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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 Asheville massage therapists
Michael P.
Great massage
Seoul 2 Soul Massage TherapySeoul 2 Soul Massage Therapy
John F.
Great massage!
TN Massage TherapyTN 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
Thumbtack Customer
getting second massage tomorrow outstanding technique!
Massage On Wheels, LLCMassage On Wheels, LLC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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