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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.

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 Los Gatos massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
Suzie masterfully brings together anatomy/physiology, massage savvy, and heart—to deliver highly effective massage therapy.
Restore Massage + WellnessRestore Massage + Wellness
Aldrine m.
Very good massage. Highly recommend
Fred F.
Great couples massage (deep tissue)...will use her again:-))
Platinum Massage & Body ContouringPlatinum Massage & Body Contouring
Harumi G.
Suzie was great! Good pressure. I like the way she massaged my scalp!
Restore Massage + WellnessRestore Massage + Wellness
Brit B.
Masahiro is amazing! I had him come to our home to give my husband a trigger point/myofascial release massage and my very massage-picky husband loved him. Masahiro was professional and a relaxing presence. We hope to work with him again soon!
Massage ClinicMassage Clinic
Marianne L.
Wonderfully relaxing massage. Tamar was prompt and very sweet. I booked another appointment before she left. :)
Tamar Leffert CMTTamar Leffert CMT
Kyle K.
Jessa is a fantastic yoga teacher and massage therapist. She's extremely kind, professional, and will make sure to push you in the right direction while keeping your body comfortable. The space she practices at is serene and beautiful as its amidst trees near the Santa Cruz mountains. It was probably a large portion of what helped me focus on yoga and just relax when doing massage. I highly recommend working with Jessa.
Santa Cruz BiomechanicsSanta Cruz Biomechanics
Elle M.
Lawrence was professional and personable. This was an excellent massage and he even travelled quite far to help me. I hope I can persuade him to come back again. Highly recommend
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Reco P.
Thank you Patrick for giving me a good massage, not just an ordinary masseur but an expert and a teacher. He will recommend what’s the best for you. Thank you once again Patrick, until next time. 👍👍👍👍👍
Touch for Natural Peace
Reco P.
Thank you Hank for giving me a last minute massaged. You’re such a nice and kind masseur. You did great 👍. I highly recommend Hank, soft hand and one of the best masseur. Until nextime.
Summer S.
Communication is huge for me and Karalyn was spot on with detail and responsiveness. Value is important to me and while when you look at a list of fees and providers on this site, she may be toward the top of the list on price, I can tell you that not only is the skill and professionalism worth but both of my Physical Therapists saw concrete results and we were able to make much better use of those sessions following just our first massage appointment. I am a reluctant massage client and I am so thankful to have found Karalyn on my journey to long term wellness.
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
Elle M.
Glenn totally made my day. His combination of techniques was tailored to what I needed perfectly. He combined hot stone with traditional massage and reiki to bring me stress and pain relief. And it was a pleasure talking to him too. Recommend!
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Andrew F.
Elle is GIFTED!! Thumbtack only lets you pick 3 things you liked the most but Elle easily deserves all 5 options and more. She’s amazing, intuitive, and strong! I literally sat there thinking “Oh my god this is the best massage I’ve ever had!” She worked on my lower back at first which I thought was my only issue. Then she moved on and I quickly was aware just how bad my body was knotted up. After 90 minutes I feel like a whole new me! If you’re in need of a massage or are in pain contact Elle immediately, then thank me later!
Mobile Massage by ElleMobile Massage by Elle
Elle M.
Karalyn is an incredible masseuse. I think that this was one of the best massages I’ve ever had. Her pressure was perfect, we talked about what I was looking for and she was so intuitive. I felt amazing after this despite being very tense before during a tough time. I really recommend Karalyn and will continue to work with her.
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
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