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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
  • 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 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 Pasadena massage therapists
Christine M.
Amazing massage.
J's WellnessJ's Wellness
CHRISTINE M.
Best massage
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Karl M.
very good massage
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
Bob T.
AMAZING massage....highly recommend!
Massage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/OutcallMassage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/Outcall
Judith B.
Thank you very much for your great massage Quincy! I appreciate your punctuality and your professionalism! I feel like a new person after your massage! Your massage is definitely therapeutic and relaxing at the same time! Oh I also love the smell of your massage oil, I had aromatherapy along with your great massage! I can’t get enough words to describe your great work but thank you so much! I highly recommend this therapist!!
GQ: MassageGQ: Massage
Tony S.
Good quality massage. Very professional.
Butterfly beauty &wellness centerButterfly beauty &wellness center
Natalie J.
Really great energy and great massage
Leef MassageLeef Massage
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.
Deep.in.Stress.outDeep.in.Stress.out
John D.
Chris was great. It was very easy to set the appointment and he arrived exactly when he said he would. We were doing two massages and Chris asked to arrive early to set up the room. He does a great job turning the massage space into a "spa". I loved the heated massage table and warm towels and eye covers. He played great music and really just did a great job of turning a regular in-home massage into a elegant, blissful experience. We have had a lot of in-home massages and no one has ever given us quite the spa experience like Chris. And, the massages, they were great. He was very attentive to the amount of pressure and technique. It was obvious he knew what he was doing as he commented on areas where I was sore or really tight without my saying anything. I highly recommend Chris for in-home, spa experience massage.
Wholeness In-home MassageWholeness In-home Massage
Bill C.
Great massage. Very thorough and professional. Would definitely recommend !
Bodyworks & wax specialistBodyworks & wax specialist
Gabriel P.
Linda gives a wonderful massage and I’ll be using her again!
LindaLinda
Elizabeth S.
Nancy was EARLY and gave a most WONDERFUL massage! Her hands are magical and I really felt better as a result. She is very professional and gives an amazing HOT STONE massage. I highly recommend her.
Mobile Home Massage By NancyMobile Home Massage By Nancy
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.
RayLaxation Massage by RayshelleRayLaxation Massage by Rayshelle
Robert L.
May was pleasant and provided an excellent massage. Highly recommend if you are looking for a real therapist.
House call massage by MayHouse call massage by May
Briana W.
Clarence was good with a deep tissue massage. It relieved the pain in my back. Thank you!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Sharon F.
Wonderful massage and such lovely conversation. Will certainly book again! Thank you thank you!
CC MAASAGECC MAASAGE
Steve Y.
I was desperately in need of a massage and was able to book a same day appointment with her. I am so grateful that I found her. She was on time, professional and provided a great massage. I will continue to use her services again in the future. Thank you!
Masters touchMasters touch
Gabriel P.
Enjoyable massage and quality individual! Slept like a baby afterwards! Looking forward to my next one!
Masters touchMasters touch
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
John D.
I messaged Jesse yesterday and he responded right away. We arranged a time for a massage therapy session for today. He followed up this morning to confirm. I went to his place which was nice, clean and easy parking. The massage was great. Jesse really knows what he is doing. He continually checked in to make sure the pressure was good. He has very strong hands and was able to apply fantastic pressure. Overall, he was very professional, courteous and and an excellent massage therapist. I would highly recommend Jesse.
Jesse MendezJesse Mendez
Judith B.
The best massage I've ever had in my whole life!! I've always been a bit skeptical about getting a therapist from the app but I'm so glad I finally did!! Ken is very nice and professional. He responds quickly to messages and arrived on time with enough time to set up the table before the massage. I got all my areas of concern worked on and beyond! He was not rushed with time and he made sure I was satisfied with the massage. After the massage I was feeling like a new person! I have not felt so good and healed in so long! Thanks a lot Ken, we will definitely contact you again soon!! Highly recommended for whoever wants the best therapist!!!👌
The Massage GodThe Massage God
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