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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 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.

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.

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 Austin deep tissue massage therapists
Kenrick B.
Amazing deep tissue massage. I feel much better
Flow Shake IntegrateFlow Shake Integrate
Randy M.
She was outstanding at the deep tissue massage I asked for. Exactly what I needed.
Escape Massage & SpaEscape Massage & Spa
Damon V.
Sarah was great! I get deep tissue massage multiple times a month. She knows the body lines well and can sense areas of deep tension.
Pure Om MassagePure Om Massage
Alan G.
Sarah came 15 minutes early on little notice for Mother’s Day, as we are serial massage customers. My wife called it the best deep tissue massage ever. She generally complains about massages not being firm enough, so I am so appreciative of Sarah. We already plan on seeing her again. Thank you!
Pure Om MassagePure Om Massage
Christine H.
Literally the BEST massages my husband and I have EVER had. 90min deep tissue x2. Sarah was communicative, prompt, professional, friendly. She has such an amazingly warm and open vibe! We found our new go-to!!! ❤️👍🤗
Pure Om MassagePure Om Massage
Joe B.
My wife and I hired Stacey. My wife is really picky about who she sees for massage as she is into body sculpting and working out, and likes a deep tissue massage. I was hoping foe the best and we got the best. She raved on about how deep it was and how strong Stacey was...she was able to get to the trouble spots and loosen up the tight muscles. I also enjoyed my massage and was impressed by the knowledge , and professionalism of Stacey. I highly recommend.
RR MassageRR Massage
Makena S.
I've been seeing Kathy for regular bodywork for over a year now, and she has been a LIFESAVER. I have scoliosis and chronic/recurring neck & back pain, and Kathy has helped me unwind so much of my chronic tension through her incredible deep-tissue bodywork. I've worked with many massage therapists and healers over the years and Kathy is one of the top 5 bodyworkers I've ever had the privilege of working with. If you have any sort of chronic pain, or just want a great deep tissue massage from someone with a healing touch, look no further!
Deep Therapeutic Massage; Kathy Lund, LMTDeep Therapeutic Massage; Kathy Lund, LMT
Gigi S.
Erica has the most amazing hands and is very skilled. I had some muscle spasms to treat with deep tissue and she knew exactly where the trouble spots were and where to dig in. I felt significant improvement after and can’t wait for my next massage with her.
Erica Dietrich at Sacred Owl MassageErica Dietrich at Sacred Owl Massage
Manuel M.
It was a clean environment, professional setting, high value standard. I enjoyed the massage and was impressed with how detailed Keith was. I will definitely be returning for another appointment in 2 weeks time. Thank you for knowing the pertinent knowledge your products and anatomy. I feel a lot better and a tad soar which means the deep tissue was a success. - Manny
Keith Romel, LMTKeith Romel, LMT
Elana F.
I booked Jessi for a prenatal massage with focus on my lower back - an old injury that has flared up since pregnancy - thanks hormones! Jessi was very professional and on time. I prefer deep tissue, firm massages. She did an amazing job and accommodated my baby bump very well. I felt safe for myself and the kiddo. I'm almost a week out from my massage, and I can still feel the benefits and relief from it... although it is starting to get tight again... I'll be seeing Jessi again!
Jessi Hudson, LMTJessi Hudson, LMT
Ammon D.
Let me begin by saying that I'm hard to impress. Typically I expect the best and am rarely thrilled with my service. I've had lots of massages over the years and this one was high up there. Jessie gave one of the best massages I've had in some time, incorporating sports and some deep tissue work as requested. Relaxing atmosphere and some cool aquariums made for a peaceful in-call location. Very professional, really helped to open up my hips and ease my lower back and shoulder/neck tightness. I highly recommend.
Indigo Body Massage & OrthopedicsIndigo Body Massage & Orthopedics
Dani H.
Erica was AMAZING. Not only was she super quick to respond when I contacted her, but she was fantastic to communicate with throughout the whole process. We had a group of 9 people for her to massage, and she was a trooper! Each person received a customized massage (outside on our balcony mind you!) and each person returned with amazing things to say about it. She was also incredibly flexible with her schedule and allowed us to extend the time on the day-of. She was friendly, accommodating, responsive, and gave 9 truly wonderful deep tissue massages over 4.5 hours. It was the perfect experience and we would do it again a million times! And personally, I’d probably become a regular if I didn’t live out of town. Thank you thank you thank you Erica!
Erica Dietrich at Sacred Owl MassageErica Dietrich at Sacred Owl Massage
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