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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. 

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.

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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.
Reviews for Norfolk massage therapists
Eleonora P.
Great massage
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Neo M.
Great massage! Showed up right on time, listened to my concerns and gave a great massage! Will use him again for sure!
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Mark B.
Great massage. Very nice masseur
John ButlerJohn Butler
Thumbtack Customer
Very kind & caring. Not particularly gifted in massage, but not unpleasant.
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Moriah C.
Keith scheduled a couples massage for my husband and I. Keith worked on my husband and he arranged for another masseuse to work on me. We both had fantastic massages, and the price was very affordable.
Keith H McBrideKeith H McBride
Dave s.
Keegan offered one of the best massages I’ve had. Attentive to the needs of the client and very thorough in determining where the muscle tension is, Keegan ought to be the go-to guy for massage therapy. I will be returning for sure!!
Keegan LanganKeegan Langan
John S.
Very happy with this massage. Do yourself a favor and get one.
Thumbtack Customer
great massage, very detailed and focused on problem areas, highly recommended.
Faith Foster, CMTFaith Foster, CMT
Jessica R.
Bryan was professional and punctual! He gave consistently great pressure for the entire massage. I was especially thankful that he was very kind towards my pup and worked around her. I would recommend Bryan for a massage to everyone!
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased with my massage with Faith. I will be referring my friends down here to her.
Faith Foster, CMTFaith Foster, CMT
Chavver M.
Professional, skilled massage theraphy customized to your needs! Treat your body to excellent care.
Loosen Up VALoosen Up VA
Morgan M.
Booked with Journey Again Wellness this weekend for a bride/bridal party massage session and it was amazing! Not only was this such an awesome massage, but she was also super flexible, accommodating, and kind. She used aromatherapy and soothing music that really helped to create a wonderful experience. Thanks for helping make our bride’s weekend a success!
Journey Again WellnessJourney Again Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage. Keith is very good. I highly recommend him. Will see him again. Thank you Keith.
Keith H McBrideKeith H McBride
Thumbtack Customer
It was fantastic. I got more than I expected. I'll definitely go back and will recommend Kelly for any type of massage
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Michael R.
Keith was very knowledgable, thorough, and explained the matrix behind his techniques. He even showed me some self massage techniques and some good alternatives for my feet. I loved his massage and use of pressure points to alleviate some of my tender points. Keith is an expert in his field and I would definitely recommend him.
Keith H McBrideKeith H McBride
Greg P.
Kelly spent time before my massage understanding what my specific problems were and addressed them throughout the massage. She introduced me to a new technique, cupping, which, one day out, has really loosened up my tight spots and seems to has made my chronic lower back and hip pain betters.
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Philip J.
Probably the best therapist. He has a massage technique that is superior than most I have seen isolating and treating problem areas.
John ButlerJohn Butler
Gloria F.
He did 4 amazing massages. He definitely hit all the pressure points. It was very professional and and understanding to needs of each person.
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Michael S.
Quick response to request and very professional! I hired Keith as a home call massage for my pregnant wife and he did a phenomenal job.
Keith H McBrideKeith H McBride
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful massage and very professional! Michael clearly has lots of experience and was very reasonable with pricing. He was very kind and respectful of our home; will absolutely use again!
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
Quin C.
Brian was very professional and provided us with great massage. He asked us for our focus areas and concentrated on those specific areas. We would request the services again!
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Frances M.
Very pleased with massage therapy. Micheal was early, very professional and listened to needs. We will be asking him for therapy again. My husband and I both agreed he was attentive and professional. Highly recommended.
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
Lavinia Y.
Absolutely the best massage I have ever had! She took her time in areas I needed the most. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Definitely will be booking monthly appointments and recommending to everyone I know.
Journey Again WellnessJourney Again Wellness
Dennis Y.
Very good experience. I went in with muscle spasms and Keith gave me an amazing massage as well as a few stretches. His pressure was just right. I think I fell asleep a few times as I was so relaxed.
Keith H McBrideKeith H McBride
Doug P.
Very professional. She focused on my problem areas, and I could tell the difference when I walked my dog. I'm more limber with less tightness and pain than before the massage. And I can't beat the convenience!
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