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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Shaker Heights massage therapists
Beki J.
Amazing massage, very relaxing, friendly, professional. One of the best massages I've had in a long time. 5 stars for sure!
Holistic Hands, LLCHolistic Hands, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage, great price
Vicktoria Lariche Healing massageVicktoria Lariche Healing massage
Jodi L.
Vanessa came out to my office to do chair massages. The process was simple (she sent a sign-up sheet in advance) and my employees gave rave reviews of their massages! I was initially concerned about whether the last massage (at 4:30) would be as good as the first one (at 9am), but all massages were excellent! Will definitely be booking another date soon!
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
Erin R.
Great massage, definitely recommend her!!!
Vanessa M Brown, LMTVanessa M Brown, LMT
David S.
Patty provided an EXCELLENT massage. In total, the completion of paperwork, her assessment of my health needs/concerns, and the massage itself took about an hour and a half, but she still only charged for an hour. The massage was thorough and relaxing. I would not hesitate to use her services again and I highly recommend her!
Massage by Patty BealeMassage by Patty Beale
James G.
Great deep tissue massage. Very professional and thorough.
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Priyanka V.
Amazing massage in the comfort of my own home. Will book again!
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Alieu M.
Felt comfortable throughout the whole experience and enjoyed a amazingly relaxing massage!
B&B Health & WellnessB&B Health & Wellness
Gwen P.
a wonderful massage by a wonderful therapist. looking forward to our next session
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Alix A.
She was awesome. Sweet and best massage I have ever had.
Hollywood Dolls Beauty BoutiqueHollywood Dolls Beauty Boutique
Gauntlett E.
I came in for a 90 min Deep tissue Massage with Kim. My massage was amazing with great pressure and great technique. She was very attentive, and a great listener and communicator. She was working out tough tension spots in a way I didn’t even know was possible! I wish I could come everyday! I found my new go too for a massage.
B&B Health & WellnessB&B Health & Wellness
Chris D.
I’ve received massages all over the country. She is by far the kindest and most thorough of them all. Her ambiance is comfortable and private. This is MY masseuse for the foreseeable future. She gave me a two hour massage for my birthday and didn’t get tired. Beauty and talent!
Hollywood Dolls Beauty BoutiqueHollywood Dolls Beauty Boutique
Thumbtack Customer
Patty spends a lot of time with you. She makes sure you have a personalized massage. She is professional and knowledgeable. I will be recommending her to friends and family.
Massage by Patty BealeMassage by Patty Beale
Brad F.
When I first made a request, Kimberly responded quickly and was excellent in her communication and expectations. After scheduling an appointment, she provided updates on her timing and was very punctual. Prior to the massage, we discussed any chronic issues I was having as well as areas for her to focus on. The massage was fantastic and professional. She checked in from time to time to determine the proper amount of pressure. Not once did I feel uneasy or apprehensive while on the table. In fact, it was quite the opposite. She made me feel incredibly comfortable and relaxed. Kimberly offers a great way to escape from the noise of the day while helping your body get back to center. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a quality massage. 🙂
B&B Health & WellnessB&B Health & Wellness
Kevin S.
My expectations were far exceeded with my experience with Ryan. His professionalism and knowledge put me at ease. I would highly recommend using AAB, LLC (Ryan) for a therapeutic sports massage.
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Eric N.
SERIOUSLY FANTASTIC! Ryan is seriously fantastic. He communicates clearly ahead of time so I knew exactly what to expect, and right on time he arrived at my home with his equipment. He set everything up, and even brought a clean set of sheets for his massage table. He arrived as promised 15 minutes before our treatment time so we could discuss the treatment before we got started on the clock. And then, once the massage began, I knew I'd made a great choice. He's intuitive with his hands, giving each part of your body the treatment it needs. I left the table feeling fantastic .... energized yet relaxed. I'm looking forward to making massage with Ryan a regular part of my days! You won't be disappointed.
Always Alive Bodywork LLCAlways Alive Bodywork LLC
Tammy B.
We will definitely get massages from Takeeyia again... we’ve already booked another appointment for next week. I love her professionalism ,performance ,and personality ! She was on time... Her skills were impeccable , absolutely will refer her to everyone I know!
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Matthew A.
Requested Takeeyia’s services to surprise my wife with a professional massage for our anniversary. My wife had nothing but rave reviews. And says she felt amazing after. Takeeyia was incredibly professional and flexible when we ran into a scheduling issue. We will definitely be using her services again in the future, and highly recommend her.
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Thumbtack Customer
Patty was very professional in working on my leg in particular. She spent well over the allotted time working the tightness out of the leg. She also spent much time doing the normal relaxation massage. She was very easy to talk to and put me well at ease. Her work was outstanding and I would recommend her without reserve.
Massage by Patty BealeMassage by Patty Beale
Shelley C.
Takeeyia came to my home where we have our very own wellness room, it was very convenient that she offers this home service. Immediately I was mesmerized by her whole technique and was very satisfied with my 90 minute relaxing Birthday massage. I did beforehand request not to talk unless necessary and she said she would follow my lead! Two family members have already booked. Thankyou Takeeyia! Shelley C.
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
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