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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 Garden Grove massage therapists
Justin P.
Jose is an excellent massage therapist. He was quick to respond and provided a personalized, much-needed therapeutic massage.
Jose LMT- Mobile Bodywork ServicesJose LMT- Mobile Bodywork Services
Cheyenne N.
Kanya responded to me quickly and was able to get me in for a massage same day. Ive been having back pain and after my massage I felt great! I definelty recommend Kanya.
Kanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage ServiceKanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage Service
Frank V.
Possibly the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever had!
Organic massageOrganic massage
Emmy B.
Mary did a good job massaging me . This was my first massage and I never felt so good . I already schedule her next visit . What an excellent job . Thanks again Mary !
Belle B.
Lily is great! Does a wonderful deep tissue massage. Very responsive to requests for more or less pressure. Will work within your comfort level. I will definitely book again for the next time I need a massage!
Spa HausSpa Haus
Belle B.
Stephanie has an intuitive sense of touch and extremely calming presence. Great conversationalist if you care to chat with her during your massage. I experienced an emotional release after my massage due to the amount of stress she help release from my body. Haven't felt so relaxed in months!
Trauma-Informed Reiki and Massage HealingTrauma-Informed Reiki and Massage Healing
Christina N.
Such an amazing massage! It’s been a pretty rough month for me. I went to about two other massage therapists before I found Cedric and I can honestly say he’s the best. So happy to have found him, he’s super responsive and professional. Will definitely book again soon. :)
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Joe K.
Maritza was pleasure to work with. She was very well prepared, on time and gave me the best massage ever. Highly recommended.
Maritza's Mobile MassageMaritza's Mobile Massage
Nicholas G.
She is Professionally friendly, she exceeded my expectations of a quality massage.. Would hire again, she makes the client feel comfortable.
Integrated Wellness by BarrettIntegrated Wellness by Barrett
Jacob T.
Matt was very quick to respond and was available that day. Perfect pressure combined with fluid movements to accommodate any needs that I had. An overall great massage and will be booking with him again.
South County MassageSouth County Massage
Michael M.
My 93 yr. old mother had neck surgery and a year later her neck was so tight! The massage she received was so helpful we've asked him to come back again!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Best massage ever! Her technique was amazing, with just the right amount of pressure to help me relax and to ease all the tension I carry in my back and neck. She was very personable and I felt comfortable with her. Highly recommend and will definitely use her services again!
Diane Miltimore, CMT, ANMTDiane Miltimore, CMT, ANMT
Joshua E.
I thoroughly enjoyed my massage and am now a regular. I felt amazing after my first appointment. I first started with Jillian after a car accident to address some neck issue, which she helped with mobility and pain, and now enjoy the opportunity to unwind and relieve some stress regularly. Very professional, and a warm, welcoming environment. Highly recommended
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Thomas M.
I have been dealing with terrible back spasms. I booked Clarence for a 90 min early am massage. He worked my back and focused on loosening my hamstrings an IT Bands. The back spasms have stopped and I can stand up straight again. Clarence also followed up the next day via text to check my condition. I will be booking on a regular basis.
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
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