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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 Alexandria massage therapists
Sinan B.
Great massage. Much better than chain massage spots.
Ziva WellnessZiva Wellness
Vincent I.
I enjoyed the massage.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Leo Z.
the best massage I received
Pat, Massage therapist freelancerPat, Massage therapist freelancer
Cheri M.
I received a 90 minute massage from London and it was amazing. I loved the music play list and she was very professional asking me if I was okay multiple times throughout the massage. The massage itself was wonderful and something I truly needed.
Black Ivy WellnessBlack Ivy Wellness
Karrie T.
Kat is amazing! She was able to squeeze my husband in for a last minute birthday massage. She has a great personality and the massage was extremely relaxing!
peace massagepeace massage
Kate M.
Outstanding experience! Great massage. Communication was excellent.
Handsinmotionmobile (Donnell)Handsinmotionmobile (Donnell)
William C.
Massage was amazing! I feel brand new!
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
Bryian c.
My session with Chaun was simply amazing. By far one of the best massages I've ever received. He's definitely skilled at his craft and was able to work all tension out of my shoulders. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting a firm deep tissue massage; or any massage for that matter.
Chaun RogersChaun Rogers
Maryann H.
My mom hired Hands of a Goddess for a massage, I bought her a gift certificate, and my mother reported that the massage was wonderful and that the masseuse was very timely, professional and very very good.
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Sean W.
Wonderful massage. She understood my my concerns and addressed them perfectly. I like deep tissue and strong massages and she definitely is an expert. Do not hesitate to book her!
Gifted Handz MassageGifted Handz Massage
Omar E.
Great massage, great atmosphere, it was clean and comfortable.Thank you
Rain Walker HealingRain Walker Healing
Nadia N.
Amazing experience! After living in Asia for a couple of years, I am quite spoiled when it comes to massages. This massage truly brought me back to those tranquil spas. Very professional and punctual, too!
Elemental WellnessElemental Wellness
Kortni M.
Suzanne was great. My sister and I really enjoyed our massages!
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Terri K.
Sonya is very good. She applies the right amount of pressure and goes back to the areas that need extra attention. She gives a thorough massage. Being able to receive a massage in your home is wonderful. I recently had double hip surgery and have a hard time getting around. Sonya is taking great care of me. I look forward to many more massages from her. She is passionate about her work and you feel much better after her massages. Thank you Sonya!!!
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
Zach B.
Michael responded to my request almost immediately and was able to schedule me within 24 hours for a sports massage. This was one of the best massages I’ve ever had. He was able to identify specific problem areas on my body and work them out. I particularly liked his use of assisted stretching during the massage to target and relieve specific areas of tightness. Highly recommend!
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
LaTrice H.
I booked Black Ivy Massage for a couples massage for my 10th wedding anniversary; both London and Sterling were absolute professionals! Extremely attentive, responsive and talented to say the least. Upon arrival, they thoroughly sanitized all surfaces and frequently washed their hands while performing our massages. The quality of the services surpassed my expectations and I look forward to booking them in the future.
Black Ivy WellnessBlack Ivy Wellness
John K.
Michael was perfect. You can tell he has 15+ years of experience. He was extremely professional and an excellent communicator. The massage was wonderful. One of the best I’ve ever had. I look forward to my next massage.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Chelsea B.
It was my Mother's 70th birthday. Sonya did massages for myself, my Mother and my sister-in-law. It was amazing! Sonya communicated with us so we knew what she was doing, she was knowledgeable and gave amazing massages!
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
Faith F.
Thank you for the quick response and the great massage shee you again soon!!!
Hao Industries IncHao Industries Inc
Jacqeline C.
Absolutely amazing massage! My tension is good and I feel brand new!
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Jeff H.
He was on time, gave a great massage, and was able to work with me to address problem areas.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Michael S.
She came on short notice and the massage was really amazing. I appreciated her professionalism. .
Lakresha's Therapeutic Mobile MassageLakresha's Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Kristle P.
Lawrence is an amazing therapist. He listens and focuses on the areas that are causing trouble. The place and ambiance are very relaxing and I feel very comfortable and relaxed during and after the massage. I have now incorporated massages with Lawrence into my self care routine.
Fresh Start MassageFresh Start Massage
Jennifer K.
Are you looking for a massage and life direction? Look no further! Nikki was amazing. The massage was the best one I ever received and her healing practices are truly valuable. I would definitely recommend her for a little self care and positivity. Definitely going back!
Rain Walker HealingRain Walker Healing
Raymond M.
I contacted Linda for Valentines Day to surprise my wife with an in-home couples massage. Not only was Linda extremely easy to work with, she and Dawne arrived earlier than expected, they were very friendly, and personable. And to top it all off, they provided the BEST massages that myself and my wife have EVER had! After those massages, we felt blessed and “highly favored”! We are definitely long term clients after this experience! A-1 Service!
Highly Favored MassageHighly Favored Massage
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