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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 Eastside massage therapists
Bree c.
Very good massage techniques incorporated during my massage.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Pedro C.
Wonderful massage.
Coastal Massage SpaCoastal Massage Spa
Roger r.
Great massage, very knowable
Massage Magic by DanielaMassage Magic by Daniela
Rebecca W.
Wonderful massage, thank you
Pain Relief Massage by JeanettePain Relief Massage by Jeanette
Natalie c.
Absolutely wonderful massage therapist
Jack P.
Great massage with good conversation
Arjon's MassageArjon's Massage
Reon B.
it was the best massage i ever had.
Kneaded Relaxation and Integrative MassageKneaded Relaxation and Integrative Massage
Steve B.
Awesome massage! Will definitely hire again.
Amplified Bodyworks Mobile Massage TherapyAmplified Bodyworks Mobile Massage Therapy
Kylie D.
Best massage i've ever had!
Jax Mobile Massage LLCJax Mobile Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, courteous and excellent massages!
Jax Mobile Massage LLCJax Mobile Massage LLC
Lemerell r.
Great massage, will definitely be booking with A again!
Lena C.
Will recommend to anyone looking for an at home massage.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Joey J.
Great massage and even better person.
Bonnie J.
Best massage I've had in a long time. Very professional, knowledgable, courteous, and patient. Taylored the massage to fit my needs. Ty for an awesome experience in relaxation.
GTO Fitness & SpaGTO Fitness & Spa
Sam g.
It was a great massage. I felt very comfortable.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Julia P.
Anthony was phenomenal as well as his partner for our couples massage! No doubt we will be requesting their services again and on a more regular basis. Thank you again for such a wonderfully relaxing couples massage experience!
Amplified Bodyworks Mobile Massage TherapyAmplified Bodyworks Mobile Massage Therapy
Destinee P.
A great massage at home that allowed me to easily continue relaxing once it was over. Eric was punctual and professional and checked in with me on pressure and how I was doing throughout the massage. Would definitely select again.
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Cici l.
She was on time, and so professional. I purchased a massage for my sister as a birthday gift, and it was the best choice. She was very informative, knowledgeable and relaxing. Definitely look no further and contact her for your next massage or as a gift.
Ken M.
Daniella was prompt and professional. Good massage, felt relaxed after session.
Massage Magic by DanielaMassage Magic by Daniela
Shelby L.
Friendly Guy I was satisfied with the massage I’ll book him again.
Arjon's MassageArjon's Massage
Mery M.
I usually get massages at least once a week for two hours because I have a lot of tight muscles and have joint pain on a daily basis. When I hire a massage therapist I just tell them where I hurt and let them get to work. My first time having a massage by Perry, I was really not sure what to expect but he did a great job. He also stretched me a lot and my pain was relieved by the massage. I have already scheduled my neck massage with him! In fact, he over exceeded my expectations. He was professional, kind and repeatedly asked me if I was OK with the pressure. I value communication, customer service and quality work from a person that serves me in that setting. He really made me feel better and after my massage I slept through the whole night for the first time in months. If you want a good massage, this is the Therapist I recommend, and I can be hard to please! So, if you are in pain or just want to feel really relaxed then call Perry. A Man's Hands Massage is the way to go! I am very glad I gave him a chance and you should too!
A man's hands ( massage therapy)A man's hands ( massage therapy)
Leon H.
Thorough, professional, rejuvenating massage. Booked follow up before I left.
Epik MassageEpik Massage
Kate p.
This was a fabulous massage!!! Thank you so much!!! Positive and definitely refreshing experience!
Healing Touch Massage and BodyworkHealing Touch Massage and Bodywork
Christina P.
Was a very professional and relaxing massage! Great atmosphere and no where near as costly as most places.
Epik MassageEpik Massage
Joanne K.
I had some knots built up from not going to my regular specialist and therapy due to covid19, and out of desperation I started looking for a massage since most places weren't taking massages. That's when I stumbled on Epik Massage. Ron was really great. I couldn't believe his prices. I opted for the 90 minute massage due to my problem areas. I have chronic back pain and asked for a medical massage. I have had so many massages and treatments in the past, so I'm comfortable talking about what I need and what pressure I like. I can honestly say that Ron was so willing to work on the areas that I asked him to focus on, and adjusted pressure as I needed. He even used CBD creme on my back. He really worked out my back and I felt amazing afterwards. I didn't like the part where he used a massager for a brief moment. He was trying to use it to break down some of my tension knots and I felt like it so rough so I told him that I didn't like that, so, he did put it away. So he was definitely receptive to my feedback. Overall, I really enjoyed my massage, and feel a world of a difference better! I will definitely be back!
Epik MassageEpik Massage
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