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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

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 Palm Springs massage therapists
Shavon L.
We had a great experience and massage working with Chy Massage. Would highly recommend!
Chy MassageChy Massage
Jocelyn S.
An amazing massage!
Chy MassageChy Massage
Woody G.
Excellent massage!
Living Well with TroyLiving Well with Troy
Andrew H.
Troy was fantastic. Great communication booking the appointment making it easy. The massage was outstanding. Relaxing and therapeutic massage. Highly recommend!!
Living Well with TroyLiving Well with Troy
Haylee D.
Responded fast to my inquiry, were able to roofer next day massage, arrived on time, high quality massage!
Chy MassageChy Massage
Brandon M.
Got a couples massage for a birthday gift they came to our Airbnb and gave a great outdoor massage. Would definitely buy again
Chy MassageChy Massage
Priscilla C.
We had 2 CHY Massage Therapists come to our home and do deep tissue massages for three couples. Everything about this service was exceptional, from the punctuality to the professionalism. We would definitely hire these massage therapists again!
Chy MassageChy Massage
David M.
Absolutely hands down the best massage I have ever received. Ciera was super fast to respond, rearranged her schedule to accommodate our last second request for 2 90 minute massages, showed up 10 minutes early, was super professional, had a comfortable massage table with high quality oils, and I can’t say enough about how incredible the actual massage was. Thanks a ton Ciera and I’ll definitely let you know when I’m back in Palm Springs for another massage!
Ciera Thomas Massage TherapistCiera Thomas Massage Therapist
Jill D.
Chy Massage was an amazing experience! My girlfriends and I are here celebrating birthdays and what awesome treat to have wonderful massages poolside at our home!
Chy MassageChy Massage
Nunzia S.
My experience was fantastic, the best massage !
Chy MassageChy Massage
Veronica P.
I would recommend Chy Massage! Rosie was amazing and was able to accommodate couples massages last min. Amazing way to end our 5 year anniversary:)
Chy MassageChy Massage
Tony O.
Great massages, and it was easy to schedule and set up!
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
Lou R.
Standard massage. Not bad not great. Was punctual and clean.
Merry Soul Mobile MassageMerry Soul Mobile Massage
Martha B.
Jill provided both my husband and me with A+ massages. We;ve had many massages over the years, and she is one of the best professionals we've met. Highly recommend
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Quintin T.
After contacting Stephen and advising him we needed two massage therapists, he was quickly able to identify and schedule two 1 hour appts. They arrived 15 min prior to appt for set up, which was quick and easy, and both inquired about the type of massages needed and problem areas. They were both very professional and provided excellent massages! I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone looking for a great, relaxing massage!
Holistic Massage TherapyHolistic Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Alex was amazing! One of the best massages I've had!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Alex W.
Some of the best massages we've ever had! Highly recommend.
Chy MassageChy Massage
Caitlin D.
We hired Chy Massage to come give massages for four of us at a bachelorette party. Rosie and Casey were both wonderful. They got creative in figuring out how to make the outdoor space work to fit massage tables, and were willing to work outside despite the heat which we were super appreciative of! The massages themselves were fantastic and the whole experience was one of the bride's favorite parts of the weekends. Would definitely recommend them and hire them again next time we are in Palm Springs!
Chy MassageChy Massage
Ruth Z.
Awesome massage — I would hire Kia again in a heartbeat!
The Art Of ChiThe Art Of Chi
Sara S.
We 100% recommend Alex, for your next massage. We had him come to our house and he was extremely professional and timely. He was easy to communicate with. It was the best massage that my boyfriend had ever had.
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Peter M.
Cartier Massage was very professional and gave the perfect massage. I have travelled the world and have had all types of massages and he incorporated so many different experiences. He also took direction well, as I had some sports injuries and he just made me feel so much better. I would go back to him anytime! Peter
Cartier Holistic MessageCartier Holistic Message
Mark O.
I got a great massage at a great price and I know im in the business
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Charlie b.
Very good experience. Good massage and great customer service. Highly recommend!
Chy MassageChy Massage
Nakecia W.
Alex did massages for us (group of 4) and everyone, including me, was thoroughly pleased. We all agreed that the massage felt amazing and he was very attentive to what each of our individual need were. I would definitely book him again.
Alex MassageAlex Massage
Melanie S.
Had a great experience with Alex - solid communication, friendly and excellent massage. Would hire again!
Alex MassageAlex Massage
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