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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.  

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.

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 Marietta massage therapists
Chris D.
The best massage and customer service ever.. will recommend her to anyone in need of a peaceful massage
Paradise Glam SpaParadise Glam Spa
Lisa M.
Fantastic massage!
SuperHands Therapy (Call Us For Q&A 18332315777)SuperHands Therapy (Call Us For Q&A 18332315777)
Davy G.
Great massage!
Paradise Glam SpaParadise Glam Spa
Anthony P.
One of the best massages ever!
Touched by StarTouched by Star
Brandon A.
My wife loved the massage!!!
Massage by HaydenMassage by Hayden
Ednard S.
My husband and I had an amazing couple massage. My massage was a prenatal massage. Lacona and her partner did an amazing job, I kept falling asleep. Will for sure be booking with her again and share her info with everyone I know!!
Moments of Heaven mobileMoments of Heaven mobile
Eric R.
Great experience with Ron.. He I’ve never had a sports massage and he incorporated that into my deep tissue... Great massage therapist highly recommend!
Quality Hands MassageQuality Hands Massage
Waldemar R.
Best massage I’ve had. Total relaxation!
La Paz WellnessLa Paz Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Overall good massage. Octavia was on time and ready to work!
RevYv Massage Therapy LLCRevYv Massage Therapy LLC
Jennifer N.
Skip honestly provided one of the BEST massages I have ever had! His knowledge of what to do to help my constant neck and shoulder pain was perfect. It felt almost like a “meditation massage” as I was more relaxed afterwards than I have been in a long time. Can’t wait to have another massage!
Massage by SkipMassage by Skip
Jill S.
I wanted to give a friend who is going through cancer treatment an in-home massage. Michelle was very responsive and provided the special massage experience that my friend needed. Highly recommend Michelle!
Therapeutic Massages by Michelle LLCTherapeutic Massages by Michelle LLC
Shep W.
Great massage. Appreciate the attention to Covid safety. Thanks brad!
Bgood MassageBgood Massage
Kayla S.
Dmitri is professional & personable. Best massage I’ve ever had.
Mission BodyworkMission Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
WOW! 10 out of 10! What a wonderful massage experience. My massage with Randall was truly amazing. I have a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders due to aggressive workouts and Randall was able to carefully massage the sensitive areas! Randall is super easy to be around and makes you feel at ease right off! I will definitely be returning to see Randall. He offers great packages too! Randall is extremely professional and knows exactly what he is doing!!! Can't wait for my next massage!!
Core Sports Massage LLCCore Sports Massage LLC
Portia R.
She was very nice and the massage felt great. I would recommend.
Hands On Approach massage therapy.Hands On Approach massage therapy.
Thumbtack Customer
Highly skilled! She’s an excellent choice! I’ve purchased a package for weekly massages.
Restoration Sports MassageRestoration Sports Massage
Steve B.
She massaged my daughter and boyfriend and provided an amazing service to their sore muscles!
Therapeutic Massages by Michelle LLCTherapeutic Massages by Michelle LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Skip was on time, courteous, an excellent communicator, and the massage therapy was perfect. Thanks much Skip!
Massage by SkipMassage by Skip
Thumbtack Customer
Terria was great! The massage was just what I needed. The fact that she came to my house, was on time, and very personal was a big bonus. The massage was so good that I booked another one on the spot for next week. I highly recommend her services.
Terria's Therapeutic Table and Chair Massage, LLCTerria's Therapeutic Table and Chair Massage, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Denise was great to work with right from our very first email exchange. She is responsive, professional and an excellent Massage Therapist. I hired her to provide an in-home massage for my husband on Father's Day and he loved it! We will definitely work with Denise again in the near future.
Medical & Sports Massage, Inc.Medical & Sports Massage, Inc.
Timeka K.
Lee was awesome! He’s so professional and responsive. I’ve had countless massages, but this was my first having someone come to me. I’ve always been a little uneasy. But reading other reviews, I definitely made the right selection. It won’t be my last in home massage with him.
Raul G.
The overall visit was a great experience from the time I walked in the door throughout the massage and the pricing was great.
Mission BodyworkMission Bodywork
Tiffany A.
Wonderful experience. Massages were fantastic for me and a group of friends. I would definitely use her again.
🪔Temple of Atum🪔 Holistic Royal Wellness🪔🪔Temple of Atum🪔 Holistic Royal Wellness🪔
Nicole R.
Randall Moon is a true professional. From the initial contact through the actual service he was very responsive and thorough. Prior to the service, he asked questions to ensure he provided my daughter/teen athlete with the type of massage best suited for her. I highly recommend Core Sports Massage!
Core Sports Massage LLCCore Sports Massage LLC
Carmel S.
Alisha is knowledgeable and our massages were great. We ordered one and ended up getting three. Great job!
Alishas mobile massageAlishas mobile massage
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