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4.9
from 61 reviews
4.9
(61)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 15 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
"CHRIS WAS AMAZING! From the very beginning, just in communication and finding a date and time that worked. He was very accommodating, considering we were from out of town, my husband being here to train three shifts on a massive machine, only he ended up doing the majority of the work when there are supposed to be, at minimum, three men working: one to operate, one to shaft and one to inspect, and three is a low number! There should at least be two inspectors! He was working over 12 hours a day, coming back not only exhausted, but in pain. When the machine breaks out, or there are issues with the formers, miters, hot melt or you name it, my husband has to get on his hands and knees and crawl in, through and around the machine as best he can. My husband is not a small fella: broad shoulders, meaty with some weight on him, so doing this is a challenge in and of itself, the way he has to contort his body. Let's not forget standing on concrete all those hours on completely flat feet. So I thought I would try to find someone who would come to him considering he was working 9am to 9pm at the time. There were two people to choose from and the choice was easy because the reviews on Chris were phenomenal! And his price was cheaper, which was a bonus, but not the reason I chose him!!! My only hesitation was that he was a male and my husband had only ever had one other massage which was by a female. I explained this to Chris and he said he would do everything he could to ensure my husband was comfortable and didn't feel awkward. So, we booked the appointment for 9:30, I figure just enough time for him to get back to the hotel and shower. Things didn't go as planned; he worked from 7am to 7pm but Chris already had another booking so we kept our original 9:30 time slot. My husband ended up being later than I thought he would be and was just leaving to get dinner at 9pm. I let Chris know and he said it wasn't a problem and he was just headed our way now. I didn't realize he had sent me another message letting me know he was here in the lobby relaxing, for us to take our time and to let him know when we were ready. After reading that i quickly cleaned up (I had just begun to eat after getting my husband and two grandkids settled). I told him we were ready for him, and kids being kids, the grandkids just had to wait in the hall. Thankfully my husband was too tired to notice, since this was a surprise! When Chris arrived the door was already open (the grandkids) so I walked him in and introduced him to my husband (who was lounging on the bed watching tv). He didn't know what to think since he didn't see the table at first...he thought "She's bringing another man into our bedroom??" Hahahahaha forgetting the grandkids are here! HEY! We aren't that old, we're young grandparents in our forties! Then he saw the table and relaxed thinking "massage" and was happy with his surprise. He was so impressed with the massage Chris gave him that he forgot to be uncomfortable about it being a male giving a massage as opposed to a female. He raved about Chris all day Sunday and said it was a shame we have to go back now that we found him. Maybe one more before we leave Saturday wouldn't hurt? Maybe for myself too? At his prices you sure can't beat it! He's a lovely person too, we had a nice chat after. He has a calming and soothing voice, apparently amazing hands, but more importantly he has the education of how to use and manipulate his hands to help you feel your best. There's a difference between a masseuse and a massage therapist, a HUGE difference! In addition to doing this "on the side" he does is as his "job" at a Chiropractors office. Trust me, the man knows his stuff or a Chiropractor would never hire him! And then he gives up evenings and weekends to do the same thing, you might think money, right? No, when you meet him you know right away that isn't it at all! His calling is this, to do his part in "healing", taking pain away and helping someone feel better. It's his passion, which might explain his pricing; he's not out to get rich, he's the helping and healing type and he's very good at it which means he takes it seriously because it is important to him that when your time is up you feel better than when he arrived. As i mentioned, we chatted for a bit and he shared a couple of personal stories with us which reaffirmed my feelings about him! To those who may be wondering, no, he did not preach self help, holistic, herbal or anything. He didn't preach anything, he just gave my husband an AMAZING massage (probably somewhat therapeutic or reflexology), we had a chat and he was on his way. He was extremely accommodating and flexible, prompt (even early), personable but not certainly not over the top, well spoken and somewhat soft spoken and a gentleman. Hire Chris just once and I'll bet you won't ever hire anyone else!!! The entire experience is one we won't forget! Thank you, Chris! Monique & Rob Herriman"
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What is Thai massage?

Thai massage, also called Thai yoga massage, combines acupressure and assisted yoga postures. Thai massage is based on the flow of energy through the body and focuses on energy lines called “sen.” It doesn’t use oils or lotions and, instead of rubbing muscles, the massage therapist compresses, pulls, stretches and rocks the recipient’s body to promote the flow of energy through these sen. In this form of massage therapy, practitioners use their hands, knees, legs and feet to apply deep muscle compression and stretch the body. It’s often performed on a mat on the floor instead of on a massage table. Like most forms of massage, Thai massage is used to relieve stress, improve range of motion and enhance flexibility. Some people also use Thai massage to address a range of health issues, including:  

  • Relieving tension headaches
  • Decreasing back pain
  • Reducing joint stiffness and pain
  • Stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Boosting energy

Because a traditional Thai massage session covers all of the muscles in your body, it typically lasts 90 minutes to 120 minutes.

How much do you tip a massage therapist?

All forms of massage therapy, from Thai massage to Swedish massage to deep tissue massage, are similar to other spa or hospitality services. So it’s appropriate to tip a massage therapist the standard hospitality rate of 15 percent to 20 percent of the cost of the session. For example, the national average cost for a deep tissue massage is $70-$90, so expect to tip $12-$18. Of course, you can always tip more or less depending on your experience, especially if you’ve opted for extra services. For example, expect to tip more for a couple’s hot stone massage session that includes aromatherapy. Also, if you’re paying with a gift certificate or coupon, or purchasing a discounted multi-session package, make sure to calculate your tip based on the full price of the massage.

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