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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 El Cajon massage therapists
Alex S.
Great massage
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Alex S.
Relaxing massage
Encore Therapeutic MassageEncore Therapeutic Massage
Alex S.
It was a good massage
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Jackie B.
I liked Cassandra and the massage was very good. This was my first massage with her and I plan on hiring her again.
Cassandra Martinez CMTCassandra Martinez CMT
Alex s.
Great massage, very professional!
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
William l.
Regina gave me a great massage
Genoa d.
She was very professional and I had a great massage.
Encore Therapeutic MassageEncore Therapeutic Massage
Lawand a.
The best massage I’ve had in a very long time.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Jess b.
Charmaine does a great massage. I came in with pain in my shoulders, chest area and left pain free. She is the real deal. She knows how to find and fix the areas that needed her to work out. I highly recommend her to any one who needs healing massage. She's awesome to talk to, she is very respectfully and polite. She made me feel at ease. I will continue to see her for a therapeutic massage.
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage , helped relieved pain and tension. Will definitely be using Clarence s services again!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Thumbtack Customer
I've used her 2 times already, ang both experiences were really good. GREAT MASSAGE!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
David R.
Karen is very caring and communicative. I got a great massage and she helped me with a few problem areas.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Samhar E.
Every book has a cover and with this cover it was an amazing story inside it had a wonderful time getting a massage and having a great conversation
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
David R.
Best massage I've received in years. Lana provides the perfect balance of therapeutic and relaxation. You can tell she's a pro and knows what she's doing. I highly recommend.
Lana DiakovaLana Diakova
Eva V.
I had a great experience with Linda, and highly recommend her! I had to move a few things around in the room to make sure there was enough room for the massage table and she was super accommodating in that regard. She listened to what my problem areas were and focused her attention on those while not ignoring the rest. If you're looking to get a good massage that will both relax you and work on your problem areas Linda will do it. I'll be scheduling with her again.
X.O Masterful BodyworkX.O Masterful Bodywork
Shawna F.
The whole experience was wonderful. Easy to schedule. Maintained contact before arriving. Quality of massage was amazing. We had a large group and each person was very impressed and wanted to use them again.
Lashann T.
Dennis did an amazing job. My mother really enjoyed his massage services. She said it was the best she ever had. Thank you Dennis for your great service, we'll be booking you again!
Neuromuscular TransformationsNeuromuscular Transformations
Thumbtack Customer
Karen is amazing . We had a massage party for two consecutive days .Karen was prompt, professional and was able to accommodate everyone's individual request . we highly recommend her and will for sure call her again!! Thanks Karen you're the bomb '
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Bennette A.
Karen was very professional and is a sweet woman. Before I got there I was tense and after I feel light as a feather. Environment was very tranquil. I recommend her. I will be sure to come back for my next massage. Thank you Karen.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Naomi F.
We hired Karen totally last minute but she was able to accommodate us. Once she arrived, she was professional and gave us awesome massages. She made sure to ask what kind of pressure was okay and continually asked if we wanted to change it. We will definitely be repeat customers
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Rob N.
Lisa arrived right on time, got set up quickly & promptly went to work on my sore muscles. We chatted as she went about, as this was my first time with her, but not so much that I couldn't relax. I had a very pleasant & much needed massage. I wish I had known about her sooner.
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Paris T.
Such a great massage. I am 22 weeks pregnant and feel way more relaxed and open. I am a therapist myself and my back was killing me during my workday and he drove to SD from up north same day and helped me tremendously. I highly recommend, perfect pressure and fluidity. Thank you so much.
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Ange P.
I received a full body massage that was wonderful. He worker out every nerve out that was in a ball . His hand are very nice and strong . He is very professional and uses a great technique. I had him use CBD on me to help out with my pain . I am definitely hiring him again the next morning I felt like a brand new person no more pain for me. On top of everything he has a great personality that makes you feel very comfortable with him. He is definitely my new person 😊
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Thumbtack Customer
John Jones is highly professional and his work is complementing the physical therapy I am having for my spine perfectly. He is very interested in results and goes above and beyond to help me get them. He has been in the business for 12 years and is extremely knowledgeable. If you need massage for stress reduction- John Jones is your man. Just tell him what works best for you and he will listen. He has your health and well-being in mind at all times- not to mention he is a very positive and upbeat which Is good to be around. I highly recommend him!
Back-N-Action Massage, LLCBack-N-Action Massage, LLC
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