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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.  

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
  • 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 Cranston massage therapists
Tori W.
Lee was thoughtful and responsive to my requests. He started out the massage with a Thai massage technique on my shoulders, which helped dramatically. I felt very relaxed and at ease throughout the appointment.
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Matthew J.
Been going for massages for relaxation / stress reduction for some time now and experienced a better quality massage then I have in a long time in the Rhode Island area from Allen. Will be back as soon as the tension and stress returns for sure.
Allen J Fish LMT, Lincoln RIAllen J Fish LMT, Lincoln RI
Michael M.
I have been getting massages from Steve about twice a month for the past 3 years . He is always on time and responds quickly to make an appointment. Steve is a kind, welcoming, professional with a positive, caring energy. His massage skills are second to none, and has always met or exceeded my expectations.
Steve Jacobson Massage TherapySteve Jacobson Massage Therapy
Shawn P.
Taryn is extremely professional and responded to my inquiries very quickly. Upon meeting her she made me feel very comfortable as it was my first ever massage. Taryn is very knowledgeable and amazing at her craft. I walked in today having a lot of tension and pain in a lot of my muscles and walked out feeling better physically than I have in a very long time. The bonus that I did not expect was that I also felt relaxed mentally after the therapeutic massage. I have been dealing with chronic pain for years ever since an injury I sustained in combat. My only regret is not meeting Taryn sooner. There is no question I am now a loyal customer of Taryn and Body Works Massage, and a believer in the healing power of therapeutic massages.
Body Works Therapeutic MassageBody Works Therapeutic Massage
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Steve about a deep tissue massage and he got back to me promptly, and explained what he does, he's very clear and easy to work to. I scheduled my massage but then had to move the date , he was very accommodating and worked with me. The day of the massage he was right on time, and explained everything before he started. I didn't feel rushed, he took his time to work his magic, perfect pressure and technique. It was very relaxing and therapeutic. You need to try Steve, trust me.
Murray Total FitnessMurray Total Fitness
Bob V.
Cassia provides a great massage. Very relaxing. Had some lower back pain and she helped to resolve it. Will definitely return.
Massage TherapyMassage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
I had my first deep tissue massage recently with Steve and I am still talking about it with my friends. In a word...incredible! It started off with the promptness in getting back to me when I reached out to him through Thumbtack. He was professional, knowledgeable, and very reasonable rates. He came to my house ON TIME, gave me the best massage of my life, and even followed up with me to see how I was doing and if I had any questions or concerns. This man is top notch in his profession. I can hardly wait for the next massage.
Murray Total FitnessMurray Total Fitness
Liz V.
Thank you so much for my wonderful lymphatic massage today. I look forward to more with Mayara as I continue to recover from surgery!
Mayara MacielMayara Maciel
Jillyan Z.
My first time getting a massage, planned it at the last minute, & didn’t really know what to expect. Mark was prompt in responding, and very professional and informative during our communication. Upon arrival, very clean, safe, peaceful atmosphere. I never once felt uncomfortable, only totally relaxed. When i left the building my entire body, scalp and mind was totally relaxed, my chronic low back stiffness does not even exist this morning! 100% going back every month!!
Providence MassageProvidence Massage
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