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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

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 Riverdale massage therapists
Freddy F.
Great massage
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Vin K.
Excellent massage. I would recommend him. This is my second massage with him and I will use him again
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Vincent K.
I had massage from Roy tonight it was outrageous i Felt totally at ease it was really one of the best massages I ever received. I am looking forward to my next massage from him
Olga V.
Professional and caring. The massage was great and hit all the spots. Felt so relaxed afterwards. Erick was extremely the greatest. Will call him again when I want another massage. Thank you so much for a greatest massage ever.
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Domonique F.
Great massage! Will be booking again.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Danielle Y.
Best massage ever! She was amazing, understood what I needed and got the job done. I’ll be booking my regular monthly massages.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Meg F.
Excellent massage at home!! Highly recommended..
Relax at Home MassageRelax at Home Massage
Vin K.
I would highly recommend Rich. He gave me a great massage tonight and I can’t wait for my next massage from him in two weeks.
Body RejuvenationBody Rejuvenation
Freddy F.
Such a great massage. I will def be a frequent client!
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Shauna-Lee L.
Very knowledgeable and attentive! Great post massage advice.
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Steven J.
Really enjoyed the massage and your positive spirit! Thank you!
K Lee’s Massage Therapy & Cleaning ServicesK Lee’s Massage Therapy & Cleaning Services
April L.
Esperanza is a professional, knowledgeable and very good at the job she is doing. She knows very much about the anatomy and anyone can be confident to entrust any type of massage to her. I highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking a great and safe massage. I am pregnant in my 3rd trimester already. She did my prenatal massage which was long overdue. I felt like a different person after our session. I will definitely book a massage service with her again!
Nana D.
Ajanee was nice, knowledgeable and my husband enjoyed her massage
Blue Lotus MassageBlue Lotus Massage
Michelle C.
Massage was wonderful and excellent. I highly recommend Ajanee. Great job 👏🏻
Steven J.
Really enjoyed my massage and you were professional and great to talk to!
Spoiled by KandaSpoiled by Kanda
Carl S.
Excellent experience! Thank you Ed for the amazing massage. He was very attentive to my needs and also provided great communication. The environment is welcoming and calm. I feel relaxed and refreshed and look forward to my next massage with Ed.
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Sammy N.
I have had hundreds of massages over the years, but this was by far the best massage I have ever had. Susana has hands of magic and knew exactly what problem areas to focus on with out me telling her. On top of a great massage she also has a great personality and I felt very comfortable and relaxed. I will definitely be using her on the regular and would highly recommend her. All around 5 star service.
Susana VargasSusana Vargas
Sammy N.
Great massage. Quick responses, on time, professional & friendly, and great value. Will definitely be booking again.
Stephanie HealyStephanie Healy
Whittney B.
Edward is a professional by all standards. I would recommend him for your massage needs and services.
Holistic Wellness by EdwardHolistic Wellness by Edward
Angel C.
Eddie was amazing. Very professional, fun, and attentive. I highly recommend him for massage therapy.
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Vin K.
I would highly recommend Edward . I would definitely be seeing him again. Thanks for the great massage.
Holistic Wellness by EdwardHolistic Wellness by Edward
Mel M.
I mean just wow! I have had plenty of massages. This one is definitely top three. He was punctual and respectful. Great conversation. I definitely feel like a new woman after that massage. I would highly recommend him to absolutely anyone. He’s definitely gained a repeating customer
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Sammy N.
Great massage, professional and friendly attitude. She was good on responding on time and communicating. She arrived with a good quality table and cleaned everything with alcohol before and after. The massage was really good, she worked on all of my problem parts with out me directing her, and was very satisfied and will definitely be using her again.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
David L.
Booked Stephanie For a message for my girlfriend. My girlfriend raved it was the best massage we ever received in her life
Stephanie HealyStephanie Healy
Massimo C.
Eddie is a very nice, professional and talented masseur. I would actually consider him more of a therapist, because the way he massages is powerful but at the same time relaxing and therapeutic. He was able to relief my lower back tension. Eddie found all my weak spots and acted on them in an excellent way. At the end of the massage I felt wonderful, drank some water and went to bed. Nothing else I needed. I will certainly have many other massages with Eddie. And I strongly recommend him.
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