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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 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 Norfolk massage therapists
Jim H.
Was an excellent massage! Highly recommended!
John Winslow MMPJohn Winslow MMP
Mark B.
Great massage. Very nice masseur
John ButlerJohn Butler
Chris L.
Amazing massage. I received a 90 min massage but I wish there was a 2 hour option as I didn’t want it to end. She left me relaxed and rejuvenated.
True Body TherapiesTrue Body Therapies
Thumbtack Customer
Very kind & caring. Not particularly gifted in massage, but not unpleasant.
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
John S.
Very happy with this massage. Do yourself a favor and get one.
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
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.
Lorena S.
My massage with Rachel was amazing. She listened to what I had to say at the beginning of my session and applied her knowledge and expertise to her massage and the result was great! I'll definitely be booking with her again and refer other friends 😊
Got Relief?Got Relief?
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased with my massage with Faith. I will be referring my friends down here to her.
Faith Foster, CMTFaith Foster, CMT
Isaiah H.
Rishardia was outstanding from the first contact down to the massage. Everything was simply amazing. Will definitely book again. Thanks!!!
True Body TherapiesTrue Body Therapies
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
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
Lisa m.
Responded quickly..massage was awesome..would highly recommend very reasonably priced ..Will be using her services again when I get back in the states
Massage BlissMassage Bliss
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
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!
Back to ZenBack to Zen
Thumbtack Customer
Had a 90 min session with Kelly. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. The room was clean and comfortable. The massage was very relaxing and enjoyable. The cupping was icing on the cake, I got to feel like Phelps for a day. I Highly recommend the service and will be going back.
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Jasmine B.
Micheal was so great! Super responsive on the app. From the first message, less than 24 hours later I was getting a 90 minute massage, he even traveled to me! Very professional and made me feel comfortable the whole time. Book him now!!!!
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
Thumbtack Customer
Kelly is very skilled at many therapeutic modalities and competently incorporated a few of them into my massage. It was a supremely relaxing experience as well as effectively breaking up muscle adhesions. She also took care to check in with me to make sure her pressure was adequate and my comfort was ensured.
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
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