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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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for Olympia massage therapists
Sandra H.
The massage was fantastic. Jessica massages all the spots out that I didn’t even know were there.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Elizabeth t.
Awesome massage!
Healing Touch And AromatherapyHealing Touch And Aromatherapy
Julius M.
Great Massage
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Phil W.
Excellent massage
Jessica's Bodywork and Massage TherapyJessica's Bodywork and Massage Therapy
Kumari B.
She did a good massage and I was happy and relaxed.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Jacob K.
Probably the best massage I’ve had in a long time.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Kelsey S.
Absolutely amazing therapist and massage. I have no complaints. I have to say Heal Better Massage was friendly, communicative, helpful, skilled and just all around great! I felt so relaxed I drifted off to sleep a few times. The environment was extremely clean as well which is a plus. I highly recommend getting a massage here!!
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Steve L.
Excellent massage! She was very responsive and flexible on schedule. She did a nice job of briefly reviewing my needs and problem areas before we started and tailoring the massage for me. Looking forward to the next one!
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Jennifer M.
Awesome massage. Claudette was very professional and attentive to my requests. I will definitely hire her again.
Claudette Meno LMPClaudette Meno LMP
Margaret S.
Excellent massage. She was very responsive to what I needed and I immediately felt comfortable. Highly recommend.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Craig B.
She took the time to talk through what I needed and understood my goals. The massage was a great combo of techniques.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
T. D.
Jessica was awesome!! She listened to what I wanted and it was the best massage I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going again.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Meaghan M.
This was the best massage I have ever had IN MY LIFE. I will be scheduling appointments monthly. Bridget is a miracle worker and really did an amazing job on both my husband and I. If you have never booked an in home massage, or if you have and you want the best one of your life, choose Bridget. Thank you 🙏.
Renew Therapeutic MassageRenew Therapeutic Massage
Keri E.
She came to our house after a busy, stressful week and my husband and I both got a 90 min massage. Very relaxing.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Jennifer D.
I booked this massage for my daughter as she's had a lot of anxiety lately. She thoroughly enjoyed the hot stones & deep tissue! Thank you so much!
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Tammy C.
I booked Jessica for 90 mins massage and I totally recommend her. I was in pain and she released all the tension and soreness I had on one side of my body and lower back. She also educates you making this experience even more pleasant. If you are in need because you are having pain or simply want a relaxing massage, please don’t hesitate to call her. Believe me, you won’t regret it!
Jessica's Bodywork and Massage TherapyJessica's Bodywork and Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Jessica's massage technique was awesome. She found all the trigger points in areas I wasn't aware I had problems. She was very pleasant and personable and I would recommend her services. Steve
Jessica's Bodywork and Massage TherapyJessica's Bodywork and Massage Therapy
Reid B.
Terrific massage. My hands especially "glowed" from the treatment I received. Don't underestimate the health benefits of this type of treatment; back, neck, shoulders were also feeling so so good! Highly recommended!
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Esther K.
Jessica is amazing. Before even starting she talked to me about problem areas and made sure to focus on those during the massage. I love her room. Very relaxing atmosphere with soothing music. Going to be going back to her regularly.
Heal Better Massage and BodyworkHeal Better Massage and Bodywork
Sandra M.
Bridget has a warm caring soul, she made me feel so comfortable. I felt as if I'd known her for years. I explained to Bridget all my aches and pains, she did an amazing job paying attention to detail. I enjoyed my massage so much I made an appointment for my husband and another for myself. Great job!!
Renew Therapeutic MassageRenew Therapeutic Massage
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