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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Astoria massage therapists
Kirk P.
Amazing massage really professional The best massage I had in a long time
K Lee Cleaning & Demar Junk Removal Service’sK Lee Cleaning & Demar Junk Removal Service’s
Jamrs b.
excellent. massage.
Healing Body by Jennie.Healing Body by Jennie.
Josh N.
Great Massage. Would book again.
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Sarah O.
Very kind and professional! Have a great massage.
Healing Body by Jennie.Healing Body by Jennie.
Theo B.
An authentic Thai massage. Jennie had experience and it shows. Excellent
Healing Body by Jennie.Healing Body by Jennie.
Paul M.
A very therapeutic massage, got the kinks out. Would do it again.
Bharti Ramesh LMTBharti Ramesh LMT
Larry R.
Very responsive, excellent communication, and relaxing massage. Would use again.
Brite BodyworkBrite Bodywork
Roberto C.
Amazing massage. Jarunee was simply amazing. Showed up 10 min early, got right to work. She gave me one of the best massages I’ve ever had. Won’t be too long until I call her again!
Thai therapy serviceThai therapy service
Mo O.
Wondeful massage. I will be sharing this masseuse with family and friends. Amazing job, Thank you!
Healing Body by Jennie.Healing Body by Jennie.
Luigi S.
Easy to book, great communication, polite and on time. Excellent massage and touch. Thank you, Angelo
Ernie B.
I booked this message as I was experiencing neck and shoulder pain due to having spent a lot of time in the car during a road trip. The masseuse was extremely professional arriving on time with an extremely comfortable table. During the massage she focused on these problem areas always making sure to check with me if the pressure was right and if she was addressing the areas that needed attention. Since this massage the pain I was experiencing is all but gone. I will definitely book another massage with Thai Touch again.
Thai Touch Therapy NYCThai Touch Therapy NYC
Nidia M.
Jasmine was wonderful! I was in a deep sleep because her massage was so incredibly good. Can’t wait to book her again. You can tell she’s professionally trained and that she loves her job. I’ve never felt so peaceful after a massage! Great Job Jasmine
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Sophie M.
Roy is an AMAZING massage therapist. First off, he responded very quickly and was able to come last minute. His work is so healing- my muscles feel so much better. Amazing skills, warm spirit, and intuitive massage. I will definitely be calling him again. Thank you!
Logan S.
Best massage I’ve ever had hands down. Very professional. A master in his field. Would highly recommend
Baris Atilla S.
She is a professional therapist. I slept great after the massage therapy. Pressure was just perfect. Thank you Bow. Highly recommended
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Luigi S.
Great massage, strong touch and follow client requests. Anthony was easy to talk to and on time. Will be definitely seeing him again, Thank you!
Anthony Torres WellnessAnthony Torres Wellness
Anatoly M.
Truly amazing hands! She made my wife feel so good and safe. We will be probably doing another massage very soon
Hands By RissaHands By Rissa
Baris Atilla S.
Yana is a professional therapist, and she has magical hands. The pressure of massage was just perfect. I would recommend everyone. Thank you very much
Skin care and body relaxationSkin care and body relaxation
Alexa B.
Amazing massage! So sweet and responsive!!! I wish I could give a million stars. Thank you so much! You saved my back!
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Janice M.
She was awesome. I wasn't sure of what to expect but she made the experience a pleasant one and I'm definitely getting another massage with her!!! Highly recommend!!
Blue Lotus MassageBlue Lotus Massage
Luis S.
Excellent. One of the best massages I ever had. He was easy to talk to, professional, on time and above all: KNOWLEDGEABLE – I strongly recommend. Thank you!
Be Well TherapiesBe Well Therapies
Luigi S.
One of the best massages I ever received. A firm and strong touch. Knowledgeable, intuitive and great communicator. I will definitely be seeing him again. Thank you, Roy.
Luigi S.
I can go on and on with compliments about Josh and his support team: great communication, excellent service and professionalism and a fair price. I melted on his hands. Great massage! Thank YOU!
NewHealthCity | Sports & Medical MassageNewHealthCity | Sports & Medical Massage
Joseph H.
Communication was great and Sunny was early and she isn’t a clock watcher. We want a little bit over making sure the kinks were worked out of my neck. Class act and a great massage.
Thai Touch Therapy NYCThai Touch Therapy NYC
Emma j.
Rich is a standout - every step of communications, scheduling, setup, and session were 100% professional. The massage itself was outstanding - he is very physically strong and experienced and was both proactive and responsive to my requests and body.
Body RejuvenationBody Rejuvenation
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