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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 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 Renton massage therapists
Nagaratnakar k.
The massage was great. Will recommend again
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Michael M.
Benji was extremely professional and prompt. His massage technique was unbelievable. I'm VERY satisficed with his work, I will definitely ask for another appointment in the near future. If anyone is looking for a fantastic massage therapist, I highly recommend Ascension Massage. Benji is the best.
Ascension Massage SeattleAscension Massage Seattle
Vidya N.
Claudette was very professional and was quick to respond. She was very good about listening and customizing the massage session to address the problem areas of my back. Excellent massage quality. Highly recommend her.
Claudette Meno LMPClaudette Meno LMP
Arka G.
My wife got the massage from Linda. She was v satisfied.
Layin on of HandsLayin on of Hands
Barbara M.
My massage was professional and done well. I will use her again.
Layin on of HandsLayin on of Hands
Blake F.
I scheduled a massage with Ellie last week and she responded quickly and we set up an appointment. Ellie has great communication and was very punctual. The massage itself was excellent. I have sciatica and she was able to pinpoint my problem areas quickly and loosened up my tight muscles. I felt very relaxed and fresh after the massage and look forward to my next one!
Mind Body Spirit Massage, Ellie Esteves LMPMind Body Spirit Massage, Ellie Esteves LMP
Kim V.
It is indeed true that Gessi has the hands of an angel. I have been having bad lower back pain as well as some tight spots in my neck, after a 90 minute massage my muscles felt like butter! It was by far the best massage I’ve had in years. Having her come to my home was a true gift and I can’t imagine ever doing it any other way! I will definitely schedule another massage with her soon!
Affordable massageAffordable massage
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic! My wife, my 84 year old dad, and I needed a therapeutic treat after a difficult loss of a loved one. We couldn't really travel anywhere, so Jessica offered to come to our home. What a pleasant surprise! She is excellent both in technique and in knowledge. She gave me and my wife an excellent deep-tissue massage, focusing on our problem areas, then gave my frail father a wonderful Swedish relaxation massage - first massage he'd ever had. He talked non-stop and she was so gracious about it. He can't stop telling us how great it was. My wife and I get massages at high-end places fairly often, and Jessica is as good as any we've had anywhere.
Jessica's Bodywork and Massage TherapyJessica's Bodywork and Massage Therapy
Sherree A.
I was diagnosed wit MS and the massage I received was above my expectations. I’ve been having a lot of pain n my left leg where the MS has settled and is causing so much pain. Daniel massaged the leg until it felt better than ever before. Truly a magnificent job! Well done.
WMW Massage TherapyWMW Massage Therapy
Jonathan H.
Gabriel was nothing short of A-mazing! He arrived a bit early so there was plenty of time to set up without cutting into my massage. He was very professional and friendly so it made me feel comfortable the entire time! He made the most out of my two hour massage and I will never need to find another masseuse after my experience today.
Gabriel A Compton LMTGabriel A Compton LMT
Ammar E.
My wife said this was the best massage she has ever received. It really helped her post partum recovery. We highly recommend Marissa
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Zoe D.
Melissa and her husband were amazing ! My husband said it was the best massage he ever received! They were so friendly and great people with amazing hands!
Massage by MelissaMassage by Melissa
Thumbtack Customer
Kitty is the BEST massage therapist I have ever worked with. Her calm, professional manner puts you immediately at ease. I recommend her, without any reservations
Magic Touch TherapyMagic Touch Therapy
Lindsey. D.
Eric is intuitive,can read the body and get to the areas that need work. He is kind and gentle in spirit with strong hands. I would 100% receive a massage from him again.
Bodhi Logic Mobile MassageBodhi Logic Mobile Massage
Greg M.
Katy showed up right on time and once set up she went to work on me. One of the best massages that I can remember. I was so pleased with the quality of work and professionalism that I booked an appointment for my wife. I would definitely recommend her and plan to schedule again soon.
Layin on of HandsLayin on of Hands
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