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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. 

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.  

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.

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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Newport Beach massage therapists
Cosmin B.
One of the best massages I've had. I strongly recommend him. He is my new go to guy for massage. My back feels so much better after my massage.
Tyler H MassageTyler H Massage
Jorey B.
Best massage!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Charlie T.
Superb massage
Illuminate Massage & WellnessIlluminate Massage & Wellness
Kai D.
Great massage!
Relax & Heal Massage TherapyRelax & Heal Massage Therapy
Matt D.
Fantastic massage. Very professional
X.O Masterful BodyworkX.O Masterful Bodywork
ANDREW D.
Amazing massage, will definitely repeat.
Affinity Body Therapy LLCAffinity Body Therapy LLC
Camielle C.
Tommy was great! I surprised my cousin with a massage for Christmas. Tommy showed up on time, set up quickly and got right into the massage. It was a 9
Rejuvenating TouchRejuvenating Touch
Jorey B.
Best massage I’ve ever had!
Masters touchMasters touch
Joe D.
She was right on time and the massage was excellent. Thanks!
Masters touchMasters touch
Kevin Z.
Great experience. Much relaxed after the massage
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Matt D.
Ami provided an excellent massage. Very professional.
Spa HausSpa Haus
Nina R.
Best massage I've had in a long time.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Eric J.
Had a great massage with Ivy. Would highly recommend!
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Jean O.
We had a couple's massage this weekend. We both thought it was the best massage ever! So professional and talented. Kept in great contact with me. Would definitely recommend and will use again for sure!
Spa HausSpa Haus
GLENN MARK D.
Great massage. It was supposedly full body but I requested to focus on my back since that the reason I needed a massage. Feeling great and relaxed after. Only thing I wished there was a stretching after.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Portia H. I.
We visit Newport a lot to get out of the heat in the desert. While on vacation we like to schedule a home service massage. We’re glad to find Tyler while on vacation because we get our massages once a week since we have some neck and shoulder pain from working on the computer a lot. He listened to our requests and customized the massage he gave my husband and myself. His pressure was firm and perfect, he was in time and professional. He wore his mask the whole time and washed his hands before and after the massage. We recommend Tyler to anyone who is looking for a home service quality massage.
Tyler H MassageTyler H Massage
Fritz H.
Absolutely worth every minute of a massage with Joe. Certainly 1of the best
Joe Cole CMTJoe Cole CMT
Anthony C.
very good massage. Very detailed, strong hands. i highly recommend
Tia The Bodywork SpecialistTia The Bodywork Specialist
Chris W.
Thanks for being so quick to accommodate my schedule and provide an insanely relaxing massage!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Kathie C.
Great massage. I would highly recommend her. Super responsive-great communication.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Brad P.
A total Pro! My wife loved her surprise Massage experience. Def recommend.
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
Alexis R.
my first prenatal massage and it was great! easy to schedule and super convenient having Ivy come to my home.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Abbie S.
I hired Ivan for a party where I wanted to treat guests to 15-20 minute massages outside. He was fantastic. Responsive, on time, professional, and it was the highlight of the party. He cleaned the chair after each guest and wore a mask for Covid safety. Everyone absolutely LOVED his massages. Will hire again.
Massage TherapyMassage Therapy
Paul T.
Showed up on time and ready and was very professional. One of the best massages I’ve had and looking forward to booking again.
Spa HausSpa Haus
Kal A.
One of the best therapist by far I’m looking forward to go visit again , thank you Shiela for the best Massage.
Bryant BodyworkBryant Bodywork
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