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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 Jamaica massage therapists
Bishop O.
I reached out to Melissa for last minute massage and she responded and showed up. She discovered some problems(sore) with my legs that am not aware of. I would recommend her to anyone who need best massage in NY. Thanks for your service today.
Melissa FloresMelissa Flores
Juliet a.
I booked Gino for a deep tissue massage as a gift to my aunt for her bday. He arrived on time and very accommodating. He has lots of experience which made my aunt feel comfortable as it was her first massage ever. I would definitely recommend him.
Lamia S.
Edward was an amazing massage therapist, he used different techniques and really worked through all the tightness and knots on my body. He was very knowledgable and even walked me through what he was doing. I will recommend to anyone that is looking for a real massage with lasting beneficial effects for their body.
Holistic Wellness by EdwardHolistic Wellness by Edward
Eddie C.
Ed was great. He gave my wife a massage for her birthday and she loved it. He was professional, nice and did a full body deep tissue massage. She felt super relaxed and calm after and we plan to book with Ed again on a consistent basis. I would recommend him!
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Starlette G.
I booked Melissa and she came through and gave one of the best massages ever. I received the sport massage and when I tell you it was worth every penny it was worth every dime.. I would definitely recommend Melissa she is so pleasant and welcoming felt like I knew her for ever..
Melissa FloresMelissa Flores
Shemika a.
Loved my first massage ever. I booked a couples massage in my home. Bharti and Joanna did an amazing job. I/We have no complaints. Will definitely book them again in due time. I do not even write reviews, but it just goes to show what amazing service these young ladies provided us with. Thank you.
Bharti Ramesh LMTBharti Ramesh LMT
Gary L.
Great massage , he’s good at what he does and he made me feel relaxed and comfortable and I will recommend him to everyone
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Stephane F.
Melissa is absolutely amazing. I’ve had many massages in my past from some of the best places and Melissa by far has outdone every massage therapist I have ever had. Her pressure was just right and she covered every single muscle area and body part. She took her time and did not rush. I had a lot of neck and shoulder pain with knots that have been building up for months and she managed to get them all out. Afterwards I felt like a feather and as is I was walking on a could. She’s amazing and I will be my massage therapist for life.
Melissa FloresMelissa Flores
Ms Jen H.
Roy was great to work with. He was able to fit me in last minute. He was super professional and gave a great massage. You won't be disappointed.
Thumbtack Customer
Positive experience. Was willing to fit appointment into my schedule, offer flexible massage time for first appointment and arrived well on time. Listened to my problem and reason why I decided on having a therapeutic massage at this time. Well organized with all needed tools for the job. Personally, I like all white towels--hence only 4 stars--but small matter. Very pleasant and professional overall. Will use again, as needed.
Prosperity U. LLCProsperity U. LLC
Bhojenarine H.
Overall Bharti, a kind gentle soul, maintained professionalism and courtesy throughout the session. Her touch truly revitalizes the body and is very calming. Would recommend her relaxation massage any time.👍👍
Bharti Ramesh LMTBharti Ramesh LMT
Nekeisha A.
Josh was ammaaazing! I got my husband an in-house massage and from communicating with him initially to the end, it was such a pleasure. He is a professional and my husband loved it! I loved having him in my house. I felt safe. He wore a mask throughout and was just so calming. His presence is calming! Don’t hesitate ... book a massage today. I will do this again and again! Oh, and he came with everything that he needed from the table to the linens to the oils. Thank you Josh!
NewHealthCity | Sports & Medical MassageNewHealthCity | Sports & Medical Massage
Mahonri E.
Eric gave me my first massage ever and it was beautiful and so good that i have kept seeing him. He knows how to listen to your body and make it feel better. He has great communication and energy.
Eric "Super Hands" JoppyEric "Super Hands" Joppy
Aesha C.
I contacted Eric about doing five 1-hr massage sessions for us at my sister’s home for her birthday. He responded to my request within minutes. He was extremely professional and called me two days before our appointment to discuss our preferences and expectations. He was on time the day of our event and had a great energy about him. His consulted with each of us about our problem areas and confirmed preferences before each massage. I thank Eric for making my sister’s birthday a memorable experience and will definitely book again.
Eric "Super Hands" JoppyEric "Super Hands" Joppy
Anaiyah K.
Omgoodness, what words can I gather to personify the skillful, magnificent talent that is Maestro. Maestro or should I call him the Master of Massage, instinctively knew exactly where I was in need of attention and he focused on those problem areas. I’d just recent experienced an injury which required surgery, Maestros massaged the area & helped to alleviate some of the sore and stiffness from it. The use of Maestro’s thumbs or whatever kneading technique he used on my lower extremities was unimaginable, he got to all of my kinks & left me feeling on cloud 9. I will definitely use this LMT again and again, book with him & you will definitely get the best experience for your m
MMT MassageMMT Massage
Angela M.
I found Erick to b very personable. Our conversation flowed effortlessly. I had some soreness As a result of a strenuous workout. Half hour after his departure I realized I was pain free. I would without hesitation recommend Erick as a very knowledgeable masseuse who has the patience to accommodate his clients. Thanks for the great massage.
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
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