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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 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
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.
Bodhi Logic Mobile MassageBodhi Logic Mobile Massage
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
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
Tara W.
Great massage and experience, thank you!
Mind Body Spirit Massage, Ellie Esteves LMPMind Body Spirit Massage, Ellie Esteves LMP
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
Eric P.
Lopaka has consistently provided me with outstanding massages for the past two years. My recovery time from physical training, injury, and even surgery has been remarkably reduced, due to the level of high-quality and accurate massage techniques. I have been treated by countless massage professionals from NY to Thailand, and Lopaka is one of the few professionals that understands and delivers “precise” deep-tissue massage. I highly recommend this superb professional. Eric
Lopaka Los Banos L.M.T.  (MA60608509)Lopaka Los Banos L.M.T. (MA60608509)
Thumbtack Customer
Jessica does great massages as well as being a sweet person!!!
Jessica's Bodywork and Massage TherapyJessica's Bodywork and Massage Therapy
Judy R.
Great massage! Will come back for sure. Very reasonable and very skilled.
WMW Massage TherapyWMW Massage Therapy
Brody K.
Eric was amazing. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a good Massage Therapist.
Bodhi Logic Mobile MassageBodhi Logic Mobile Massage
Roland C.
I had a great experience and a great massage. I would hire her again.
Wellness with Arryn LLCWellness with Arryn LLC
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
Danielle S.
On time and very professional! I feel 1000 times better after my massage - William was able to address the areas in my back and neck which were excruciatingly painful from 2 solid days of yard work!! AH-Mazing, massage! Thank you, William! 😀
WMW Massage TherapyWMW Massage Therapy
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
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
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
Mercedes L.
Keveyonna is very professional. She took the time to go over and explain different massage options and why one would be better for me than the other. I am a person who likes very deep tissue massage and she was honest enough to let me know that she may not be the right therapist for me. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone.
Massage Therapeutics, LLCMassage Therapeutics, LLC
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+
Bodhi Logic Mobile MassageBodhi Logic Mobile Massage
Pam G.
To Oasis was a great experience. My massage was more medical for a strained muscle group. Keveyonna Davis is very professional, knowledgeable, and I highly recommend her services.
Massage Therapeutics, LLCMassage Therapeutics, LLC
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
Byron M.
Excellent Massage. Really works hard to make sure she hits all your main concerned target areas. Gives great advice to better your conditition. Highly recommend.
Claudette Meno LMPClaudette Meno LMP
Brandi M.
My husband and I each received a massage from Bill and it was a great experience. My husband was seeking relaxation and I wanted a pregnancy massage and we both felt relaxed afterward. Bill brought extra sheets & blankets to insure my comfort level was at the highest and I felt great afterward! He knew the exact amount of pressure and really worked my lower back. My husband found tremendous relief in his upper back and shoulders. Can't wait to schedule another visit!
WMW Massage TherapyWMW Massage Therapy
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