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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.

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.

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.

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 ..
Massage.Heal.RestoreMassage.Heal.Restore
Francisco L.
Greatest deep tissue massage I've gotten till date
Valley Massage & Therapeutic BodyworkValley Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork
Scott L.
It truly was the best massage and I will diffently use Johnny again
Beachside massage therapyBeachside massage therapy
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
Thumbtack Customer
Did not actually get a massage due to a work conflict but she was very understanding and had no issues cancelling
Massage By Laurelle & Beauty Bar LLCMassage By Laurelle & Beauty Bar LLC
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
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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