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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Richardson massage therapists
Paul s.
The best massage I had in years , Harry know to give a great massage
Castle Hills MassageCastle Hills Massage
Matt D.
Had a great massage
Castle Hills MassageCastle Hills Massage
Misty m.
I booked massage for my wife and she had nothing but great things to say about her massage. We are definitely booking again and would definitely recommend
Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage and BodyworkHealing Hands Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Marina A.
Josh massaged me in my last trimester of pregnancy. It was a lovely treat, especially because his massage table has a removable insert for the pregnant belly when face down. Josh is very knowledgeable, respectful, and communicates promptly. He also massaged my husband and father in law. Thank you Josh!
Attention to Tension Massage TherapyAttention to Tension Massage Therapy
Massimo C.
I had my first massage with Javier. He came to my house and brought everything he needed. He was professional, skilled, and the massage fully satisfied me. I had some lower back problems and Javier helped me relax and the pain reduced. I will certainly have more massages with him.
Javier GuerraJavier Guerra
Christa H.
Great massage!! Really focused on the areas that needed it the most.
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Steven P.
I have never had a more thorough and effective massage! My masseuse found muscles that were in much worse shape than I was aware of and she incorporated massage and stretching to release them. She was very professional and obviously very knowledgeable. I recommend the 90 minute massage if you have gone too long between massages as I did. I will be going back to her for as long as she is there. I will also happily recommend her to all of my friends.
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Scott H.
This was my first ever professional massage; AMAZING. From the ambiance, massage professionalism, and overall DOPE vibes; this was a great experience. I recommend Asia and look I forward to my next visit.
Amazing MassageAmazing Massage
Randy P.
This was the most efficient and relaxing experience for in home massage. Francisco was straight forward with pricing and gave an incredible Swedish massage. He was early and able to setup to start right on time. If you’re looking for a professional, look no further!
masterful massagemasterful massage
Sam F.
Jordyn surpasses my expectations. It was so nice having someone come to the home to get a massage. Jordyn was respectful, kind, and clean. She gave me an awesome massage and I will definitely be having her come back.
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Sam p.
It was a great experience.she is very educated of massage therapy. She is very kind person.
Amanda 's Magic HandsAmanda 's Magic Hands
Cory T.
Quick response, one time, professional and a great massage. Would book again!
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Lee P.
Amazing experience from a wonderful massage therapist. I would highly recommend Necessity Spa!
The Necessity SpaThe Necessity Spa
Renee H.
James was amazing. He was very thorough and gave me one of the best massages I’ve ever had.
Healing Hands Mobile MassageHealing Hands Mobile Massage
Greg H.
Shannon is very informative, patient, and professional. Thanks for a great job tending to the massages required last minute.
Recooperating TouchRecooperating Touch
Michael A.
SatNam is an incredibly gifted and intuitive massage therapist. Very professional, punctual and welcoming. I highly recommend her!
Magda LamMagda Lam
Debbie T.
I was feeling very weak and after Jordyn’s massage I feel revitalized and relaxed at the same time. Fantastic!!!
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Matthew h.
Kim is not only a GREAT masseuse but a genuinely great person. After an extremely tough day, she not only listened but offered some very caring and comforting words in a time of need. All while getting a great massage! What’s not to love? Would highly recommend for anyone looking for an amazing massage in a very comfortable and professional setting.
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Lee G.
Hands down the best overall experience. The facility is extremely clean. Very professional environment. The massage was by far the best that I have ever had. I did not have to say a word, Asia took care of all the knots in my back, neck, and shoulders. Really, if you need a massage you need to contact Asia.
Amazing MassageAmazing Massage
Sue M.
This guy is awesome. Aside from giving an excellent massage, he is very professional and personable. I will definitely use him again!
Attention to Tension Massage TherapyAttention to Tension Massage Therapy
Ry b.
excellent massage! Jeff provides the right amount of touch and pressure. i’ll book him again when i am in texas
Masculine PamperingMasculine Pampering
Shawn S.
Kim is very kind and was great to work. Excellent massage and stretching during 90 Min session is huge help. Highly recommend!
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Denny M.
She is very skilled in combining deep tissue and relaxing Swedish massage. Relaxing music and surroundings. Very high quality in all respects.
Therapeutic Massage PlanoTherapeutic Massage Plano
Adam R.
Great job! She was on time, professional, and gave a great massage. I will be hiring her again, and would recommend others to do the same.
Jordyn's MassagesJordyn's Massages
Sue M.
Shannon was very considerate in keeping me updated on his arrival time, and he gives a great massage! Couldn't ask for anything more than that!
Recooperating TouchRecooperating Touch
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