoys what she does - making people feel better through professional massage therapy. A 5 Star ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ therapist.
Emma Marie Massage LLCEmma Marie Massage LLC
Allyson P.
Courtney is exceptional. She focused on my back as requested. She gave me the best massage I’ve had. I highly recommend her.
Quintessence Massage and Natural HealingQuintessence Massage and Natural Healing
Thumbtack Customer
Rob was amazing, I hired him for chair massages and the guests were thrilled! He was prompt and very professional, would recommend and use again!
Holistic RenaissanceHolistic Renaissance
Kolleen G.
John gave a great 60 minute massage with deep tissue and stretching, heat, music he made the ambience very relaxing.Three of my family members enjoyed their massages so we now are having him come to our home weekly he worked around our hours and to have him come to the home and only charge the same amount as if I was to go to the spa was amazing.
Jon Gabriel MassageJon Gabriel Massage
Eric H.
This was sort of a surprise for my wife last night (02/13). When asking my wife about her desire for an in home massage she initially thought she wanted a woman but eventually said a either would be ok. Her apprehension was that she might not be as relaxed with a man massaging some areas based on a past massage experience. Vince has changed her mind completely! He is a true gentleman and VERY respectful. The scene Vince created was a surprise for her and she loved it (sorry I didn’t take photos). We have kids and requested a late evening couples massage so all the kids would be asleep and Vince accommodated. She went first and then relaxed during mine. We will book with Vince again and we recommend anyone considering him to just do it. All of those 5 star reviews are no joke. You’ll be glad you did.
Reset MassageReset Massage
Zeko W.
My guy came to the house and did massages for me and my wife for our anniversary. Did a great job and was great for conversation. Would book again.
Reset MassageReset Massage
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