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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 Allen massage therapists
George T.
The best massage!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Raylene H.
Great massage!
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Woody C.
Renata texted me to let me know that they had painted her office and the the fumes where to bad to for a massage there. She offered to come to my place and give me my massage there Was a great massage and experience Would recommend
Nova Body BalanceNova Body Balance
Kay W.
I was needing to find a massage therapist ASAP for lymphatic drainage massage. James was not only responsive but was able to fit me in the same day. I was specific I needed someone experienced in that type of massage. He did a lj excellent job.
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Raylene H.
Best massage ever! If you haven’t had a massage by John you are missing out. The stretches were amazing. I haven’t been this relaxed in awhile.
Steven M.
Best massage I have ever had!!!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Shelby J.
Excellent! I had my first prenatal massage today and already have booked my next one! He even has the table with a cut out for your baby bump which makes the massage so amazing. I would definitely recommend!
Attention to Tension Massage TherapyAttention to Tension Massage Therapy
Matt P.
Excellent massage. On time, which I value immensely. Very reasonable priced. Highly recommend.
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Jonathon B.
This massage was amazing, I felt like I was melting into the table. The pressure was fantastic and focused on my tense areas. Will absolutely book Kris again!
Kamehameha MassageKamehameha Massage
Stephanie K.
Best massage ever! She is an expert. Renada also educated me on the best way to stretch to prevent the various tight muscles that I had.
Nova Body BalanceNova Body Balance
Rachel K.
James not only responded within minutes (I messaged him at 5 AM) but also he showed up and massages d myself and two others and his prices were amazing. He was on time, friendly, fun and a completely professionally with a heated massage table. James went above and beyond and I’m feeling already feeling amazingly better after 8 hours as I was in IMMENSE pain
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage! First person I have been able to find that could really get down to the muscle and fix the problems I have been having.
Platinum Massage Therapy and Personal TrainingPlatinum Massage Therapy and Personal Training
Rachael F.
James provided the best custom massage EVER. I was having back pain today and he has my lower back completely relaxed for the first time in weeks. He is professional and gifted with his hands and technique. My only regret is doing 60 minutes instead of 90. I highly recommend him and he will be my sole massage therapist from now on. Thank you James for giving me the best Mother's Day weekend.
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Chris P.
I really enjoyed my massage from Jeff. He is very professional and made me feel comfortable as soon as I walked in the door. I look forward to my next appointment.
Masculine PamperingMasculine Pampering
Alex V.
Wow! Talk about an amazing experience! It was my first visit with Kim and I'm completely blown away by her intuitive nature and ability to find those trouble spots affecting my lower back. I'd recommend her to anyone that needs massage therapy and will definitely be back. Thanks Kim!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Tina H.
Delance was also punctual and very responsive. He took our Ladies weekend to another level. My daughter-in-law went in skeptical as she’s not into massages but she came out GLEAMING. We’re already planning our next session with Delance Thank you sir for those magical hands!!!!!!!
Delance ToranDelance Toran
Shane B.
Amazing massage. my body was hurting prior and now i feel like a King! Thanks Yan you were great - not just in your technique but making sure i was comfortable throughout. Your responsiveness , punctuality et al were impeccable too. Let’s do this every 2 weeks !
Hands of ChinaHands of China
David J.
Shaheen was great! I hired her to come and surprise my girlfriend with a pre-natal massage for her birthday. She came right on time and my girlfriend loved it. The perfect gift to relax on her birthday at the house. Shaheen traveled to our house which made my girlfriend feel extra comfortable...Great Service!
Healing Hands Massage And BodyworkHealing Hands Massage And Bodywork
MaryAnn J.
No show!!!! She confirmed our appointment days in advance. I even spoke to her the day of to make sure we were still on. Day of appointment came and no show! She ghosted me! Her only response was that this was a late notice appointment for her. This massage was a surprise for my Wife and when she no showed the night was ruined. Do not book with her!!!
RozeGold Massage TherapyRozeGold Massage Therapy
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