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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 Church Hill massage therapists
Cindy A.
Excelente massage
Herbert AtkinsHerbert Atkins
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I both got massages. Suzy chatted with us beforehand and personalized our massages to our liking. Both of us were very happy with the massages. Starting my Monday off feeling great!
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Mark G.
Tim gave a great massage.
Massage by Tim WilliamsMassage by Tim Williams
Kristen B.
Great job. The massage was wonderful.
Magnific HandsMagnific Hands
Barenda K.
I gifted my good friend a massage yesterday and it was awesome. My friend said that it was the best massage she's had in ages. I spoke with her before the massage and Heavenly provided me with a wealth of information on other health related issues. She truly loves her craft and it shows.
Heavenly Hands Massage LLCHeavenly Hands Massage LLC
Mondrea M.
Amazing massage! Going back soon! Thanks again
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Micah C.
This was an A1 massage, would definelty use his services again
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Wil B.
Had a great experience. Will definitely continue to use the massage lab.!
Huang's Massage LabHuang's Massage Lab
Lori D.
Anna was great! I already have my next massage scheduled.
Anna’s Quality Home MassageAnna’s Quality Home Massage
Kiana D.
Great massage, very relaxing. Will definitely book again in the near future
Herbert AtkinsHerbert Atkins
Brian H.
Dan is unique. Stretched, released the tension and gave me the best massage I’ve ever had I’m happy to be on a regular massage schedule with Dan. Professional, great rapport and he definitely knows what he’s doing
Dantian EnergyDantian Energy
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome massage. Suzy was friendly and professional. Will definitely use her again.
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Sheila C.
Thanks so much Dan! Everything was great especially getting the massages outside!
Dantian EnergyDantian Energy
Ginell W.
Heavenly Hands brought the benefits of a professional full body massage to the comfort of our home! We requested deep tissue massages for two that were completed one after another, and Sharlena was able to be as firm or as gentle as each of us needed. We both enjoyed it so much we booked another appointment to pinpoint trouble areas she provided knowledgeable feedback on. Although I only thought of getting an in-home massage to lessen my exposure to public spaces, now I cannot think of a better way to relax and enjoy a massage then in the privacy and ease of your home, even under normal circumstances! Heavenly Hands brought everything needed to complete the massage and to create an atmosphere of peace. All you need is a quiet tuck away for her to set up and .... exhale.
Heavenly Hands Massage LLCHeavenly Hands Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage, professional, super at detecting trouble spots, yet very relaxing. Will hire again!
Huang's Massage LabHuang's Massage Lab
Terri M.
One of the most relaxing and therapeutic massages I’ve had in awhile. Definitely going to book again
Herbert AtkinsHerbert Atkins
Richard M.
He gave me the relief I needed that to sore areas by giving a deep tissue massage.
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Michelle L.
This was hands down the best massage I ever had! I will definitely be getting another one.
Magnific HandsMagnific Hands
Brittany D.
One of the best massages I have ever had. Prompt, perfect pressure, and great vibe.
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Susie M.
Very knowledgeable and very good at what he does. Best massage I've had in a while!
Dantian EnergyDantian Energy
Mary S.
Sharlena came out to our house twice in one weekend, providing awesome massages for three family members and friends each time (six massages!) Everyone had a blissful experience; the aromatherapy was a wonderful touch too. She’s a wonderful, kind, skilled professional. Highly recommend!
Heavenly Hands Massage LLCHeavenly Hands Massage LLC
James M.
Cannot say enough. “Hands Down “ pun intended, the best massage I’ve received in Richmond Virginia
Massage by Tim WilliamsMassage by Tim Williams
This was my first professional massage, and Suzy was prompt and informative throughout the appointment. I had a great experience.
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Justin C.
Anna was extremely professional, and very well taught in her profession. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing massage. I got the deep tissue massage for an hour and it felt like I entered heaven. Thanks again Anna I will definently be contacting you again soon.
Anna’s Quality Home MassageAnna’s Quality Home Massage
Johann S.
Tim is excellent at his craft. I would highly recommend him. This was one of the best massages I have had.
Massage by Tim WilliamsMassage by Tim Williams
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