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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.  

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.

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 Vancouver massage therapists
Dieter W.
Leona is a professional massage therapist with a lot of experience. Super massage and I am looking forward to my next session.
Varray, LLCVarray, LLC
Vanessa V.
Best massage I’ve had! I wasn’t a believer that massage would help me but after this massage I definitely am and plan to keep it a regular thing. I have issues with Sciatica and today (next day) I woke up with little to no pain. 10/10 would recommend!
SomaFlow Health and Massage, LLCSomaFlow Health and Massage, LLC
Haleigh H.
Great massage therapist, quiet, very relaxing, and kind.
Inna K.
I really enjoyed my massage with Deeana. I've gotten many massages before so I know a good massage when I get one. She did a great job focusing on the areas I needed worked on, her pressure was great, and she was easy to talk to. I'm coming back for sure!
Bankii Massage LLCBankii Massage LLC
Carolyn M.
Great Massage, very knowledgeable and will be going back again
Embodied VibranceEmbodied Vibrance
Jeff u.
Shannon did a fabulous job during my 90 minute massage. She showed up right on time and was warm and professional throughout the massage. We talked about my needs and in addition she intuitively knew areas that needed deeper work! I would highly recommend Shannon to anyone wanting a great massage!😁
Shannon TraversinoShannon Traversino
Julie M.
Aaron is very professional, asked a lot of really good questions. He paid attention to my requests, and is a phenomenal massage therapist. As a former licensed massage therapist myself I highly recommend him!
Aaron @ Rest Relax ReviveAaron @ Rest Relax Revive
Thumbtack Customer
Very good massage, in my opinion. Sonia was punctual and professional.
Massage by SoniaMassage by Sonia
Nathan E.
Angela provided an excellent deep tissue massage for my girlfriend and I. She was very prompt and professional. She also came to our house for a 8:00 pm massage on short notice, which we really appreciated!
Angela McCarthyAngela McCarthy
Alan N.
Alex was on time, very professional, and delivered a relaxing massage. The convenience of in-home was a definite plus.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Mark R.
Ashley was adaptable for my schedule, showed up on time and gave a great massage. I will use her again!
Beacon Rock Massage, Ashley Isaacson, LMTBeacon Rock Massage, Ashley Isaacson, LMT
Todd M.
She has amazing technique. She's definitely knows how to give a good massage. Look forward to more!
Embodied VibranceEmbodied Vibrance
Jacquenette C.
Was quick to respond, scheduling was easy, and one of the best massages I have had in a long time. A very good value.
Jonathan Erickson, Massage & Holistic BodyworkJonathan Erickson, Massage & Holistic Bodywork
Jana l.
Kristi was a very professional and overall nice person. She responded quickly to my request and was able to fit me in. That said, I don’t consider her deep tissue to be very deep (even after I said she could go deeper). I wouldn’t go see her for deep tissue or sports massage. I felt like she wasn’t sure where she was supposed to massage (which is esp important with sports injuries, etc). I had told her where I needed it and we ran out of time because she massaged other areas I didn’t need. I showed her areas where I wanted it massaged, but she didn’t do that because I think she was uncertain and didn’t feel confident clarifying what I needed. I think if she had open communication about what she was doing, it would have been better. She didn’t ask if the pressure was right or if she was in the right area. She didn’t even ask me how my massage was after she finished or after I paid. Just my opinion, but I don’t think you should have all the lights on because they’re bright when you’re laying face up. But maybe that’s just me. I’ve been receiving professional massage for the past 20 years. I’ve had hundreds of massages. She would be great for relaxing massage or something more simple (not requested areas needed). In that ended, I just took it as one of those.
SomaFlow Health and Massage, LLCSomaFlow Health and Massage, LLC
Damon S.
I feel Alex gave me the best massage EVER I will be booking a lot more appointments with him. Thank you Alex
AM WellnessAM Wellness
She was all of the work qualities...she was professional, responsive had excellent work quality, Jillian was prompt and for the massage I received this was a great value.
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Dianne B.
Had a wonderful massage from Body vitality, Nicole focused on area’s requested and I left feeling better and relaxed, will definitely go back to her again
Body vitalityBody vitality
Heidi J.
Ashley was quick to respond to our request and very communicative. She came to our home and gave us two great massages. We will be hiring her again!
Beacon Rock Massage, Ashley Isaacson, LMTBeacon Rock Massage, Ashley Isaacson, LMT
Truls S.
She knows what she is doing and is flexible and experienced enough to handle the very different needs of both me and my wife. We both love our bi-weekly massages.
Tanesha Wilcox Massage TherapistTanesha Wilcox Massage Therapist
Sarina S.
Alex was the perfect choice for our anniversary evening. From day one he responded quickly to our questions, he was on time and COVID compliant. Our couples massage was exactly what we were looking for. He really takes pride in his craft and focused on areas that were troubling to us and even relieved pain in areas I didn’t know I had. We will definitely use his services again, I highly recommend Alex for your next massage.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Peter L.
Lexi was fantastic. I get a lot of massages and she is the best one yet. I would highly recommend her. She is friendly and professional. She pays attention to detail and works all your knots out.
Inspired Massage & WellnessInspired Massage & Wellness
Brett S.
Gary did exactly what I needed, a heavy duty muscle knot massage. Im extremely happy with my results. I would recommend Gary to anyone. I will definitely call him again when needed!
Gary J. wartellaGary J. wartella
Chris C.
I was having really bad back and leg tightness from working out. Paul was able to get me in quickly and he did an amazing job on alleviating my soreness. Truly one of the best massages I’ve ever had.
Body Map MassageBody Map Massage
Jesse K.
Shannon’s service was A+ in all regards. She was very personable, communicated great throughout setting up my appointment and discussing problematic areas, and gave me the best table massage I’ve ever received. All from the comfort of my home. Will definitely highly recommend in the future.
Shannon TraversinoShannon Traversino
Clint S.
First, when Alex was running late, he let me know (huge plus). I was given a great massage. I got up feeling energized, not like I needed a nap. He was friendly, asked if I had areas to focus on, and got to work. I will be using AM Wellness again.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
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