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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 Costa Mesa massage therapists
Madelyn M.
AMAZING massage! Perfect experience all around. He was on time when coming to my apartment, the massage table was comfy, and most of all the massage was wonderful. 10/10
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Arun s.
Good massage
JB  Mobile MassageJB Mobile Massage
Jonpaul s.
Great massage
Healing GardenHealing Garden
Lori r.
Very experienced and such a great massage!
Fly By ZFly By Z
Michael B.
Fantastic massage. Look no further
Holistic TherapyHolistic Therapy
Arun s.
Strong massage, great therapist
European Hippie MassageEuropean Hippie Massage
Jay W.
PERFORMANCE MASSAGE is a wonderful place to go to get a PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE from a very warm caring person who really cares for their clients therapeutic needs..
Performance MassagePerformance Massage
Larry W.
Best massage around!! Thank you!!
Michael B.
Super professional. Great massage. Thank you!
Mobile & Studio MassagesMobile & Studio Massages
Torrance H.
no doubt the best massage I ever had!
Larry W.
Great personality great massage she’s great!
Relax & Heal Massage TherapyRelax & Heal Massage Therapy
Mike W.
Miranda was great and did have a great massage:)
Illuminate Massage & WellnessIlluminate Massage & Wellness
Brian S.
Mam was fun prompt and performed an excellent deep tissue massage.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Steven h.
Great guy hit all the right spot great massage
Joel’s therapeutic-touch mobile massageJoel’s therapeutic-touch mobile massage
Simon K.
Excellent massage with an appropriate amount of pressure. Skilled at leveraging pressure points to get all of the right spots with precision. So relaxing that I even fell asleep a couple times during the massage. I highly recommend her.
Model MassageModel Massage
Bob T.
Great guy - great skills - great massage! Already booked my next one!
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Heather P.
Wow, what a great experience! This was by far one of the best massages I’ve had in a while.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Miranda R.
Amazing massage!! From a person who suffers from severe sciatic issues, the massage was handled perfectly including all triggered pressure points. I feel like I actually have range of motion in my hip flexors again and can walk without feeling pain shoot down my leg. Having someone that knows how to deal with lymphatic massage/drainage was a HUGE plus. Highly recommend and looking forward to my next appointment.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Heather T.
My husband's and my massages were excellent; our shoulders have not felt this good in a long time!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Elizabeth M.
My massage with Tommy was excellent! I had been having neck and shoulder pain for several days and after my massage, I feel a lot better. He was also super responsive, showed up early to set up, and was overall very professional. I will definitely be calling him again.
Rejuvenating TouchRejuvenating Touch
Kristine F.
What a wonderful surprise! Excellent massage!! Loved the pressure, the hot stones, the aromatherapy! Will definitely request service again and soon!!
Massage TherapyMassage Therapy
Michael C.
My wife and I had Ivy come to our home for back-to-back massages. Ivy was wonderful. She was early, prepared, professional and tailored our massages for our individual needs. She asked questions to understand how to best provide optimal results. I prefer deep tissue and wanted to begin addressing 15 months of Covid body stress. Ivy used kinesiology based massage on my wife to more gently address her concerns. We are both quite pleased and will be booking another session in the near future.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Jordyn h.
Liz was amazing!! She did a massage for me and my husband and we both enjoyed it. I’ll be contacting Liz again in the future.
Holistic Bodywork by LizHolistic Bodywork by Liz
Cameron D.
Cedric was awesome! I just moved to the area recently and I've been looking for a great massage therapist to replace the one I used to have. I can say that Cedric by far exceeded my expectations, and this was perhaps the best massage I've ever received. I will definitely be booking another session within the next 2 weeks. Thank you!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Jennifer L.
I highly recommend Ivan!! Exceptional deep tissue massage. Responsive to the 1st message and showed up on time... the rate was absolutely reasonable!
Massage TherapyMassage Therapy
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