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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. 

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

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 Laguna Beach massage therapists
Eric B.
Awesome massage
Restoration Bodywork TherapyRestoration Bodywork Therapy
Laura H.
Excellent massage!!!
Trauma-Informed Reiki and Massage HealingTrauma-Informed Reiki and Massage Healing
K. S.
Great massage.
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Joey S.
Great massage!
Dustin S.
I love getting massage. Vernon is an ‘at ease’ maker and understands the importance of full body presence during a massage to ease tension. This session left me feeling connected and at peace. What really made the massage that much better than most massages I’ve had is the care and attention that seemed to be constantly directed toward me. Vernon is a true healer and provides a noteworthy healing experience.
Healing Arts by VernonHealing Arts by Vernon
Matt S.
Good massage, super nice therapist.
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
John E.
Such a cool person and a fantastic massage. Highly recommended.
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
John E.
Excellent massage. Incredibly kind and cool person. Strong, too💪 10 stars!
Jazzmin HernandezJazzmin Hernandez
John G.
Magic hands along w her experience - could be the best overall massage ever. 👍👍👍👍👍
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
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
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
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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