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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
  • 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 American Fork massage therapists
Crystal R.
Exactly what I was looking for in a deep tissue massage with a bonus of the sound bowl vibrational massage which was delightfully refreshing.
Massage On the Go!Massage On the Go!
Vani B.
Deep Tissue Massage was Great . felt so relaxed . Massage pressure was about right and she focused on my trouble areas . Would Love to hire her for next time . #Excellent
Bodywork by JessiBodywork by Jessi
Brandon B.
If you like deep tissue, then you will LOVE Caitlin. I live an active lifestyle and I carry a lot of tension in my back. I have been getting deep tissue massages for years. Often after a deep tissue massage I find that I feel very sore when I stand up. Caitlin not only exceeded my massage expectations, but when I stood up, I felt fantastic. One other thing is that I was a bit hesitant to try Caitlin because she says "it is not a Spa Type of massage". I have been to Spas around the world and let me tell you that this massage is better than any of the Spas I have been to. Caitlin's office is in a cool antique log cabin. It is clean and nice. While the ambiance does not compare to a world class Spa, the massage is better. Do yourself a favor and give her a try.
Elevate BodyworksElevate Bodyworks
Logan M.
She was amazing and gave me one of the best massages I have ever had.
High Vibes MassageHigh Vibes Massage
Taylor J.
Jenny is incredibly talented! She was able to hone in on the areas that I needed work on with just the right pressure. You’ll be glad you got a massage from her as it’s basically like having a massage therapist from a 5-star resort come to you!
Jenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage TherapistJenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage Therapist
Lisa S.
Had a great massage with Omar! He was very responsive to what I asked for and what my body needed.
Lypospa BodyworksLypospa Bodyworks
Lindsey R.
This was my first experience having a massage at home and I was not disappointed. Sarah was phenomenal and I would highly recommend.
Serendipity MassageSerendipity Massage
Matt S.
William is a fantastic massage therapist. He was very accommodating to my schedule. He listened intently to what I needed and delivered way beyond what I expected. My chiropractor wanted certain areas addressed so he could adjust as needed. The massage did the job. Beyond the specific needs the rest of the massage was amazing. I actually asked for extra time which he was able to accommodate that day. Professionalism is top notch. Everything was done with my confort in mind. William used techniques that other therapists have not used and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Top notch, book!
Red Rocks MassageRed Rocks Massage
Rose M.
We asked for last minute service... he was so gracious to accommodate. We really appreciated him. Amazing massages. Thank you so much
Pro MassagePro Massage
Brandon B.
Erin is incredibly talented in the art of massage. She was able to apply the perfect amount of pressure. She is easy to talk to and provides a very relaxing environment. 5 stars for sure!!!
Massage by ErinMassage by Erin
Vani B.
Deep tissue massage is great . Focused on neck and shoulder . it was painful for few areas as my muscles were very tight but Felt very light afterwards . would recommend her .
Charlene ChartierCharlene Chartier
Matthew J.
She did great! Had her come and give a massage to my wife for our anniversary who was 2 months post partum. She loved it. Would highly recommend.
Serendipity MassageSerendipity Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Casey did a great job addressing my requests. He listened and adjusted his work accordingly. He is professional and respectful. I recommend hiring him if you are seeking a therapeutic massage.
Pro MassagePro Massage
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