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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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for Plum massage therapists
Jenn O.
I would definitely recommend Aaron to anyone looking for a massage. He was punctual and the massage was exactly what I was looking for. I would reach out again for another massage.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Ryan g.
It was the best massage.
Pain Relief PittsburghPain Relief Pittsburgh
Jenn O.
Best massage I received
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Rebecca S.
Josh is very gifted with the type of massage I needed, and I'm so pleased to have found a therapist on the first try. I'll definitely be going back for additional massage work.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
James M.
Llyasha provided one of the most relaxing massages that I have ever had. Although it was my first visit to Frictio Massage I am looking forward to another in the very near future.
Frictio Massages by LlyashaFrictio Massages by Llyasha
Wes A.
Winner’s Fitness has the most talented and professional massage therapist on board. The massage I received was literally the best one I have ever had. I’d highly recommend Malik!
Winners Fitness: In Home FitnessWinners Fitness: In Home Fitness
Fabiola J.
Very professional and respectful. Massage was great, highly recommend him!
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Ebenezer A.
This is the best massage I have ever had. Highly recommend.
Restorative MassageRestorative Massage
Meghan M.
Great experience! Truly enjoyed this massage and would definitely book again.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Seth T.
Excellent sports specific massage. Paid great detail to trouble areas.
Doreena's MassageDoreena's Massage
Jessica W.
Excellent massage and extremely professional service. I will recommend them to others.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Christian A.
He was very attentive to my injury and helped loosen it up, excellent massage!
Restorative MassageRestorative Massage
Ryan T.
Probably the best massage ever! I tend to have trouble finding a massage therapist who will do the firm pressure I like, or incorporate stretching. Ricardo really listened to what I asked, and came up with a Thai-deep tissue hybrid that really helped.
Restorative MassageRestorative Massage
Mickey K.
Josh address my hip and knee pain. Felt much better after massage. Will be back soon.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Kerri F.
This was by FAR my best massage experience. He was professional and his skills were amazing. Def will book again
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Ricky H.
Great massage by Josh. I love deep tissue and he was able to apply lots of pressure. Will definitely be a returning customer.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Amanda G.
Kneaded tranquility was amazing! Two friends and I scheduled an outdoor massage at my home. It was such a relaxing experience! Thank you!
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Kennethia h.
As I am a massage therapist myself I really needed some work and Ricardo provided exactly what I needed he used many techniques that I was really happy with and made me feel brand new after years of not recieving a massage. I would highly recommend him to anyone as well as reschedule.
Restorative MassageRestorative Massage
Savannah D.
Aaron was incredibly responsive and happy to work with me on a small party of 5 who wanted to do back to back 30 minute massages for a birthday party. He was really awesome to work with and showed up a few minutes early to get set up and ready so to ensure we would get the most out of our time. The massages were amazing and he made sure he worked on the specific target areas each of us wanted to focus on. Everyone came out feeling so relaxed and enjoyed their massage! I’m from out of town, but will definitely be back and would love to work with Aaron again!
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Cyndi L.
Llyasha provided the deep tissue massage I needed after a demolition project and a move. Thank you so much for getting into that muscle and working it loose.
Frictio Massages by LlyashaFrictio Massages by Llyasha
Edwin Y.
Aron did a great job. The pressure was great and he’s got good techniques. I’ve had many massages and he’s definitely the best few. Highly recommended.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Evonna V.
It was the perfect way to begin my day. Llyasha always does a fantastic job. I feel so relaxed and refreshed. You must experience a massage by Llyasha!
Frictio Massages by LlyashaFrictio Massages by Llyasha
Evonna V.
What a great way to start off my birthday with a massage by Llyasha. It was great! I also appreciated the advice she gave me. I definitely will be returning to Llyasha!
Frictio Massages by LlyashaFrictio Massages by Llyasha
Wayne p.
She sets an amazing atmosphere, with the right sound, the right smells and the right personality. Soothing and smooth. Warm and talented. Her massage will take you on a trip and a sweet trip it is.
Frictio Massages by LlyashaFrictio Massages by Llyasha
Heather S.
Llyasha was very easy to schedule with, and quick to respond to messages. She has a wonderful talent for finding the exact muscle groups that are an issue and treating them accordingly. Such a talented massage therapist!
Frictio Massages by LlyashaFrictio Massages by Llyasha
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