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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.

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 Bellevue massage therapists
Pam k.
Very attentive massage therapist and great massage. I will be going back there. Just make sure you can relax afterwards and get the benefits of a great massage. AAA+
Ocean Relax CenterOcean Relax Center
Srinivasarao c.
Great massage
Massage by MelissaMassage by Melissa
Susma R.
Good Massage
Mobile Massage Pro PLLCMobile Massage Pro PLLC
Moira M.
Terrific deep tissue massage
Layin on of HandsLayin on of Hands
Matthew R.
Great massage very quick response
Earth TherapyEarth Therapy
Shubham P.
Kevin was very detailed and professional with his massage technique. He was very responsive while scheduling. I would definitely request his services again. The best massage I had so far.
Mobile Massage Pro PLLCMobile Massage Pro PLLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great Thai massage!!! Professional expert, therapeutic and relaxing...highly recommended!!!
Nuad Thai
Brian C.
Very personable and made me feel comfortable with my first massage.
Earth TherapyEarth Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Summary for the impatient: I have had dozens of massages over the years, and this was best massage I’ve ever had. Really. . Many times I have lain atop a poorly laundered, oily sheet and been slathered with massage oils infused with aroma-therapeutic herbs that simultaneously invigorated/soothed my tired/tense spirit (rendering me aromatherapeuticly bipolar :-)). I generally left those massages just feeling greasy. In traditional Thai massage, no oil is used and the client wears loose comfortable clothing. Each massage begins with a clean and oil free sheet spread across a single bed sized foam pad. IMHO, Thassanee Cross is no average massage practitioner; she’s a massage therapist. She was trained twice: once at Wat Po (a respected school in Thailand, where she later served as an instructor) and again in Washington state (due to international certification bureaucracy). The diminutive Mrs. Cross is incredibly strong and adroitly varies her technique between gentle/superficial and so deep she could be massaging bone. She thoughtfully checked with me several times to make sure I was happy with the intensity. Traditional Thai massage incorporates “passive” stretching where the therapist positions the body and gently stretches major muscle groups (think yoga for lazy people). After muscles have been warmed by her manipulation, it is the optimal time to stretch them. Thai massage leaves my muscles feeling refreshed and revitalized. Relevant medical background: 25 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which causes uncomfortable muscle tension and pain. I’ve been getting a weekly massage for the past year or so, and after only a few sessions, my physical therapist and neurologist noticed and commented on the positive changes in my flexibility, mobility, and posture.
Nuad Thai
Casie S.
I've been looking for a massage therapist that I felt was a good fit for me for years - I've probably tried 5-6 different places and at least that many therapists. Finally! I've found the one for me: Katie! She was friendly, comfortable to be around, responsive to my asks re massage type, pressure, etc. In short, I got exactly the kind of massage I wanted, which is not all that common!
Layin on of HandsLayin on of Hands
Michael f.
It was very good, the way he massages makes me feel relieved. Stress gone
Gabriel A Compton LMTGabriel A Compton LMT
John A.
Marissa was a great find and was quick and easy to schedule. The massage was relaxing and addressed my issues.
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Jacqueline W.
Wayne is Amazing! I was looking for a massage late on a Friday afternoon and Wayne came to my rescue, giving me the most phenomenal massage! Wayne actually understands human anatomy and artistically brings balance and restoration to each muscle. I’m mean, he can work out your pressure points like nobody’s business! I will definitely be calling him again
Reclusive HealingReclusive Healing
Thumbtack Customer
Thassanee's massage was great. She worked out a lot of tension. It's really obvious that she is very experienced. And she has a friendly personality on top of that. Highly recommend!
Nuad Thai
Chontelle M.
Gessi was absolutely wonderful to work with! She was very responsive and professional, brought all of her own stuff and her massage was incredible. Can't say enough great things about her!
Affordable massageAffordable massage
Namrata p.
Marissa was very professional and was quick in responding back. She took the time to understand our requirements and did a great job with the massage. I would highly recommend her. Thanks, Marissa!
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Yen B.
Kevin does a different technique that's different from most massage therapists. I find it pretty helpful for my chronic neck problems. It's also incredibly helpful and less stressful since he travels to your location and his hours are much more flexible than conventional massage therapists that only work core hours. His equipment is very good quality and he brings soothing music and speakers. Also a very nice guy!
Flux & Flow BodyworkFlux & Flow Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Setup was a breeze with Kevin. I made a last minute request for an hour, and within a hour he was there. His professional demeanor was comforting. Kevin came with all of the supplies you would expect a Licensed Massage Therapist to have. He seems very knowledgeable in his craft and his skill shows he cares about making you feel relaxed. During the massage he operated with clear communication which was appreciated. I will definitely be having him back soon.
Flux & Flow BodyworkFlux & Flow Bodywork
Srivatsa H.
I had a really bad back ache and Alison was super responsive to begin with, she was extremely organized, on time and the massage was a real value for money. She is an experienced hand and it shows in her work.
The Massage TeamThe Massage Team
David B.
I hired Bohdi Logic Mobile Massage to work with one of my clients who was suffering from chronic migraines. These guys showed up on time, professionally, and left my client happy which is of the utmost importance to me
Earth TherapyEarth Therapy
Katie B.
Bridget was AWESOME!! From one massage therapist to another I can tell you there aren’t a lot of therapists out there who truly care about the clients needs… Bridget does!! She was punctual, very professional and is skilled in this field!
Renew Therapeutic MassageRenew Therapeutic Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent experience as I got this massage the day of my wedding. She arrived on time, was able to set up and work within a confined amount of space. She helped center my before my massage even started and as my experience continued felt if the music was truly helping me relax then changed the music to something more relaxing so that I could really get the full experience. Despite all of the noise and distraction from the sound of the other groomsmen she was able to stay focused and put me in a relaxing position. Incredibly professional and worth every penny.
Earth TherapyEarth Therapy
Anne S.
I hadn’t been able to get a massage for *months* and I found Yoko! She was able to get me in very quickly! Her space is clean and professional. She did a full 90 minutes and I left feeling rejuvenated and very relaxed! My shoulder pain that was nagging me is gone! Thank you Yoko for such a nice experience, I definitely will return!
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