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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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Irvine massage therapists
Mariam K.
Best massage ever. Boyfriend and I had a couples massage and they were amazing and accommodating!
Organic massageOrganic massage
Clarissa C.
Great massage!
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Azimy e.
Professional and wonderful massage
Graceful massage therapyGraceful massage therapy
Mike L.
The best Massage ever
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Sal Q.
Alice was kind and the massage was relaxing!
Wellness by AliceWellness by Alice
Gloria R.
Excellent massage and professional service!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Umida R.
Great massage 💆‍♀️ I really enjoyed
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Robert R.
The best mobile massage I’ve ever had!
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
David S.
Excellent massage, friendly demeanor, 100% recommend.
BalBal
Stacy H.
Best massage therapy experience ever. Highly talented.
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
Keem A.
Definitely the best massage I have had in recent years.
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Eli E.
Therapist with great touch. Excellent massage and very reasonably priced.
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James Y.
My wife received a great massage. Would recommend! Very professional
Fernando Massage TherapistFernando Massage Therapist
Frances K.
Wow! Her hands are healing. I will definitely have regular massages
HealingHands mobile massageHealingHands mobile massage
Sven S.
Just what I needed. Prompt, professional, friendly...Great massage!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Michael H.
Excellent massage experience. Shin was on-time, professional, paid close attention to areas of concern and did his best to address any tension or soreness I had. One of the best, most relaxing massages I've had in a while.
Shin MassageShin Massage
Kent T.
I contacted Essence to schedule a massage for my mother. She responded quickly and was eager to help. She traveled to my mom’s house, was accommodating to some special needs my mom has, and delivered an outstanding massage. A great experience!!
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Maheen S.
My husband and I are absolutely speechless. I can not even begin to explain how we felt after the our massages.. almost like a complete newborn ready for a nap. He sets you up really comfortable and starts the massage mild and warms up your muscles and gets your blood flowing (literally - he used this tool where you can’t literally feel you blood flowing into your palms. I’ve gotten maybe 500+ massages in my lifetime and I didn’t think a massage this bomb was possible tbh. Highly highly recommended !
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Ultima G.
She is a blessing from God...best massage I ever had in my entire life and I have had 100+ massages in my life time. Her cupping saved my life and fixed my nerve damage from heavy lifting
Emerita TherapyEmerita Therapy
Carol I.
Very good massage! Excellent energy. Extremely professional! Can’t wait to book another appointment.
Maritza's Mobile MassageMaritza's Mobile Massage
Natalia A.
One of the best massages I have ever had. Very nice, kind and professional therapist
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Akhil K.
Getting a massage from Ivy was a great experience! She was very responsive and flexible with scheduling and she was able to do the massage at my house which made it very convenient for me. I had a pinched nerve in my neck and shoulder area and she took the time to explain to me what she was doing to treat it and was able to work the area well. I felt much better after the massage and am looking forward to utilizing her services again!
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Elizabeth M.
Jason was absolutely Amazing! I booked a massage with Jason for my husband’s birthday and he says it was the best massage he’s gotten. He was punctual, professional and very easy going. His equipment is top notch also and very clean. I will 100% book another appointment with him!
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Stan S.
Maritza is awesome. She met us at a hotel as a surprise for my girlfriend’s birthday. She worked with me to set up and help make the surprise and experience excellent. After the massage, my girlfriend raved at how great the massage was and that Maritza’s hands were magic. Highly recommend Maritza.
Maritza's Mobile MassageMaritza's Mobile Massage
Craig m.
My therapist provided an outstanding massage and was very knowledgeable about therapies to address my musculoskeletal issues
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
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