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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 Detroit massage therapists
Kevin L.
Excellent massage
Nichole (Bouchard) TindleNichole (Bouchard) Tindle
David D.
What an excellent massage! His easy going personality was already calming, but the massage was even more calming. I highly recommend Jon to anyone in the area needing a strong and thorough massage. He is great!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Kara R.
Best massage everrrrrrrr
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Brishonna W.
It was my first time getting a massage and he made me feel very comfortable. I will be going back to him for another massage very soon.
A Better FeelA Better Feel
Andrea T.
Great communication and came prepared. Massage was great, and I felt the knots/tension disappearing as the massage progressed. I felt amazing after. Thanks again!
A Better FeelA Better Feel
Asia M.
Ashley was amazing!! I surprised my boyfriend with a deep tissue massage which he said that Ashley did an amazing job and then I got a massage after him, which my first massage ever. It was amazing, I was so relaxed. Ashley made me feel very comfortable.My boyfriend was so energize that he left to go play basketball and came home and told me that he felt great. We definitely will be having Ashley for now on doing our massages.
Nicole Allen Massage Therapy, LLCNicole Allen Massage Therapy, LLC
Mitzi L.
I would highly recommend Jonathon for anyone who needs an excellent quality massage. He’s knowledgeable and experienced. He first asks you what areas you want him to focus on but he leaves no knot unattended. Both my roommate and I thoroughly enjoyed our massages with him and will book him for our future massage needs.
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Erik W.
Sabreen was the best massage therapist ever will go back to her again
Revibe Wellness & BeautyRevibe Wellness & Beauty
Kim S.
Nichole did a wonderful couples massage for us. It was excellent and so relaxing.
Nichole (Bouchard) TindleNichole (Bouchard) Tindle
Taylor M.
I had the pleasure of working with Jon. He gave me the best Swedish massage. Very professional. I was kinda nervous at first but he made me feel comfortable and really put his all into my massage. 10/10. You won't regret!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Amber R.
My Husband got last minute massages & she was amazing I can't wait to book again
Gentle Hands Massage Therapy ServiceGentle Hands Massage Therapy Service
Justin K.
Wow! What a great massage! I feel wonderful after just an hour session. Highly recommended
The Living Center Detroit-EastThe Living Center Detroit-East
David M.
This was was first massage with Revibe. The experience was excellent from every perspective. I,personally, have never had a massage where the professional used their feet as part of the process. Clearly, in my opinion, an excellent way to increase pressure on the back and glutes. Her technique was very good and will be back on a regular basis.
Revibe Wellness & BeautyRevibe Wellness & Beauty
Amy G.
She was very accommodating while I was in town for a conference. I appreciated her knowledge and experience as a massage therapist.
The Living Center Detroit-EastThe Living Center Detroit-East
LaShawn R.
Amazing experience!!! My reflexology massage was on point!!!!! Best ever!!! FOR REAL FOR REAL!!!! Next appt already scheduled.
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Laura k.
Jon gave me a fantastic massage. Professional, punctual and really helped relieve my shoulder pain. Recommend highly!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Jillian S.
Jon was excellent. This was my first time and was very enjoyable. Therapeutic massage...Jon is naturally intuitive and knowledgeable regarding joint health.
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Thumbtack Customer
Relax and Release Massage Therapy participated in our August 22, 2015 community resource fair and back to school event by giving 5 min chair massages to the event attendees. They received great feedback from the event staff. Some of the comments were that they were professional, informed and friendly. They were on time and organized. We recommend using their services.
Relax and Release Massage TherapyRelax and Release Massage Therapy
Dale D.
Awesome massage. I really needed some work on my back from working out and he did an amazing job! Highly recommend
Pure Blessed HandsPure Blessed Hands
Ashley-Nicole was awesome. Very professional and nice. She arrived 20 minutes early and my boyfriend said he loved the massage. Highly recommend!
Nicole Allen Massage Therapy, LLCNicole Allen Massage Therapy, LLC
Herbert K.
I've had massages in many states and various counties and I would say that Nichole is world class. She really listens to the client and she is even pro-active in finding the right spots to make the client feel better. I went to her after an injury and she found that delicate balance between massaging my injury to make it feel better but at the same time not hurting me.
Nichole (Bouchard) TindleNichole (Bouchard) Tindle
Sayeed H.
I enjoyed my deep tissue massage by Nicole , and am also feeling very relaxed afterwards . She listened to my needs , and did that exactly . Thank you 🙏🏽
Nicole Allen Massage Therapy, LLCNicole Allen Massage Therapy, LLC
Devin M.
Best massage I ever had, would high recommend her. Made me fee comfortable and greeted me at the door and exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much.
Revibe Wellness & BeautyRevibe Wellness & Beauty
Dominic F.
Am amazing experience, worth every dime! The detail to her craft is definitely a highlight if you’re looking for a great massage experience. I’d definitely recommend to family & friends, 12/10.
Uniquely Gifted MassageUniquely Gifted Massage
Lauren H.
Reniesha and her colleague provided a great, 90-minute in-home couples massage! She was punctual, friendly, and professional. We felt so relaxed for the rest of the weekend. We'll definitely be booking again!
Uniquely Gifted MassageUniquely Gifted Massage
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