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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 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 Fairfax massage therapists
Kristi M.
Gifted a massage to a friend for her birthday, she said it was the best massage she has ever had.
Ziva health and beauty spaZiva health and beauty spa
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage! Worked on my trouble spot and really relieved the issue. Can't wait for my next massage with Roger!
Bodywork Therapy by RogerBodywork Therapy by Roger
Mariam A.
Jamie was wonderful. She created a calm environment for a nice, relaxing massage. This the first pregnancy massage I’ve gotten and she took the time to give me relaxation tips for my pregnancy as well. My husband also got a Swedish massage and felt so relaxed afterwards.
Elemental WellnessElemental Wellness
Wells H.
She was amazingly respectful and charismatic. Her punctuality was incredible especially considering that I contacted her about 2 hours before the appointment to schedule the massage session. Her massage technique incorporated a sense of spirituality that was appreciated. She gave my little sister a mini massage also lol and she loved it.
Elemental WellnessElemental Wellness
Charles J.
My first time massage was an excellent experience with Michael. Noticed immediate relief.
In Good HandsIn Good Hands
Kristen U.
In addition to a great massage, I particularly appreciated Erin’s attention to Covid safety precautions!
Trillium MassageTrillium Massage
John R.
Masseur Shar provided one of the best massages I have had in years. Will definitely go back to him.
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MD (Fully Vaccinated)
Julian M.
Dorothy did an amazing job and her bright smile helped me relax even more. The massage was amazing and I booked this massage last minute and she was able to accommodate me. I would highly recommend her and I’m sure I’ll be seeing her again. Thank you Dorothy.
Dorothy MorrisonDorothy Morrison
Gela M.
She was amazing I had the best massage ever and she is the sweets person .definitely recommend her and will see her again for sure 👍
Dorothy MorrisonDorothy Morrison
Linda C.
This was my first massage...ever! It couldn’t have gone better, from start to finish. I will certainly be a repeat customer when in the area.
Sacred Space Therapy LLCSacred Space Therapy LLC
John L.
Definitely needed this massage and Sonya delivered. She was professional, listened to what was aching and concentrated on those areas. Felt 100% better afterwards.
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
Kendra J.
Sonya was so easy to work with and punctual. She gave a wonderful couples massage as a surprise birthday present. I would book again in a heartbeat.
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
Jiwoon B.
It was my first time getting a sports massage and I was more than satisfied with Jackie's service. I've had several issues on my lower body (e.g., shin splint, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis) from playing soccer and walking excessively. Jackie worked on my thighs, shins, and my feet. She worked on my feet the most since my feet were where the major problems were (plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis). My feet felt so much better right after the massage. If you are an active person like me and have feet issues, Jackie is the person to go see. Jackie was also very preffosional and considerate. I told her that this was my first time getting a sports massage. So she made sure the amount of pressure she was applying on me was okay with me. Overall, I would simply give her 10/10 for her service.
Jacki Boyce LMTJacki Boyce LMT
Alfian Z.
Roger applied the perfect amount of pressure during my session today. It has been a while since I last got a massage. I feel rejuvenated and freed from the soreness at my lower back and shoulders (mostly from weekly sports activities) after being treated by Roger. Will definitely become a regular. Thanks Roger.
Bodywork Therapy by RogerBodywork Therapy by Roger
Ay (AJ) J.
Jules is just exquisite—there is no other word to describe her gift—no kidding, a real professional of the craft; intricate stretching of joints/muscles to utmost relaxation. Thank you Jules for a wonderful experience—from the outstanding massage and ambience, to the nice lemon water and almonds afterwards, and the insightful conversation—a definite repeat for me! Thanks Jules! AJ
MassageArts of GeorgetownMassageArts of Georgetown
Kaylee A.
I hired Sonya as a surprise birthday present for my mom. I am 3 hours away from my mother so I was a little nervous about having to hire someone so far away. Sonya eased that nervousness with her quick responses via thumbtack and text message! Her price was exactly what I was looking to pay and she offered many different payment options. My mom said "this was the best gift ever! she was so nice and so attentive. She individualized my massage to best fit my needs and you could tell she genuinely cares about her clients and loves her job. I have all her information saved so I can hire her again" Now my dad said "your mom was a chatterbox for the first 10 minutes then all a sudden I did not hear a peep ... radio silence hahaha" Thank you again Sonya for this!
Sonya Toole LMTSonya Toole LMT
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