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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.

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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Washington Heights massage therapists
Matt A.
Great massage!
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Marco R.
Amazing relaxation massage
HealcyonHealcyon
Anthony P.
I had not had a massage since Covid started. Let me tell you that after one Massage with Stephanie I cannot tell. She applied the perfect pressure and all my stress melted away. The massage made me instantly feel more mobile and pain free!
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
An amazing experience, from an amazing massage therapist!
Massage and Bodywork TherapyMassage and Bodywork Therapy
Kyle P.
Amber was great! I hired her to come to our hotel and provide my groomsmen massages before my wedding. It was a nice way to relax and thank them for being in the wedding. She was very flexible, professional and the massage I received was great! Given the opportunity I would get another massage from her.
A Healing HoneyA Healing Honey
Mark M.
You were great! Looking forward to my next massage!
NC Listening Hands MassageNC Listening Hands Massage
Justin D.
Listened to all my needs and made it a great massage! Will be back in the future
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
John B.
Very good massage. Just what I needed. Thank you!
Massages by MChelleMassages by MChelle
Chris D.
The massage was great. Very good at deep tissue and stretching. A very relaxing experience. Highly recommend
HealcyonHealcyon
Shelby S.
Very professional, excellent massage, very clean and thorough. Will definitely book again real soon!
Massages by MChelleMassages by MChelle
Trinitia c.
Very professional. Prompt in her response Listened to my concerns and tailored the massage to my needs. I will use her regularly.
Gifted Hands Mobile Massage & FitnessGifted Hands Mobile Massage & Fitness
Quincey F.
Thank you Terrence!!! Your skilled and relaxing massage was exactly what we needed to complete her Birthday trip. Not only did you do a wonderful job on the massage, you also made my lady comfortable and basically melt. I highly recommend you as a gift for couples or anyone trying to unwind from the stress of life. You are truly awesome 😇💫💫💫💫💫
SoulfulhandzSoulfulhandz
Tanisha L.
I am now a believer of home massages. When I say I can’t wait to book her again. Everyone must try.
Massages by MChelleMassages by MChelle
Melanie R.
Stephanie was wonderful to work with! She replied very quickly, Was very professional, And I had a great massage! I look forward to booking with her again.
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Michael M.
MChelle was fantastic. All the boxes ticked. Showed up on time, was sharp and professional and gave my wife a great massage. Would book her again in a heartbeat.
Massages by MChelleMassages by MChelle
Jim A.
Leah Caso is a amazing massage therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone. This was my first appointment with Leah and I was amazed with her professionalism and knowledge.
Massage and Bodywork TherapyMassage and Bodywork Therapy
Will R.
Brittany was awesome. Hands down the best massage I’ve ever had. She’s very nice and makes you feel extremely comfortable. I will be client for a long time!
Valor Massage LLCValor Massage LLC
Khiyana W.
My partner and I recorded a couples massage from Gloria, and let me tell you it was AMAZING. 10/10 would definitely recommend. She was extremely professional and her personality is awesome. Also, very knowledgeMy partner and I both feel a huge difference and myself specifically, was able to feel a knot i had in my neck for weeks DISAPPEAR after Gloria’s massage. Do yourself a favor and book now. She definitely knows what shes doing!
Jess Glow Massage TherapyJess Glow Massage Therapy
Jon H.
Best massage I’ve had in Raleigh - I scheduled another session immediately after the first. Stephanie addressed problem areas with the perfect amount of pressure and provided a very relaxing environment. Highly recommended!!
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Antonio W.
My wife loved the massage, so much so that she fell fast asleep during it!! If only I could have you at my home when I need a break from the nagging lol!!
A Healing HoneyA Healing Honey
Tom B.
Briana was excellent! My wife had an 1.5 hour massage and Briana was very pleasant, thorough and knowledgeable. She arrived on time even though she traveled from Durham. We will be using her again!!
Gifted Hands Mobile Massage & FitnessGifted Hands Mobile Massage & Fitness
Roman K.
Stephine took time to determine what areas were bothering me most relieving muscle tension I was experiencing and then went to work. I give her five stars and two thumbs up, excellent massage therapist!
Soma BodyworkSoma Bodywork
Susan I.
This was probably one of the best massages Ive received in my life. I felt like all the anxiety and stress was released from my body. Terrance is extremely skilled at what he does, I'm definitely making another appointment with him :).
SoulfulhandzSoulfulhandz
Dontranika H.
This experience made me realize that I have never had a MASSAGE before. This was AMAZING. The energy. The attention to detail. The dedication to improve my body health. If I could add extra stars, I would. Thank you for listening with your hands !!!!
NC Listening Hands MassageNC Listening Hands Massage
Coretta J.
MChelle was very responsive when I messaged in the midst of an autoimmune illness flare. I was easily able to communicate questions, read reviews and credentials and schedule a 90min massage for the next morning. She created a comfortable & safe spa experience in my hotel. She was prompt, organized, professional and made me feel comfortable. She is an excellent masseuse who gave me a skillful massage with music, hot towels, stones, oils. My friends could see the difference in how I was able to move after the experience. She runs her business well. I highly recommend her services.
Massages by MChelleMassages by MChelle
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