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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. 

Do massage therapists offer remote or virtual services?

Ask massage therapists near you about the possibility of remote services. You might come across profiles that state the therapist is offering remote services such as lessons and techniques you can do on your own, with a friend or with a partner.

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
  • 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 Garland massage therapists
Craig c.
Jordan’s massage was awesome, and her pleasant and professional demeanor made for a perfect massage experience!
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Osvaldo C.
Awesome massage, Kim was amazing!! I highly recommend her if you’re looking for an amazing massage experience!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Megan W.
Josh was very friendly and gave a great prenatal massage! I will be contacting him for another massage in the future!
Attention to Tension Massage TherapyAttention to Tension Massage Therapy
Kezar M.
My mom felt really good after the massage.
Hands of ChinaHands of China
Tom F.
Never got a massage she canceled 2 appointments.
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
John A.
Well worth the money no rush no leaving the room great massage
Parkway TherapyParkway Therapy
At L.
The massage was wonderful. She was very professional and created a relaxing environment.
Sophisticated BodyworkSophisticated Bodywork
Juan F.
Amazing massage and was Ble to come over on very short notice! Will see again!
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Thumbtack Customer
My special needs daughter and I took a chance and I'm glad we did. It was amazing. John did an excellent job and was so good with my daughter. Was apprehensive at first, but he made us totally comfortable. The light touch massage was great for my daughter and the deep massage for me was heaven. We feel relaxed and refreshed. Totally worth it. If you want more than "just a massage", book John.
RelaaaxRelaaax
Don R.
Jeff gave one of the best full body massages I've ever received. He was very attentive, and made sure i comfortable constantly. I cant wait to book him again in the near future. Thank you for an awesome massage Jeff.
Masculine PamperingMasculine Pampering
Ashley K.
Josh is absolutely amazing and very knowledgeable with post surgery massages! I highly recommend!
Attention to Tension Massage TherapyAttention to Tension Massage Therapy
Glenn G.
Great massage!! Very attentive and thorough. Prompt and made me feel relaxed, which isn't easy.
Chris Black LMTChris Black LMT
Jessica A.
Darrel gave me a great massage focusing on the area that were in distress. I will be using him again.
Emerald Touch Mobile SpaEmerald Touch Mobile Spa
Brenna b.
I typically get my massages at reflexology places where the people probably aren’t professionally trained but they’ll rub your back for an hour. Not anymore. James is the best thing my back has ever experienced. He responded to my request in minutes and was at my house in less than an hour. Great massage!
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Massage was wonderful! She arrived early a plus and was very kind. A professional all way asked very helpful questions.
Massage MatrixMassage Matrix
Paula B.
Amazing massages! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I highly recommend! Thank you for being the best in the business!!!!
Pinnacle Body WorkzPinnacle Body Workz
Geresha W.
AMAZING! Best massage I’ve had EVER! I will for sure be booking with you as often as possible! Thank you so much <3
Sophisticated BodyworkSophisticated Bodywork
Joshua S.
Talk about professionalism and comfort! The deep tissue massage didn't cause any discomfort, was very relaxing, and everything about the experience was professional.
Revive Your VibeRevive Your Vibe
Kesia F.
Dear James, that was perhaps the best massage I have ever had. A truly wonderful experience... Thank you so much... Kesia 03-11-2021
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Morales S.
Today I received one of the best massages, Frank is very professional and responsible in his work, an excellent masseuse, I recommend him, I will surely return soon
The Art of Health and WellnessThe Art of Health and Wellness
Salma z.
My experience was phenomenal! It was a bliss! I had muscle aches and pains when I went to Kim, and she knew exactly what she was doing after that. She asked me a few questions on what I was expecting from the massage, and once I told her what was going on, she knew exactly what to do next! She is very knowledgeable in her field, and about the anatomy, and was very professional. She didn’t just massage me but also suggested that she should stretch me out as she noticed I was too stiff. I felt so relaxed and relieved after the massage and stretch and my aches and pain were gone. By far Kim is the best massage therapist I have ever come across! I am so glad I went to Kim, and I am definitely going back! Please do try her! P.S: Her office space was clean and it smelt amazing! Thank you Kim for a wonderful overall experience! You are the best!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Keith h.
The massage was excellent, not good but excellent. She took her time and really stretched and work on my right spots it was just the thing my body needed to start getting back loose. I will definitely book her again and again.
Therapeutic Kneads MassageTherapeutic Kneads Massage
Jimmy W.
Kim was amazing and knew exactly what I needed when it came to stretching and what areas needed the most work. She is definitely an expert and can get your body back to feeling good again. Kim is the only massage therapist I will go to.
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Tyler B.
Lana gave an AMAZING massage, I had never had one before and she was great at figuring out just what I wanted. I felt great after and will 100% be going back. Great response time and I would recommend to anyone.
Lana Nicole LMTLana Nicole LMT
Don R.
All i can say is Cody conducted one of the best massage sessions ive ever experienced. I would very highly recommend him and im already ready to see him again. His personality and professionalism are top notch and you will leave with a fully refreshed attitude.
Wellness MonsterWellness Monster
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