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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

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 Back Bay massage therapists
Marcelo K.
Fantastic massage and really recommend it. One of the best massage I received.
Bearhug BodyworkBearhug Bodywork
Mahim C.
Excellent deep tissue massage!
Blissful BodyworkBlissful Bodywork
Mike L.
Jenny is an incredible massage therapist. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a massage therapist. I will see her again very soon!
Whole Systems HealingWhole Systems Healing
Bob M.
This was one of the best massages I have ever had. Pablo was on time, professional in every sense of the word. I couldn't have asked for a better massage.
Pablo Therapeutic MassagePablo Therapeutic Massage
Mike B.
Best massage I have ever had!
LightWorks MassageLightWorks Massage
Mike R.
Best massage experience thus far! Definitely recommend!
Blissful BodyworkBlissful Bodywork
Mike B.
Amazing massage! Jenn really knows what she is doing !
Jennifer O’LoughlinJennifer O’Loughlin
Rosemary A.
Wonderful relaxing and destressing massage. I was very comfortable with Aaron.
Aaron DembroskiAaron Dembroski
Alexander S.
It’s the best massage I ever had - so impressed with Aaron’s professionalism and skills!
Aaron DembroskiAaron Dembroski
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful service. Oui Massage Therapy came to the hospital where my wife was staying and gave her a full massage right in her bed. Very respectful, very thorough, and just overall great service! Great communication too! Highly recommend them!
Oui Massage TherapyOui Massage Therapy
Bob M.
Aaron gave me the best massage I can ever remember getting. His skill set is excellent.
Aaron DembroskiAaron Dembroski
Dave A.
Pablo is a talented massage therapist who treats you with respect. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Pablo Therapeutic MassagePablo Therapeutic Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Doug helped out with a corporate chair massage. His client reviews were excellent and he was professional and provided what was most important, a great massage. i would recommend him to others and will call again for future programs. My only reason for not giving 5 stars was he was a half hour late. He did stay and make up the time however.
Massage HorizonsMassage Horizons
Thumbtack Customer
John was awesome to work with. Very professional and punctual. I enjoyed the massage so much that I immediately re-booked. Highly recommend him.
Bearhug BodyworkBearhug Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
A big thanks to Shanna. I received a wonderful, 90-minute, high-quality massage from an experienced masseuse. Would recommend 10/10!
Oui Massage TherapyOui Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Corinne provides an excellent deep tissue, trigger point massage! She uses yoga breathing and aroma therapy using lavender essential oils are nice differences.
Blissful BodyworkBlissful Bodywork
Ashley K.
I went to straight to you to make sure that you know the month size type that you were getting is different than a general sports therapy massage
Healing Hands Elite Relaxation BodyworkHealing Hands Elite Relaxation Bodywork
Tim H.
Aaron is an incredibly gifted massage therapist - and gave me probably the best massage I've ever had. My whole body was really sore from excessive gym training, and I emerged off his table pain-free and totally relaxed. He is punctual, professional and kind, with powerful hands and great intuition. I can't recommend him enough. Get on his table as soon as you can!
Aaron DembroskiAaron Dembroski
Thumbtack Customer
Douglas Turet provided us with school de-stress chair massage sessions. Very nice, and very thorough! Kept in contact to assure that we could accommodate everyone who wanted/needed a massage. I could tell her was really passionate and cared about the job he performed which was great. Did arrive a half hour to the event, but made up for it by staying later, which was highly appreciated. Would definitely hire again!
Massage HorizonsMassage Horizons
Jeff T.
Amazing session with Doug. Best massage I’ve had & truly feel so much better. Had been suffering from significant leg and back discomfort. Doug’s session solved that
Massage HorizonsMassage Horizons
Michael R.
She was AMAZING! I get massages 2-3x a month as I am an athlete and travel frequently. She is one of the best therapists I’ve ever worked with- if not the best! Highly recommend will be booking again ASAP
Finding Rai BodyworkFinding Rai Bodywork
Robert E.
Kerrin's work was outstanding. She combined multiple techniques to provide a great and comprehensive massage for both my girfriend, and me. Focused on different problem areas for each. Great demeanor, down-to-earth, and friendly, all while delivering a professional result.
Blissful BodyworkBlissful Bodywork
Marcello b.
Derek was great! It’s been a while since I’ve had a quality massage from a LMT who was able to find all of my knots without me having to direct them. He was very intuitive, professional and personable. You can tell he really knows what he’s doing and has a deep understanding of the body. I was relaxed the entire time. I booked my next session before leaving. Look forward to seeing Derek again!
BodyZen Muscular TherapyBodyZen Muscular Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent professional service. Doug went above and beyond with finding my tight muscles and getting them loosened up again. He's able to take credit cards when travelling, which is a huge plus. His written communications may seem a little over-the-top, but it doesn't carry over into in-person interactions. He's a friendly guy and knows his stuff. I've been having a nagging leg pain that now feels better than it has in months. I definitely recommend him if you're looking for a relaxing massage.
Massage HorizonsMassage Horizons
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