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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

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 Myrtle Beach massage therapists
Steven M.
I had a great massage with Steven who utilized stretching with massage. Felt great when done and look forward to another massage. Steven was prompt, easy to text to arrange and a great value.
John B.
Great massage
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
Keith L.
Awesome massage
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
Lynn G.
A wonderful massage experience -
Massage in Your HomeMassage in Your Home
Charles a.
Wow! Christy really connects with you on the very first massage to understand how she can help ease your pains and tailors her massages to your needs. Terrific massage, you will not be disappointed. Will be calling soon for a followup!
Ron b.
Good massage reasonable price
Therapeutic MassageTherapeutic Massage
Maria G.
Second prenatal massage and it was great!
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
Tracy C.
Best massage ever! She listens and is very informative. Patricia is very knowledgeable and professional. Looking forward to my next massage! Highly recommended!
Therapeutic MassageTherapeutic Massage
Gohnnie O.
I wanted to surprise my parents with a massage for their 50th anniversary. I wanted to find someone that would travel to our hotel. She was great! My dad has a lot of aches and pains and said that she was able to relieve some of it! My parents loved their massage and are now going to get massages regularly!
Sandra Scalley LMT Massage TherapySandra Scalley LMT Massage Therapy
Michael F.
Very good and relaxing massage. I’ll go back.
Nathalie G.
Steve was great, my husband loved the massage. Thank you.
Brian B.
Very knowledgeable and professional. Spent time understanding how he could provide the best massage for both my wife and I. Offered a choice of different essential oils and worked in hot rocks for a relaxing and refreshing massage.
James v.
Lisa was a good professional massage therapist she was on time and I like that I would recommend her to anybody every time I get a massage I'm going to request her back thank you James
The Missing PeaceThe Missing Peace
George m.
I received an outstanding massage. Jackie does a fantastic job of getting the kinks out and relaxing you. Definitely will see her again I have another 90 minutes scheduled today. My third visit with this massage angel.
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
Clarence C.
Steve is a true professional. Treated me with respect and listen to me in terms of providing me with the best service. His massage area was clean, warm and comfortable. His technique of Swedish Massage is one of the best. He's a nice guy also.
Deborah T.
Jackie was amazing and was able to massage away the tightness and pain in my left shoulder.
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
Emmy B.
Penni is a wonderful massage therapist! I bought a massage for my best friend and her sister and Penni definitely went the extra mile to bring some peace and calm to their weekend. What a beautiful gift she has. Thank you Penni!
Penni Clark, LMT at Bliss Salon & SpaPenni Clark, LMT at Bliss Salon & Spa
Charity R.
She was amazing. Great personality. Both friendly and professional. Deep tissue massage was terrific.
Therapeutic MassageTherapeutic Massage
Susan K.
Loved my massage! Patricia was great! She really helped me with my sciatica!!!
Therapeutic MassageTherapeutic Massage
Trina S.
Best massage I've had in a long time! So good, in fact, that I asked about 15 minutes into the massage if he could extend mine from 60 minutes to 90 minutes if he didn't have another one scheduled right afterward.
Jonathan R.
WOW Jackie is amazing!!! I have had quite a few massage therapists through the years try to ease my back pain, but she is the first too actually eliminate some pain on the first session! Absolutely best massage experience I have had! Her background in physical therapy I can tell is going too help me a lot! I look forward too more massages and pain relief from Jackie!!!
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
Alison M.
One of the best massages I’ve had! I made an appointment for my daughter the next day!
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
Fran C.
What can I say. Best massage EVER! She is a gem and is worth every penny!
The Missing PeaceThe Missing Peace
Summer H.
Had a great massage and conversation with Steve, immediately felt a ton of pain relief and will definitely be back!
Michelle B.
Best massage I’ve ever had. Caters to your needs. I will be back and will send others to her !!
Balance Massage & WellnessBalance Massage & Wellness
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