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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 Akron massage therapists
Edwin D.
I really enjoyed my massage and was very happy with the service. I would highly recommend a massage by her!
Hollywood Dolls Beauty BoutiqueHollywood Dolls Beauty Boutique
Greg w.
Best massage she’s had. I’m next
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Valerie L.
I enjoyed my massage and look forward to more in the future.
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Laura i.
She is very talented and gives a very good massage . Vanessa discusses what pain and discomfort im having and reviews how i felt after the last massage. She really does fantastIc work
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Randy S.
Massage was very relaxing. Very professional and thorough. Will definitely be returning for more treatments.
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Phillip D.
Will definitely be scheduling with her again. Best massage I’ve had! Thank you again.
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Rebecca S.
Vanessa is very professional. I got a GREAT massage! Already made another appointment.
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage and vanessa was very friendly. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Tony G.
Vanessa listened to my concerns and did a great job . I will return to her for regular massage sessions. I recommend her highly..
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Vanessa gave me the best massage I've ever experienced! I was so pleased my next session is already booked for 90 minutes.
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Amanda B.
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Thumbtack Customer
Patty is very knowledgeable and experienced at massages. She took me on a short notice and was very helpful! She takes a full body approach and also focuses in on trouble spots. Excellent!
Massage by Patty BealeMassage by Patty Beale
Jeremy M.
I was able to book an appointment when I really needed one. Her workspace is noticeably clean and comfortable. She is a very polite and considerate provider. The massage was exactly what I needed. We discussed my areas of concern, and she addressed them all wonderfully. From someone who’s had everything from bad to great experiences trying to find a new massage therapist... I’m glad to say that I had a great experience.
B&B Health & WellnessB&B Health & Wellness
Dashann P.
She was Absolutely amazing she showed up on time her professionalism of the knowledge of her massage the anatomy of the body that she knows her knowledge. She speaking her communication on massage. I mean everything about her was excellent I will give her 10 stars hands down without thinking about it. I’m glad I chose her because she was amazing. I can not wait for my next one! Thank you so much👏🏽🙌🏼
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Maia B.
In 30 years of receiving massages from exceptional therapists, I have to rate Vanessa as The Cream of the Crop--she is BEYOND exceptional. She is truly Gifted as an LMT! Here's why: not only is she super-responsive (I found her on Sunday through Thumbtack and was on her table on Monday afternoon!) she is highly skilled as an LMT--words cannot describe it, since it's pure feeling--she creates the most nourishing atmosphere for relaxation and healing. Her joy in her work is palpable--it surrounds you the entire time. (Go to her website--she will have you at HELLO--and everything she promises there, she delivers!) For my first appointment with her yesterday, I booked a 60-minute massage since it's been over 6 months since my last one and I was really stiff and in some pain. After working on me for 60 minutes (which was so much fun it felt like 15...), she asked me if I had another 15 minutes, so she could give the rest of my muscles the care they needed (unlike other LMTs who are ruled by time, she will not rush in her care of you and my muscles were SO GRATEFUL). At that point, I knew that 90-minute massages will be our regular appointment! Here's an insight to her Giftedness: right in the midst of the appointment she offered to give me what my muscles needed in that moment--and that was when I knew I'd found the the only LMT I will ever work with for the rest of my life. (And if you read the other reviews, you'll know I am not kidding.) Thank you, Vanessa!! You are AMAZING. See you in two weeks... (PS: Thanks for the recommendation of the epsom salt bath and the homemade antioxidant water--both are awesome!)
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
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