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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 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.

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.

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 Chesapeake massage therapists
Nicholas S.
Was in the process of scheduling a 60 minute massage, we agreed on a day and time. Then she mentioned that since I wasn't close enough to her home base it was additional $2 per mile which took a 60 min massage from $105 to $125 vs Massage envy only charging $60 for 60 mins, additionaly I leave a $40 tip.
Journey Again WellnessJourney Again Wellness
Olivia d.
One of the best massages I’ve had. Rishardia was extremely attentive to the problem areas I mentioned, spending extra time and focus where I had some tension. Perfect pressure for a Swedish massage. Very nice and professional throughout the entire process.
True Body TherapiesTrue Body Therapies
Gregory D.
Very much enjoyed my massage from Keegan. Highly recommend his services.
Keegan LanganKeegan Langan
Alfredo D.
Bryan was great, listened to my complaints and gave a great massage targeting my problem areas.
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Vanessa S.
Rishardia was awesome! She came to my house and gave me a wonderful massage. Highly recommend. Very professional.
True Body TherapiesTrue Body Therapies
Jenypher B.
The massage exceeded my expectations! Definitely eased up a lot of the tension on my shoulder and back. Highly recommend.
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
I have had many massages around the globe but Faith rocked my world. I came in with a few issues lower back and hip pain, walked out a new man. With out any hesitation would recommend her to anyone needing a great massage. I have already booked my next appt. Thanks
Faith Foster, CMTFaith Foster, CMT
Kim L.
Best massage I’ve ever had. Really understood how to help with my issues. Already scheduled a new appointment
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Thomas K.
Rachel was outstanding. She also incorporated some stretches that really helped me out. I will definitely get another massage from this young professional.
Back to ZenBack to Zen
Tony G.
She knew exactly what I needed for some pain relief . The massage was perfect. Just deep enough for relief but not so I would be sore. Will go again
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Olivia H.
Michael is incredible. I scheduled an appointment with him as a surprise birthday gift for my husband and he showed up early for the appointment, was very social and took the time to make a lasting impression on both myself and my husband. He's extremely professional and knowledgeable about massage therapy which made the experience that much more enjoyable. If you're looking for a relaxing massage therapist, look no further. We can't wait to schedule more appointments with Michael in the future.
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
Archyne W.
Sierra was very warm and friendly - made me completely at ease. She provided an excellent massage and consistently checked in on the level of pressure. Couldn't have asked for more. She was excellent.
Massage BlissMassage Bliss
James M.
She was very accommodating, professional, and communicated as necessary. During the massage, she hit all the right areas, including those I didn't realize we're hurting or sore due to running and work. Would use again!
Back to ZenBack to Zen
Lisa W.
Absolutely amazing service, my first time doing the hot stone massage and it was an incredible experience. The therapist was super friendly and was able to get my body relaxed in a short period of time. I highly recommend this therapist, you won’t be disappointed.
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
Jasmine s.
Very satisfied with my lymphatic drainage massage, I can tell she really knows what she is doing. I started off my appointment fully swollen. And was more than amazed to see the swelling gone when she was finished. Very impressed with her work!
Massage BlissMassage Bliss
Ashley P.
Michael was a true professional that messaged promptly to coordinate around your schedule and arrived on time with everything you could possibly need. Was just like a massage at a parlor with the added benefit of being in your own home and unbeatable price. Heated sheets, soothing music, the whole deal. Awesome experience!!
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
Thumbtack Customer
I have had massages from state side to over seas. This was the best message I have ever had. This is the one you want, no one else. I drove over 30 mins just to see her. The mood, conversation, deep tissue, stretching all of it will leave you felling the best you every will. Book today. See you again, thanks.
Faith Foster, CMTFaith Foster, CMT
Jeremiah H.
Kelly listened and actually focused on the on the most prominent concerns. I had some lingering injuries that I've been dealing with for over years. Normally I went to massages (I've been to over a dozen therapists) just to keep the pain in check and some mobility. I can happily say that I'm actually getting healed and returning to 100% form. Kelly knows what she is doing.
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Karen M.
Sierra is the best massage therapist I have encountered. She managed to address every issue I had without me even stating all of my concerns. She is very professional and asked appropriate questions before starting and made sure I was comfortable throughout my treatment. My lower back pain and neck stiffness were concerns of mine, and she was able to take care of them for me. One of the best moments of the massage was the pressure she applied to my scalp and neck. I suffer from migraines and the exact amount of pressure she applied to my scalp alleviated the areas which usually give me problems when a migraine occurs. The ambience of the room is relaxing with the perfect elements of light, sound, and, temperature. Sierra is truly a blessing with her gift and I am so glad that I received her services. When I come back to the area, I will be finding myself on her table.
Massage BlissMassage Bliss
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