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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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Simi Valley massage therapists
Kelly S.
Best massage ever! After the massage my range of motion had increased in my left shoulder! And I slept like a baby. Definitely going to be requesting Jason again for regular sports massage. 🙌🏻
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Russell W.
My massage from Shannon was an all around great experience. She communicates well, is punctual and gives a great massage.
Shannon TraversinoShannon Traversino
Rick A.
She does a great massage!!
Dorayn’s Massage TherapyDorayn’s Massage Therapy
Kim S.
Yael was very professional and definitely knew how to massage all of my aches and pains out. Some massage therapist don’t understand the different parts of the body and the way they should be massage differently but she does! Thank you so much for a great service!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Melissa D.
was a great massage, and he is very knowledgeable.
Fusion WellnessFusion Wellness
Jodi Z.
She was wonderful! Very great massage
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Nina P.
Great deep tissue massage. Definitely worth it.
Mobile VIP MassageMobile VIP Massage
Brad B.
Stephanie was on time and gave me an excellent massage.
Stephanie ElaineStephanie Elaine
Scott L.
Very personable, does great deep tissue massage
Mobile VIP MassageMobile VIP Massage
Robert C.
The massage was amazing and I would definitely recommend and I will go back.
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Blake F.
Absolutely amazing. Not only made me feel super comfortable but was so relaxing and beneficial. I’ve had many massages at 5 diamond spas and tried mobile massage only because of the current situation but will be a long term customer. Thanks Healing G!!!!!
Healing GHealing G
Michele H.
Abby was prompt, professional, and provided a great massage. I highly recommend her services.
Abby Wright MassageAbby Wright Massage
Angel G.
my wife loved her massage with Yael. attention to detail and very knowledgeable. Thank you Yael
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Christian S.
Yael was amazing from the start. She responded within 2 minutes and and arrived 10 minutes early. Very professional, kind, and gave the best massage. So relaxing that I fell asleep lol. I recommend to everyone looking for a high quality massage for a great price. Thank you Yael!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Ryan V.
Fastest 90 minutes I've experienced. But only because the massage was really good. Monique is professional, attentive, and very experienced. Would recommend.
Canna CalmCanna Calm
Tim S.
I entered my request for a massage therapist on Thumbtack and Yael was one of the first to respond. We traded some messages and arranged for a meeting. She was prompt and quickly set up in the house. I had not had a massage for some months due to Covid, so I was in need. Yael spent some time with me in the beginning, discussing my activity level, exercise routine, areas needing attention, etc. I asked for pressure and she brought it! I was very satisfied and felt much better the next day. Liked her so much that I sprung for a massage for my wife the next day. Thanks, Yael!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Nina P.
Excellent massage definitely recommend. Worth calling again, very professional. I felt very relaxed and tension gone in my back. Definitely worth it.
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Robert K.
Yeal gave us both fantastic treatments. I am very picky with massages and she was one of the best I’ve had. I will be keeping her contact.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Ryan V.
May is a pro at a local spa. New on thumbtack. She's responsive, punctual, and professional. Great hands, thorough massage, and responsive to your body's needs. Would recommend.
Therapeutic Massage By MayTherapeutic Massage By May
Joan R.
I had a very relaxing massage by Joyce. She is very professional and really knows how to get tight muscles to relax. I highly recommend her services!
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Adam M.
Excellent service. I would highly recommend choosing Huvafen. She messaged me back right away and showed up to the house early. Best massage ever, hands down!
HUVAFENHUVAFEN
Jared W.
This person is amazing. I’d give more stars if I could. She’s present and so connected. Knew my back so well. Literally the best massage I’ve ever had. Professional and tireless. So so good.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Nicolas P.
I purchased a prenatal massage for my wife for the day after Mother's Day. Yael was there on time and with a smile. According to my wife she was super nice and provided a great service. My wife loved it. We will definitely recommend and hire Yael again.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Kevin P.
Elena not only gives a superior massage but also her indepth knowledge of kinesiology and her highly developed athleticism were evident in the advice she gave me. I almost never write reviews but had to make an exception in her case. What a gem she is!
FloWith MobilityFloWith Mobility
Jacqui F.
I surprised my mom with a massage by Marina for her birthday. Marina did a fantastic job and was very gentle with my mom who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. I highly recommend Marina, she’s very professional and makes sure her clients are always comfortable.(:
Marina AnderssonMarina Andersson
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