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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.  

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
  • 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
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!
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Tyler U.
Was a great massage and I feel like Jim took the time and cares about what he is doing and you can feel it his massages are bliss.
Thai Masage By JimThai Masage By Jim
John d.
Awesome customer service and massage therapist
Annie bewellAnnie bewell
Umida R.
Great massage 💆‍♀️ I really enjoyed
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Eli E.
Therapist with great touch. Excellent massage and very reasonably priced.
OC Massage Full body & ReflexologyOC Massage Full body & Reflexology
James Y.
My wife received a great massage. Would recommend! Very professional
Fernando Alves Massage TherapistFernando Alves Massage Therapist
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
Greg I.
Annie was friendly, thorough and professional and gave me great massage. I will be back
Annie bewellAnnie bewell
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
Natalia A.
One of the best massages I have ever had. Very nice, kind and professional therapist
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
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
Craig m.
My therapist provided an outstanding massage and was very knowledgeable about therapies to address my musculoskeletal issues
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
Mallory B.
Amazing massage! I have IBS and she was able to help me a great deal! Stress reducer
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
WENDELL M.
Polite, professional and genuine in her attitude. Very firm pressure and thorough in the areas I requested work on. I had a chair massage because I only wanted my upper back, shoulder blades and neck worked on. I'm comfortable with hiring Liz for future massages. You should too! Thanks Liz.
Holistic Bodywork by LizHolistic Bodywork by Liz
Lucas G.
Annie is a professional masseuse, she have the Thai massage skills which will make the customers relax, working on the acupuncture points. After massage, I feeling refreshed. I knew her for almost a year, she is very nice person and take good care of her customers. She is very humble and respectful person. I will recommend her to friends whom had been traveled to Thailand. She does make me feel I am in Bangkok/Thailand, where I can have good massage close to home in US!
Annie bewellAnnie bewell
Robert G.
My girlfriend and I had a couples massage in our hotel room. Maggie arrived on time, a 24 year old knockout who has aspirations to work for Circ-du-Solei. She gave us an experienced covered massage that was worth every penny plus tip. We would definitely do it again.
Elevate TouchElevate Touch
Suelay T.
I communicated with Joyce and set up my appointment in less that an hour and a half. The customer service receive was amazing, Joyce was available a text away. This massage was booked for my husband and Bella was his therapist. He really enjoyed his massage and felt really relaxed through it all. Thank you so much for being on top of everything Joyce ☺️
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Cecilia R.
Fernando was great, was able to massage two of us back to back. Very professional and gives great pressure. Will absolutely be using him again.
Fernando Alves Massage TherapistFernando Alves Massage Therapist
Clarissa C.
Great massage. Very professional and friendly. She got into all of my trouble spots and used the right amount of pressure in each area. Highly recommend!
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Marivic S.
I hired Louise to give our Escrow team a massage as a "thank you" for all their hard work and she did a great job. Everyone felt very relaxed and happy.
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
John g.
I'm 66 ad have loved all modalities of body work since I was 18. Yesterday, was my birthday so I decided to treat myself. I have had both Covid shots and it has been over a year since I have had a good massage. The response times were excellent, The therapist was on time, actually went a bit overtime and gave an excellent massage. What more could you ask for. I will use them again. j
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
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