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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 Durham massage therapists
Evelyn M.
Very professional, excellent massage!
Massages by MChelleMassages by MChelle
Tiana P.
Wonderful massage! I will definitely be booking her again.
A Healing HoneyA Healing Honey
Jay k.
Received a wonderful massage on short notice. Relaxing and soothing atmosphere. Left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
NC BodyNC Body
James R.
Stephanie is amazing, have had many massages over years and never have had anyone better.
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
It was a great massage..enjoyed it. one of the best in awhile. She makes you feel relaxed and calm. Very soothing
A Healing HoneyA Healing Honey
Thumbtack Customer
Amber was great! We talked ahead of the massage about my goals, she was very friendly and punctual. The massage really targeted pain I was having in my shoulder and Amber traced it to a few other key areas that she worked out. She was very professional and I felt very relaxed and cared for!
A Healing HoneyA Healing Honey
Thumbtack Customer
Amber provided 20 minute chair massages to our employees. Each employee raved about Amber's service. We will definitely invite her back.
A Healing HoneyA Healing Honey
Mark M.
Excellent Massage. Stephanie was very professional & attentive to the problem areas. She focused on me & it didn’t feel like a rushed appointment. I left the session feeling rejuvenated!
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Sue H.
Arthur braved Hurricane Florence and provided two exceptional 90 minute massages in our home. He was a terrific therapist and a kind gentleman. We look forward to many future returns.
Rita Z.
Chelle was incredible! She did a phenomenal job easing my back pain. We enjoyed our massages and will definitely book again. Highly recommend. She is prompt, sanitizes everything and super professional.
Massages by MChelleMassages by MChelle
Thumbtack Customer
Amber was in a word awesome. Although she hasn't been doing bodywork long, she has the intuitivness of a seasoned therapist. Being a retired massage therapist, with years of experience, I am hard to please. Amber delivered.
A Healing HoneyA Healing Honey
Grant P.
Complete relaxation. This is how I describe my massage session with Akira. I stand a lot with my work, so my back, glutes and legs are often very tensed. Akira was able to realize the areas that were tense and through deep tissue massage, work to relax the muscles. By the end of the 120 mins session, I felt the most relaxed I have in a long time. From my experience, I can see that Akira is very respectful and cares about his clients. He first reviews the intake form to see what expectations the client has and to determine if there are any medical conditions that might affect the therapy. Throughout the session, Akira checks to make sure the pressure is okay. The mood of the room is calm with soft tranquil music. The massage table is very comfortable and warm and the draping is professional. Overall the experience was wonderful. Akira was professional, very thorough as a therapist, focused on his work (and not checking his cell phone/texting like many therapists do), reasonably priced and his office was clean. It is great to have Akira in the community.
A Touch of ZENA Touch of ZEN
Hytham Z.
A great massage experience that has set me back on track to achieving my health goals. Very responsive and great techniques that incorporate several styles to customize and provide the best experience suited for your body’s needs. Thank you so much! Can’t wait for the next one!
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Deniece J.
James was awesome! My massage was totally relaxing. I liked how James checked in with me to see if I was comfortable and if I wanted him to work more on the areas of concern. James is very patient and kind. I definitely recommend him and will continue to go to NC Body as a regular client. 5 Stars*****
NC BodyNC Body
Karla F.
Gifted hands is not an understatement! Briana was very professional and brought in all the equipment to do the work, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain what to expect with certain areas and stretches. It was our first in home massage experience and Briana made it feel safe and easy to manage making it all very enjoyable. We are ready for the next session!
Gifted Hands Mobile Massage & FitnessGifted Hands Mobile Massage & Fitness
Kelly b.
Arthur gave my mother the best birthday gift she probably has ever had. A surprise therapeutic massage that she desperately needed. She can’t wait to have another. Thank you Arthur! And thank you for letting her redeem her extra 30 minutes at a future date. I will be Calling you again and again to help her out.
Taeko C.
Akira Fujio took the time to listen to all my trouble spots and use a mix of all the difference massage styles he’s trained in to create the best treatment for me personally. He was very personable and made me feel very comfortable. I would refer him to 9-5 type people and professional athletes and dancers as I am a professional dancer myself.
A Touch of ZENA Touch of ZEN
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