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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Kent massage therapists
Robin J.
Very professional and great massage!
ETBodyworksETBodyworks
Thumbtack Customer
Kitty is an excellent massage therapist. I went to her for relaxation and stress relief, and she really helped me out with a quality massage. Kitty was ready on time for my appointment and was friendly throughout my massage. I will definitely be going back to her again.
Magic Touch TherapyMagic Touch Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
I got a bit of an education and a Great massage!
Atwell Healing ArtsAtwell Healing Arts
Thumbtack Customer
Kitty was amazing! I cannot thank her enough, I was in an auto accident 2 years ago and have had constant neck and back pain. I decided to try massage since nothing else seemed to work. After my first massage I felt so good, my headaches decreased and my back hasn't been as stiff. I will definately be getting massages regularly from Kitty, I believe she has magic hands.....
Magic Touch TherapyMagic Touch Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
I am not a massage person, but have been in a lot of discomfort that I was ready to try anything. Kitty intuitively identified all the problem areas & effectively addressed them. She is deceptively strong! Kitty doesn't charge enough, very reasonable price for quality of her massage! I will be returning, for sure!
Magic Touch TherapyMagic Touch Therapy
Joseph M.
Melissa is wonderful. Great explanation of the importance of energy work, since I had no experience. Wonderful massage, incredibly kind and intuitive.
Massage by MelissaMassage by Melissa
Doug D.
ST bodywork provided a relaxing massage and good conversation. I felt 100% comfortable stripping down and laying on a table for a stranger. He was able to work out some knots which had bothered me for quite a whike.
ETBodyworksETBodyworks
Patrick M.
Katie is phenomenal. I have never felt this good for a long time. Her knowledge, professionalism, care and understanding of my situation is beyond words. If you need an experienced, qualified, quality, and affordable in-home massage therapist, I highly recommend Layin on of Hands
Layin on of HandsLayin on of Hands
Thumbtack Customer
Very good relaxation massage, Kitty has very good technique and was able to work out some muscle tension for me. She has very strong hands and I actually has to have her back of a little and that rarely happens, but is very skilled as well.
Magic Touch TherapyMagic Touch Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
I've never experienced this level of a massage. At Raven Bodywork, my stressed and somewhat painful areas were handled with gentleness and knowledge. By the time I left, I felt like a new woman. I have already scheduled appointments for the rest of 2017, because I was so please.
Raven BodyworkRaven Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
I had a chance to book a session with Kitty on very short notice which was wonderful for me as I travel for a living and when I am home I don't tend to have much free time. My personal preference is for a pure relaxation massage unless I have a very specific muscle set that is sore. This time I literally just wanted to zone out and feel amazing and get rid of some stress. Goal achieved!! Kitty immediately made me feel comfortable and at home and got right to work. Her hands are amazing. While I do not like deep tissue massages, I am guessing she would most likely be very good at it. She seems to have very strong hands. She also has a great technique and I felt like jello when I left!!! That is exactly what I wanted. Highly recommend and will be going back myself time and time again!!! Thanks
Magic Touch TherapyMagic Touch Therapy
Hilary G.
Katie is fantastic. I have been searching for someone to give me regular massages that’s available on my busy schedule, Katie fits the bill! She was able to read my body and what it needed to release years of tension. She was a delight to talk to and you can’t beat the ability to stay in the comfort of your own home. I loved the knowledge she shared about how my body was responding. I already have my next appointment scheduled! Thanks Katie for helping me be my best self!
Layin on of HandsLayin on of Hands
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