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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 Clemente massage therapists
Courtney S.
My husband and I scheduled a couples massage at our home. Scheduling was easy and she responded very quickly. They were right on time and very professional. They clarified our preferences for the session prior to starting. We both enjoyed our massages! Pricing was higher than other at home massages we’ve had in the past.
Ann M.
Jillian is an exceptional massage therapist. She adjusts her technique and pressure based upon her clients needs and pre-existing injuries or limitations. Her massages are very therapeutic and healing.
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
Ken P.
Ms Elizabeth arrived right on time with a very comfortable table. She was friendly and professional. My wife and I both agree that the massage was excellent. We will definitely schedule a massage with her again soon.
Masterful BodyworkMasterful Bodywork
Scott G.
Great Massage! Found the right spots and worked them out. Will use her again!
Body by CynBody by Cyn
Jane M.
Fernando is amazing! He was so nice and very professional & was able to work on several knots that were pinching on a nerve in my neck and the pain was gone (no joke) after the massage. He’s awesome and I definitely will be calling him again when I’m in need of a great massage!
Fernando Alves Massage TherapistFernando Alves Massage Therapist
Kristi B.
Louise was AMAZING. Hands down one of the best massages I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!!!
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
M. K.
After a 3 year search since I moved back to OC, I finally found MY massage therapist. Ivancy epitomizes the perfect combination of massage technique and personality to make the entire experience therapeutic and relaxing. His style of using the hot stones on me was far superior to the expensive stone therapy massage I had on a cruise ship once. He uses the hot stones in his hands to work the entire length of back, arm and leg muscles which I feel is more beneficial than strong fingers digging into knotted muscles, which often makes me sore for several days. I won’t spoil the final scalp massage technique by describing it, but it left me with goosebumps and third eye wide open. I would highly recommend Ivancy to anyone who views massage therapy as a physical and spiritual experience. I’ll be hiring him again, soon.
Massage TherapyMassage Therapy
Ken P.
Tia gave me and my wife amazing massages! She has a cheerful and professional personality. We are looking forward to hiring her again!
Tia The Bodywork SpecialistTia The Bodywork Specialist
Carolina A.
Ivy is very profesional, knowledgeable in surgery recovery massages and very intuitive. She has affordable packages so you can tailor your treatment to your specific needs.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Anthony F.
I am preparing for surgery and need some one to be able to do a great job. I found Jordan, and he has been doing amazing job. The BEST deep tissue massage I ever had. He’s very positive and take the time to walk you through the Massage, to help you learn about the body and giving it better care. I am getting better movement in my legs. I will continue to use Jordan after my surgery during my recovery. Thank you Jordan!!
Wellness with JordanWellness with Jordan
I cannot say enough good things about Diana. She is truly Pure Bliss, I have used her 3x so far & will continue to use her services on a weekly basis. I even setup a "in home spa" as a surprise birthday gift for my sister, who loooooved it so much, she is also going to get weekly massages. Diana was able to massage my very sore & stressed back, my back feels soooo much better. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND PURE BLISS, SHE IS THE BEST❤❤❤
Pure Bliss Mobile Massage & SpaPure Bliss Mobile Massage & Spa
George M.
Cedric arrived on time even though it was booked last minute. He had a professional setup and he listened to what I needed, which was massage therapy on my quads to help a recent injury. He made sure I was comfortable throughout and he did a good job on both legs. I absolutely recommend.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Tom S.
Over the years, I've had dozens of massages and certainly some (not many) have been phenomenal . . . but when given the opportunity to have experienced ROSE today, no previous session with any previous therapist has ever been better!!! Her technique is beyond comparability, and I cannot wait to book my next session with her in the next week to 10-days. 🙏
The Healthy BodyThe Healthy Body
Indre A.
What a wonderful experience!! We were looking for someone to come to the house for a mom’s weekend getaway. Arranging an appointment was extremely easy, and she was able to find another therapist to accommodate our group of four. She is on time, professional and provides a killer massage. We would hire her again! Only feedback was that her pricing initially did not include a travel fee, which would have been good to know up front.
Tanesha Wilcox Massage TherapistTanesha Wilcox Massage Therapist
Warren W.
Yesterday I had my first session with Mary Grace at RBM&W. I have chronic lower back pain that flares up from time to time. Mary Grace concentrated on my problem areas but also provided considerable time and attention to full body therapy needs. It was one of the best massages I have ever had and I feel so much better today. I'm looking forward to my next scheduled visit.
Restoring Balance Massage and WellnessRestoring Balance Massage and Wellness
Jill M.
I can’t speak highly enough about Kyle (Steven). I made an inquiry on Thumbtack and within 2 minutes he responded. He continued to respond several times to set up a day and time that worked for me. He ended coming to my home at 8 am (arrived at 7:45) on a Sunday morning. He has a vast knowledge of the ways in which the body works and what might be causing the problem you have. He explained in detail and his massage technique was fantastic. He also showed me exercises I can do at home. I’m looking forward to our next visit in 2 weeks. If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d do is hire Kyle to come to my house every day! If you hire Kyle, you will be very pleased.
Holistic Massage TherapyHolistic Massage Therapy
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