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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 Gaithersburg massage therapists
Joshua G.
Excellent massage from Shar!
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
Jessica D.
Great massage. I would highly recommend.
Massage DMV (COVID-vaccinated Massage Therapist)Massage DMV (COVID-vaccinated Massage Therapist)
Richard C.
Best massage skills and approach I've ever had...
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Brian P.
I’ve had some painful back pain. He worked out a lot of the kinks that I didn’t know I had. Lots of stretching in addition to the massage. Very professional and a very good massage. Excellent work
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Pam T.
Received a therapeutic massage which really helped with pain reduction. Highly recommended.
Sabrina S.
So glad I found Michael, I hired him for Mothers Day for my mom she LOVED her massage and said she’d like him to come back for a monthly massage. He was super kind and very responsive when trying to book.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Andrew N.
Had my first massage w Samantha. On time, quick setup, she was ready to go! I loved it. I have had massages for years. I Finally found one that will focus on my issues and actually correct, improve the issue. I work w people as well hands on all week long. I need to be able to work pain free. Her technique was perfect. She is very sweet and overall it was a great massage. I will be seeing her again!
Samantha LeithSamantha Leith
Jason M.
The best massage I've ever received. Highly recommended this is probably the only therapist I will see from now on
Crystal Visions MassageCrystal Visions Massage
Jason G.
This was a wholesome and professional job. My request were taken seriously and this was surprisingly the most relaxing massage I ever hade
Lakresha's Therapeutic Mobile MassageLakresha's Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Megan W.
Linda and Krystal were awesome! My husband and I got a couples massage and loved every minute of it. Linda was so responsive and scheduled the entire appointment last min for us and even drove an hour in the snow. They were both very attentive to what we wanted worked on and very pleasant to talk to. Highly recommend them for your next massage!
Highly Favored MassageHighly Favored Massage
Jennifer A.
Suzanne was so friendly and professional, I enjoyed talking with her as much as I did the massage! I would absolutely recommend her!!
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Mohammed H.
This was my first time doing an at-home massage. My experience was extremely pleasant. He showed up on time and was very welcoming. Walked me through the whole thing very patiently. Massage was great and he relieved everywhere I was tight (even places I didn’t know). Above all else, the punctuality was most important as I was able to do this in the middle of a bunch of other things. Will be a repeat customer.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Michael a.
Michaels is extremely experienced and professional. He took the time to listen and evaluate my concerns. I felt great after the treatment!! I highly recommend him for your next massage.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Denise I.
Suzanne was awesome. My husband really enjoyed his massage. She kept her mask on and cleaned everything before the session. I will definitely keep her information for the next time.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Antonio C.
He is very professional, and does a great massage. I have issues in my back , he worked in that area, I felt so good so rejuvenated. I really recommend Michael, he is great.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Tricia N.
He came to my home and exceeded my sister's and my expectations. Applied the right pressure, always checked during the massage to ensure you were comfortable. He'll now become a staple in my home. Worth every dime.
Bodywork Therapy by RogerBodywork Therapy by Roger
Herversee P.
She was the absolute best & available on moments notice. She arrived promptly, setup and disinfectant the table in front of me. I was so relaxed when she left. I already booked my next massage and I encourage you to do the same.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Birgit C.
Suzanne did a great job. She was professional, provided all the necessary things including sheets, asked if I had any particular health issues and allergies or general concerns and made sure that I was relaxed and could enjoy the massage. Two thumbs up!
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Tommy T.
I had pain in my trapezius muscles that was so painful I could not sleep. I took Advil for a week straight. No relief. I got onto thumbtack at 10pm at night and thought it was a long shot that I would be able to get someone the next day. Well to my surprise Micheal got back to me before the night was out and scheduled for the next day. I sent a request to three people. But I wanted to get Micheal because of his experience, education and mostly the great reviews. 90 minutes and he worked out the knots in my trapezius and also stretched me out with body work. I’m in a little pain now but the good kind of pain like sore after working out. I have never had a massage in my home. Been to massage envy and had massages at resorts. Micheal was more effective than anyone I had been to and he spent time educating me as well on how I can stretch and work this out on my own as well. It helps that he is also a physical therapist and personal trainer. I’m considering more services and will request Michael again. Hire him you won’t be disappointed.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
I cannot say enough about the service I received today! Michael was incredibly prompt to respond and was available when I needed him. He was early, professional and WOW! What a massage! I woke up feeling around 20%, after his skilled hands were done with me I felt like 100%!! You must schedule with him, you will be thrilled to have found him!!!
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Brent c.
10 stars. They only reason I am hestant to write this review is that I don't want everyone else to find out about Michael and have him get too busy to see me! I was cautious when I read so many positive reviews about someone on Thumbtack (what the heck is that app anyway?!). I wondered if he was real or a serial killer--especially when I learned his services were provided in my home. This guy is the real deal. His degree in kinisiology and working as a personal trainer allow Michael to provide you with much more than just a massage--it's a complete bodywork. Without even asking me where my trouble spots are from the gym, he found them and addressed them. He knows what he is doing. It's relaxing but also rejuvenating. Highly recommended. You won't be sorry.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
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