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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 Toledo massage therapists
Michael B.
Great experience and amazing massage.....
Unique Facials & MassageUnique Facials & Massage
John W.
The best massage I’ve ever had!!
Unique Facials & MassageUnique Facials & Massage
Zuri H.
Amazing massages, thanks so much!
Comfort by ChanellComfort by Chanell
Otis T.
The best massage EVER ☺️ I will become a regular
Unique Facials & MassageUnique Facials & Massage
Achref B.
One of the best massages you can get..
Unique Facials & MassageUnique Facials & Massage
Jessica C.
I booked a 90 min deep tissue massage with Jonathon this morning. It was absolutely amazing!!! He was punctual, professional, and left me feeling completely relaxed. I've already booked my next massage with him.
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Susan C.
Awesome to have a massage therapist who listens to what you say. He did a wonderful job and I feel so much better since my massage. Very personable and a pleasure to have in my home. He went out of his way to accommodate my crazy schedule which is much appreciated. Incredible massage--will definitely have him back!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Aimee H.
We are so appreciative! Fast response, great massage! My dad has such relief, thank you so very much!
Pure Blessed HandsPure Blessed Hands
Hope w.
Thank you so much for the wonderful massage for my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day!! She said ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Will return for service again. Highly recommend!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Troy J.
Very skilled in the art of massaging and she was very knowledgeable in health and diet was able to answer any questions me or my wife had Proficiently
Miracle Massage by AmyMiracle Massage by Amy
Hannah L.
Working in sports medicine and understanding the body, this was hands down the best massage I’ve ever had! I can’t wait to continue using and working with Jon!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Rita M.
Jon was professional and great but more importantly was excellent and solving the issues each of us had through his massage treatment. I highly highly recommend him!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Lisa V.
I loved having the massage in my home. I always feel so relaxed like a rag doll after a massage and it was so nice not to have to drive home. Jonathon was excellent! He found my problem areas and spent extra time working out the knots in my back and shoulders. I will definately hire him again. I am chatty and it was fun to hear about is wife and children.
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Crystal G.
All I can say is wow! I'm no stranger to massage therapy and she got me wishing I would have scheduled it for 1.5 hrs instead of 1 hr!
Unique Facials & MassageUnique Facials & Massage
Kála L.
Jonathan was absolutely amazing! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM, he was focused, professional, a gentleman and extremely nice. His massage work is off the charts I will definitely be booking him again really really soon.
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Gwendolyn F.
Jonathon listened to my pain issues and knew right where to go. He is a skillful therapist, uses a wide array of therapeutic techniques and has a strong confident touch. I also greatly appreciated the incorporation of stretches in the flow. This massage was exactly what I needed. Thank you!
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
Anthony P.
The massage session with Jonathon was by far the best I have recieved anywhere! He was prompt, prfoessional, extremely courteous and his work demonstrated that he takes pride in his exceptional service. He was attentive, asked how I was doing at various times, asked about the pressure, if it was too much. He also warned me there was a possibility I might have soreness the next day, but to my delight there was none. Thanks to the head's up though, I took a couple Aleve PM's before going to sleep. I will hire Jon again and hope to become one of his regulars.
Jonathon LewisJonathon Lewis
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