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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 much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.

Why is it called a Swedish massage?

Everyone loves Swedish massage. It’s soothing and relaxing and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, is proven to relieve pain. Swedish massage can also relieve symptoms associated with chronic illness, arthritis, depression and other ailments. The term Swedish massage is actually a massive mixup, according to Massage Magazine. The technique would be more aptly named classical massage, which it is often called. What we in the United States refer to as Swedish massage was actually invented by a Dutch physician named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger systematized and gave French names to the five massage techniques used today in Swedish (or classic) massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. The confusion began when the techniques systematized by Mezger were attributed to Per Henrik Ling, the founder of the Swedish Movement System who had practiced his similar techniques in his gymnasium. In many parts of the world, Swedish massage is called classic massage, and most massage therapists will understand either term.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

Reviews for Anaheim massage therapists
Christopher R.
Ivy is a very skilled massage therapist, she gave a great massage.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Yolanda G.
She is knowledgeable in many massage techniques. Best massage both my parents have ever had!
Massage by LizMassage by Liz
Jorge R.
Good massage 💆‍♂️
Emerita TherapyEmerita Therapy
Hazel F.
Excellent massage therapist. One of the best massages I have had lately. Will definitely be regularly booking sessions with Cedric.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Chris M.
I hired Ivy for a massage for my wife and Ivy was great. My wife really enjoyed her massage and would hire Ivy again.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Kutub r.
I really enjoyed the massage . Very professional
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Tim S.
Great massage, good way to end a long week.
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
Paul G.
Awesome experience- I felt so relaxed after my massage !
South County MassageSouth County Massage
Gabby A.
My wife was relaxed and enjoyed her massage. Very professional and friendly
HealingHands mobile massageHealingHands mobile massage
Otis F.
My experience with Richard was very professional and comfortable, he's very in tune with my needs and is very knowledgeable about healing physical sports injuries. Richard massage is the best massage I've ever had and can't wait for future appointments.
sports massage/ relaxingsports massage/ relaxing
Rauve H.
Amazing! Very professional & the massage was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend her to anyone.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Daniel M.
An overall great massage. His technique was a mixture of different styles which I liked and the attention to every part of my body was great. I’d highly recommend getting a massage with him if you enjoy being pampered and completely taken care of.
South County MassageSouth County Massage
Jorge R.
Barret drove out to me and provided a high quality massage! Will definitely recommend her to anyone
Integrated Wellness by BarrettIntegrated Wellness by Barrett
Edward g.
Best massage I’ve had in a long time! Can’t wait to book our next session. Thanks!
South County MassageSouth County Massage
For M.
punctuality was superb Joyce helped me feel completely at home and relaxed and the quality of her work and service is amazing! I definitely have found the best massage! It was so conveniently quick to set up and the quality of her service was amazing! Definitely setting up a surprise massage for my boyfriend!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Kristin S.
Joyce was great! My husband and I decided to get massages at the house and she made everything very easy. She was super responsive via text, and even nicer when she got to us. The massage was everything we needed. I will definitely be using her services again! Thanks again, Joyce!!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Thumbtack Customer
90-minute Massage therapy with Clarence was an unforgettable experience. Clarence was very professional and arrived at my home on time to give me the best massage of my life! He had great technique and was very attentive. I can't wait for my second appointment with him. Outstanding service Highly recommend! If i cou
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Johnnie O.
Tia responds very quickly. She was very professional and provided a quality massage. I would definitely recommend her.
Tia The Bodywork SpecialistTia The Bodywork Specialist
Christy H.
Ivy is a healer! The stretching combined with precise massage made me feel like a new person. My bet gets pretty beat up in my line of work, and to feel this good after only one session, it’s really amazing. Thank you Ivy for a great massage and I look forward to our next appointment soon!!
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Julia H.
Maritza is professional, punctual and friendly. Her massage technique is excellent and she listens to the specific needs of her clients. I highly recommend Maritza.
Maritza's Mobile MassageMaritza's Mobile Massage
Hazel F.
One of the best massages I have ever had. He was punctual, very attentive to ones needs and considerate regarding pressure. I have no hesitation in recommending him if you are looking for an excellent Massage Therapist. I am totally impressed by him and is my new go to Therapist. I have already rebooked him for my next appointment and many more to come.
Massage TherapyMassage Therapy
Heather S.
I’ve been looking for a massage therapist who does it right for the longest time now. Fernando was very professional, friendly, and gave a fantastic massage. He was very attentive and you can tell he cares about what he does. He wore a mask the entire time and even brought his own hand towel for after washing his hands. Would absolutely recommend.
Levitate Massage TherapyLevitate Massage Therapy
Roc W.
This therapist was very very patient with me, because of my pre-existing conditions. I would recommend this therapist to anyone who needs a great massage treatment
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Rick M.
Absolutely amazing! If you ever want to feel healed and destressed, hire Bela. There is no comparison to any massage you’ve ever had! She listens to your needs.
Bela Professional MassageBela Professional Massage
First time using Unlockd Massage and I was very impressed. He was on time and very professional. He brought all the equipment and set up. Will definitely use him again.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
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