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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 Lake Balboa massage therapists
Bec H.
I had a wonderful experience having a massage through Yael. This was my first massage since being pregnant and Yael was very knowledgable and shared many tips with me in managing through my pregnancy. Yael was very professional and provided details of products and techniques she was using throughout the massage to ensure my comfort. I would highly recommend Yael and will hopefully be getting another massage soon.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Inessa K.
Had an amazing couples massage. Very relaxing!
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
Kc a.
Bella was very nice and the massage was very relaxing.
Aliah A.
Fast response, great massage therapy. Will definitely contact again!
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Michael s.
Excellent massage. Patient and methodical. I'm a bodyworker and am very particular about receiving work. I loved the massage, fell asleep a couple of times during the 90 minutes. Felt deeply touched and relaxed.
Marina AnderssonMarina Andersson
Chris S.
The person that bliss experience sent had no idea how to give a massage. She didn't listen to what I said while she was giving the massage. I would tell her to massage harder and all around not just in one area. She rubbed my right shoulder for about 20 minutes. I then has to ask her to stop and rub other places other than my shoulder. It was very frustrating as I paid a lot of money for a awful massage. Don't waste your money with this service unless they have better masseuses. She was nice but, you could tell she was not interested in giving massages and had no idea how to. It was a waste of 90 minutes of my life.
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
Matt P.
Yael is an amazing masseuse and brought all the supplies for a hot stone massage to our home. Her massage was therapeutic and very relaxing. She also played soothing music during the session. My wife also received a deep tissue massage and was very happy with it. We look forward to having Yael in our home again! PS: she is very covid safe and wore a mask the whole time
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Jake P.
Very knowledgeable excellent massage helpful with great attitude & care. Highly recommend.
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Olga R.
Me and my husband both got excellent relaxing massages. Very professional and pleasant. We going to have it again. Highly recommend.
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Tracy L.
Yael is a mother of 3; as I’m a mother of 2. We related to each other in many ways as both mothers. She gave a strong appropriate massage for my sciatica symptoms for 1 hour as requested. I received my massage only after she had completed my son’s professional, appropriate & thorough massage: he is a Jr on the Santa Monica High School’s track team & was experiencing pain in his feet directly related to his running.He also had pain in his lower back region which was handled completely. My son said it was 1 of the best sports massages he’s received ever. He felt Yael completes the job. I was also impressed w Yael’s thoroughness, knowledge of the body, appropriate behavior, & someone ‘s ability to get my pain levels under control- even temporarily.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Steve A.
Kathy arrived timely, set up her table, she is very professional and very attentive, Great personality, her massage is just perfect, I would definitely will schedule again and will recommend to others
Healing touch massage by Kathy.Healing touch massage by Kathy.
Tim R.
Absolutely a lifelong client now! This was hands down the most unique and 100% effective massage I’ve ever had! I felt so comforted by the personable vibe and professional demeanor! Book now or miss out on this truly rising gifted service!
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Steve A.
I had a wonderful experience with Kat. Her positive energy translated throughout our 120 minute session. She is knowledgeable in several areas of massage therapy and has genuine interest in the wellness of the client. I will most definitely schedule again and recommend her to family and friends.
Kat Kavanagh CMTKat Kavanagh CMT
Demetrius J.
Mam is the perfect massage therapist. My wife had a back spasm and Mam came after we made an appointment. She eased a lot of my wife’s pain and the next day she was walking better! Mam was very responsive, professional and did an amazing job. Highly recommend to make an appointment with her! :)
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Elaine R.
I thank Yael for a wonderful experience. She responded quickly to my request, was able to accommodate me quickly and was professional from start to finish. She was able to meet me where I was at with what I needed from a massage and masseuse, and I feel infinitely better 1 day later! Thank you, Yael!!!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Asavari K.
Yael was wonderful! I wanted to book a massage for my husband and myself. Yael responded immediately and set up an appointment despite the short notice. She was very warm, empathetic and professional and went the extra mile. She gave us cute face masks as gifts as well as some wellness tips for working from home. We both felt very relaxed and highly recommend working with Yael!
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