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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 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.

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.

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 Boise massage therapists
Rachel J.
A truly beneficial massage! It seems that most massages are either relaxing and stress relieving or medicinal body work. This massage was wonderfully Both. Relaxing bodywork! Thank you
NikitaNikita
Nick C.
Great massage
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Nick C.
Always a great massage
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Lisa A.
Perfect healing massage from a wonderful person. She has gifted hands and I am looking forward to my next massage.
Golden Phoenix HealingGolden Phoenix Healing
Don M.
Would highly recommend her for a massage.
Golden Phoenix HealingGolden Phoenix Healing
Nick C.
Very good massage. It’s rare to get bodywork done by someone that has such an in-depth understanding of the body, resulting in one of the best massages I’ve ever received.
NikitaNikita
Will F.
A very experienced and qualified Massage Therapist. I highly recommend her.
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Madelyn C.
Quick to respond, great price, and really amazing massage. Would hire again!
True Reflections Massage LLCTrue Reflections Massage LLC
Kent C.
Had an excellent massage from Rose. She is very professional and cares about her patients.
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Mac E.
I had a massage from Rose today and it was great. She is very knowledgeable about anatomy and what you are dealing with. Rose uses awesome technique that makes the deep pressure of sports massage palatable to anyone. Despite the drive, Rose is definitely worth a trip from Boise!
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Paula F.
Great massage! Rose has so much knowledge and skill. I feel great and will be back.
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
David O.
One of the best deep tissue massages I’ve ever received. Cydney has great knowledge and I can’t wait to go back
Resilience Massage and Wellness LLCResilience Massage and Wellness LLC
Jamal p.
wow best massage i ever had very professional rose made sure i was very comftorable at all time i will be returning soon thanks a bunch
Rose's Hands MassageRose's Hands Massage
Kris H.
I had some serious neck and shoulder tension issues. Lateesha was able to locate the tension points and loosen everything up. Awesome massage therapist, very professional and reasonably priced. :-)
True Reflections Massage LLCTrue Reflections Massage LLC
Carolyn D.
Renee did a massage for pain relief and I was very satisfied with it. I scheduled another appointment. She helped me locate the building and assisted me getting in and out due to a remodel of the main entrance. Great service. I felt right at home with her.
Golden Phoenix HealingGolden Phoenix Healing
Jeffrey K.
I had my first massage with Kirk, It was great!!! I usually go for deep tissue work, but have had more stress and tension going on so I wanted some deep tissue and some relaxation... I got both and was very impressed with his skills and intuitiveness. I will defiantly be a repeat client. I highly recommend him as a new local therapist.
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
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