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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. 

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 Huntington Beach massage therapists
Kathy H.
My massage therapist was very professional. The massage was wonderful. He has skilled and caring hands!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Timothy c.
Very good massage will definitely have her back to give me more massages in the future
Masterful BodyworkMasterful Bodywork
Victor M.
excellent massage
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Samantha T.
Amazing massage!!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Nana W.
Great Massage
Spa HausSpa Haus
De A.
Great massage listened to me when I explained where I was experiencing issues and focused the massage on those areas.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Chris L.
Brenda gave a wonderful massage that targeted connective tissue as well as large muscle groups. Expert and professional, this is one of the best massages I’ve had.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Philip L.
Great massage and would highly recommend.
Rontai MassageRontai Massage
Peter G.
Great Massage, would highly recommend
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Pam D.
Awesome massage, just what I needed!
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Ahruhm H.
I had the best massage today! She was very punctual and responsible and more importantly her massage was gorgeous! My headache was gone! I will continue to use her service.
Spa HausSpa Haus
Colleen M.
I had my first massage with Cedric yesterday and it will definitely not be my last! I feel SO much better after my massage. I originally asked for a 60-minute massage, but halfway into the massage, I thought, "Wow, this guy is amazing!" So I asked if he could go for 90 minutes, which he accommodated. Cedric is extremely attentive, focused, skilled, and professional. He asked me what areas I wanted him to focus on and was very intuitive in knowing what types of massage techniques were best for my problem areas. Cedric also made me feel comfortable and is very friendly. He also was very accommodating in scheduling me the same day that I contacted him. I look forward to more massage sessions with Cedric!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Jason W.
Fantastic massage that left me feeling refreshed and revitalized. Found all the spots that needed work and some I didn’t even know needed work. Will definitely call again for my massage needs!
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Genae M.
Absolutely wonderful! Went above and beyond with requests, was incredibly professional, and did amazing job! Seriously, best massage I've had in years. Happy customer and will be ordering again! Thank you for the great massage!
Rejuvenating TouchRejuvenating Touch
Jason W.
An amazing massage that left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The utmost professionalism in terms of care and communication mixed with the ease of booking and getting the massage was a pure delight. Highly recommended! Will be seeing Ivy again soon! Thanks!
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
John r.
Ivy provided me a wonderful massage this morning she is great at what she does and a pleasure to be around. Im already booked for my next massage! Thank you Ivy see you next week ☺
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Amir M.
I had a great experience with a friendly, clean and thorough massage therapist
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Jason W.
Amazing massage that left me feeling better, more relaxed and energized. Ami even found spots I didn’t know hurt and made them feel soothed and repaired. Will definitely reach out again for my future massage needs. Thank you!
Spa HausSpa Haus
Michelle L.
Amazing with people and my mom raved about her massage and the time Ivy took with hee.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Jason W.
A fantastic massage that left me feeling like a new person. Thorough, attentive, and calming are just three words I would use to describe my massage. I was blown away by the varied techniques that helped me relax and remove the stress and tension. Highly recommend! :)
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
Sabrina M.
Ivan was very prompt and professional I had an amazing massage with a great price. Definitely will book again
Massage TherapyMassage Therapy
Larry C.
This lady knows her stuff. Very happy with the medical massage. My leg has not felt this good in years.
Tanesha Wilcox Massage TherapistTanesha Wilcox Massage Therapist
Briana M.
Ivy was amazing, responded right away, showed up early, was so great to us personally but professionally was probably the best massage therapist we have ever met. Her kinesiology background allowed for further understanding of our needs. I have her now massaging my parents and would recommend her highly to everyone!
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Rob M.
I suffer from chronic back pain and muscle stiffness, the massage was excellent and helped decrease my pain, I will be back!!
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
James S.
I was rather nervous about getting a massage as I am rather shy and have had several neck surgeries. I have multiple plates and screws in my neck. My neck had recently begun hurting again and I thought another surgery may be needed. It was recommended that I try massage therapy first. Kyle (Steve) was on-time, professional and helped explained what he was doing throughout the process. I know some people enjoy the peace and quiet of a massage, but I prefer to know exactly what the therapist is doing. Kyle is very helpful and explains in detail the muscles and process and how they work together. He put me at ease and I am already a repeat customer!!! If you are looking for a great massage and a wonderful therapist, I would highly recommend you give Kyle a try.
Holistic Massage TherapyHolistic Massage Therapy
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