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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 Smyrna massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
Gifted hands🙏🏻 Amazing prenatal massage. I'm not going anywhere else for a massage !! He's it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Massage by SkipMassage by Skip
Gerald C.
Exceptional massage with true professionalism!
Sacred SunSacred Sun
Rick r.
Super friendly! Good massage! I’ll be back!
Paradise Glam SpaParadise Glam Spa
Thumbtack Customer
Melanie is very professional, knowledgeable and also personable. She did a deep tissue massage and it was great! I will definitely do more massage sessions with her in the future. I highly recommend her.
Melanie Newby LMTMelanie Newby LMT
Joseph M.
A wonderful experience! Great massage at a great price. I highly recommend!
Peace of Life Massage & BodyworkPeace of Life Massage & Bodywork
Tonita B.
The massage with Michelle was fabulous. She was on time, professional, and very thorough. She provided a detailed consultation before beginning the massage which was extremely helpful. I recommend her services to others and I will be using them again as well!
Therapeutic Massages by Michelle LLCTherapeutic Massages by Michelle LLC
Elyse F.
Excellent massage! Very easy to communicate and coordinate with. Timely arrival and excellent value.
Mobile Wellness SpaMobile Wellness Spa
Daniella A.
She did a great job on our couples massages. Will definitely hire her again!
Healing Soles LLC (mobile massage)Healing Soles LLC (mobile massage)
Todd K.
My massage with Hayden was amazing! Everything was great from beginning to end. His technique was fantastic and really helped relieve my problem areas (neck, shoulder, lower back)from pain and tension. Will definitely book another massage with him in the near future!
Massage by HaydenMassage by Hayden
Craig G.
I booked last minute for my wife's birthday, and she was incredibly impressed with her massage.
Elite Wellness Mobile SpaElite Wellness Mobile Spa
Kelvin S.
She is the personification of great service. The quality of the massage varied from excellent to superb. Definitely will be booking her again.
The BodyFul ExperienceThe BodyFul Experience
Kevin W.
Michelle is one of the best massage therapist i have used. She is attentive and responsive. I will use her again!!!
Therapeutic Massages by Michelle LLCTherapeutic Massages by Michelle LLC
Kristopher B.
Very attentive to what I needed. And I didn't feel rushed at all. Best massage I've ever had.
Eight Trigrams Massage & BodyworkEight Trigrams Massage & Bodywork
Mahalath w.
Taliba knows how to create an amazing and unique experience! The oils, stones, aromas and massage took me to a peaceful and relaxing space. This was much needed!
🪔Temple of Atum🪔 Holistic Royal Wellness🪔🪔Temple of Atum🪔 Holistic Royal Wellness🪔
Sara M.
A really top notch experience. Randall know his stuff and strives to give the best massage meeting need as well body limitations. If you are looking for the real deal Core Sports is it
Core Sports Massage LLCCore Sports Massage LLC
LeJeanne C.
The overall experience was phenomenal. Calming Space Massage services were what we were looking for in a relaxing evening at home. My husband stated that he is looking forward to using the services again. Thank you.
Calming Space Massage Mobile ServicesCalming Space Massage Mobile Services
Benita M.
I booked with Super Hands for my boyfriend’s birthday. During his massage the masseuse asked how was he feeling, he responded “I’m at a loss for words.” That pretty much sums up this service! Book them!!!
SuperHands Therapy (Google Us For Q&A and Rates)SuperHands Therapy (Google Us For Q&A and Rates)
Tere'Ence N.
Dimitri is the best masseur Hands down! He very attentive and knowledgeable about the human body. He's massage will literally put you to sleep and very inviting atmosphere. You have to check him out and you will not be dis1475 mecaslin stappointed.
Mission BodyworkMission Bodywork
Kari L.
Francia is professional and takes COVID precautions seriously. I had been having neck and shoulder pain that I knew massage would help but was nervous because of COVID. So glad I came across Francia's profile ... I will definitely be scheduling with her again!
Sacred SunSacred Sun
Amanda H.
I had an amazing experience! I was so pleased with how responsive Randall was and how he was able to be so accommodating to my schedule! I will definitely be contacting him in the future for all my future massage needs! Truly was a great experience and he was such a nice person!
Core Sports Massage LLCCore Sports Massage LLC
Joshua W.
There is not enough space for me to explain how wonderful Michelle is. My husband teamed up with Michelle to surprise me for my birthday/anniversary and when I say I was in tears. Not to mention she gave me the best massage I have every had in my entire life. Thank you for making this such an amazing experience.
Therapeutic Massages by Michelle LLCTherapeutic Massages by Michelle LLC
Jerrell M.
As someone who gets massages regularly, you know quickly what a person's skill level is. Simply put: Michelle was amazing! She is a pro who focuses on the well-being of the client. Very professional, high quality products, and an intuitive touch. She arrived early, set-up quickly, but never made me feel rushed or anxious. Already planning my next session with her!
Therapeutic Massages by Michelle LLCTherapeutic Massages by Michelle LLC
Jerrell M.
As someone who gets massages regularly, you know quickly what a person's skill level is. Simply put: Star was amazing! She is a pro who focuses on the well-being of the client. Very professional, high quality products, and an intuitive touch. She arrived early, set-up quickly, but never made me feel rushed or anxious. Already planning my next session with her!
Touched by StarTouched by Star
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