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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 West Harlem thai massage therapists
Yang W.
Best of the Thai Massage Experience that I have ever had ❤️❤️❤️
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Wael A.
Thai Touch are professional and gifted massage therapists with a clear understanding of the needs of their clients.
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Jennifer S.
Great experience with Thai therapy and more specifically Bow! Best massage ever!
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Fred K.
I would to recommend Siri at Thai Touch Therapy excellent massage and very professional.
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Thumbtack Customer
Sue is, hands down, the best Thai massage in NYC. Very professional and very thorough. Will recommend.
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Michael N.
Received a great full body Thai massage from Jeanie and helped with my sore neck
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Marc V.
Excellent blend of Thai, deep tissue massage and stretching. Exactly what I needed. Highly recommended.
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Michael s.
A wonderful and very professional Thai massage. One of the best I have ever had in the US or in Asia.
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Jon M.
Wonderful massage with Thai Touch. Strong but gentle. great service very attentive to my needs. Will go back for sure.
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Cristina k.
Bow was fantastic..this was one of the best Thai massages I have ever had, and I have had many. I highly recommend her!
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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.
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Peter M.
Jennie was on time you for the appointment and was very friendly and professional. She gave me a very authentic Thai massage that was both relaxing and invigorating. I will definitely plan to book more massage sessions with Jennie very soon!
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Eric F.
I got a great thai massage. She definitely understands the art of touch. Firm, soft, etc... All felt incredible and was just what I needed. Very pleasant to have around as well.
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Jesus M.
Bow and her fellow masseuse were very professional and gave my wife and I a lovely Thai couples massage. We felt so relaxed afterwards and were so very satisfied with the service.
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Mike R.
Cake (my masseuse) was amazing! Not only did she provide an authentic Thai Massage but she was very intent on following safety and health protocol. The room had been cleaned and sanitized before I entered and whenever she touched anything she used hand sanitizer. In addition, and most importantly, she wore a mask the whole time. I cannot recommend Thai Touch Therapy enough!
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Vivian R.
Omg the best massage I have ever received! I normally go to elements or massage envy and this has been by far best experience. She accommodated me last minute. Her technique of massage mixed with Thai massage was amazing. She came to our hotel and dragged her bed(which wasn’t easy) and was so polite and kind and she put some spa music and I felt so comfortable and my daughter who got massage also loved it. We felt loose and less achy. So grateful.
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Karen L.
I’m surprised that I can type because I am so relaxed after my Thai massage with Jarunee. I’ve been getting massages for some 20 years now, including at super fancy spas and in Thailand itself…and it’s no exaggeration to say that this was by far the best I’ve ever had. Thai massage is so unique in that it is both a massage and a stretching experience, but you don’t have to do anything - the therapist does all the movements for you. Jarunee was particularly great because unlike some massage therapists, she really listened to the areas I wanted her to concentrate on and then actually focused on those! I told Jarunee that I was both super relaxed AND energized afterward, which I’ve never experienced from a massage before. She explained that it’s because circulation blockages got released and the blood flow to my brain is better now. Whatever it was, I feel great. Going to have her come back and work on my husband next!
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Thumbtack Customer
The 1.5 hour massage I had with Liz was wonderful, and was easily the best I've had in my six years in NYC. As a college athlete who's been to countless massage therapists and left lukewarm in my prior experiences with Thai massage, Liz's massage was a revelation. She incorporated this deep stretching-kneading aspect into her massage that left me sleeping like a baby after, and during, her time with me, and also more balanced and easy on my feet. I have only good things to say, and will definitely be a regular of Liz's in the future.
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Bryan R.
I’m a Physiotherapist and i have been experiencing back pain and spasm secondary to patient’s load. Persistence of pain prompted me to seek help from a Massage Therapist and luckily i found Thai Touch Therapy NYC. The place was clean, organized and very relaxing. Emily did a great job of giving me a wonderful experience of authentic Thai massage with a touch of conventional manual therapy technique. Her hands are absolutely amazing. She definitely has the skills and knowledge of a professional therapist. I felt a sudden relief after our session. I would highly recommend this place. Emily is the best!
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Frankie G.
Perfect way to start our day. I hired Ava to come to our hotel to give us each 90 minute massages and it was amazing! She was super professional and punctual. She also took care of our needs while always making sure the pressure was ok and asked if we preferred more time on certain areas. I definitely recommend Thai Touch Therapy for your massage needs. We will be back!
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Rachel L.
I highly recommend Thai Touch Therapy! Cake was very skilled and professional. I immediately felt all of my stress and tension release as she worked. I was able to schedule same day appointments for my friend and I at our preferred time. Cake brought a comfortable mat and explained the difference in types of massage when I asked. It was an amazing experience.
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Thumbtack Customer
Su's expertise was only equaled by her wonderful manner. She made me feel completely comfortable. Her studio was nicely appointed and Su showed me such good care. This was my first Thai massage treatment, and I was very fortunate to have found Su. I was very confident in her skills. Su obviously had outstanding training and experience. I plan on being a regular client for sure.
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Thumbtack Customer
After years of looking for the right masseuse for my chronic back issues, finally the search end with Elizabeth. My friends had always recommend yoga for recovery and relaxation. But just like one of those things which is not as easy as it sounds, it takes time and dedication before one starts to reaps the rewards from yoga. However all it took was one session with Elizabeth, where one doesn’t need to know any complex poses or techniques or having to burn few hundreds of calories, yet felt the most light and relaxed than I had ever felt in a long time. Her passive yoga stretches combined with Thai massage technique is just about the perfect mix that my body needed to rejuvenate. She is also a warm and wonderful person making the overall experience just great. I wouldn’t think twice to recommend Elizabeth to my other friends and family. Look forward to working with her long term, as I combat stress and pressure from having to deal wit corporate New York .
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