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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.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.

Why is it called a Swedish massage?

Everyone loves Swedish massage. It’s soothing and relaxing and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, is proven to relieve pain. Swedish massage can also relieve symptoms associated with chronic illness, arthritis, depression and other ailments. The term Swedish massage is actually a massive mixup, according to Massage Magazine. The technique would be more aptly named classical massage, which it is often called. What we in the United States refer to as Swedish massage was actually invented by a Dutch physician named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger systematized and gave French names to the five massage techniques used today in Swedish (or classic) massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. The confusion began when the techniques systematized by Mezger were attributed to Per Henrik Ling, the founder of the Swedish Movement System who had practiced his similar techniques in his gymnasium. In many parts of the world, Swedish massage is called classic massage, and most massage therapists will understand either term.

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.

Is Swedish massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your prenatal care physician has cleared you for prenatal massage, it should be safe to indulge yourself in a Swedish massage during pregnancy. In fact, scheduling regular pregnancy massages can have wonderful health benefits for you and the baby. Swedish and other massages can feel great and also have a variety of health benefits, according to studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction in leg and back pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and a better overall mood.

To find the right massage therapist for you, read the therapist’s online reviews and call to ask them about their experience with prenatal massage. Massage therapists who have been specially trained in prenatal massage techniques often advertise this area of expertise on their websites. Don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand, and to communicate during the massage about what does and does not feel good.

Reviews for Rancho Palos Verdes massage therapists
Dick R.
Great massage and wanted to stay longer after a 90 min massage! Will return and recommend.
Globetrotter BodyworkerGlobetrotter Bodyworker
Paul M.
Great massage
Spa HausSpa Haus
Amy H.
Very kind and soothing massage work.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Shelle N.
Best massage I’ve had in years.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Giselle M.
Pol was great. Very professional and excellent massage.
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Barry J.
Excellent massage, couldn't ask for better. I will diffently use again.
A Touch From HeavenA Touch From Heaven
David C.
I just had another amazing massage from Siri. She is one of the best Massage therapists I have used. I had some very tight muscles from workouts and I am now so much looser. Siri uses a combination of flowing strokes. strong hands and deep pressure (if you want that) to smooth and unknot tired and cramped muscles. It was an awesome massage!
Masters touchMasters touch
Thumbtack Customer
This was a surprise for my elderly dad. Gilbert's thoughtful demeanor hit the perfect notes of professional and friendly conversation to put him at ease for his first ever massage. It was a lovely afternoon and your massage therapy was part of what made it so pleasant.
Vital Fitness, LLC - Mobile Fitness ServicesVital Fitness, LLC - Mobile Fitness Services
Jamie S.
Mam is a talented and strong massage therapist. Her deep tissue massage was a combination of trigger point therapy, some Swedish-like strokes, and Thai massage. Her neck and shoulder work focused on pretty deep cranial pressure points. The cranial work is not my favorite and I found myself wishing there was more strokes on the actual neck/shoulder muscles. A few times I felt like my muscles were being pinched rather than massaged. Mam did a lot of body pressing - I got the impression she was trying to make my body crack in many places, which it didn’t seem to want to do so I found that technique unhelpful and a time-waste for me (others may like that). The highlight for me was definitely the foot and lower leg massage. I’m not usually someone who loves foot massages but Mam nearly sent me into a sweet coma during that part. If you like someone who is a combo of many techniques, and not timid when doing her work, you’ll like Mam.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Wes S.
Due to the current situation. We thought we’d try a mobile massage. We had a couples massage outside in our patio. What a great experience with the two wonderful ladies. What a beautiful day! They attended to all our needs with great professionalism! I think we may try this monthly?
Spa HausSpa Haus
Sherman G.
Amazing ! Thanks Liz my husband and I enjoyed our massages so much. Professional and easy to talk to ! Very relaxing !
Massage by LizMassage by Liz
Christina S.
Maggie arrived in good time and was friendly and personable. She massaged our teen who suffers from mild scoliosis and brought great relief. My husband and I both received massages to help our tension and muscle imbalances from old sports injuries. Maggie knows her stuff and we hope to hire her again!
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Demetrius G.
She was amazing. I can honestly say she gave the best massage I have ever had in my entire life.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Nathan Y.
Mam was a wonderful surprise to my fiance for her birthday. She was prompt, professional and gave her an incredible massage that she felt great after. Thank you!
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
David C.
Excellent and professional massage experience. Great communication setting up the appointment and ensuring she focused on the issues I have with my upper and lower back from running and too much computer time. I highly recommend.
Emerita TherapyEmerita Therapy
Ginille L.
Responded to me super quick, came on time, set up quickly, did 3 90 minute massages back to back, left us all feeling relaxed! So sweet, thank you for your amazing service!
Kanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage ServiceKanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage Service
Daana S.
I have been suffering from some serious neck and shoulder pain as of lately. I simply had reached my limit yesterday. I opened up my thumbtack app in the morning and decided to put out a request for a massage therapist. I was hoping for same day, but knew it was a stretch. Well I lucked out because Yael responded right away that thete was a 5 pm opening same day. Based on her reviews and my level of discomfort, I booked without hesitation and I’m so happy I did. She took my pain into consideration and was able to take my level of discomfort down from a 9 to a 4/5. This is is a massive improvement, one that I wasn’t sure I could accomplish after just one massage. My mom, who has chronic pain pretty much everywhere, also received a massage and she was so relaxed that she fell asleep! Needless to say, we have no regrets and will be contacting Yael for her professional services again soon.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Brian F.
I got this massage for my wife who is 38 weeks pregnant. Her OB recommended a pregnancy massage to relieve her back pain and sciatica. Jillian was very communicative from the request to her arrival. She even arrived at our home 15 minutes early, for set up and to talk to my wife on what her needs were. After her 90 Minute session, my wife was a different person: able to walk without pain in her back, legs, and overall felt refreshed. It’s been 48 hours since her massage, and she is still feeling great! She mentioned how she only wished she received more during her pregnancy! She wouldn’t hesitate to call upon Jillian again. She really like her technique and was very personable before and after, yet allowed her to relax during the session. We would certainly welcome Jillian back again. Just all around wonderful person, personable, professional, and superior value for the level of service. Thanks Jillian!
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Demetrius G.
She was absolutely AMAZING! She was very professional, well prepared, she knew exactly what she was doing. She is strong and can apply any needed pressure to the massage. I feel so much better now. I highly recommend her. She is great with conversation and it was definitely worth the money. Definitely book her if you want someone that knows what they are doing.
Kanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage ServiceKanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage Service
Juliana S.
Shiela is a lifesaver! I messaged her very last minute needing an appointment for an injured family member who was having bad lower back pain after a fall. She was quick to respond and make herself available to come over that same day. Have invited her back several times and will continue to use her services. Professional and kind would recommend to anyone needing massage therapy in the area.
Bryant BodyworkBryant Bodywork
David C.
Belle, was easy to schedule with and showed up right on time. She asked what I’d like to focus on. I have a consistent tight lower back from running and she did an amazing job getting it to loosen up. She checked in several times to make sure the pressure was right. She also gives an amazing scalp massage. I really didn’t want it to end. I’m looking forward to booking with her again!
Belle MassageBelle Massage
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