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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 Santa Monica massage therapists
Glen H.
Excellent massage, no rush, take her time gave me wonderful massage. Thanks
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
Diamond O.
Best massage I’ve ever had! His massage table is luxurious and the oils smell great. He is so professional, makes you feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and passionate about giving massages!
BodyMaster MassageBodyMaster Massage
Paul T.
Great massage.
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Phillip H.
The massage was perfect.
Noe Noe Good ServicesNoe Noe Good Services
Ted R.
Excellent massage
Annie bewellAnnie bewell
Paul T.
Excellent massage and a great value.
Acupuncture WestsideAcupuncture Westside
Melissa D.
Amazing massage. Very professional !
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
David L.
She delivered a great massage.
Healing MatrixHealing Matrix
Mackenzie T.
very responsive! Great massage
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
Adam M.
Great massage. Worked out major knots.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Zack g.
Great massage. I would use again.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Julie R.
It was clear from the beginning that Amy is a true expert on body wellness. She took the time to talk with me about my objectives and provided some helpful feedback and suggestions above and beyond the great massage she gave. She uses multiple methods based on the individual. I had been having a headache for days prior to the massage and it's been gone since this massage. It's been so difficult to find a good therapeutic massage and I'm grateful to have found Amy.
Acupuncture WestsideAcupuncture Westside
Anthony Y.
Best massage I’ve ever had. Would recommend to anyone.
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Danielle R.
Best massage EVER! I had been experiencing severe tension headaches and it was suggested I get a sports massage. Normally I would go to a spa and pay a lot for an ok massage. This was 100x better than that. Tiffany hit every single knot and muscle pain and and stretched me out as well. I’m hoping this relieves the tension headaches and I will definitely be scheduling more sessions with Tiffany.
Organic massageOrganic massage
Thumbtack Customer
Ashley was great. Very professional, excellent massage, listened to our wishes, and a soothing presence.
Massage Poppy Mobile MassageMassage Poppy Mobile Massage
Elizabeth R.
I recently booked my first post-surgical massage with Eden and was a little nervous bc I had a lot of swelling and sensitivity, but Eden tailored the massage perfectly to my needs. It was just what I needed—therapeutic and relaxing! I would recommend Eden without reservation!
Hands On PilatesHands On Pilates
Jinny C.
Yael was super responsive for my last minute massage. We were up and running within 2 hours of my initial request. She is a very warm and kind person - I felt very comfortable with her and she gave me a fantastic massage. Will definitely be a repeat customer.
Yael PershitzYael Pershitz
Samantha R.
Thank you so very much! Arrived in time and gave a truly excellent massage. 100% would recommend
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Michael J.
Excellent massage. Arrived early and set up fast, very sanitary. I feel rejuvenated and relaxed, highly recommend!
Bliss MassagesBliss Massages
Maud F.
Joe was very professional. He came with a brand new massage table, he put some relaxing music on and he massaged all my body, he didn't care to get overtime to finish everything. He was open to discuss his rate and gave me a good price. I would totally hire him again!
J's WellnessJ's Wellness
Doc B.
Yael was super professional, arrived on time, brought all of her own equipment + seemed knowledgeable about her craft. We booked a deep tissue massage, yet it felt like we received more of a Swedish type massage. Pricing was a bit unclear - we are not sure if this is a website error but the cost jumped up during confirmation.
Yael PershitzYael Pershitz
Sasan m.
hands down one of the best massages I ever got she has earned my business to be Back thank you 🙏
NB Beauty & HealthNB Beauty & Health
Sandra S.
Excellent Massage Therapist. She does acupuncture too. I am very impressed with her knowledge of energy and healing the body.
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Joey B.
Shiina was super sweet & extremely skilled. I immediately felt at ease as soon as the massage began, and my relaxation only deepened until it was (unfortunately) over!
Shiina Conroe Esalen Massage and Life CoachingShiina Conroe Esalen Massage and Life Coaching
Melissa J.
Yeal was great! I was able to book her the same day for my boss. My boss liked her and said she gave a fantastic massage!
Yael PershitzYael Pershitz
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