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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. 

Do massage therapists offer remote or virtual services?

Ask massage therapists near you about the possibility of remote services. You might come across profiles that state the therapist is offering remote services such as lessons and techniques you can do on your own, with a friend or with a partner.

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 Santa Ana massage therapists
Nicole D.
We hired him to come and give 4 massages in one evening and everyone loved there massage.
Leef MassageLeef Massage
John H.
Really great massage.
Roman M.
Bela is an awesome therapist. Very professional. Down to earth. She's great with her hands. Knows exactly what she's doing when it comes to massage therapy. I think I found my new massage therapist....Ps. loved the massage.
Bela Professional MassageBela Professional Massage
Gary C.
Tanya gave an excellent massage. I like a stronger more pressure massage and she was perfect. Very nice person, and great to talk too. Highly recommend...
Massage by TanyaMassage by Tanya
Cesar H.
Ivy is very profesional, gave me an amazing massage.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
John T.
The best massage I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!
Masters touchMasters touch
Larry W.
Wowwwww!!! Amazing massage took care of all aches in one hour I highly recommend her!!
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
John T.
Best massage I’ve had in my entire life. Will definitely be coordinating more in future, highly recommend!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Matt B.
I had a really great experience for my first massage. She was very professional and great technique.
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Elbe V.
Great massage!!! My husband and I absolutely loved it and would definitely be scheduling another appointment with her again.
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
Aisha I.
Definitely going to be having her come over for a massage again. Brenda was on time, extremely nice and the overall experience was wonderful!
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Dena S.
I have had many surgeries and have scars she knew how to massage that area and made sure I wasnt in any pain after that massage my back felt better then in has in months I plan on using her on a bi weekly basis after I recover from this most surgery I had on the the 27th of this month she'sivery informed and knows the difference in massage and the effect it will have on my body I'm very glad I met her thiz was thr fit dr time I have used the thumbtack app
Massage by LizMassage by Liz
Michelle B.
My fiancee was able to have a wonderful backyard massage of excellent quality. We are both grateful his back pain is so improved!
Spa HausSpa Haus
Janelle H.
I had a Mothers day brunch and Visionary Therapeutics performed chair massages for myself and 7 of my guests. The massages were excellent! Everyone who received a massage was so happy. We had two massage therapists Quincy and Greg who conducted themselves with the upmost professionalism. They arrive 15mins ahead of schedule to set up. The Therapists set an atmosphere of peaceful relaxation. Both therapists got rave reviews from myself and my guests for being able to work out areas of concern, relieving the pain and tension. I was also extremely impressed on how they were able to help my disabled mother in law to enjoy the experience. She is paralyzed on the left side and needed extra help to get into the appropriate position. The therapists made sure all their equipment was cleaned thoroughly after each use. I would definitely rehire this company for future events.
GQ: MassageGQ: Massage
Brandon G.
Amazingly relaxing and perfect massage experience. Mina uses a combination of her perfectly balanced oil and energy to give the best experience. She knows how to read your body to give the right pressure and combination of techniques. Great conversation while relaxing. First time I have ever rested while being massaged since I was so relaxed. Thanks so much Mina. Will be contacting soon for another relaxing experience.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Corliss M.
Essence is an amazing knowledgeable massage therapist. She's very attentive to the needs of the client as well. I have recommended more clients to her as well. I will see you again soon
Touch of EssenceTouch of Essence
Douglas S.
If your looking for relaxation, Lee is terrific. His massage combined stretching and kneading that was very relaxing. I felt great afterward and had the deepest sleep that night. His studio was warm and quiet and very comfortable.
Ma'An R.
Bela was amazing! I loved her positive energy and her technique is great. One of the best massages I have ever had and she helped me greatly with my knots. Will definitely book her for more! :)
Bela Professional MassageBela Professional Massage
Joe P.
Jillian was a lifesaver for me today. I have been a dentist for over 20 years and suffer from fibromyalgia . I routinely have deep tissue massage treatments on a weekly basis back home, however, I was here on business and was in need of treatment to manage my flare up! Jillian was so accommodating and worked around my schedule, but more importantly..... this was by far, the best deep tissue therapeutic massage treatment that I have ever had!! Jillian, I can’t thank you enough for the excellent care today . Sincerely , Joe
Jillian McNally, CMTJillian McNally, CMT
John m.
Eugene has a gift. He combined a number of massage styles and is completely present in the process. There was an 'energy' that came from him that I can't articulate, but I can say it felt kind, healing and present. Eugene is a truly amazing!
Massage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/OutcallMassage Therapy Male/Female/incall-OC/Outcall
Roman M.
WOW! That was by far best body treatment .Thank You. Trinity really knows what she's doing when it comes to massage therapy. I felt so relaxed I caught my self nodding out a few I'm sleeping like a baby tonight.
Trinity Ixchel LMTTrinity Ixchel LMT
Drew K.
Matt is very strong and humble and delivers the complete package: Strength, years of training is evident, he's intuitive, and performs a variety of massage techniques in one session if requested. Discrete and quiet setting. Personally, I appreciate Matt's size; his athletic build allows him to dig out knots and he uses deep pressure if requested. Highly recommended!
South County MassageSouth County Massage
Stan Y.
Brooke did an amazing job - the best massage I’ve had in a long time. She listened to my needs in terms of muscle groups I needed work on, as well as any injuries that I had. She applied the exact right amount of pressure. I felt great afterward. Brooke was very kind and professional. I highly recommend Brooke. I will definitely be a repeat client.
Brooke Mitchell, CMTBrooke Mitchell, CMT
Roman M.
Maggie is awesome. Whenever any part of my body is Soar, which is quite often cus im a mover. I call Maggie n she fixes me up. She has diffrent techniques that she masters. When Maggie comes She Relieves all my stress. Ive had other massage therapists n I gota say they dont compare to Maggie.
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Alyssa L.
This was my first time booking on this app and let me tell you, Barrett was AMAZING! I booked 3 back to back sessions as a birthday treat for my mom and she did a fantastic job. I’m very skeptical when it comes to the people I let into my home, and when I first met with her I instantly knew I booked the right gal. She’s extremely friendly, attentive, a great listener and communicator. All of us had different pressure preferences, and Barrett listened to everything we wanted and applied just the right amount for all of us! We didn’t want to leave the massage bed! If I could book twice a week I would 😂 She seriously knows her stuff, and an added bonus is her lovely personality! Her energy is so uplifting! I highly recommend and will definitely book again.
Integrated Wellness by BarrettIntegrated Wellness by Barrett
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