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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 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 Riverside massage therapists
David I.
I have been receiving massage therapy for most of my life, and this was one of my best massages I’ve had. The massage was very relaxing, she listened to my needs, and made me feel refreshed and relaxed by the end of the massage. I will definitely continue my massages with her. Thank you!
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Zac F.
Great massage
Katelyn D.
Great massage!
Performance MassagePerformance Massage
Lauren K.
HealingHands was superb for a prenatal massage. When the massage was completed, I was relaxed and SO ready for bed. Thank you❤️❤️❤️❤️
HealingHands mobile massageHealingHands mobile massage
Winfield T.
I was having back issues and was in need of a deep tissue massage. My massage was exactly what I needed, he accurately pinpointed the area’s that were causing problems and really relieved alot of the pain and discomfort. Great massage!
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Kristina S.
Great massage! Thank you
Marcianni B.
I often get massages. Usually 2-3 times each month and I have to say, Ashley gave me one of the best prenatal massages. A lil pricey but She is definitely worth it.
Massage Poppy Mobile MassageMassage Poppy Mobile Massage
Galaxia C.
I had my first massage back in the summer. The best massage I have gotten. She was able to explain what she was doing and how it benefits the body. Great tools and very professional. Looking forward to booking again.
Valley Massage & Therapeutic BodyworkValley Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork
Michael s.
Very nice, sweet, and communicative. Much better service than a massage parlor
Valley Massage & Therapeutic BodyworkValley Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork
Wayne B.
Great massage. I really needed one since the shut down. Stephanie is very personable and and listens to your requests. I would have to say one of the best massages I have ever had. Thank you for being there for me.
Trauma-Informed Reiki and Massage HealingTrauma-Informed Reiki and Massage Healing
Nicole G.
On time, very professional, and my grandmother said it was the best massage she ever had! Great job!!!
J.H Therapeutic massageJ.H Therapeutic massage
Bob G.
I had a very nice experience. Tanesha was on time and gave a great massage. I would highly recommend her.
Tanesha Wilcox Massage TherapistTanesha Wilcox Massage Therapist
Sharayza J.
She is amazing at what she does, very friendly, and all the girls at my event loved their massages. Thanks again.
Out Work Everybody, LLCOut Work Everybody, LLC
Justin W.
Our business hired Theresa for an entire day for on site massages for the employees. Everybody loved her. We will be hiring her again
Take A Deep BreathTake A Deep Breath
Kye H.
Skillful, attentive, thorough, deliberate, conscientious practitioner. All of my guest thoroughly enjoyed their massages and felt their experience of individualized and personal to their needs.
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
George Y.
Tania provided by far the best massage I have received. She is a true pro! She provides a safe, clean, convenient environment.
touch, by Rebirthtouch, by Rebirth
Jason K.
Jovi is the man! Great experience for my girlfriend and I...I had a table massage and she had the chair massage. Jovi was professional and is great with his craft. Perfect pressure and hit all the right spots. He is attentive and makes you feel at ease the entire time. We feel great. Would highly recommend and will be contacting him again soon!
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Komal B.
So professional and on time! Great communication and wonderful massage. Thank you for giving me relief during the lockdown when traditional spa was not an option.
Carissa D.
Communication with Lana was amazing. She was very thorough and detailed. We had Julie and Katie for our couples massage. It was apparent from the get go that they didn’t even know each other and weren’t very in sync. Katie was professional and communicative, while Julie seemed out of sorts. I expected a more streamline and cohesive look and esthetic. Tables and sheets were different and sparse. Massage experiences were vastly different from my husband and I. While we mostly enjoyed the actual massage, the overall experience was lack luster. Slightly disappointed in what could have been a great experience for my husbands birthday.
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
Heather B.
Lisa is an excellent massage therapist , very easy going and approachable , she made me feel radiant , and managed to make my headache dissappear! Highly recommend her services!
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
Stevan F.
Hands down one of the best massages I’ve gotten. Straight pro and knows what she is doing. These days it’s hard to find a good one. Thank you Kaitlyn
Lisa G.
Clarence was great. He was able to see me same day and kept in touch! His price is low compared to others in the area. We will definitely be calling him for future massages!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Belinda A.
One of the best massages I ever had and I get massages frequently. Marc will find tension areas and work them out. He is intuitive in his movement and knows exactly what area to target. I didn't know I was so tight until he worked out areas I didn't know were problematic. I feel so much better. Will definitely use him on a monthly basis. Can't see myself going to anyone else.
Kim E.
Bella was very, very good. The only reason I am docking a star is because she was very late. I booked the massage for 3pm, but she did not arrive until 3:50pm.
Kara H.
He was great with my son. He had such terrible pain from his sport. He gave a great sport massage and he feels like a new person. We will be back for sure.
Rescue MassageRescue Massage
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