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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.  

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 East Palo Alto massage therapists
Emily T.
Great massage. Thank you.
Nicole A.
Best massage I’ve ever had !
Livin'Touch MassageLivin'Touch Massage
Rachel M.
Mahmoud was great! We wanted a couple's massage and he was able to find another massage therapist to come with him. He communicated clearly and there were no surprises from the price we agreed on. He showed up on time with massage tables like we agreed. He worked with my husband and my husband said it was a great massage, it was very firm how he likes it and Mahmoud checked in regularly to make sure he was applying the desired amount of pressure. Would definitely recommend hiring Mahmoud!
Mahmoud FayadMahmoud Fayad
Adean G.
Vaughn provided a terrific massage. Very attentive to client needs. I recommend him highly.
Healing Hands By VaughnHealing Hands By Vaughn
Thumbtack Customer
Lawrence recently did a chair massage for us and he was great. On time, professional and the clients loved him! Thanks Lawrence!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel was amazing. He did a chair massage event for my company and everyone loved him. He is responsive, professional and most importantly he was on time!
Daniel Lappin BA CMPDaniel Lappin BA CMP
Thumbtack Customer
I booked an hour massage therapy appointment and it was great. She paid attention to my requests and aches and applied firm pressure. Very professional and thorough. I'll be back.
Holistic Healing MassageHolistic Healing Massage
Mary l.
I had an incredible massage session and would absolutely recommend. This was my first massage in over a year and I will certainly be getting another one from Karalyn. It is pricey but definitely worth it for the quality. Karalyn is amazing and so talented - she really knows her stuff. She worked on a lot of knots/tension I didn't realize I even had, in addition to doing a lot of focused work on my back (which has been bothering me). I would also recommend booking a 90 minute session for your first session with Karalyn or if you haven't had a massage in a while. I originally booked a 60 min one but ended up changing to 90 minutes in the middle because a) it was so incredible and b) more time was needed to focus attention on all of the many tense areas in my body.
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
Badr N.
My back has never felt better, Seline was fantastic!! I sit down all day for work, and she really managed to lift all the tension away. Best massage I've had in California, highly recommended
Ahmad H.
She was able to make me a new man by the time we were finished with our session. She knows her stuff and not just a regular massage therapist. She gets to know the body and let the body do the talking to her so she knows how to make the pain go away. Will be looking forward to My next appointment. THANK YOU!!!! 👍😇
Lena Hotel outcall massageLena Hotel outcall massage
Rob B.
Sam has been the perfect massage therapist for my dad after a spinal cord injury. She has been working with him at his nursing facility and is ready to change locations if he is relocated. She has helped him with muscle relaxation so he can progress in his physical therapy. We really appreciate her skill and style.
Impress BodyworkImpress Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Lawrence was exceedingly professional and knowledgeable. Just a fantastic full body massage, both therapeutic and relaxing. There's a lot of power packed in those hands that Lawrence easily modulates up or down. He checked on pressure a few times, but had an intuitive sense for what I needed. Last but not least he's very friendly and I felt safe and at ease the entire time. I recommend him 100%!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
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