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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 Palm Desert massage therapists
Isaac E.
We loved Chy Massage! Ordered a Pregnancy Massage for my wife and she loved it!
Chy MassageChy Massage
Timothy C.
Great massage
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Timothy C.
Great massage and a great guy.
J.H Therapeutic massageJ.H Therapeutic massage
Diane S.
Excellent massage! Professional and knowledgeable
Chy MassageChy Massage
Daniele a.
Had a great massage and will call again 😊
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Tom B.
alex arrived early and adapted well to the outdoor massage. wife had a great massage and he was very attentive to her tight muscles. would recommend again!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Heather G.
One best massage i have had.
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Ty J.
He showed up promptly and gave a wonderful massage!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Marie G.
Great massage, enjoyed every minute will book with him again...
J.H Therapeutic massageJ.H Therapeutic massage
Tina F.
Lisa was Professional and gave an amazing in home pool side deep tissue massage
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
Paul S.
I experienced an exceptional deep tissue massage for the first time, excellent job!!! Thanks, again!
Tropical TouchezTropical Touchez
Frank P.
I have had massages from a variety of therapist and Lisa is at the top of the list. She is truly a professional.
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
Michell B.
Alex gave one of the best massages I’ve ever had. He hit every knot and pressure point. We were looking for someone to come give our friend a massage for her 40th birthday and when she said it was amazing I had to give it a try! Can’t say enough, he was outstanding!!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Ken H.
Best massage I had in quite some time. Joyce creates the perfect environment for relaxation and wellness. Well done.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Joe S.
I greatly enjoyed my massage from JK. He is skilled and strong. His studio is beautiful. Highly recommended.
JK ClinicJK Clinic
Diana Rosa M.
They responded right away. Prompt arrival and amazing service. Definitely happy with my massage and looking forward to booking this service again.
Chy MassageChy Massage
Timothy C.
A great massage and just as important a great company. You can tell this is a business that cares about their customers and their reputation. I was a little worried about someone come to my house but they were immediately responsive to every question and request I had as well as letting her know the credentials of the person who would be coming. They made sure to send the right person for the type of massage I wanted and that was great. Even after the massage was completed and they were paid they immediately reached out to me to make sure that I was satisfied. Great company They have a new customer for life.
Chy MassageChy Massage
Kellie T.
Alex came out late when we were on vacation and I appreciate that! It was late and I didn’t think I would be able to find anyone, it was the most relaxing massage I’ve ever had!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
David M.
Omar arrived as scheduled and promptly set up the table and his other materials. He gave me a very nice massage. He knew what he was talking about as for what he did and needed to be done. Will have him back
DeSoto's fit & wellnessDeSoto's fit & wellness
Mike k.
Lisa is a class act with MAD skills to help even the toughest cases such as myself! Been to many great massage therapists over my life and there is none better than Lisa!! Will definitely use her services again when we visit the desert area!! Choose her and you will not regret your choice!
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
Eelia H.
I had a last minute request from my clients daughter to get her a massage for her birthday. Low and behold everything was booked every place I called. I got on the Neighborhood app and some how I found thumbtack and Alexmassage. He and Maria helped to make my clients birthday a very happy day! Thank you!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Jessica S.
Cesiah is amazing! Professional, kind, courteous, and overall just absolutely does great work! She knows the body well and it shows. Proper pressure in the right areas, she keeps good consistent touch so there is no disruption in the flow of the massage, she uses temperature in various things like towels and hot rocks to assist in relaxation at the proper moments. She's consistent on both sides, and is attentive to whatever needs you voice. Overall just a 10/10 experience, not to mention a very competative price that can't be beat for her top quality. If you're hesitant on choosing someone, you don't have to with her!
Chy MassageChy Massage
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