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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 Tacoma massage therapists
Tasha F.
Received a wonderful massage! Loved not having to leave the house after such a relaxing massage! Will book again!
Reclusive HealingReclusive Healing
Seth D.
Great massage!
Mobile Massage Pro PLLCMobile Massage Pro PLLC
Brian T.
Great Massage!
Max BilanMax Bilan
Andrea C.
I needed a massage at the last minute and Eric was responsive and helped me find a time that worked. The massage I received was completely professional and one of the best massages I have had a long, long time. INext time I am in town I will be sure to request another massage from Eric.
☯︎E.T. Coaching•Erick Selva☯︎☯︎E.T. Coaching•Erick Selva☯︎
Clayton D.
Amazing massage! Highly recommend!
Claudette Meno LMPClaudette Meno LMP
The only way to describe my massage appointment with Max, one of the best massages I've received. I highly recommend Max, you will not be dissapointed.
Max BilanMax Bilan
Jeff B.
I had a great massage by a awesome therapist. If anyone wants a great massage, give Jessica a call. I am planning my next visit.
Jessica's Bodywork and Massage TherapyJessica's Bodywork and Massage Therapy
Patrick R.
One of the best massages I've received.
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Elaine B.
Melissa came to my house and gave me t vest massage I have had in years. She is a strong massage therapist, but not hurtful in any way. It had been four years since I've had a massage. She was such a pleasure and worth every minute.
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Yoko L.
I’ve had many massage sessions from a fancy spa, a resort hotel, physical therapist, an inexpensive massage parlor and Arryn’s was the best. She is very knowledgeable and skillful.
Wellness with Arryn LLCWellness with Arryn LLC
Reid W.
We were thrilled with our massages; this is the real deal “medical” massage that our old bodies need. Really good experience overall with communications, scheduling, etc. Highly recommend.
Renew Therapeutic MassageRenew Therapeutic Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Jessica does great massages as well as being a sweet person!!!
Jessica's Bodywork and Massage TherapyJessica's Bodywork and Massage Therapy
Brody K.
Eric was amazing. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a good Massage Therapist.
☯︎E.T. Coaching•Erick Selva☯︎☯︎E.T. Coaching•Erick Selva☯︎
Adan A.
Bridget was great and really loosen my tight muscles.Best massage I ever had.
Renew Therapeutic MassageRenew Therapeutic Massage
Roland C.
I had a great experience and a great massage. I would hire her again.
Wellness with Arryn LLCWellness with Arryn LLC
Marilyn N.
It’s hard to choose only three words. Marissa is not the first person I’ve contacted for an in-home massage - but she is the only person I’ve requested multiple times. Her massages are Intuitive, effective, satisfying. It’s brilliant when a massage meets physical/pain needs as well as spiritual/ emotional. It’s the way Marissa moves the body - with confidence and care - fluid while also strong. She’s super personable and professional, too. A gem.
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Jonathan C.
Great massage! Claudette is very professional and kind, it was easy for me to relax in the atmosphere she created.
Claudette Meno LMPClaudette Meno LMP
Vanessa P.
Like what I told Marissa: “Girl, you give a QUALITY massage!” I wasn’t expecting to have a massage like that! Her techniques are unique! It was probably the best massage I’ve ever had (and I was comparing it to ones I’ve had in HI, CA, NY, and several in WA). She stands by what she advertises: she DOES give a thorough and quality massage. I felt better circulation DURING the massage. I also felt like she really cares about her craft and her customers. It’s like discovering your massage fairy godmother! Oh! I looked her up because my coworker and I are caregivers at an adult family home and I wanted to treat my coworker because we were having such an awful week. Afterwards, Marissa told me that she doesn’t work weekends but came out for us because we are caregivers. I appreciate her THAT much more!! My coworker was even saying, “Take my money!” Haha! Plus, Marissa helped make my coworker’s migraine go away!! Thank you, Marissa!! I’ll definitely be scheduling next month!! Cheers!!
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
Lynsey S.
Kevin is amazing! I will definitely be requesting more massages and recommend him to all my friends! Top notch, sir!
Mobile Massage Pro PLLCMobile Massage Pro PLLC
Rebecca W.
Kevin arrived on time, gave a wonderful massage, was super professional and made me feel pampered. Don’t hesitant to book him.
Mobile Massage Pro PLLCMobile Massage Pro PLLC
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome Massage! First time anyone has spent time on my feet and boy did they appreciate it! I felt great afterwards!
Nicole Gatchell, LMTNicole Gatchell, LMT
John S.
Bridget was professional, efficient, and communicative about body-mindfulness. Great deep tissue massage that I was seriously needing. Looking forward to the next time!!
Renew Therapeutic MassageRenew Therapeutic Massage
Scott G.
Great massage. I have not had a chance to get one in 15 months. So this was a very good thing. I really needed it. Will do again. A+
☯︎E.T. Coaching•Erick Selva☯︎☯︎E.T. Coaching•Erick Selva☯︎
Jolene D.
We had a work event for 17 people. We were provided great massages. Very professional, reliable and good communication. Would definitely hire again!
Mobile Massage Pro PLLCMobile Massage Pro PLLC
Vanessa P.
Another perfect massage from Marissa! This is my second time seeing her. She really knows her stuff. She’s so detailed in her massage and the pressure is perfect! Marissa incorporates stretches during the massage too and my favorite is the one for the neck. I get tension headaches a lot and when she does that neck stretch, my head immediately feels better; I feel better circulation. She is so good at her craft, it makes me a loyal customer. And she is incredibly nice too. I can’t believe I found her! My goal is to see her at least once a month. Thanks again, Marissa!!
Mobile Massage by Marissa, LMTMobile Massage by Marissa, LMT
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