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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 Sherman Oaks massage therapists
Mai C.
Amazing Person that gives a healing massage. Will definitely book another massage soon. Thank you Yael. 😊
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Marcus J.
Amazing massage!!!
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Dustin C.
A great massage!
The Bliss ExperienceThe Bliss Experience
Terri M.
Amazing massage therapist
Chris M.
Zalina is awesome! She was on time, professional and a great massage therapist. Would highly recommend especially for the convenience of getting a pro massage at home.
Fly By ZFly By Z
George K.
Thank you for great massage
Carol S.
Very nice, responsive and great massage.
House call massage by MayHouse call massage by May
Jacy M.
Yael was excellent! Very professional and the massage was fantastic!!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
David M.
Yael was awesome. She was professional, very kind, and my wife said the massage was simply wonderful. Do not hesitate to book a massage with Yael - we certainly will be repeat customers.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Kevin M.
Amazing massage! Definitely would book again
Yuri Massage TherapistYuri Massage Therapist
Don K.
Wonderful massage. My wife was extremely satisfied.
Yuri Massage TherapistYuri Massage Therapist
Angelica E.
Yuri is a wonderful massage therapist! Got the massage for my husbands birthday and he said it was amazing. Very, very pleased with her service. Will definitely book her again. Highly recommend!
Yuri Massage TherapistYuri Massage Therapist
Tiffany r.
Mam came same day when i needed a massage. She was right on time, quick to set up, and brought her own music. The massage was one of the top I’ve ever had!
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Kerri K.
One of the best massages I’ve ever had! I’m someone who loves a really good deep massage where you feel completely relaxed afterward and that’s exactly what I had!
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Eric M.
Christine was wonderful. Very welcoming, great massage. Will definitely be back.
John H.
Nina was awesome. She is super sweet and friendly. We had great conversations before and after the massage. She arrived on time and took her time with my massage. I will definitely have her back.
Bliss BodyworkBliss Bodywork
Lindsay K.
Yael was on time, very nice, and the massages were great. Definitely recommend.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Maureen G.
Yael has great hands! We got a couples massage, Yael coordinated the appointment quickly and was very responsive. The massage was great, she did an amazing job on my shoulders area! We will be recommending our friends for sure!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
David D.
I can’t express in words how amazing my massage was. She is just magnificent!!
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Rebecca G.
Best massage I’ve ever had! So professional and very knowledgeable! Will be booking again
Healing ArtisanHealing Artisan
Connie Y.
I had a massage with Yael today and it was so wonderful. She's very professional and a pleasure to work with. She also showed me different techniques to stretch my neck and shoulder. This is the first massage I had since the pandemic and I can't wait for the next session with Yael!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Ken F.
Yael is the most knowledgeable massage therapist I have ever worked with. I highly recommend her. 🙏
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Jennifer C.
Wonderful experience! Yael gave both my husband and I massages. She made everything so easy and relaxing. She came well prepared, was so knowledgeable, the massage itself was fantastic and she even took time to give me some exercises to help my back and shoulders.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
John H.
Christine is a super sweet girl with great hands. I really enjoyed the massage and will definitely have her back.
Thumbtack Customer
Odele exceeded my expectations. His communication was quick- he was at our house within two hours of posting the job. He was friendly, very professional and is a great massage therapist. I hired him for pain relief but also had a very relaxing massage. Don't hesitate- Odele is great- hire him!
Therapeutic ElementTherapeutic Element
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