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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 Aurora massage therapists
Glenn H.
Jennifer did quality work, was professional, responsive and punctual, and the massage was high value and priced fairly. The massage was great, and I will be reaching out to Jennifer sometime soon for my next massage!
International Medical Massage TherapyInternational Medical Massage Therapy
Christi J.
I have received regular massages for 15 years from trained, experienced massage therapists. The massage I received from Hamadi is the best and provided the most relief I have experienced-and in such a short time. I experience chronic neck, shoulder and hip pain and his massages are helping me to regain my strength and mobility in these areas. Highly, highly recommend!!!
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Kenneth W.
Really enjoyed the massage I received, which was awesome. Having a message in the comfort of my own home by a truly professional massage therapist who was able to provide a very relaxing and positive massage experience to me and my wife to celebrate our special wedding anniversary.
Care PlusCare Plus
Cynica T.
Excellent massage!! Would highly recommend
The Anointed TouchThe Anointed Touch
Karen H.
This was the BEST massage I’ve ever received!
DulceMobileMassage, LLCDulceMobileMassage, LLC
Johnathan V.
Beautiful scenery and even better massage.
Care PlusCare Plus
Brendan K.
I asked my wife to write this review since I got her a prenatal massage for her birthday, and she said she was too lazy—and I can only imagine because she still feels that relaxed from her massage. She was extremely pleased with her massage, and told me to write a good review. Which she literally never tells me to do. So she must’ve been impressed. Thanks, Jennifer, for giving my wife an exceptional massage that she’ll definitely remember!
International Medical Massage TherapyInternational Medical Massage Therapy
Pawel h.
Me and my husband booked the couples massage with Hamadi it was such a great experience, very relaxing the music was great and the massage was much needed. The one thing that made me happy is when someone know their work and able to focus and point out what you need and Hamadi did that. My husband loved his deep tissue massage. We will be booking again.
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Joe P.
Erin provided one of the best massages I have had in quite some time. She is very pleasant to talk to and she went well out of her way to make sure I was comfortable. I highly recommend you contact her for your next massage.
Erin MikulaErin Mikula
Hugo R.
Santiago is an excellent and skillful massage therapist. Not only professional but Santiago is also a very friendly and down to earth person. He puts all of his soul and heart in his massage which will take all your stress away. I highly recommend Santiago ! You won’t be disappointed.
Santiago ContrerasSantiago Contreras
Joe H.
I’m lucky to have found Santiago. Personable, professional, and excellent at massage. Easy to set up an appointment. Highly recommend.
Santiago ContrerasSantiago Contreras
Jesus O.
Awesome personality and welcoming overall. Her deep tissue massage is the best. Highly recommended. Very knowledgeable! I will definitely book again.
Aleksandra RyndakAleksandra Ryndak
Rebecca F.
Probably the best massage I’ve ever had! Can’t say enough good things about Robin! Thank you so much
Robin's Therapeutic MassageRobin's Therapeutic Massage
Christine S.
Massage was relaxing and serene. Lorena is very relaxed in her demeanor and conversation. A talented masseuse and a wonderful lady. Extremely happy I’ve found her 😊
Care PlusCare Plus
A'Dia H.
Absolutely amazing service! It was the highlight of our ladies retreat. All 6 ladies walked away relaxed and rejuvenate. Jovan and team made everyone feel comfortable. One of my guess was on the fence about getting a massage from a male therapist. They made her feel so comfortable, she went for. Afterwards she said it was the better massage she had ever had. I also had another guess with a shoulder injury. After her massage she was able to sleep on her side for the first time in months. Jovan and team definitely has the magic touch. Thank you for your professionalism and making my event first in class.
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
Candy is amazing! She is very thorough and takes the time to listen to the issues for her clients. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great massage therapist.
DulceMobileMassage, LLCDulceMobileMassage, LLC
Yuridia C.
Absolutely amazing! The massage was catered to me needs. Jovan has the hands of a God and puts your body is so relaxed during and after. I highly recommend him and I definitely booked for my next appointment. It was my first time booking a home visit and I loved it all in the privacy of your own home. Treat yourself people Jovan is going to show up and deliver the best massage you've ever had.
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
Catherine h.
Please look no further!!! I had no idea what I get getting when I booked Albert. This is not ur average massage!! Albert knows how to listen to your needs and assesses them to your liking. Very good touch and uses perfect pressure! He is very knowledgeable in his craft. Hands down best massage I have ever had!! Will def recommend to all my friends and will be hiring him again!!
Truthful TouchTruthful Touch
Shakira w.
Our ladies night was beautiful, our massages was so relaxing & tantalizing. He took his time with each of us, he was very patient & attentive & more importantly professional. You will not regret it, the ultimate experience 😍
Illuminate Touch LLCIlluminate Touch LLC
Joanna K.
She was very professional and did a wonderful sports massage on on my son, she got rid of his sore muscles and she showed him some key stretches. We can’t wait to have her back!
The Anointed TouchThe Anointed Touch
Matthew L.
Anka showed up and delivered an amazing massage. She asked about areas that I had pain and when she left I felt amazing. I would definitely recommend her. She is very professional and a great masseuse.
Anka ComptonAnka Compton
Brett B.
For those who've never had a massage therapist come to their home, it can be a little weird! Someone who handles themselves professionally and respect your personal boundaries while also providing you a great service is what you're looking for. All of this and more is Erin, she is great, highly recommend.
Erin MikulaErin Mikula
Scotty R.
I would have to rate Miss Erin on a scale from 1 to 10 I would have to write her a 12 yes I did say 12 I have had multiple deep tissue therapy massages as well as having a realignment of all of the joints in my body by a skilled licensed professional chiropractor and did not come off the table feeling as well as I felt feeling free from tension and stress knots that have been aggravating me for years on end finding myself skipping and whistling as I walk down the sidewalk mind you hours before being in moderate to considerable pain in lower back suffering stenosis of the sciatic nerve .... shoulder injuries and operations to fix old injuries have attended many of massage, electroshock, deep tissue, compressed heat therapy sessions over two or three years span and feel more revitalized and recharged and for no other better way to explain it then footloose and fancy-free she is very professional very courteous very prompt and studious and he is well-versed in her profession I would say top of her league and that would be putting it mildly I referred to her as proof that heaven did exist because she has the hands of an Angel and I mean that literally.......
Erin MikulaErin Mikula
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