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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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for Encino massage therapists
Bec H.
I had a wonderful experience having a massage through Yael. This was my first massage since being pregnant and Yael was very knowledgable and shared many tips with me in managing through my pregnancy. Yael was very professional and provided details of products and techniques she was using throughout the massage to ensure my comfort. I would highly recommend Yael and will hopefully be getting another massage soon.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Kc a.
Bella was very nice and the massage was very relaxing.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Ryan m.
Great massage, already booked my next appt
Zaharah’s MassageZaharah’s Massage
Excellent massage, very polite, on time and overall a nice lady.
Michael s.
Excellent massage. Patient and methodical. I'm a bodyworker and am very particular about receiving work. I loved the massage, fell asleep a couple of times during the 90 minutes. Felt deeply touched and relaxed.
Marina AnderssonMarina Andersson
Aliah A.
Fast response, great massage therapy. Will definitely contact again!
Asatur Gyurjyan, CMTAsatur Gyurjyan, CMT
Cole W.
Very thorough and thoughtful massage, I felt great for a week afterward!
Jon MarinoJon Marino
Jake P.
Very knowledgeable excellent massage helpful with great attitude & care. Highly recommend.
FlyByZ Stretch/Meditation/WellnessFlyByZ Stretch/Meditation/Wellness
Matt P.
Yael is an amazing masseuse and brought all the supplies for a hot stone massage to our home. Her massage was therapeutic and very relaxing. She also played soothing music during the session. My wife also received a deep tissue massage and was very happy with it. We look forward to having Yael in our home again! PS: she is very covid safe and wore a mask the whole time
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Tracy L.
Yael is a mother of 3; as I’m a mother of 2. We related to each other in many ways as both mothers. She gave a strong appropriate massage for my sciatica symptoms for 1 hour as requested. I received my massage only after she had completed my son’s professional, appropriate & thorough massage: he is a Jr on the Santa Monica High School’s track team & was experiencing pain in his feet directly related to his running.He also had pain in his lower back region which was handled completely. My son said it was 1 of the best sports massages he’s received ever. He felt Yael completes the job. I was also impressed w Yael’s thoroughness, knowledge of the body, appropriate behavior, & someone ‘s ability to get my pain levels under control- even temporarily.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Steve A.
Kathy arrived timely, set up her table, she is very professional and very attentive, Great personality, her massage is just perfect, I would definitely will schedule again and will recommend to others
Healing touch massage by Kathy.Healing touch massage by Kathy.
Tim R.
Absolutely a lifelong client now! This was hands down the most unique and 100% effective massage I’ve ever had! I felt so comforted by the personable vibe and professional demeanor! Book now or miss out on this truly rising gifted service!
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Steve A.
I had a wonderful experience with Kat. Her positive energy translated throughout our 120 minute session. She is knowledgeable in several areas of massage therapy and has genuine interest in the wellness of the client. I will most definitely schedule again and recommend her to family and friends.
Kat Kavanagh CMTKat Kavanagh CMT
Demetrius J.
Mam is the perfect massage therapist. My wife had a back spasm and Mam came after we made an appointment. She eased a lot of my wife’s pain and the next day she was walking better! Mam was very responsive, professional and did an amazing job. Highly recommend to make an appointment with her! :)
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Elaine R.
I thank Yael for a wonderful experience. She responded quickly to my request, was able to accommodate me quickly and was professional from start to finish. She was able to meet me where I was at with what I needed from a massage and masseuse, and I feel infinitely better 1 day later! Thank you, Yael!!!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Asavari K.
Yael was wonderful! I wanted to book a massage for my husband and myself. Yael responded immediately and set up an appointment despite the short notice. She was very warm, empathetic and professional and went the extra mile. She gave us cute face masks as gifts as well as some wellness tips for working from home. We both felt very relaxed and highly recommend working with Yael!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Erin M.
Tammy is 1 of my new favorite people!!!! I have been having the worst neck and back pain and it's been a struggle over the last few days,my regular MT wasn't available so I put tge word out on Thumbtack. My 1st impression of Tammy was based on her responsiveness; she didn't just Rey here, she actually called me to talk about my forward, she was able to accommodate a same day appointment and after reading her reviews, we booked. Tammy arrived, she was professional, communicated effectively AND was able to manage a great massage with my broken foot! She was mindful, very intuitive and overall just very nice and professional. I will absolutely book Tammy again....maybe as soon as next week!
Holistic TherapyHolistic Therapy
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