Massage Therapy

Find a massage therapist near Bakersfield, CA

Find a massage therapist near Bakersfield, CA

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Massage Therapists near Bakersfield, CA

Q & A

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.

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.
Reviews for Bakersfield massage therapists
Todd N.
Great massage
Thalia's MassageThalia's Massage
Jennifer O.
Awesome massage!!
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Ray A.
My first massage with Raymond. He was very attuned to my request for lighter massage as I have not had a massage for many months. Very professional and prompt. I intend to schedule another appointment.
Raymond Cho CMTRaymond Cho CMT
David C.
Great massage. Thanks.
Thalia's MassageThalia's Massage
Irene W.
Massage was great! Will book again!
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Adaobi I.
Great massage session, punctual and professional. Very relaxing and therapeutic. Will highly recommend.
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Tiffany C.
This was my gfs first massage and she was super nervous. Especially when she realized it was a man. Frankie was extremely professional and did everything in the world to make her feel comfortable. She relaxed and loved every second of the massage. Before the appointment she said her
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Roland W.
I was nervous at first but Thalia went to work on me best massage I ever had thank you Thalia
Thalia's MassageThalia's Massage
David L.
Joe did an excellent job with my massage. He is very professional and very skilled. He took the time to listen to what my needs were and provided a massage that would meet them. He even took extra time to focus on my neck pain. I felt the positive effects the following day.
Joe Cole CMTJoe Cole CMT
Lydia V.
Frankie‘s massage was very professional and excellent. He worked on the areas that needed the most attention, my neck shoulders, and lower back. To help alleviate some of the tightness he also did some stretching. The next day I felt amazing. The tightness and stiffness was gone, and I felt light on my feet. Frankie is also very knowledgeable about the body and how it works. While he was massaging and stretching he was explaining what he was doing and why. I appreciated that a lot and it gives me an opportunity to apply it in between massages. I highly recommend Frankie. You will not be disappointed.
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Phyllis M.
This was the first time I had a massage. I have no other comparison, but if I had known it was this wonderful, would have done this years ago.
Thalia's MassageThalia's Massage
Jenette G.
I was looking to get a massage to my back. I searched to see if there were any massage shops opened, but found nothing. Somehow I stumbled across Thumbtack and found Frankie. He responds back quickly to request and got me scheduled in for a time that worked for me. Frankie is extremely talented in his work. He focused on the areas I asked him for. His pressure was perfect and I felt comfortable the entire massage. I felt so relaxed even after the session was over. I already referred a few of my friends to go see him and I definitely recommend you do too.
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Christina G.
This was my first professional massage and I was hesitant to have a strange male in my home but I am 100 percent satisfied. He arrived on time, was very polite and professional. Great Personal hygiene. Excellent massage for the full hour, he came prepared with all his own equipment which was in excellent condition and CLEAN . I will definitely recommend Frankie Vivas to my friends and family.
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Val C.
The massage was great! Felt like he removed pounds of stress. Targeted my knots on my shoulders and was able to give me relief. Very happy and will be coming back.
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Heather T.
It’s been several years since I’ve had a massage, and even longer since having a worthwhile message. I’ve been too scared thinking of the possibility of having to receive countless horrible massages while trying to find someone who knows what they’re doing. I don’t just get massages for relaxation, I get them because, if done right, they help with several medical conditions I have regarding my neck and back. After reading all the great reviews about Frankie here on Thumbtack I knew I needed to contact him. I’m so grateful that I did. He’s amazing at what he does, he knows the body, and he’s very professional, personable, and comfortable to be around. I can’t say enough good things! And I feel great after only one massage. I will continue to go to Frankie to help care for the health of my neck and back until I’m no longer able to. Thank you Frankie!! 🙌🏻 You really are the best.
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Kylie N.
I was only allowed to select 3 out of 5 highlights to include in my review, but I wish I could select all 5! Frankie is kind, professional, well-researched in his trade, friendly, punctual, considerate, helpful, insightful, and (most importantly) a phenomenal massage therapist! He was able to work on my Dad (who is disabled and wheelchair bound) and not only give him an outstanding massage to relieve his chronic pain, but he was also able to recommend different tools and techniques for other medical conditions and pains he has been suffering from. We're definitely going to be booking you again, sir! 🥰
Frankie VivasFrankie Vivas
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.