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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 Carlsbad massage therapists
Nicolette G.
great massage
Polly G.
What a great massage therapist, very professional, friendly, on time and gives the best deep tissue massage
Rejuvenating TouchRejuvenating Touch
Dan A.
Great massage
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Lauren R.
Great massage
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Greg H.
It was an amazing massage
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Mitchell A.
Great massage for my fiancé and I.
Kevan N.
Karen was on time, prepared and gave an amazing massage.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Leslie B.
One of the best massages I've ever gotten!
Michael S.
Dylan is absolutely amazing. I have been getting massages for many years and by far this was the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever had. My wife loved her massage as well. I will definitely be a regular client of Dylan’s. Not only is he a great masseuse but he’s a really nice guy that you’d want to get to know. Thank you Dylan, we appreciate you coming and giving us great massages.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Kim T.
Awesome massage! I have knots in my back in specific spots and he focused on those, which is what I wanted. He's very responsive too, and respectful during the massage. I'm happy with the experience and how I feel now, almost 24 hours after the massage. I will definitely book him again! (Big bonus points for the amazing stretches at the end! Those were great!)
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Vickie B.
Michael brings positive energy to his sessions. Combines his chiropractic and physical therapy techniques for a therapeutic and relaxing massage experience. I have had massages throughout my adult life and definitely recommend 1-2x each month. He's the one!
Kinetic Healing And Life Movement LLCKinetic Healing And Life Movement LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent deep tissue massage. Best I've ever experienced. Looking forward to the next experience.
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Jeremy P.
Michael is professional and friendly. He communicates clearly, and provides an excellent overall massage experience. Highly recommend!
Kinetic Healing And Life Movement LLCKinetic Healing And Life Movement LLC
Autumn I.
I booked a set of couples massages for my clients and working with Huvafen was great! They responded immediately and were able to answer all of my questions. They showed up early to set up and were very professional the entire time. My clients said the massage was relaxing and exactly what they needed.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Maheen S.
Wow I’ve never had such an incredible massage. I hired Will at my ocean front Airbnb in Carlsbad for my family vacation. The females in my family are very specific to have only female message therapists so he even brought an amazing female massage therapist with him to work on 5 adults (3 males and 2 females). I’m expecting so I needed a prenatal massage which was absolutely incredible. From the set up, to the pressure and the professionalism. I honestly highly recommend him. Every dollar is worth it !!!!!!
Will Signature MassageWill Signature Massage
Kristie b.
Cindy communicated pro-actively and was on-time. Her massages were great. Whole family was revived after her visit. Strong recommendation!
Danny Q.
Michelle was easy to set up, and did a good massage for both my wife and I. Not a clock watcher - she really gets into the session.
Mobile & Studio MassagesMobile & Studio Massages
Lindsey N.
My husband had a deep tissue massage with Karen and said it was the best one he’s had. Thank you Karen for taking that tension from his back!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Dave D.
My wife and I were vacationing in Carlsbad and wanted an in-room massage. I contacted Joyce at Nature Healing. She arrived at our room on time and performed an outstanding 90 minute combination massage on both of us. She brought her own table, sanitized the table, setup her music, she even had her own towel warmer. I would highly recommend her services.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Susan L.
Michelle is a terrific massage therapist. She listens to whatever specific needs you have and then uses her knowledge and skill to make sure you are happy with the results. Highly recommend.
Mobile & Studio MassagesMobile & Studio Massages
Jessa H.
Dyan is an amazing and knowledgeable therapist. I love that he even laid a heating pad on the table. All his little touches made the massage really special. I felt amazing afterwards.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Anup S.
Samantha is very professional and knowledgable about massage therapy. She is quick to response and really understands client's need. She identified many pain points and fixed them during my appointment. I will definitely go to her again.
Samantha LeithSamantha Leith
Joanna F.
I booked Samantha for an incredible two-hour massage at her in-home studio. She was incredible! I asked her to focus on my shoulders and she did - they feel so good now, and I am so appreciative. She exceeded my expectations.
Samantha LeithSamantha Leith
Sherif H.
She made my wife's birthday very special. Not an easy task especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was incredibly cautious and diligent about keeping both us and her safe, while delivering great massages to both my wife and her friend.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Ken S.
Karen realy helped me. I have severe back pain and she took the time to gently work through the knots without more pain. I recommend Karen for anyone looking for a relaxing massage. She very convienient and timely as well. Thank You Karen
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
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