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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

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 Arlington massage therapists
Cookie S.
My daughter and I had massages at home. Suzanne got out all of the tightness and knots. She has a wonderful heated massage table. I plan to have another massage soon. She responds quickly and arrived early for the massages.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Joe H.
Sanare Massage is the same as Warren and I really enjoyed his massage. He listens to what I needed and gave a great massage, I look forward to being a regular of Warren!
Sanare MassageSanare Massage
Leeonney B.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Bill G.
Excellent massage!
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Fantastic massage!
Massage CentralMassage Central
Ronda B.
Amazing massage!
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Ubaldo I.
Great massage
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Michelle B.
Very happy with the massage, especially since I booked the very last minute. I will be booking more massages ASAP!
Leen Inc Fitness (Surgery W/O A Knife)Leen Inc Fitness (Surgery W/O A Knife)
Brooks J.
Great massage and so relaxing
Jinmi I.
My wife loved her massage
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Silvester G.
Sonya was a pleasure to deal with in terms of the logistics around scheduling the massage, but most importantly, the quality of the massage was excellent. She even went over the 1-hour mark to continue working on areas with especially high tension. She's a true pro who tailors her massage to the client!
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
Eric R.
Suzanne was our first massage therapist and we were extremely satisfied with her work. She's very friendly and does an amazing job. She came right to our apartment and gave us each a massage there. We both got the Swedish massage and would recommend Suzanne to anybody.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Thumbtack Customer
Alex is amazing. The 90 minutes flew by. He is strikingly handsome, polite, and cool. I give him the highest rating. I get a massage weekly from a reputable spa so I know a great massage and Alex is it. Can't wait to see him again. I now have a massage crush on
Cookie S.
My daughter and I had massages with Sonya and we were very satisfied. She drew pain and stiffness out of my body and did a combination of deep tissue, reflexology and Swedish massage.
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
Darrel E.
Shawn paid attention to the problem areas. Very relaxing massage.
Massages by Shawn TyrellMassages by Shawn Tyrell
Kim C.
Chris was understanding and made me feel comfortable for my first massage.
Chris Black LMTChris Black LMT
James D.
Engle was available within a couple of hours of making the request. Very good massage.
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Angela K.
I contacted Sonya for Mother's Day massages for me (a new mom) and my mom that's visiting me from out of town. With the recent arrival of my baby girl, I was in desperate need of tension/stress relief and removing knots present all throughout my back, neck, shoulders, and arms. Both my retired parents also needed massages as they've been busting their butts helping me around the house and baby. They deserved some pampering too. With COVID, I was not comfortable going to a spa and wanted an in-house masseuse. Sonya was very flexible, responsive, and very friendly. She gave myself, my mom and dad all massages according to our preferences and needs back to back and we all loved them!! My dad that said he's not really experienced a good massage, enjoyed her massage! She came in, set up her table, and got to work. I've had MANY massages in my past including monthly massage memberships and I had a great experience with Sonya. She even provided/offered me post natal massage bed equipment to accommodate my body in recovery which was awesome! I very highly recommend Sonya!
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
Thumbtack Customer
The massage was awesome and Roger was communicative in a timely manner! Definitely recommend (and will be telling friends about him).
Bodywork Therapy by RogerBodywork Therapy by Roger
Jennifer S.
This was my first massage in over a year and it was well worth it! Michael was warm,caring and his soothing voice and massage style were truly a treat! From the initial message to the set up, he was knowledgeable and SO professional. I can’t wait to book my next session.
Massage DMV (COVID-vaccinated Massage Therapist)Massage DMV (COVID-vaccinated Massage Therapist)
Mark S.
Fantastic massage - really worked on what was causing discomfort and provided solid ideas on how to move forward!
Rain Walker HealingRain Walker Healing
Curt S.
Shar was great. He takes time to listen to you on what areas really need to be worked on. Before my massage I was really sore in a number of places but he seemed to work the muscles out and I felt great afterwards. I'll definitely get another massage from him.
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
Alison P.
Engle is amazing. My boyfriend and I have had multiple back to back massages by him. His pricing is extremely reasonable, he’s always on time, he’s responsive, and his massages are top notch. He uses acupressure which is amazing. I love deep tissue massages as I prefer to get rid of the pain at all costs. My boyfriend on the other hand, prefers medium pressure. Engle is a great balance for us both. He clearly knows the human body and what points may be causing pain in a specific area. He’s very effective at finding these pain points and making sure you walk away pain free. The first time I got a massage by Engle, I was extremely sore from just getting back into a groove of working out regularly. After that massage, 100% of the pain was gone and it stayed gone with regular stretching. Definitely recommend him!
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Rasha S.
Ben is an excellent Massue. He listen to your need and use stretches techniques. I needed someone last weekend and he scheduled on the same day of contacting him. He is punctual, respectful, and professional. I had 2 massage sessions one for me and one for mom after months of no massages due to quarantine. He cane with his mask on and made sure everything is clean. Excellent service that made us happy and feeling way relaxed and good. We recommend him for best massages!
Dr. Deep Tissue (massage + stretch)Dr. Deep Tissue (massage + stretch)
Ruben S.
I visited Alex, today and I have a great massage. I will visit him again in the near future.
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