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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 Baltimore massage therapists
Kevin J.
Great massage
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Kenny h.
Massage was great very relaxing and good vibes
Gifted HandzGifted Handz
Nicole k.
Great massage. I would definitely recommend.
Shuravee LMTShuravee LMT
Jevon G.
Lovely massage, haven't felt so loose in ages!
Hands On WellnessHands On Wellness
Audrey S.
Thanks, Ernie! If I need another massage, I’ll be back!
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Chester K.
Michael works magic with his hands! Provided an exhilarating massage.
Shuravee LMTShuravee LMT
Amanda J.
Quick response and lovely massage! Definitely recommend. Thank you! :)
Shuravee LMTShuravee LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful massage, thank you Bernadette for helping me to relax and rejuvenate!
BES Natural SolutionsBES Natural Solutions
Tamara P.
Very different but much needed massage that included stretch that my body needed
Hands On WellnessHands On Wellness
Saba R.
One of the best massages of my life! Plus she’s a delightful person to chat with!
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
David C.
I just had a great massage today . Suzanne was very exceptional integrating deep tissue massage with stretching and trigger point therapy to relief deep soreness and pain in my legs. Suzanne is a jewel. I highly recommend her!! David
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was timely and professional in addition to being a superb massage therapist! My neck and shoulders had been aching for months and after just one massage I felt significantly better! I can't wait to see the results after a few more sessions. Thank you Chris!
The Rare TouchThe Rare Touch
Felicia M.
As a former massage therapist this was one of the best experiences I've ever had she was so patient loving sweet and kind I will be calling her from here on out for all of my massages. We also were able to laugh and relax at the same time I had such a great experience
Elemental WellnessElemental Wellness
Jefferson D.
Excellent experience. Very responsive at short notice. Great massage. Would highly recommend and will definitely go again.
Lauren G.
Absolutely loved the massage. Quianna is very professional and was early to our appointment. I would definitely hire her again!
Gifted HandzGifted Handz
Sharonda S.
My massage was wonderful, he was completely professional and I was totally relaxed when I left. A GREAT stress reliever.
The Rare TouchThe Rare Touch
Thumbtack Customer
I have seen plenty of massage therapists since a back injury 2.5 years ago and she is definitely one of the best.
Michelle K. Shaw, LMTMichelle K. Shaw, LMT
Shaquita G.
Very professional and arrived on time. Quick and efficient set up and also provided a quality massage with great body care tips.
Calming Mind MassageCalming Mind Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage! Terell is friendly and professional, and was available on short notice...she also travels to her clients, which is highly convenient!
Serenitys' OasisSerenitys' Oasis
Erika S.
Suzanne was amazing! She responded quickly, and on short notice made arrangements to come by on a late Sunday morning to give both my fiancee and I massages. She was professional and friendly. Both of us fell asleep a few times during the massage LOL and were completely relaxed. She had the perfect amount of pressure, and we cannot wait to book her again.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
San'Dria B.
She was absolutely amazing!!! My husband was very refreshed and was filled with so much joy after his massage. She arrived early, set up and was also very sweet. She was able to provide my husband the best birthday gift. His first massage went extremely well. We plan to hire her again. I am beyond thankful for her.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Christopher K.
Samantha is a highly skilled practitioner. She gave me an amazing massage and her setting is serene and calming. I would recommend her without reservation.
Samantha LeithSamantha Leith
Zachary M.
I would highly recommend this company for any event. I had a spa party and he showed up on time, was professional, and gave a great massage.
Shuravee LMTShuravee LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Massage was very good, but he was late which set the stage for me to be annoyed. I would recommend his services but I would not use myself .
The Rare TouchThe Rare Touch
Rob B.
I have had hundreds of massages and beliedve me when I ssy Girlfriends got rhe magic touch. I'll be back once a week!!
Omnia AzarOmnia Azar
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