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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 Pacific Palisades massage therapists
Danielle B.
Amazing massage! Highly recommended :)
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Thumbtack Customer
Amy is terrific. She is quite skilled at massage and acupuncture. She listens and offers advice. On time, professional, and great, great massage skills.
Acupuncture WestsideAcupuncture Westside
Derek Y.
I booked two massages for my boss and his wife. Both enjoyed meeting Yael and were pleased with their massages. Thank you to Yael! Regards, D
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
William W.
Yael is very knowledgeable about physiology which makes her a gifted massage therapist. This is a five star massage And we look forward to our next session with her!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Davine R.
It was one of thee best massages I've ever gotten.
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Arik P.
She is terrific - highly recommend and I am a huge massage fiend
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Kirsten S.
My husband and I booked Eden for much needed massages. She was truly wonderful and addressed our individual needs with such care and compassion. She is lovely to work with and we will definitely book her again for massages soon!
Hands On PilatesHands On Pilates
Elizabeth B.
Vicki was fantastic! Super professional and a great massage. She came to our house to give my husband and I each a 90 minute massage. We were both super impressed and will definitely hire her again!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Jeff R.
Wonderful. Really appreciated Amy’s approach, professionalism, and the relaxing atmosphere of the massage room.
Acupuncture WestsideAcupuncture Westside
Max C.
Thank you for a " spa like " experience at home. Truly a rejuvenating and relaxing massage. Thank you!
Bodywork by JordanBodywork by Jordan
Tina B.
Mam gave my Mom (age 94) and I wonderful massages. She is highly recommended.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Deborah-Jim L.
Listened and responded to individual requests; able to work effectively with parkinson's and lymphedema issues, as well as deep tissue massage
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Elizabeth B.
Mam was fantastic, arrived on time and set up a lovely massage experience for my husband. We will definitely call her again.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Barry C.
I’ve had massages over the years, but not consistently and as a 55 yr old male, I Have come to realize my body needs more time and attention, Especially massage and stretching. I connected with Yael (while en route from a long road trip) as I was in desperate need of relief from a muscle spasm giving me pretty severe lower back pain. She made herself available for a house call within 2 hours of returning home (after 8 pm on a Saturday night) and I am so appreciative. She had great reviews and appeared to be an experienced masseuse and my time with her definitely supported her online reputation. She was an excellent communicator, listening to my history and particular aches and carefully crafted a massage based on my immediate needs. Im still recovering, but she provided excellent advise on stretching, strengthening, mindfulness, etc and helped in more ways beyond the high quality and clean massage. Thanks Yael!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Mike D.
I have to be honest — he deserves the name “Massage God”! Absolutely one of the best ever. Very personable, friendly, clear communication. 100% recommend without hesitation. Thanks!
The Massage GodThe Massage God
Jasmina A.
I am recovering from cancer and she has the care, and professional skill to modify the massage for my comfort and healing! I felt released and rejuvenated. Thank you Yael! Jasmina Agrillo Scherr
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Pearl C.
Yael was an extremely professional massage therapist at our retreat! She was flexible as well, for when we were running out of space at the retreat center, she took to doing massages for six of our clients inside of a chapel without hesitation. She was also very, very punctual given our rigid scheduling of each client. Yael's services were very, very appreciated and we can't wait to host another retreat and hire Yael again. What a wonderful treat and honor having her was!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Pearl C.
Thank you SO MUCH Krisztina for our massage sessions for our clients at the retreat. Krisztina was professional, and flexible given our limited space at the retreat center. Our clients really appreciated her specialization and customization for each and every one of them! She was wonderful to have and I cannot wait to host another retreat and rehire Krisztina.
Mike D.
There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe the experience. Light years better than any other bodywork I’ve ever received. I’ve spent most of the last 30 years trying countless healing modalities around the world to help live with the daily pain of chronic migraines, cervical fusions, spinal surgery, hip reconstruction, advanced osteoarthritis, numerous car accidents, and more. Those who live in chronic pain know the exhaustion and lack of hope that develop over time. I’d given up ever finding significant pain relief. Just one session with Justin, and I have a bit of hope. What a tremendous gift. Justin is the most gifted massage therapist I’ve ever worked with. He unraveled knots no one has even been able to make a dent in. His sense of exactly how much pressure to use — and having the strength to do it — was unreal. Everything about the session was beyond perfection. An ultimate professional, and a sincerely nice guy.
JustinCredible MassageJustinCredible Massage
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