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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.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

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 Knoxville massage therapists
Stephen M.
The massage was exceptional! She was on time, great personality and equally great massage.
Moon massageMoon massage
Bob T.
Outstanding massage!
David Morgan, LMTDavid Morgan, LMT
Richard B.
Great massage!
Moon massageMoon massage
Jacob M.
lovely massage, will return
Moon massageMoon massage
Kevin M.
My 90 minutes massage with Amy was one of the best I have ever had anywhere. I have enjoyed massages for over 40 years and I must say Amy was exceptional! Deep tissue massage was excellent and with the skilled utilization of "hot stone" therapy really put the massage "over the top." I would give her 6 stars out of 5! I would highly recommend Moon Massage to any of my friends and family!! KRM
Moon massageMoon massage
Jay P.
She was awesome! Great massage.
Moon massageMoon massage
Fred D.
One of the best massages I have ever received in 30 years. The therapist Youmi was like a massage educator and explained every meridian. Loved It!!!
Meridian massage &CuppingMeridian massage &Cupping
Kali S.
Molly has wonderful personality that complements her professional skills. I was extremely pleased with my Thai Massage. If you are looking to try this type of massage I highly recommend Molly. If you have already been introduced to Thai Massage you will enjoy the atmosphere and Molly's comfortable but firm touch.
Molly Shae Thai and Ashiatsu TherapiesMolly Shae Thai and Ashiatsu Therapies
Elzie L.
very deep tissue massage, but very good.
Meridian massage &CuppingMeridian massage &Cupping
Edward H.
Best massage I have had in a long time
Moon massageMoon massage
Scott M.
Lasha provided an amazing professional massage. She is extremely knowledgable being both a exercise physiologist and a licensed massage therapist. I was asked questions during my massage to make sure she was addressing all my issues. I felt totally relaxed. Highly recommend her if you are looking for a great experience in a beautiful setting for a great price
Rico Wellness CollectiveRico Wellness Collective
Danny r.
Amy focused problem areas that I requested and the massage was excellent.
Moon massageMoon massage
Jamie S.
Amazing lady, great massage! Can not wait for another session.
Rico Wellness CollectiveRico Wellness Collective
Richard S.
This was my first massage and as far as I could tell it seemed fine
Moon massageMoon massage
Julia F.
We booked a massage for 6 people at home over Christmas. It was a fabulous experience. Emanuel brought his professional equipment. A heated massage table, sheets and a very qualitative massage oil. He asked everybody of our group how he/she wanted the pressure and worked for 6 hours in a row with just a little break. Every single one of us was amazed by his healing hands. He was able to loosen all of our tensions and even the last person of the 6 of us did get the same massage quality. Emanuel knew exactly what he was doing and it was one of the best massages I've ever had. We will definitely book him again. Thank you Emanuel!
EA Healing TouchEA Healing Touch
Jason B.
She was on time. High quality massage and very friendly. Highly recommend!
Moon massageMoon massage
Ray L.
Professional and knowledgeable massage therapist. Very nice atmosphere to relax. Recommended.
Rico Wellness CollectiveRico Wellness Collective
Mike B.
I have had many massages throughout the years but this was one of the best I have ever had. Molly is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She was able alleviate issues that have plagued me for almost year. Truly an amazing massage!!!
Molly Shae Thai and Ashiatsu TherapiesMolly Shae Thai and Ashiatsu Therapies
Hannah L.
Lesia (Lasha) is amazing! See was very flexible and understanding with scheduling. She is truly gifted in the art of massage and you can tell it is a real passion for her to help others with therapeutic touch. She was the perfect balance of personal and professional. This was my first prenatal massage (had multiple professional massages before, just not while pregnant) and it was everything I could have hoped for, comfortable, relaxing, and refreshing. I can't wait to go back to her!
Rico Wellness CollectiveRico Wellness Collective
Nahom A.
I absolutely loved the massage I received. She is an expert on the body and is brilliant. Her hands are gifted.
Moon massageMoon massage
Rhonda T.
David gives an amazing massage, and he makes his client’s feel very comfortable in his care.
David Morgan, LMTDavid Morgan, LMT
Dave l.
Pretty businesslike gal...very professional..and hard worker that makes sure you get the best and most out of the massage
Moon massageMoon massage
Lynn G.
Wonderful relaxing massage. Amy is delightful and attentive. Lower back feels great. Location is very nice and clean too.
Moon massageMoon massage
Berg B.
Carrie was delightful and very responsive to my request. Jan was wonderful. He's at massage I've had in years. Definitely rescheduling.
Knoxville Reflexology Inc. ThermographyKnoxville Reflexology Inc. Thermography
Linda H.
David certainly tailors the massage experience with excellence to the individual. He is a great communicator -- quick in setting up an appointment time as well as sensitively communicating and listening attentively during the massage itself. The experience was excellent and reached beyond any expectations. I highly and unreservedly recommend David Morgan as a caring and professional, devoted to his clients' needs.
David Morgan, LMTDavid Morgan, LMT
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