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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 Provo massage therapists
Jonathan S.
In the last 5 years I've had massages from dozens of massage therapists and Serendipity Massage is easily one of the best! She was friendly, professional, and most importantly the massage was amazing. Look forward to many more massages! Thank you!
Serendipity MassageSerendipity Massage
Janis R.
My body was severely aching when I came in for my massage, especially my neck and shoulders. Anissa was thorough, attentive, precise and expert at finding, massaging and relieving my pain. This is the best massage I have ever experienced and I have had many. Thankyou Anissa
Metta Wellness and MassageMetta Wellness and Massage
John P.
Great joint massage and stretching, especially ankles and wrists!!
JScott B.
Could be the best massage I've had. Top five at least.
Jenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage TherapistJenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage Therapist
Nick T.
Excellent massage. One of the best I have ever had.
Affinity MassageAffinity Massage
Maddi N.
She was easy to communicate with and she created a peaceful environment that made the massage amazing!
Serendipity MassageSerendipity Massage
Erik P.
Best deep tissue massage I've had in while. Anissa was very friendly.
Metta Wellness and MassageMetta Wellness and Massage
Audrey F.
Becca was amazing and so knowledgeable! Definitely enjoyed my massage from her.
Experience Zen MassageExperience Zen Massage
Neil W.
Awesome massage. It was my first visit and I'm scheduled to go back already.
Metta Wellness and MassageMetta Wellness and Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Elisha did such an amazing job! I injured my back twice in December and went to 2 other massage therapists which did nothing for me. I got a 90 min massage and is was leaps and bounds better than anything else i've had. I highly recommend going to her!
Elisha's Wellness Spa, LLCElisha's Wellness Spa, LLC
Larry T.
Katya was very patient as I made my way through the snow to get to her location. She was very welcoming and easy to connect with. She gave a wonderful and relaxing massage. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage. I will definitely go to her again.
Kalm SanctuaryKalm Sanctuary
Michael P.
Nathan gave an excellent and intuitive massage. He was able to fine the tight spots in my shoulders and work through all the knots. My neck and shoulder problem areas felt amazing afterwards. I would highly recommend Nathan and I plan to seek him out the next time I need a massage.
Nathan the IncredibleNathan the Incredible
Kristi J.
Great massage. She is very knowledgeable and knew exactly what I needed. I would hire her again.
Serendipity MassageSerendipity Massage
Christopher H.
Sherif was extremely quick to respond. He is a very talented Massage Therapist. I highly recommend and will be booking with him in the future. Thanks Sherif!
Nathan e.
Candace is a rockstar! She was very quick to respond and made scheduling an appointment quick and easy! She even offers to come to you which is very convenient. During the massage I would ask questions and she was very educated in her responses! You can tell she genuinely enjoys her job and I look forward to continuing my massage therapy with her!
Candace Massage TherapyCandace Massage Therapy
Opal K.
Jenny was the best! We hired Jenny to do massages for employees at our corporate retreat. Everyone was impressed and we would hire her again in a heartbeat!
Jenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage TherapistJenny Elisabeth L.M.T. Licensed Massage Therapist
Madeline H.
They were very responsive and flexible with the scheduling, and the massage was perfect. Great communication and a beautiful facility as well. Also very affordable pricing for the quality. Shirley was great!
Affinity MassageAffinity Massage
Jay M.
I had one of the best massages and experiences when I went to Annisa! She's very professional, very kind nd warm, great at herv craft(and I'd say she's the Michael Jordan of massages!), she has great energy... She just has a good presence to herself. Immediately u feel comfortable. My stress was reduced as along with my back pain due to an injury. And my experience with Annisa also even helped reduce my depression as well.. I will always go Annisa for a massage nd I'd recommend her to anybody without a doubt... I have full confidence in Annisa! She's the best!
Metta Wellness and MassageMetta Wellness and Massage
Thumbtack Customer
She was 15 minutes late, then only did 45 minutes. She also quoted another price than what is in her site. The massage was just okay.
Experience Zen MassageExperience Zen Massage
Marylyn M.
I got a very healing therapeutic massage from Anissa. She worked on all my areas of concern. She even gave me specific tips on how I could work on my right "frozen" hip joint, which worked well with what my physical therapist suggested. For the next 3 to 4 days after my massage I literally had no discomfort with my problem areas. I will be a repeat client!
Metta Wellness and MassageMetta Wellness and Massage
Kevin W.
Sarah did a great massage. She was able to identify the sore and knotted muscles in my neck and back, and worked the area with a suitable amount of pressure without causing discomfort or soreness afterward.
Serendipity MassageSerendipity Massage
Edrienne B.
I had the absolutely BEST Massage Therapy experience with Balanced Bodywork & Wellness! I was SO LUCKY to have found this amazing massage therapy resource online! I coordinated my appointment with and received my therapeutic deep tissue massage from Cayman; and, he is PHENOMENAL!! I have tried so many other massage therapists across the country; but, Cayman is the absolute BEST for so many reasons! 1) He was so quick to respond to my inquiry. 2) He was considerate and helpful in offering a variety of possible appointment time slots which made it quick and easy to book. 3) The massage room was so BEAUTIFULLY decorated with the perfect stream of music & aromatherapy & perfectly soothing lighting. I LOVE THE AMBIANCE!! 4). Cayman has the perfect calming personality and positive radiance for working with people who are sore, fatigued, and need to de-stress. He instantly put me at ease and made me feel so welcome and comfortable. 5) He was professional and friendly and has the most wonderfully peaceful and comforting bedside manners of any health professional and massage therapist I’ve encountered. 6) My therapeutic deep tissue massage was FANTASTIC and Cayman worked out all the big knots in my shoulders and back, and throughout my body, which were caused by my big U-Haul move from halfway across the country! Cayman’s impressive mastery of various forms of therapeutic massage and his vast knowledge of human anatomy resulted in my body going from an exhausted, completely sore 45 year-old, to no pain and feeling like I was a 20 year-old back in college! 7) And, Cayman is SUCH a wonderfully intuitive professional who knew that I preferred conversation and I needed to talk through some personal worries I’ve had.... He is such a patient, personable, considerate, and friendly people person who genuinely cares about the total well-being and health of his clients. I give Cayman and Balanced Bodywork and Wellness my absolute HIGHEST rating and will recommend Cayman to all of my friends and family! Thank you so much! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Balanced Bodywork and WellnessBalanced Bodywork and Wellness
Rachel M.
Candace is the most genuine person. She is very intuitive with where you’re most in pain and checks in frequently with what you’re hoping to get out of the massage. I will continue to come to Candace in the future
Candace Massage TherapyCandace Massage Therapy
Meikel R.
I have been looking for a massage therapist like Cynthia for a long time. She is so skilled, so knowledgeable, so attentive to what I needed. I left there with so much relief, the pain I had been in relieved, I could finally relax. I feel so fortunate to have found Cynthia!
Massage and Wellness with CynthiaMassage and Wellness with Cynthia
Matt P.
I had a pinched nerve in my neck and I went to Anissa to find some relief. She did a great job working out my neck and shoulder through various methods including hot stones, cupping and massage. It was the first night in a week that I actually slept well. I’d definitely go back and highly recommend
Metta Wellness and MassageMetta Wellness and Massage
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