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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 Bountiful massage therapists
Rachelle P.
Great massage!
MÜVMNT MassageMÜVMNT Massage
Skyler T.
Jeannie was wonderful. She asked me questions before the massage to get a feel for what I needed. Throughout the massage she asked if I was comfortable and if the pressure was good. She was very professional and personable!
Soul Touch Massage and BodyworkSoul Touch Massage and Bodywork
Spencer B.
The best massage! Extremely knowledgeable and skilled at what he does.
MÜVMNT MassageMÜVMNT Massage
Joshua M.
Adrienne was amazing! She took care of me and my girlfriend according to our own personal preferences! Her deep tissue massage was very relieving and even after 90 minutes I was still wanting more! I will definitely be hitting her up again soon. Probably next week! She came to our home and it was the best thing in Utah since the Massage Center shut down!!!! She brought her own table, oils and played music from her phone. No more "Strip Mall Spa Massages" for me!!!
Pegasus BodyworksPegasus Bodyworks
Sarah T.
I got a massage today with Halo massage and it was one of the best massages I've gotten. He focused on the areas I told him were my biggest complaint. He uses great pressure (although I should have told him to use more) and different techniques to work and knead the muscles. It felt so wonderful. Not to mention the room setting was so relaxing and smelled so GOOD!! I loved whatever aroma oil he was diffusing. I could have breathed it in all day. I highly recommend Halo and his services.
Halo massageHalo massage
Ryan C.
The best and most experienced massage ! She is very good at delivering the accurate pressure and technique. The best I have ever had. Also always on time and prepared.
Jenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage TherapistJenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage Therapist
Skyler T.
This was a wonderful massage experience! She listened to my areas of concern and discomfort and was very responsive to that. The atmosphere was relaxing and inviting. I would totally recommend to my friends and family.
A Peace of Mind MassageA Peace of Mind Massage
Leslie F.
Jeannie was amazing. Very professional and she worked out a lot of very tight muscles. Strong hands, great deep tissue massage. Will book again and would highly recommend.
Soul Touch Massage and BodyworkSoul Touch Massage and Bodywork
Nate S.
I had been extremely tight and sore from packing and moving my house and was in need of a deep massage. Was not disappointed! Hit every spot I requested and found spots I didn’t realize needed attention. Definitely recommend!!
Ora's MassageOra's Massage
Brandon T.
That massage was perfect. I’ve been stressed out with work and also am getting back in to working out and dealing with soreness because of it. Dan does a great job of addressing the issues and I left feeling great. Two thumbs up.
Dan's Massage TherapyDan's Massage Therapy
Ryan S.
Everything about my visit was incredible. The office was nice and convenient and everything was very professional. Jeannie was incredibly skilled at what she does and gave me the best massage I have had. She was fun to visit with and had a great touch. Would very highly recommend. -Ryan S
Soul Touch Massage and BodyworkSoul Touch Massage and Bodywork
Josh h.
Great massage experience. Really took away all the pain I was having and made me feel like a new person. Cayman responded fast, had good availability, was on time, had a very nice studio, and made sure I felt comfortable the entire time. It was a great experience make sure to give him I highly recommend him he knows what he is doing!
Balanced Bodywork and WellnessBalanced Bodywork and Wellness
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