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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

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 North Hollywood massage therapists
Terry W.
Great massage and massage space was well done, clean and relaxing.
Massage Mania by ChristMassage Mania by Christ
Fabian R.
Mam is a great massage therapist. Friendly, punctual, and communicative. I get massages fairly regularly and this has been one of the most relaxing massages I’ve received. She even incorporated some Thai massage techniques which is a nice touch. Definitely recommend 🙏🏽
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Carolyn C.
Holy s***, I literally melted off the massage table….. Hands down one of the best massages I’ve ever had. I’ve never felt better. This guy truly is a massage GOD 🤤 😍🤤
The Massage GodThe Massage God
Joseph S.
Great massage. Very skillful and professional.
The Art of BodyEnergy work by Alena HarmonyThe Art of BodyEnergy work by Alena Harmony
Chang K.
Very professional and great massage for my problem areas (legs and arms). Felt wonderful after the session and would 100% recommend if you are looking for a great massage.
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Taylor B.
Best massage I have ever received
House call massage by MayHouse call massage by May
Tierra D.
The best massage I’ve had so far!
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
MR. T.
Great massage and informative. Ok time and great value
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Kiana N.
This was the best massage! Tiffany was thorough and gave a great experience!
Organic massageOrganic massage
Blanca B.
Me and my husband loved getting massages pre-covid and this was so much better than going to a massage place. He was so professional, made us feel comfortable and that he had taken the steps necessary for sanitation due to covid. Most importantly he is so knowledgeable and diverse for difficult massage styles. Highly recommend him!
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Jalisa B.
When I say Kirk is the best he is the BESTT I wish I could give 10stars. His customer service is so good I canceled someone else for him. He was attentive, friendly, and considerate. The massage itself was nothing short of AMAZING. He really knows how to massage well. Probably the best massage I’ve ever gotten for sure. Will be using his services as often as I can.
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Shane G.
Alena has such a positive presence and does a fantastic massage especially with the stretching. Highly recommend.
The Art of BodyEnergy work by Alena HarmonyThe Art of BodyEnergy work by Alena Harmony
Karen K.
The best massage ever very friendly person I will request her again 100%
Chris L.
Jon is personable, professional and a highly skilled massage therapist. I highly recommend him.
Jon MarinoJon Marino
Ari A.
Ami was amazing. She was on time. Super professional and gave a great massage will def be hiring again
Spa HausSpa Haus
Glenn P.
I was a massage therapist in my past life, so I’m a little picky when rating a massage. I was more than pleasantly surprised. The technique and intuitiveness of knowing the body and how to release the stress points was exceptional. I look forward to my next session.
Masters touchMasters touch
Jay m.
I received a Spa high-quality massage in my home. He's a professional, experienced therapist.
The Massage GodThe Massage God
Jack E.
Alena is great at what she does, a true professional in every way. I usually hesitate going for a massage from past experiences thanks to people that don’t know what they are doing. But Alena changed all of that by showing how a true professional massage is supposed to be. Will definitely be back!
The Art of BodyEnergy work by Alena HarmonyThe Art of BodyEnergy work by Alena Harmony
Jay m.
Thank you for providing me an excellent deep tissue massage, and being punctual, professional, and courteous was appreciated.
Mobile VIP MassageMobile VIP Massage
Mike B.
Such a pro. I surprised my wife with a massage and she had a 10 out of 10 experience. Thank you for everything!
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Glenn P.
I was a massage therapist for many years and I know the value and positive therapeutic results from a professional massage. Phinasera was attentive, professional and masterfully worked out the soreness and muscle knots throughout my body. When you find someone this good, you keep them. I look forward to my next session.
Jay S.
Great experience, great, great massage. Very cool lady. I will definitely call on her again and highly recommend giving her a try A+
Chris L.
Max is a highly skilled massage therapist who's also very personable and attentive to his client's needs and comfort. I strongly recommend booking him.
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Jalisa B.
Eddie gave me the best massage I’ve ever had. I’ve been having extreme back pain from working from home and it was like he knew exactly where to work out the kinks. He was amazing and skilled. I felt lucky to have found him. His set up is very clean, sturdy, and comfortable. He’s now my go to massage therapist!
Body Works MassageBody Works Massage
Kimberly H.
Vernon is absolutely amazing! He responded quickly and was able to book my session last minute. He arrived on time and took the time to understand my needs, always checking in throughout the massage making sure I was comfortable and that the pressure was the right amount. This truly was the BEST massage I have ever had and I look forward to hiring him again. Thank you so much Vernon!
Healing Arts by VernonHealing Arts by Vernon
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