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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
  • 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 Redwood City massage therapists
Kate M.
Best massage!!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Marc J.
Glenn provided a great massage at my location and came ready with all necessary supplies. He listened to my needs and checked in during the massage to make sure he was meeting them. I would highly recommend him for your massage needs.
Glenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMTGlenn Gangano, RN, BScN, CMT
Craig R.
Amazing massage. Slept like a baby
Shannon Kenoyer, CMTShannon Kenoyer, CMT
Russell W.
Great service, value, and professionalism! I booked back-to-back 90-minute massage sessions for my wife and myself. We will definitely book Jasmine again for in-home massage.
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Lisa M.
Vaughn did a fabulous job. Great deep pressure. He came to our school and did a chair massage for a few teachers and everyone enjoyed their massage. We all recommend him!
Healing Hands By VaughnHealing Hands By Vaughn
Patrick K.
Suzie has an incredible depth of knowledge regarding muscles and body mechanics. She identified problem areas and with a combination of massage and stretching techniques relieved all pain and tension! A fantastic massage session.
Restore Massage + WellnessRestore Massage + Wellness
Patrick K.
So responsible. So Charming. Such a great massage. It was really wonderful
Massage By T-KayMassage By T-Kay
Brendan m.
Kate is an exceptional massage therapist! I highly recommend her!
K B MassageK B Massage
Ara P.
Great massage! Thought it was comparable to more expensive massages I’ve gotten in the past. I really appreciate Angel calling beforehand to ask about any injuries she should know about. Would definitely recommend!
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Douglas W.
Carly seamlessly blends different healing techniques throughout the session and stays connected during the massage.
Ko-CreationKo-Creation
Erich H.
This was one of the best massages I’ve received, Eddy hot all my pressure points and it was fantastic.
Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.Eddy Thai Massage & Body Work CMT.
Caroline G.
What a truly wonderful experience! The massage felt so relaxing and Galina thoroughly addressed all my problem areas, alleviating the pain and making my body and mind feel so much better. She is kind, generous, and gives a beautiful relaxing and healing massage. I highly recommend!
Celestial Healing Therapy CenterCelestial Healing Therapy Center
Giovanna M.
The best massage I’ve ever had! Thank you for being so fun and give me the peace I needed it.
Heidi's Healing Hands...Mobile Massage serviceHeidi's Healing Hands...Mobile Massage service
Wences C.
Lawrence is gifted. He did what two prior massage therapists before could no do and now I feel great.
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Flor C.
Jasmine is really professional, she was punctual, and did an amazing job. I would recommend her and will contact her again for massages!
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
Dong Won A.
Li is super professional with her massage and facial! She is very passionate about her work so will do an awesome job for anyone
Jasmine cosmeticJasmine cosmetic
David S.
Mandala provided a very good massage and traveled to my location, which is very convenient for me. I would hire her again.
MandalaMandala
Kathy L.
Vaughn came for the first time yesterday and we've already booked our next appointment. He is a terrific massage therapist and very responsive to what you ask.
Healing Hands By VaughnHealing Hands By Vaughn
Laura D.
Lawrence made an appointment for me same day. Communication was excellent. He was very detailed to figure out the right pressure during massage. Overall a great experience I recommend!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Mrinali K.
Ines' massage was really good and soothing. You can tell her what you want and she is happy to oblige. I had a good time and I'm definitely booking her again.
MandalaMandala
Suzanne F.
The massage with Benjamin was very relaxing, there were no painful or “too intense” moments as sometime happens. His equipment from the bed to the lotions is high quality. And he came out on a Sunday on short notice!
Benjamin LimBenjamin Lim
Marilyn C.
Mandala did a great job with our massages. It's difficult to go to the spa with two small kids so we brought the spa to us. She was attentive and had a soothing touch. Book her and see for yourself.
MandalaMandala
Isahak E.
Good massage. There is a big parking lot across the street making it convenient to park and walk to the place. There was no hot towels or a shower offered. The hot towels I am referring to is to wipe off any lotion or oil from body. You are going to go home with everything on your body and face.
Angel's Touch SFAngel's Touch SF
Monique M.
Lawrence was just what my body needed. I was a mess and my whole body had locked up. He was intuitive and listened to what my needs were. He constantly checked in on my pressure which I appreciated since I was getting a deep tissue. If you have chronic back pain/neck pain from a car accident he is who you want! Thanks Lawrence foe the great massage!
Daily Relax BodyworkDaily Relax Bodywork
Mike G.
My 90 minute massage with Karalyn was fantastic! She communicates very well and was very responsive to the specific areas of my back, legs, and shoulders that have been giving me problems for a long time. She's strong and it was a little too much pressure at first but she immediately adapted and we got into a wonderful harmony. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and everyone. Karalyn is a true gem and you should hurry up and book her while we're lucky enough to have her in California!
Embodhi AttunementEmbodhi Attunement
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