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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.

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 Beverly Hills massage therapists
Nancy p.
Excellent massage. Great pressure and very professional. Will be booking another massage soon !
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Tyler is on time gives a great massage. He is Very intuitive and present during the massage. Perfect pressure and pace. Cheers!
Tyler H MassageTyler H Massage
Gary S.
Very good massage
Magic Hands MassageMagic Hands Massage
Honestly best massage I’ve ever had!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Lecia H.
Mam did a fantastic job on my massage. I was having some pain in my back, and she gave me an excellent massage. I probably get massages once every other week at all kinds of places (5 star hotels to strip mall chains), and Mam is one of the best! I will definitely call her again. Thank you.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Andrew M.
Phinasera was very professional and considerate and, above all, provided a great massage!
Tim C.
Yur provided in-home massage services for several of my family members. She was extremely professional and very skilled. We all thoroughly enjoyed our massages and would definitely hire her again. Very highly recommended.
Yuri Massage TherapistYuri Massage Therapist
Meina Z.
Yuri had done a great job. We really liked her massage!
Yuri Massage TherapistYuri Massage Therapist
Arya M.
I enjoyed my massage session with Ami. She was very kind and understanding.
Spa HausSpa Haus
Lisa P.
I set up this in-home massage as a gift for my brother & his wife and they LOVED it
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Brad V.
I enjoyed the attention to detail when adjusting various parts of the body and stretching or massaging based on what’s needed, and in a way that can actually help your pain points feel better. Ivan has a gift and I highly recommend him for massage.
Healing with IvanHealing with Ivan
Lisa P.
Elena started our session with lovely hot mint tea and a chat about what my muscle issues were. Her studio is charming and cozy. The massage was the best I've had. She was very attentive to my comfort and could feel those areas where I was tight and gave them extra stretching and massage. I have a lot of pain, due to a genetic condition, and I felt so much better after this massage. Highly recommend Elena.
Purifying Esalen MassagePurifying Esalen Massage
Jenifer A.
Excellent and most relaxing massage. Feeling super invigorated afterwards! Thank you! I'd highly recommend this therapist.
Asatur Gyurjyan, CMTAsatur Gyurjyan, CMT
María E.
Gracias unfortunately James pain is so great that he can’t feel much difference with one time massage.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Thumbtack Customer
Such a nice guy! I booked the massage for a friend of mine as a surprise and he loved it. Very professional and sweet person!
Joe Cole CMTJoe Cole CMT
Excellent massage! Punctual, focused, very present. He knew exactly what I was looking for. Fantastic experience.
The Massage GodThe Massage God
Brad V.
Max is responsive, knowledgeable and utilized incredible pressure throughout the entire massage. I highly recommend giving him a try.
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Lisa S.
My husband really enjoyed his massage and said it was very relaxing with good pressure and would call Mam again!
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Alessandro M.
She gave me an incredible massage. She’s strong and secure in what she’s doing. My neck was in real pain since months, I could feel the stress over my shoulders and back. The night after the massage with her, the neck pain seems to be almost gone, the shoulders and back are finally soft and relaxed again. Thank you!
Spa HausSpa Haus
Stephanie b.
One of the best massages I’ve gotten hands down. He worked on all the problem areas I mentioned to him and afterwards I was relieved of my pains. He also followed all covid precautions which made me feel at ease. I will definitely book my next session very soon! Thank you Massage God!
The Massage GodThe Massage God
Brad V.
One of the best deep tissue massages I’ve ever received. Chris was professional, punctual and a extremely nice person as well. I will 100% rebook him.
Mobile VIP MassageMobile VIP Massage
Sabrina H.
Super last minute request and with only an hour notice, she was at my door. Excellent massage and well worth the price. Excited to book her again
Sherry B.
Yael was amazing. I felt so great when she was finished with my massage. She’s friendly, professional, & made sure I was comfortable. She’s the best. ♥️
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Stephanie C.
Yael Is very personable and warm when she arrives at your house. She gives a very relaxing massage and even brought us a little gift! Highly recommend
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
John D.
Had a wonderful massage by Ray. She helped with my soreness and also gave some great idea how to stretch at home. Great overall experience and will definitely book in the future.
RayLaxation Massage by RayshelleRayLaxation Massage by Rayshelle
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