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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. 

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.

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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for Asheville massage therapists
John F.
Great massage!
TN Massage TherapyTN Massage Therapy
Elizabeth P.
Nice massage, good pressure. Very responsive to requests and wants to ensure you have a great massage.
Amethyst Heart MassageAmethyst Heart Massage
Michael P.
Great massage
Seoul 2 Soul Massage TherapySeoul 2 Soul Massage Therapy
Rhonda S.
Extraordinary!! My massage w Lynn was exquisite- best massage I’ve had in over a decade! Very intuitive, therapeutic, and nurturing. I highly recommend Seoul 2 Soul as a solid resource for massage therapy and rejuvenation. ~Rhonda
Seoul 2 Soul Massage TherapySeoul 2 Soul Massage Therapy
Jessie J.
Great massage from Lee.
Mountain Massage and WellnessMountain Massage and Wellness
Kathryn l.
An excellent relaxing massage. Left me calm and serene.
Holistic Massage + Bodywork + Nutrition + YogaHolistic Massage + Bodywork + Nutrition + Yoga
Jessica R.
We worked with Jenny to offer two in-home massages while we were visiting. She was very responsive and punctual. Her massages were enjoyable, she does a great job at deep tissue.
Massage by JennyMassage by Jenny
Frank G.
Michael is a wonderful massage therapist and treats pain issues as well. Easy to talk to. Very professional. The massage helped me so much. I highly recommend Michael. He’s very caring in helping people feel better.
Awakening the Spirit Healing Arts & BodyworkAwakening the Spirit Healing Arts & Bodywork
Zach w.
Very prompt responses. Highly professional and the massage was excellent. She was also early!
Massage by JennyMassage by Jenny
Hannah M.
Great massage. You can tell that she is very passionate about her work
Seoul 2 Soul Massage TherapySeoul 2 Soul Massage Therapy
Charles G.
The massage I received was extremely beneficial for me. The therapist was very attentive and in tune to what my body needed. I highly recommend.
Amethyst Heart MassageAmethyst Heart Massage
Jeff S.
Riki is truly gifted. Was very intuitive In his approach and did an excellent job. Was so glad to find someone that was so skilled in Thai massage!
Riko's Thai Yoga Bodywork  (Thai Massage)Riko's Thai Yoga Bodywork (Thai Massage)
Suzanne M.
I enjoyed my massage with Marielle immensely. Marielle was attentive, generous, and focused on my particular needs for healing. I highly recommend her services.
Worldtree Healing SourceWorldtree Healing Source
Jessica R.
We hired Lynn to do three 90-minute in-home massages during a recent weekend trip in Asheville. She was responsive, communicative, and kind. Lynn is very organized and intentional. She set clear expectations for us - what to expect, how to prepare, payment, timing. She was prompt and professional. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their massage experience. Highly highly recommend! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Seoul 2 Soul Massage TherapySeoul 2 Soul Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Very knowledgeable and skilled professional. So lucky and happy to have found someone this tuned in to what my body needed, I will definitely recommend to anyone who wants a great massage.
Brown Mountain BodyworkBrown Mountain Bodywork
Elizabeth B.
I’m a server and festival photographer so there’s never a moment I’m not on my feet. Been scouring a new massage place in town I can visit regularly that’s super nice and won’t break my bank. Well I found it! Y’all did an amazing job I feel like a new person again, very responsive. I contacted them and was met back that day with a appointment scheduled two days later. Cheyenne was the one that helped me she was super sweet, gave great massage, and was checking in on pressure and what hurt most. After the massage she gave me great tips for home on how to relive pressure in the areas she worked on. I will be coming back thank you!
Mountain Massage and WellnessMountain Massage and Wellness
Stephanie M.
Jenny gives a really great massage! The pressure was firm but not painful, and she seems to have a real sense of where the trouble spots were and how to work them out. She was also lovely to talk with. Recommended!
Massage by JennyMassage by Jenny
Josh E.
Juan made my first massage experience a true delight. His in home studio is very private and cozy. The amount of pressure used was sheer perfection. I will definitely be a return customer! Thank you so much!!!
Amethyst Heart MassageAmethyst Heart Massage
Lynda S.
very professional. listened to me when i explained the type of massage i wanted (deep tissue) and did not "wimp away" from the task. got some really deep muscle work. delightful, focused, very mature.
Massage On Wheels, LLCMassage On Wheels, LLC
Zahra H.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND AND I AM REBOOKING! Was blown away at how exceptional the entire experience was from Michael's professionalism, interpersonal skills, ease in a home environment BUT the actual massage and specific technique he used got into some deeper tissue work that released a lot of muscle tension. Woke up the next day able to really feel such relief.
Michael Fawcett LMBTMichael Fawcett LMBT
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