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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 Buffalo massage therapists
Nicolette W.
Nyaya was able to see me for a massage within 24hrs! Before my massage, he spent a couple moments to understand why I was needing a massage and then customized it so that he could make the best use of the massage time. He is very polite and definitely cares about trying to help with his clients. I will be returning for another massage in the near future.
Healing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapyHealing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapy
Patrick D.
Outstanding massage! Very professional, punctual and friendly. Definitely among the best massages I’ve ever received. I look forward to my next opportunity and highly recommend if you are looking for a good relaxing, therapeutic massage.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Mike M.
Excellent massage, professional therapist.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Naiem B.
Great massages, very helpful.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Mike S.
Great room, great massage
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Patrick C.
Very nice massage. Very accommodating.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Brandon D.
Nyaya is a very nice man who is excellent at deep tissue massage and working my knots out. I feel so much better after my massages.
Healing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapyHealing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapy
Paula r.
All I can say is perfect. I had the prenatal massage and after the massage my body feels great the best it has felt in 32 weeks. You definitely have a client for life.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Vicki n.
It was by far the best massage I ever got ! I will definitely be going back
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Mark F.
I was thrilled with my massage. I chose a 90 minute massage and it felt like it went by so fast. I was so disappointed when it ended! She was very thorough and I left feeling so relaxed. I’ll definitely book again!
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Mike H.
Everything from the initial contact on thumbtack to the appointment set up to the massage was smooth and perfect. I was made to feel comfortable right from the beginning of the appointment to the end. The massage was just what I had hoped. My worries and aches disappeared for that hour. Thank You
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I was nervous about trying massage for the first time, didn't know if I'd be comfortable & able to relax. Jacqueline put me at ease. She was very easy to chat with and the massage felt great. The space is very pleasant too. I really enjoyed it and plan to go back.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Jeffrey S.
My massage was very relaxing. I was lucky enough to get an appointment last minute. Would definitely recommend.
Healing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapyHealing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapy
Stefan C.
Amazing experience. Massage was unbelievable and felt amazing. Very nice to talk to and very knowledgeable. Will most certainly come back.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Mac H.
Jacquie is a fantastic massage therapist. She is very attentive to your needs and provides extra attention to trouble spots. Looking forward my next appointment.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Lia D.
So glad I connected with Jess! Not only was it a really great massage, she brings everything she needs… from the heated table to relaxing music! It honestly was the best treat for myself, and I am so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried an in-home massage. Not only is it so convenient, Jess is just so pleasant to work with. Highly recommend and definitely making this a routine!
Nomad Massage TherapyNomad Massage Therapy
Tammy P.
I would highly recommend Self(Rafe). He was on time and very professional! The massage was great and he responds to your needs as far as the right amount of pressure is concerned!! Thanks Rafe
Angelo M.
Jacqueline made me feel comfortable, she had a good vibe about herself and she had a very effective technique overall I was very satisfied with my massage and I will be booking with her again.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Jessica R.
My fiancé and I both had massages done by Jacqueline. From the very first message I sent, Jacqueline responded extremely quick and was eager to help us out almost immediately. I’ve had multiple back surgeries and live with a great deal of pain all day everyday but massages really do help, when done right that is, unfortunately it had been atleast a year since my last due to finances. I explained my situation to Jacqueline and the following day she found room in her schedule for me and my fiancé. She went out of her way to accommodate our every need and she is amazing!! It’s almost 3 days later and my back feels better than it has in a long time. We already scheduled our next massage with her for next week! My search for a massage therapist is over I’m so thankful I found my permenant LMT, there is no need to go elsewhere at all. Not only do I feel good physically, but meeting Jacqueline has lifted my spirits up! She is just wonderful I HIGHLY recommend
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Demetrius B.
I highly recommend her service. Where I usually go for massages gets booked relatively fast. It’s very convenient to able to have an experienced LMT come directly to you. I look forward to having future appointments.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Michael Q.
Nyaya did a great job of focusing on my problem areas and worked those areas hard. I felt more flexibility both immediately after as well as the next day. I would recommend him to others in need of a deep tissue massage.
Healing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapyHealing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Great, effective massage for my neck and trigger point pain, I was also provided helpful information about how to prevent pain in the future. My pain was reduced for about 2 weeks after and I could concentrate better in school. I'm very grateful.
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Elizabeth K.
Jacqueline was amazing! I'm so grateful that she makes house calls! From her easy-natured personality, to the relaxing atmosphere, to her responsiveness, my massage was just the experience to lift my spirits. Do your mental and physical health a favor and book her right away!
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Taraca M.
I truly appreciate the promptness of her response. I needed to see what her hands could do and boy was I glad to find they are fantastic. Thise hands were what I needed...Thank you. And we're already ready to get our next massage. See you soon!
Diamond Therapeutic Arts, LLCDiamond Therapeutic Arts, LLC
Mark M.
This was my first massage and my first time meeting Nyaya. From the initial contact he was very professional and very responsive in scheduling an appointment. I might add his schedule was very flexible to try to accommodate my schedule. The office is very clean and very comfortable. Nyaya made sure to take time at the beginning to understand why I was there and what I wanted to work on. He makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable. The actual massage was awesome. He was sure to check with me through to make sure I was comfortable. I felt great after. I already schedule my next appointment for next week before leaving! I would definitely recommend Nyaya and Healing Touch.
Healing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapyHealing Touch Acupressure and Massage therapy
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