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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 Virginia Beach massage therapists
Ce T.
Great massage
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Very satisfied! Received a hour long massage for relaxation and stress relief. He was very professional, definitely the best massage I've received.
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
William C.
Keegan was great! The massage was relaxing!
Keegan LanganKeegan Langan
Shane L.
Great massage. Appreciated flexibility with scheduling.
BWS Massage Therapy LLC.BWS Massage Therapy LLC.
Tori m.
Communication was great. Great massage. Recommend
Journey Again WellnessJourney Again Wellness
Timika C.
Tenisha was a great communicator and very professional. My husband enjoyed the cupping and massage greatly. She explained the benefits of everything she was doing before hand but still made sure to give him the full 90 mins massage. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for an outstanding massage experience.
Moore Mobile Massage Therapy LLCMoore Mobile Massage Therapy LLC
Paul H.
Friendly and warm. Did an excellent job on the massage.
Keith H McBrideKeith H McBride
Josh M.
There is honestly nothing negative about her I can say. Awesome massage, nice environment. Will be coming back! Can't wait, I already want another massage. Haha
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Jason v.
Amazing time. One of the best massage I had.
Healing Lotus MassageHealing Lotus Massage
Dale C.
Great massage therapist; clearly knows his craft!
John ButlerJohn Butler
Hal H.
I highly recommend John for a massage. By far the best massage that I have received and I have already set up my next appointment for an hour and half. You will not be disappointed!
John ButlerJohn Butler
Matt d.
Great deep tissue massage. Very skilled and intuitive.
Keegan LanganKeegan Langan
Lonnie H.
Hands down the best massage I've ever had. I've been all around the world and the best massage I've ever had was right here in Virginia Beach, who would have known. Definately re-booking!
Rishardia HolmesRishardia Holmes
Cheri M.
Michael was prompt and gave a wonderful, professional massage. Would use him again!
Hampton Roads Therapeutic ServicesHampton Roads Therapeutic Services
James B.
All the above!!! I have been using massage therapy for a long time, and have had the opportunity to have been massaged by several therapist. Kelly is by far top two!!! I recommend her Highly. James Bell " ONE SPIRIT "
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome massage from Dana! Very professional and thorough...you won't be disappointed!
Dana Carlton/Healing Arts MassageDana Carlton/Healing Arts Massage
Monica S.
Katie and her partner gave amazing couples massages for our anniversary! They set up in our vacation condo and were extremely thorough, massaging from head to toe. We were very relaxed afterwards. I would definitely recommend Bloom in Balance!
Bloom in balanceBloom in balance
Thumbtack Customer
very knowledgeable... personable ... did a very good massage will go back to see hee
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Eric R.
Kelly has got to be one of the best massage therapists I’ve been to and I’ve seen A LOT. I like to consider myself as a very “complicated” customer because I have all types of aches and pains all over because of my bad posture, work life/load, and stress. Some of which led me to believe that something was really wrong with me. Kelly was very eager to know everything about me to help with my massage and my special needs. In turn, I had one of the best massages ever. Kelly knows how to do a technique called “cupping” and man did that really help. Kelly is definitely an A+ massage therapist and such a sweetheart as well. Before hiring her, I was reading her reviews and I stumbled across one customer that gave her 3 stars. I don’t know what they were thinking but the massage was excellent. Definitely get a massage from her and you will see just how great she is. Thank you so much Kelly! I’ll be seeing you again soon =)
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Daniel M.
Kelly is an amazing massage therapist with the gift of healing. She is extremely knowlegeable and caring. You will not find better quality and value anywhere. Take it from someone who has received professional massages from around the world over the last 20 years. Kelly is among the very very best!
Ubiquitous Spirit MassageUbiquitous Spirit Massage
Jon M.
Was able relieved all the teni carry around on a daily basis. Had the best sleep after the massage was done.
Journey Again WellnessJourney Again Wellness
Rick C.
Rachel does great work and was very responsive to my request. Was able to come to our home and do a great couples massage.
Back to ZenBack to Zen
Jim S.
Building was hard to find hidden. Massage was very good. Worked on all the areas I needed and was very relaxing. I will return
Healing Lotus MassageHealing Lotus Massage
Rain D.
One of the most relaxing massage I have ever had. Very relaxing and comfortable. Keegan is very responsive to his messages and clients.
Keegan LanganKeegan Langan
Vanesa B.
My husband and I had an at home couples massage from Katie and her colleague while visiting Virginia Beach. Katie arrived early, expertly handled a technical mishap with the music, and made us feel at ease. Beyond that, Katie and her colleague offered wonderful massages; they are both quite talented. Without a doubt, we’ll reach out to Katie the next time we’re in the area.
Bloom in balanceBloom in balance
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