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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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

Reviews for La Quinta massage therapists
Corey S.
Booked a massage for my girlfriend and they made it happen within a 3 hour timeframe with a a massage she LOVED. Punctual, efficient, great service, great massage! Thank you so much!
Chy ServicesChy Services
Ed M.
Great massage!
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Morgan S.
Amazing in home massage. Lisa came to our home, she was punctual and professional. Great conversation and phenomenal massage.
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Kristy M.
Amazing massage. I'm a massage therapist myself, and while on vacation I was looking for some good bodywork. Alex did not disappoint! He was attentive and responsive and it was one of the best massages I've had in a long while. Highly recommend!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Quality massage would recommend
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Ed M.
Cari provided excellent massages for us!
Your Aura OasisYour Aura Oasis
Ben W.
Good massage. Very kind and professional.
Desert Lotus MassageDesert Lotus Massage
Susan B.
Very nice, very flexible, great massages.
Chy ServicesChy Services
Mariani S.
Alex and his associate came to our rental house and gave massages to eight of us during our annual chick weekend. Good follow up on the appointment, congenial and great massages.
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Noreen D.
outstanding massage, absolutely professional, on time, excellent value
Chy ServicesChy Services
Donna W.
They were Awesome !!! My family truly enjoyed their massages
Chy ServicesChy Services
Karen B.
Great, would totally recommend if you're looking for a good, strong massage
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Lizz W.
Lisa was awesome! Great massage for an aching body. I will hire her again.
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Tricia H.
Alex was absolutely amazing! He came to our rental house in Palm Springs and did 4 back to back 90 minute massages. Everybody was so impressed and satisfied with their massage! Collectively we all thought he is one of the best masseuses we have had.
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Kristine D.
AHHHH-MAZING!!!!! We had scheduled a couples massage and couldn’t have asked for better people to show up. Massages were everything we needed and more. Thank you for sending such professional masseuses. We’ll definitely be calling again next time we’re in town.
Chy ServicesChy Services
Mahwish R.
10/10 booking! I booked 9 at-home massages for my bridal party and everyone LOVED their massage! All of the masseuses are so professional and accommodating, as is the business itself. The business is very responsive, flexible, patient, always kind! I could not have asked for a better experience! MUST BOOK!!!
Chy ServicesChy Services
Patty H.
I appreciated Alex’s ability to know that I my lower back needed to be stretched as well massaged
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Myra C.
Alex is a talented massage therapist. Extremely professional, punctual, and knowledgeable. I have been having neck pain for sometime now. Alex performed one of the deepest, therapeutic deep tissue massage so have ever experienced in the comfort of my patio, with warm sun and birds chirping. I feel so much better! Highly recommend!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Stephanie C.
We had those lovely ladies come to our girls weekend and they made our massages by the pool so serene!! Wonderful experience!
Chy ServicesChy Services
Phyllis J.
She was very professional. Everyone was quite pleased with their massage. We definitely will work with her again on our next Palm Springs Ladies' Trip.
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Shannon S.
We had a wonderful experience with Chy for my husbands 50th birthday. Everyone had professional massages and were pampered! Thank you so much!!
Chy ServicesChy Services
Paola j.
Alex was Great, I like deep tissue and sports massages and ge was just what my body needed! I would totally recommend him!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Cherie H.
Arrived early. Quick to setup. I enjoyed my massage. My husband wanted more pressure and told her. He said it still wasn’t enough.
Chy ServicesChy Services
Katie Y.
One of the best massages I have ever had (and I get a lot)! You can’t beat this quality with this price. It was an added bonus having them come to you!!
Chy ServicesChy Services
Jill B.
AMAZING! We loved, loved, loved our massage therapists, Fuli & Dre!! They made us feel so comfortable, were very professional and very friendly. I’m already booking another one in July!!
Chy ServicesChy Services
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