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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
  • 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 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.

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.

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 Oceanside massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding massage.
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Leigh I.
Good massage!
Healing oils massagesHealing oils massages
Lauren H.
Wonderful massage!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Melanie C.
The very best massage I have ever had. Incredibly nice young man, professional and amazing massage!
Rejuvenating TouchRejuvenating Touch
Claire B.
I bought a gift certificate for a massage for my daughter for Christmas. Working with Jackie on the gift certificate and the actual massage all went perfectly. My daughter got a lot out of it and will schedule another massage with Jackie.
Knead Balance MassageKnead Balance Massage
Gail D.
Karen is an excellent massage therapist. She did 4 consecutive massages, adjusting pressure as required. Will definitely hire Karen again
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Ray R.
If you are looking for the ultimate massage, look no further. Suwanna has the knowledge and experience to give you just the massage, you are looking for. She is awesome.
Chaba Thai BodyworkChaba Thai Bodywork
Brenda A.
Best massage and energy work I’ve ever had!
CinderellaCinderella
Michelle B.
She was not only a great massage therapist but she was very nice and showed empathy:)
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Brandon L.
Joyce was amazing! One of the very best massages I have had in a long time!
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Ray R.
Incredibly awesome, Corrinas massage was just what I was looking for. Found forever therapist.
Corrina MCorrina M
Vanessa M.
She was on time and very professional. Such a great massage! I loved the stretching she did. I recommend!
Chaba Thai BodyworkChaba Thai Bodywork
Anthony S.
My wife and I had a wonderful evening getting massages. Huvafen is very professional and I will use them again.
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Ann e.
Had a fantastic long massage from Dylan. He is really good at working deep into the muscles . I will definitely be looking for another appointment soon!
Dylans Heavenly Massage Therapy+personal trainingDylans Heavenly Massage Therapy+personal training
Lachelle L.
It was just what we needed to celebrate our anniversary. Great pressure, constantly checked in and she was able to bring her colleague so we could do a couples massage. Thank you thank you!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Caitlin D.
I booked Karen for an in-home massage for my husband and myself for his birthday. We absolutely loved the experience. Karen was professional, worked out our knots and made us feel at ease. We will definitely be booking again!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Henry S.
Karen gave me one of the best massages I’ve have in awhile! She is a friendly and warm person who is super responsive to her client’s needs. So thankful that I found her on this app and can’t wait to return
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Bernadette W.
Michael was fantastic. I got this as a surprise for my husband who had underwent extensive back surgery three months ago. Michael knew exactly how to help him! He gave him “the best massage I’ve ever had”. Well worth it!
Kinetic Healing And Life Movement LLCKinetic Healing And Life Movement LLC
Ken W.
Fernando was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the body. High quality massage. He checked in on me many times throughout to make sure pressure was just right. He even gave me advice on areas to stretch to avoid tightness. Would definitely recommend him.
Fernando Alves Massage TherapistFernando Alves Massage Therapist
Mack C.
Best massage I've ever had, hands down. Sarah is knowledgeable and takes the time to learn your body. The session was knowledgeable as well as therapeutic. I left feeling relaxed and all my pain was gone. I would highly recommend Sarah before you try anyone else.
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
Ray R.
Corrina is the perfect massage therapist that I have been looking for. There are a lot of options out there, but when you choose Corrina, you will have found the best. Corrina new exactly what my body needed, and she was awesome. Back in three weeks, my search is over. Thank you Corrina.
Corrina MCorrina M
Ray R.
Julie was absolutely amazing. Julie new exactly what my body needed,she found problems I didn’t know I had. When I left , I have never felt so relaxed. I have been having massages for 10 years, and Julie is by far the best. I will definitely be back. Julie is number one for me. Thank you Julie. 😊😊😊😊😊
Heal2ChangeHeal2Change
Ray R.
Sarah was absolutely amazing. Sarah found problems with my body I never knew I had. Sarah not only found the problems, but fixed them. I’ve been getting massages for every 3 weeks, for 10 years, finally I found a specialist that I will definitely go back to. My search is finally over, don’t have to look any further for the best. Thank you Sarah, you are the best.
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
Rachel H.
Chris more than lived up to the reviews posted on his profile and if the stars went above 5 he’d definitely have a 10! I wish my vocabulary was more extensive so that I could use descriptive words that would give his skills and ability the level of praise they deserve. Chris responded to all my inquiries in a more than timely manner, he was very accommodating with regards to scheduling and then when I had to reschedule. I greatly appreciated the level of professionalism and compassion that was maintained while I connected to some deep seeded pain/issues that were brought about thru the massage process and Chris helping me to connect with my breath and how I felt with the breath and in the moment. He was kind, supportive, and understanding during a moment of what I saw as weakness and for me was embarrassing. Words can not express how grateful I am for his intuitiveness and his ability to help me in that moment without me feeling even more embarrassed. I definitely would recommend him to anyone in need of some stress relief and any chronic pain triggers that need working. I can’t wait to make another apt.
Holistic Massage & BodyworkHolistic Massage & Bodywork
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