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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 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 Portland massage therapists
Charles B.
Great deep tissue massage! Alex was punctual and professional! Great, therapeutic massage.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Nick B.
I had asked for a massage for my wife on her birthday and she was extremely happy with her massage. My wife has had a lot of massages and said that this massage was therapeutic. Thank you Jillian for making my wife's birthday so sucessful.
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Kelly e.
Authentic Massage is a jewel in Beaverton for those who are wanting a tailored massage. Lonnie has an intuition touch.
Authentic Massage Therapy LLCAuthentic Massage Therapy LLC
Edgar G.
awesome massage
ValeryValery
Corey C.
Lynn gives a great deep tissue massage. She was great at her work and one of the best massages I’ve had.
Lynn Aker MassageLynn Aker Massage
Aidan S.
Great massage . Hands and touch are very nice . Feel free and energized after . I highly recommend this person for a massage.
SomaFlow Health and Massage, LLCSomaFlow Health and Massage, LLC
Jonathan W.
Awesome person and awesome massage!
Jessica Hobbs, LMTJessica Hobbs, LMT
Mary s.
Great massage. Will go again
Stephanie, LMTStephanie, LMT
Rob L.
Outstanding massage! Thank you.
ValeryValery
Alex A.
Great massage! She is very talented!
ValeryValery
SHIREESH S.
Exceptional skills in massage. Highly recommended.
Jessica Hobbs, LMTJessica Hobbs, LMT
Giovanny H.
Great massage! Will come back again
ValeryValery
Thumbtack Customer
My mom - who doesn't like the idea of massage and especially not getting naked for one - felt so much better after a chair massage with Jessica.
Massage By GreenleafMassage By Greenleaf
Joe H.
I purchased a massage for my wife’s birthday. Jennifer was very kind, and my wife loved her massage. I would definitely recommend her.
Massage by JenniferMassage by Jennifer
Paul B.
Enjoyable 90 minute massage that went longer than that....to my immense pleasure. Chelsea is intuitive and knowledgeable. Looking forward to another massage once Covid allows it.
Massage Connection U.S. ~ MiamiMassage Connection U.S. ~ Miami
Sheri L.
Angela was amazing. We all enjoyed our massage. She was so knowledgeable and so nice. We all agreed it was the best massage we have ever had.
Angela McCarthyAngela McCarthy
Sierra A.
I have tried a few massage therapist in town and this was by far the best. I have chronic neck pain and the massage was exactly what I needed to feel better.
BodyWorksTxBodyWorksTx
Rebecca G.
Already looking forward to my next massage!
Jessica Hobbs, LMTJessica Hobbs, LMT
Katie C.
The best massage therapist I’ve been to in Portland!!!
Lynn Aker MassageLynn Aker Massage
Tony L.
Great massage and a great person. Highly recommend!
Inspired Massage & WellnessInspired Massage & Wellness
Cody K.
Great massage, very accommodating. Highly recommend.
Massages by JooleyMassages by Jooley
Lewis T.
My deep tissue massage was awesome. Alex went so deep, he touched my soul...😇😁 Hands Down one of my best massages. Instant relief/gratitude... Great Quality massage. He uses COVID precautions, as well. He really cares about his clients safety and well-being.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Brandon gave a very relaxing and effective therapeutic massage.
Brandon Benjamin Acupuncture & BodyworkBrandon Benjamin Acupuncture & Bodywork
Payton F.
Great experience. Great care. And great massage quality.
Angela McCarthyAngela McCarthy
Jeff D.
Excellent massage. Prompt, professional and personable. Will be using again.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
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