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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 Upper Manhattan deep tissue massage therapists
Serena E.
Great massage. I’ve had tons of massages but usually therapists are not strong enough. I wanted deep tissue and I got REAL deep tissue. Also very professional and punctual. Thank you!! 😺
Dsm MassagesDsm Massages
Maya S.
Great massage! My bf loves strong deep tissue massages and Kelly definitely delivered. Thank you
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Brian B.
Sunny is excellent. Able to address soreness and incredible deep tissue massage. One of the best.
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Alina A.
I got a very good deep tissue massage and just booked the second one.
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Marc V.
Excellent blend of Thai, deep tissue massage and stretching. Exactly what I needed. Highly recommended.
Healing Body by Jennie.Healing Body by Jennie.
Mariel P.
I had a 60 minute deep tissue massage with Cake and it was absolutely wonderful. She is so talented! I will be reaching out to schedule my 2nd massage soon.
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Andrew M.
If you are in need of a deep tissue or overall massage, this is the best you can get! Thankful to have connected with Head and Toe Healing, they will be my primary massage provider for the foreseeable future.
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Abhinav C.
Bow is really good. She understands what muscles need work, and will tailor the massage experience accordingly. I got a combination Swedish and deep tissue massage and it was amazing. Definitely recommend!
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Gahbaie J.
Bow was perfect ! My husband loved his massage . He said it was one of the best deep tissue massages he ever had. One time , very polite ....we were happy .
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Derrick N.
Roy knew exactly how to give a massage. Gave the best massage I’ve ever had. It was a combo of deep tissue and sports massage. This is what I needed after working out at the gym. I’d highly recommend him
Marc A.
Jennie provides a superb massage. I was very impressed with her ability to mix tradition Thai stretching techniques with more standard deep tissue therapy.
Healing Body by Jennie.Healing Body by Jennie.
Just great full body deep tissue massage. Extremely knowledgeable about body as well. Feel much better after and intend to use again!
Kyle H.
Angelo was super responsive. Answered almost immediately. His massage was awesome. Fixed the terrible pain I was feeling in my neck after pulling it during a workout. Great deep tissue massage all around.
Maribel L.
Jennie was very knowledgeable I like deep tissue massage, I found Jennie has very good pressure. Would definitely call her again.
Healing Body by Jennie.Healing Body by Jennie.
Susan E.
I enjoyed my massage with Bow. She gave me a deep tissue massage and worked on my tense muscles. I need more work done so I will have a follow up massage next week with her. I would recommend her to others!
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Manjil C.
5 star review - Roy is one of the best out there .. incredibly professional and a legit pro massage. I’m an athlete and needed a deep tissue and stretch.. I’m the top 5 massages of all time (..and there have been lots). Will definitely be a repeat customer
Thumbtack Customer
Brian's massage was great. I wanted a relaxing session versus deep tissue and his work was perfect. Although it was a few days ago, I still feel great. I highly recommend him.
Brian MieczkowskiBrian Mieczkowski
John S.
I scheduled my first massage with Devon last week. He was very easy to schedule with and arrived on time. The massage was perfect and tailored the session to what I needed. Whether you are looking for something relaxing or more deep tissue he can handle it. Thanks Devon
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Steven S.
By far, the best deep tissue massage I ever had. I knew it was going to be great within the first 30 seconds of the 90 minutes of Bliss! He loves what he does and he does what he loves.
Cheryl E.
My boss has been suffering from intense shoulder pain for some time now, and Bow's deep tissue massage made her feel so much better! She is thrilled with how punctual, and knowledgeable Bow was and she looks forward to getting another massage from her soon!
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Susan E.
Gino is an experienced massage therapist who is very familiar with the human anatomy. He is excellent with deep tissue massage and will massage with the right amount of pressure for the individual’s body. I had a lot of stiffness in my neck, back and hips and he helped loosen the immediate tightness that I had. I will continue to use his services for sure! I highly recommend Gino.
Paula E.
Rich came to me as a reference from a colleague. He did not disappoint. He provided a great deep tissue massage. He came with his own massage table, body heating pad, scented oil, eye shield, and music. This to me, was very professional. He was also very responsive messages sent on the site, as well as requests to changes in pressure.
Body RejuvenationBody Rejuvenation
Chrissy P.
Best massage I’ve ever gotten. Gino is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. He made my first at home massage experience extremely comfortable and relaxing. I will be booking out regular massages with him for the foreseeable future. I had a 90 minute deep tissue massage to combat the chronic tightness and pain in my neck, shoulders and back. He found every knot, every strained muscle, and worked it out. I got up from the table feeling 3 inches taller and 10 pounds lighter. I did a yoga class later in the day and saw an instant improvement in my mobility and comfort. If you want to see results from your massage, book Gino. He knows what he’s doing.
Dawn D.
Kevin arrived at the designated time on the nose. He was courteous yet unobtrusive. He asked for my preferences in terms of pressure, music, oil vs cream, scented or non-scented. I need massage for therapeutic purposes. I am prone to tight shoulders plus I have been playing a lot of tennis and my body was radiating pain. I was also fighting a stress headache. By the time he finished, I was literally in a different body. I had a deep tissue treatment and when it was too deep, he backed off, just enough. When I needed more pressure, he adjusted as well. I get massages regularly. This one competed with the best of them.
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Linda N.
Had a great experience with Karl - we met at a wellness space in Union Square and he texted ahead of time to ask about areas to focus on so we could immediately get started when I arrived. I prefer deep tissue massages and Karl did not disappoint, he also gave extra care to some areas that were particularly tight like my lower back from being at a desk. Highly recommend working with Karl and will be seeing him again very soon!
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