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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 Escondido massage therapists
Richard f.
Lana gave me the best massage in years. She was professional and showed up couple minutes before the massage!! The massage was so good, I’m already planning my next appointment!!!
Lana DiakovaLana Diakova
Douglas P.
Excellent deep tissue massage
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Nancy R.
Good listener and flexible to time/day of massage.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Brian M.
My wife was beyond impressed with the massage she received! Years of massages and she said ‘one of the best I’ve ever had’. Hope we can do again soon
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Katy P.
Best massage my husband has ever had.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Toddjosef M.
Dylan gave me an amazing massage! I have been working from home a lot and also since the gyms are closed not exercising. So, my neck and back were incredibly sore and stiff. Dylan came to my house, set up his table and proceeded to give me a 90 minute massage. Realizing how good he was at releasing the knots we extended the massage to 2 hours and added in cupping and his massage gun to get deep into the knots. He has the strongest hands of anyone who has ever massaged me. Plus, he is fun and smart.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Bob W.
I needed a great, therapeutic massage due to having double carpal tunnel surgery six months ago and I’ve been stiff and still sore. But, Sarah’s knowledge of physiology and massage treatment was exactly what I needed. It was not a foo-foo massage, it was a down and deep, results based session. I appreciated what she did for me. Thanks Sarah.
Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)
Thumbtack Customer
Very good massage...she also is mobile which really helps with my busy schedule.
Jazmine Northrup, HHPJazmine Northrup, HHP
Eric B.
True professional and amazing massage! We will for sure be using his services again Thank you!!
Holistic Massage & BodyworkHolistic Massage & Bodywork
Eric B.
Amazing massage!! She was so responsive and committed to making the experience Amazing! Will for sure be back Thank you
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I were on vacation away from home and really wanted a massage. We were skeptical going through Thumbtack to find a masseuse. After we both read Karen's reviews we felt comfortable. She was very easy to communicate with and best of all is that her massages are wonderful! We get 1-2 massages a month and are picky. We lucked out with Karen and will absolutely hire her again on our next vacation to our timeshare. Thank you Karen!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Andrew B.
I am still feeling the healing effects from my 90 minute massage with Dylan, what a great experience!
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We have Jazmine travel to 4 of our work sites to give 20 minute massages to the employees and everyone loves her!
Jazmine Northrup, HHPJazmine Northrup, HHP
Rabih G.
Karen is so professional, on time and one of the good massages that I had 👍🏻 I definitely recommend her ! Thank you Karen
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Pastor Rafael D.
Extremely professional and very down to earth person He accommodate my appointment and work with my crazy schedule The best massage ever
Holistic Massage & BodyworkHolistic Massage & Bodywork
Peter V.
Karen came in and did a fantastic job (and these are the words of someone that is really critical of their massage)! Would give more than 5 stars if I could.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Amy W.
My husband was very happy with his massage. Karen was able to provide a strong pressure and help relieve tension in his neck. Thank you!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Annie T.
Karen provided an amazing massage experience. She knows all the pressure points, and applied the perfect pressure. She is definitely one of the best I have experienced!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Nurse M.
Wow Sarah is a miracle worker! My Mom was in desperate need of a massage from sciatic nerve pain, she was hesitant in getting a massage but after some convincing I’m so glad she went to Sarah! She was very knowledgeable and effective. My mom walked into the appointment in so much pain, she could barely sit but after Sarah worked on her, she was good as new! Can’t thank you enough!!!
Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)Medical & Holistic Massage by Sarah (HHP & RN)
Serena N.
Both Joyce and Bella were amazing!!! We had such a wonderful experience! I most definitely recommend HUVAFEN and will definitely be working with them again! Couldn’t be happier with our massages!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Marvy F.
Great experience! Very intuitive, strong hands, really gets in there and works the right spots. If you are thinking of trying out Karen's services, you will not be disappointed. Overall a wonderful massage!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Edith S.
My Mom hired Karen and loved her services. She said she called when she was running late, was very professional and gave my Mom an excellent massage. Thank you Karen! Petra
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Peter N.
Karen is far and away a cut above your average massage therapist. When one receives regular massages, you begin develop a sense of when a therapist is just going through the motions of their preferred "recipes", versus a therapist that has a true mechanical understanding of the underlying root causes of your pain and discomfort and how to appropriately resolve them. Karen certainly falls within the latter group and her mastery of the craft over your average therapist will be evident upon your first session. Cannot recommend her enough.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Tim A.
Simply the beat massage therapy I have ever had! I am recovering from a hip replacement surgery and she was so very careful and professional. I was so relaxed that I actually fell asleep! She is highly recommended and I can’t wait to experience bliss over again.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Falin E.
Huvafen was an honor to communicate with! When I initially reached out to her she was very nice and accommodating; she responses to request SUPER FAST. She made me feel comfortable about using her services. However, my trip was cancelled last minute and I had to cancel my massages, Huvafen was very respectful and understanding! I will definitely be booking with her if I’m ever in her city & I’d advice anyone else to book with her as well!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
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