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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
  • HIV/AIDS

The proper deep tissue massage may also benefit preterm infant health. Cancer patients may experience reduced pain, increased relaxation, and improved mood.

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.

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.

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 Norwood massage therapists
Chris G.
Great massage!
Massage FactorMassage Factor
Ashley M.
Best massage EVARRR
Professional Massage and Bodywork LLCProfessional Massage and Bodywork LLC
Jeff R.
Will rearrange another time, for a massage.
Professional Massage and Bodywork LLCProfessional Massage and Bodywork LLC
Bill W.
Professional nice relaxing massage
Massage FactorMassage Factor
Thumbtack Customer
Punctuality was great! Great massage
Massage FactorMassage Factor
Vino C.
Highly recommended for a therapeutic massage!
Jenn’s Therapeutic MassageJenn’s Therapeutic Massage
Quinn C.
Best I have ever felt after a massage!
Vim & Vigor Revitalizing Health CenterVim & Vigor Revitalizing Health Center
Dustin B.
Jenn was good. Thanks for driving to me for the full body massage.
Jenn’s Therapeutic MassageJenn’s Therapeutic Massage
Tracy W.
Our first at home massage was wonderful. Kisiah was very professional and easy to work with. Came on time and ready to go. Both my husband and I got a 90 minute massage. It was wonderful being in the comfort of our home. This was a gift to hubby. But we will certainly make this a routine thing.
Calming Souls Massage LLCCalming Souls Massage LLC
Harold T.
You can feel the skill in her techniques. The right pressure, for a very therapeutic and relaxing massage. Will return!
All about the AhhAll about the Ahh
Michelle W.
Misty was very nice and professional. She was a little late but still gave the massage for an hour! I recommend her!
Massage FactorMassage Factor
Erika G.
Melissa gave a great massage that pinpointed all my various issues, and was a great communicator. I'm feeling better already!
All about the AhhAll about the Ahh
Brittany M.
I surprised my mother with a massage, no particular occasion just because !! 😃 she was delighted. She explained, “He was great and that she didn’t want to get up from the massage table”. Not too mention the atmosphere was clean and comfortable. “I can’t wait to bring her back as well as get one for myself. “ Thank you !
Professional Massage and Bodywork LLCProfessional Massage and Bodywork LLC
Jessica A.
3rd massage from Kisiah and I am already counting down the days until my next one! Highly recommend!
Calming Souls Massage LLCCalming Souls Massage LLC
Justin S.
I received a high quality massage It definitely helped my back and mobility. I will definitely book again when I’m in town.
Calming Souls Massage LLCCalming Souls Massage LLC
Richard P.
Having never had deep tissue massage, Melisa was excellent. Had bad muscle spasms which she was able to correct. I will return.
All about the AhhAll about the Ahh
Marc B.
My wife and I were extremely satisfied with our massages. She was punctual, super professional and her technique was superb. We will hire her again. Highly recommend.
Massage FactorMassage Factor
Jeff R.
Mark was great,nice mannerism , great massage therapist, would most definitely recommend, I had some shoulder pain, and lower back pain, Mark corrected that very well.
Bodyworks RejuvenationBodyworks Rejuvenation
Joe D.
Heather was a true professional. She replied to my online requests, was on time, did her work professionally, and answered all my questions at the same time. I would recommend her to anyone for a great, inexpensive, relaxing massage. My compliments.
Heather Tobias Massage TherapyHeather Tobias Massage Therapy
Aaron S.
Mark was wonderful! From the moment that I reached out to him until the moment he left, he was very easy to speak with and willing to acommodate us and our situation. My wife wanted a massage but asked me to try to find someone to come to us so she could relax afterwards. Mark arrived on time, found out exactly what areas my wife wanted focused on but then also did more. She was very pleased with his attentiveness and we've already asked if he was available for a future booking. He is very professional and courteous and we would recommend Mark to anyone looking for a massage but doesn't want to leave to go get it.
Bodyworks RejuvenationBodyworks Rejuvenation
Danny R.
Misty came over and gave my fiancé and I a massage. I’m training for the Flying Pig marathon so this was very helpful. She showed up a few minutes early. She was very professional and did a great job. We didn’t feel rushed at all. We have a big dog and she was fine with him. Highly recommended.
Massage FactorMassage Factor
Rosie S.
Donald was fabulous, friendly, and professional. This was my first time seeing him since my local therapist is booked and he offered a first-time client discount. I have many problem areas due to my job and a few health issues (arthritis), and Donald listened to my concerns both before and during the session to address these issues, and he found even more knots to work on. His insistence on doing full body massages to address problem areas from every angle is definitely helpful. Donald makes you comfortable and keeps you in charge of the amount of pressure/focus areas etc. I ended up booking another session with him before I left. Donald's services are a fantastic value and he offers longer sessions than other therapists I've seen. He also offers somewhat of a "rewards" program for his clients, which is awesome! Lastly, his location offers a parking lot in Clifton, so you can't get any better than that! I highly recommend Donald's massage therapy sessions; in every way that counts, he is fantastic.
Clifton MassageClifton Massage
Shane J.
I reached out to schedule a massage, she set the date and time for later that same week. I drove 45 minutes to meet her and arrived early, she wasn’t there. I waited 10 minutes past the appointment time and then called her. She had completely forgotten about me. Offered to reschedule me for a different day, or pawn me off to someone else who had an opening two hours later. Nope, I came to see this pro, for the reasons listed under the “about this pro”.
Vim & Vigor Revitalizing Health CenterVim & Vigor Revitalizing Health Center
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