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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.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

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 Boston massage therapists
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
Terry D.
My massage was one of the best ever! Great environement - felt amazing after - will be back!!!
Mister MassageMister Massage
Eric S.
Kieth is a professional and friendly therapist. I went for a 90 minute Swedish massage and it was superb.
Mister MassageMister Massage
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
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
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
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
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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