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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Pomona massage therapists
Elizabeth R.
Kaitlyn is an excellent massage therapist. She gives a great deep tissue massage at a great value and her professionalism, punctuality, and compassionate, friendly personality all make the experience wonderful. Also, I really appreciate her excellent safety precautions during the pandemic. I felt very safe during the massage because she is so conscientious.
Elizabeth R.
Jovi is a fantastic massage therapist. I was really impressed by the various techniques he used, many of which were new to me and very effective. Wonderful deep tissue massage for sore, tight, or aching muscles.
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Brittney R.
Hands down one of the best massages I have had in a very long time! Kaitlyn really focused on my problem areas and listened to my preferences. I will definitely be scheduling more massages very soon!
Michael G.
BEST MASSAGE EVER! Linda is extremely professional and appropriate. Anyone looking for a great value and great modality massage for Swedish style.. I HIGHLY recommend ! She is also on time, very sensitive touch and overall well trained. I’m addition, polite, and cute. Haha very communicative too. I booked my massage within the hour and she showed up with enough time to set up and address my needs! 🫶🏻🤘🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 very good! 10/10 !
Kathie L.
Had Maggie come to the house for a girls birthday party. She was one time, well prepared and very sweet. She did 5 massages and every single person was more that happy with their massage (including me). She did a great job and was very flexible. I will certainly hire her again!!!!! Already working on another girls day so we can all get massages in the comfort of home. Thank you so much Maggie, it was absolutely wonderful!
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Regina H.
Thank you Shin. Deep tissue massage help lossen up tight back. Very professional, listen to requests. Looking forward to next appointment.
Shin MassageShin Massage
Don M.
Jamal is a master at his craft of massage. Communication is the key with Jamal, always checking in to see what is working, pressure etc. He is focused, engaging and an all around nice guy. Jamal is the real deal.
Image Wellness N RecoveryImage Wellness N Recovery
Lynn J.
Stephanie is amazing. She is extremely professional with terrific communication skills. I felt as if I have known her for years! I highly recommend her to others. I was very stiff and sore and after a 90 minute massage felt 100% better!
Trauma-Informed Reiki and Massage HealingTrauma-Informed Reiki and Massage Healing
Cynthia N.
Mina was very professional, listened and responsive to my massage and therapy needs! I would highly recommend her cheery smile and positive, professional hands to table within the convenience of your home! I’ve now incorporated her into my lifestyle maintenance program.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Thumbtack Customer
Had an amazing experience, walked in not being able to due certain movement on my wrist. I had pain for almost a month and it started getting worse. Guadalupe massaged my wrist and by the end of our session I was feeling soo much better. Highly recommend her :)
THT StudioTHT Studio
Douglas B.
I hadn’t received a ‘real’ thorough massage until my visit with Aboriginal Holistic Remedies. I can’t give enough praise to what I received. There aren’t enough positive words in the dictionary to give. Worth every penny. He definitely has a repeat customer. Wow.
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Elizabeth R.
Alicia is a very talented massage therapist and a very kind and professional person. She really does have healing hands! I really appreciate her deep tissue massages - she will help alleviate any muscle tightness or pain that you are experiencing. I would have checked all 5 options for adjectives if I could because her services are a great value and she is always punctual, but thumbtack only lets me choose three adjectives! In addition to being very kind, patient, and professional, Alicia is also very efficient. The last thing I would say is that if you are on the fence about contacting Healing Hands, just do it! It will be a beautiful experience that will help you release any stress you’re experiencing and any muscle aches!
Bodyworks massage therapyBodyworks massage therapy
Robyn A.
Book a massage and confirmed the night before as this was a Father’s Day gift to My husband, my kids waited all morning to pamper my husband at a day spa experience at our home and was completely blown off after being strung along for hours. I wish I would have never booked. I’m humiliated and super bummed that our Father’s Day was ruined for my family.
Living Well with TroyLiving Well with Troy
Maria64 B.
He was the best!!! I Had a party of four and every one enjoyed his professionalism and the level of safety provided by the massage therapist. I was in a car accident and have had chronic pain for three years going to many places and doctors to find relief. The healing artisan has made that pain more manageable than ever... Excellent job!!! I can actually move better than before he laid his healing hands on my tigger points... He provides everything needed to have an amazing experience... We will definitely have him at or next engagement. We look forward to seeing him again... Thank you so much Kirk... From Maria, Stephanie, Jacky and Vanessa...
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
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