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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 Pasadena massage therapists
Best massage
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Christine M.
Amazing massage.
J's WellnessJ's Wellness
Karl M.
very good massage
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
Bob T.
AMAZING massage....highly recommend!
Massage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/OutcallMassage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/Outcall
Tony S.
Good quality massage. Very professional.
Butterfly beauty &wellness centerButterfly beauty &wellness center
Patricia A.
Relaxing massage during a stressful time
Model MassageModel Massage
Lori D.
Yeal was amazing, I hired her for my husbands valentine gift and he raved and raved about the massage. we both get massages regularly " and he said she was a pro and it was one of the best massages he has received !! I was so happy to give him such a great gift !!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Iyun H.
DISO, provides cost-effective massage services.
Gabriel P.
Linda gives a wonderful massage and I’ll be using her again!
George H.
Rayshelle is a great therapist. I am addicted to massage and a world traveler, a massage in every city I spend a night. I know a good therapist, "Ray" is one of them. Lucky for us who retain her services.
Sharon F.
Wonderful massage and such lovely conversation. Will certainly book again! Thank you thank you!
Bob T.
Incredible..... skills, massage and therapist. As soon as I can get back - I’ll be booking another session.
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Ally K.
The derive was great, easy to set up appt and he brought everything needed for a perfect massage, even the music!
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Thumbtack Customer
Very happy with service and professionalism. I felt great and ready to tackle the rest of my holidays after my massage.
Holistically UnrestrictedHolistically Unrestricted
Nikki R.
Jane is amazing! Got my clients a surprise massage and they are still ranting and raving how amazing she was. She has a great set up and is truly an expert in her field. Also she is super responsive, professional, friendly, and knows a wide range of massage styles to accommodate anyone’s pressure needs. Thank you Jane!!
Jane KimJane Kim
Steve Y.
I am so glad I found the services of Bliss Massages during this quarantine. After being a member at a high end spa for years, I don’t think I will ever go back to the spa. This is truly the real deal when it comes to high end service! The response times and the service I have received from Bliss Massages have been excellent! Within a couple of hours I can have someone in the comfort of my own home providing an exceptional massage! Well worth the price you pay - great job and keep up the good work!
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
Nina L.
Sarah was wonderful! Truly, a professional. I hired her for a bridal shower for chair massages for my guests. Everyone loved the experience and her!
Sarahtonin Mobile Massage TherapySarahtonin Mobile Massage Therapy
Raffie K.
Amazing massage!!! She was on time and ready to go!!! Very professinal and took care of the issues I was having. Highly recommend her services!!!
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks for the outstanding massage. Lauren is prompt, professional, and an excellent masseuse. She worked hard on my knots without it being too painful.
Peace of Mind Mobile MassagePeace of Mind Mobile Massage
Nicola G.
We had a girl get together with a chair massage and Denise was very friendly and accommodating. Everyone loved her and will definitely use her again
Neecee On-Site Mobile MassageNeecee On-Site Mobile Massage
Neha B.
Maggie is a fantastic massage therapist. She will listen to your concerns/issues and tailor her massage accordingly. She has a quiet, calm demeanor that helps you begin to relax immediately. She's carefully to tailor her pressure and movements per your needs. My partner was so relaxed after his massage that it made me laugh--I mean, he was super-happy and chill, but so relaxed that he could barely talk. :) As for me, I came away feeling relaxed, very clear-headed, and energized. (Yeah, both relaxed and energized, simultaneously.) We were both pretty happy and we will hire Maggie again.
Elevate TouchElevate Touch
Gavin M.
Jose showed up on time , extremely courteous and delivered an amazing massage. I highly recommend him , he listens understands and does exactly what you ask.
Golden Lotuses - Holistic Mobile MassageGolden Lotuses - Holistic Mobile Massage
Kim H.
Denise is great! She accommodates our ever changing work schedule to ensure everyone on my team gets a great massage and never fails to have everyone asking for a longer session.
Neecee On-Site Mobile MassageNeecee On-Site Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
the person never showed up or responded re the date and time she asked me to name for an appointment. i was very disappointed as i truly need massages. i never had direct contact.
Peace of Mind Mobile MassagePeace of Mind Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Monique promptly responded to my inquiry, arrived right on time for our appointment, and was quick to get set up. I appreciated her punctuality! During the massage, she incorporated a few stretches and demonstrated some techniques that I found to be unique to her style. Very helpful in breaking up muscle tightness in my back and hips! My only critique of the experience is that there were a few disruptions... At the beginning of the massage, Monique asked what kind of music I would like to listen to, and at my advice, she put on some gentle spa music. Unfortunately, the music was interrupted a couple times by jarring advertisements, which definitely pulled me out of the relaxed zone I had settled into. That said, this problem could be easily resolved if Monique upgrades her music app, and it seems like a small price to pay to ensure that the mood she's worked hard to create can be maintained. Along the same lines, Monique also received several calls and texts (on vibrate) throughout the massage that interrupted the mood and music. Of course she ignored those calls, but I would recommend that she place her phone on "Do Not Disturb" during her appointments with clients so as to avoid the disruption. All in all, these criticisms are super easy fixes, so a 4 out of 5 stars is truly reflective of the great in-home massage experience I had!
Planet Mode WellnessPlanet Mode Wellness
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