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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 San Bernardino massage therapists
Mary E.
Clarance was great! From making the appointment to him coming to set up at my house for the massage was smooth. When he arrived he came with his massage table and set up quickly. He came very prepared with everything needed for the massage and was very professional. The massage was fantastic like the best massage I ever had literally! I highly recommend and will book again.
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Gerald G.
I was very satisfied with the massage . Lisa was very caring and my back felt much better after the massage .
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
Scott L.
Best massage ever
Beachside massage therapyBeachside massage therapy
Luis M.
Kaitlyn was awesome and very professional and gave an awesome massage ..
Scott L.
It truly was the best massage and I will diffently use Johnny again
Beachside massage therapyBeachside massage therapy
Francisco L.
Greatest deep tissue massage I've gotten till date
Valley Massage & Therapeutic BodyworkValley Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork
Thumbtack Customer
Massage for stress and localized pain in neck & lower back. I felt relaxed and at peace. Very professional. I have had about ten massages in the past but none so relaxing. Thank you Marisol ( Merry Soul)
Merry Soul Mobile MassageMerry Soul Mobile Massage
Petrina T.
The information giving and massage was truly appreciated. Great experience relieved tension and relaxed me tremendously.
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Peggy E.
I have been looking for a good massage therapist who knows how to do a full body massage with some attempt for deep muscle without hesitating when asked to do it. I could not have asked for a better professional than Johnny. I was amazed at the short length of time he has been doing this which has been a little over a year. Amazing and shocked with my first therapy with Johnny.. No spot was missed and he is extremely discreet. I have been looking for a good, "head to toe" therapist since my last one in AK 30+ years ago. Johnny totally fits the bill & beyond. Not enough can be said for Johnny's ability as a new massage therapist for the short time he has been doing massage therapy. Unable to imagine how he will be in another year much less 10 years down the road. EXCELLENT. Strongly recommended.
Rescue MassageRescue Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing massage therapist she did an incredible job of taking care of problem areas and very professional and caring about helping I will definitely set up another appointment when I am able
Merry Soul Mobile MassageMerry Soul Mobile Massage
Dami D.
I didn’t get the massage, it was a surprise for someone but he made it sound nothing short of amazing! Kaitlyn came early, set up quickly and was sooooo patient and understanding! I am more than pleased with the service and I look forward to working with her again! Thank you!
Rose M.
I very much enjoyed the attention Tania payed detail when adjusting various parts of the body and stretching & massaging based on what was needed, and in a way that really helped my pain points feel better. Thank you Tania, I haven't felt this good after a workout in quite sometime!
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Shawniece W.
Lisa is great at what she does! She showed up on time and was prepared with everything necessary for the job. She had clean linen and a clean table. She provided me with a deep tissue massage, which I really needed. She had experience and training to find my trouble spots and was strong enough to work out the knots. Her pricing is very reasonable and I look forward to her services again in the near future
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
Mary E.
Soon as I stepped inside I felt very welcomed by Cartier and his wife. He had a massage table set up with soothing music playing and I undressed in the bathroom nearby. I was very comfortable from start to finish and Cartier has very good techniques to literally melt the stress away. He was very knowledgeable in getting knots out of my shoulders and lower back. I walked out of there with no tension feeling amazing! Definitely will book again. Thanks.
Cartier Holistic MessageCartier Holistic Message
Thumbtack Customer
Allisa was amazing! I am use to massage therapist that are in and out, not really giving my body the attention that it needs - However, Allisa took the time, and she asked questions about the parts of my back and legs that were troubling me the most. I felt ten times better after she worked her magic! Her professional demeanor made me feel comfortable and the best thing was, she followed up to see how I was feeling the next day! Thanks again, see you soon!
Massage A VuMassage A Vu
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