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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 Laguna Beach massage therapists
Dustin S.
Matt immediately responded to my thumbtack request and I got a massage by the end of the day. So appreciative for that. As a seasoned massage therapist myself, I think the massage was amazing! Total presence and focus during the massage as well as soothing and strong at the same time. Total control of his massage moves. And I greatly appreciate all of that. I’m scheduling again for sure. Thank you!
South County MassageSouth County Massage
Joey S.
Great massage!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Laura H.
Excellent massage!!!
Trauma-Informed Reiki and Massage HealingTrauma-Informed Reiki and Massage Healing
K. S.
Great massage.
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Matt S.
Good massage, super nice therapist.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
John E.
Such a cool person and a fantastic massage. Highly recommended.
Dustin S.
Cedric @Unlocked Massage was exactly what I needed. Therapeutic and relaxing. He addressed all the areas I told him about. I am a 25 year experienced massage therapist at a 5star resort and massage teacher so he was pretty amazing in my opinion. Thanks Cedric!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Best massage treatment I have had in ages. Monica was flexible on timing but arrived promptly once we had set an appointment. Massage table was really comfortable. I highly recommend her.
Monica Watts Mobile Massage TherapyMonica Watts Mobile Massage Therapy
S. R.
Great experience on a last minute massage after a surfing related muscle strain.
Tropical TouchezTropical Touchez
Thumbtack Customer
Tonya was wonderful! Her communication and flexibility was awesome! She was prompt, prepared and professional. She did 5 massages for us with no break! She tailored each massage perfectly! Everyone loved their session. We will most definitely be using Tonya next time around!
Laguna Beach Outcall Massage TherapyLaguna Beach Outcall Massage Therapy
John E.
What a nice lady. Great massage. Very professional. Highly recommended. My back feels much better.
HealingHands mobile massageHealingHands mobile massage
John E.
Great massage. Seriously one of the best I've ever had - ever! Super strong. Very knowledgeable. Highly trained.
Massage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/OutcallMassage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/Outcall
Debbie C.
Tanesha is an excellent massage therapist. She listened to our needs and provided a tailored service for our individual needs. I can highly recommend her.
Tanesha Wilcox Massage TherapistTanesha Wilcox Massage Therapist
Thumbtack Customer
Brilliant therapist! Maggie humbly acknowledges being a student, but I've received massages in some of the top spas, and Maggie's technique, cadence, and passion for understanding the body was unsurpassed by any previous therapist. Job well done!
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Thumbtack Customer
Monica is an excellent massage therapist -- strong and accomplished -- as well as a delightful person. Both my husband and i were very happy with her work. My dog loved her too! We'll be having her back! : )
Monica Watts Mobile Massage TherapyMonica Watts Mobile Massage Therapy
Dustin S.
Nicks massage has left me in bliss. He’s very kind and mellow energy. The techniques he used helped with a muscle spasm I was having. He was exactly on time to the session. The scheduling process was easy as well. A+ thank you!
European Hippie MassageEuropean Hippie Massage
Brad H.
Steven gave a masterful massage catered to my needs. He listened and adapted to my specific needs. My goal, in part, was to have more flexibility for workouts and he also gave me some great advice which I will incorporate. Will schedule regularly and highly recommend him!
Holistic Massage TherapyHolistic Massage Therapy
Zerline H.
Cedric is an excellent, caring masseuse that I would use again. I used his services for me and my senior mother. She isv usually uncomfortable at the thought of massage but Cedric put her at ease l, made her comfortable and she is still raving over her experience.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Scott r.
Surprised my wife with a weekend with her friend and wanted to get them a massage. Reached out to Mam via thumbtack didn't hear back so I thought it was going nowhere but the next day Mam reached out. I was surprised but happy. text back and forth and agreed upon a time. She was going to a resort to meet them, ladies were waiting in room when my wife text 30 min after app and said she wasn't there. When i reached out, she was just arriving. Which given a saturday i wasn't to upset but i did want everything perfect. She got to the room and gave back to back 60 min massages that my wife and her friend loved! I'll definitely be reaching back out. Only constructive feedback is be a little quicker on the response and show up on time, no one wants to wait around on a mini vacation in the room. Other than that you were awesome and we'd love to use you again for our the next masage session!
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
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