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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 La Jolla Village massage therapists
Briana S.
Great massage
Relax, llcRelax, llc
George L.
She responded quickly to the request and was able to show up for a massage within two hours. Very professional and a great massage
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Josh p.
Was a wonderful massage after a days travel
Mary D.
Fantastic massages! Four of us wanted to get at home massages, so Lisa brought a friend to do two at a time. We all LOVED our massages. They were quick to set up and take down, covid-conscious, and made us feel totally comfortable. Recommend!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Marco Z.
Would happily hire Massage Poppy again! Was very communicative, arrived on time, provided a great massage to me and my fellow guests -- all around great!
Massage Poppy Mobile MassageMassage Poppy Mobile Massage
Joseph D.
Meydy is absolutely a delight. Very professional and does a great massage. I know I fell asleep as it was so relaxing. The stretching at the end was terrific! Thanks again for a great massage!!
Healing massageHealing massage
Briana S.
My husband said it was the best massage he’s ever had. Very pleased :)
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Thumbtack Customer
Karen came on time and was amazing. Everyone should use her. Awesome massage!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Thumbtack Customer
Jena provided massage to my wife and myself. We both agreed afterward the massage was a little different, in a positive way. She utilizes her fingers and applies her body weight and forearms to do a deep, but not uncomfortable Swedish/Deep Tissue massage. Strong hands, able to identify and work with small and large muscle groups and joints. A combination of relaxing and invigorating. Would recommend, and will be seeing her again next week.
Jena Murgia Mobile Body CareJena Murgia Mobile Body Care
Liz M.
Lisa was great to work with. Very prompt and provided a great massage. I highly recommend!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Michael H.
I got the sports massage. Karen digs deep, takes no prisoners, just as I requested.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Jeff W.
Cindy, was great. Has a lot of range for different types of massage and really keyed in on a more whole body and mind approach.
Harlan H.
My wife and I each had two deep tissue massages from Jena while we visited San Diego in August. There’s a reason she has so many 5 star reviews. She was really excellent. She communicates well, discussing things clearly and comprehensively in advance, then uses a variety of techniques harvested from her massage studies in several countries around the world. She’s strong and capable of deep and impactful massages, but I am sure she can be softer if desired (we had specific, long-standing issues to be worked on, which she really improved). She was highly professional while also being friendly and pleasant. In summary, it was the perfect massage experience, at a very fair price, and if we lived in San Diego we’d definitely be regular and happy clients. Highly recommended.
Jena Murgia Mobile Body CareJena Murgia Mobile Body Care
Sukey R.
It was the first time I have had a REAL deep tissue massage and albeit my soreness it was FABULOUS! I can't wait till next week!!
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Dawn O.
Chantel did an amazing job for my friend & I for a Mom’s Day massage. She was professional & great at her craft. Will definitely be calling on her again!!
Chantel’s HolisticChantel’s Holistic
Jaymar C.
High-quality massages, professional, courteous, and responsive, AND extremely friendly. All-around great experience. Would strongly recommend, and I plan to hire again.
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Shavon L.
Karen was an excellent massage therapist. We hired her for a spa party we hosted and everyone who worked with her was in love. Thank you, Karen.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Frank A.
They were quick to respond and were willing to help me arrange a surprise birthday gift for my girlfriend. My girlfriend afterwards said best massage she’s ever had!!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Jessica p.
Karen is outstanding and truly unparalleled. I was able to relax and reach complete bliss during the massage, which never happens. I will definitely be booking once a week. So grateful I found her; Thank You!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Laetitia C.
It was an absolute pleasure getting a massage from Karen! She was cery responsive and punctual and tailored the entire session to specific areas I needed focus on. Her set-up was very comfortable and pleasant. I highly recommend her!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Josh p.
Ciera is simply amazing! I see my regular MT on a frequent basis, but Ciera’s techniques and experience is next level. Best night of sleep I’ve had after massage in a long time. Don’t hesitate, i highly recommend!
Ciera Thomas Massage TherapistCiera Thomas Massage Therapist
Laudan G.
Karen has healing hands! I received my first prenatal massage and was extremely pleased. She was highly communicative and worked through my particular needs. She was very COVID safe with a mask and sanitized everything. Would definitely hire her again and highly recommend!!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Thumbtack Customer
Reasonably good technique. However room was cold, oil was cold, her hands were really cold. This was distracting and uncomfortable. Then, in a first for my massage experience, when she had me turn over she spent a couple minutes on my neck and announced the massage was finished. This was after I told her her I wanted some focus on heavy work out muscles including quads, which she didn't touch. We were at the end of the hour but this would be really poor time management if she didn't leave time for the muscle groups I highlighted. I went with her because the reviews were outstanding. Maybe they were all from friends? Too bad, my wife and I were looking for a replacement for our regular therapist who is no longer in area.
Jazmine Northrup, HHPJazmine Northrup, HHP
Greg S.
Adam understands the body, how everyone requires a tailored approach and plan, and he’s got an excellent integrated practice that leverages massage, yoga and personal training. I’m bummed I don’t live in San Diego full time but if you do, go see him. He’s chained my outlook on my hips and pelvic tilt issues and I have a good plan for keeping my strength and flexibility high.
Train & MassageTrain & Massage
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