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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.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.

Why is it called a Swedish massage?

Everyone loves Swedish massage. It’s soothing and relaxing and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, is proven to relieve pain. Swedish massage can also relieve symptoms associated with chronic illness, arthritis, depression and other ailments. The term Swedish massage is actually a massive mixup, according to Massage Magazine. The technique would be more aptly named classical massage, which it is often called. What we in the United States refer to as Swedish massage was actually invented by a Dutch physician named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger systematized and gave French names to the five massage techniques used today in Swedish (or classic) massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. The confusion began when the techniques systematized by Mezger were attributed to Per Henrik Ling, the founder of the Swedish Movement System who had practiced his similar techniques in his gymnasium. In many parts of the world, Swedish massage is called classic massage, and most massage therapists will understand either term.

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.

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
Isaac K.
Another amazing massage
Swan Therapeutic MassageSwan Therapeutic 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
Oscar T.
Great Massage! Highly Recommended Dave's great.
David JonesDavid Jones
Brad B.
Stephanie was on time and gave me an excellent massage.
Stephanie ElaineStephanie Elaine
Al V.
Belle appeared right on time and let me enjoy what ever atmosphere I wanted for my 1st in home massage. Nice thorough and therapeutic massage. Highly recommended!
Belle MassageBelle Massage
Isaac K.
Very good massage. She is very thorough and detailed. Was prompt , professional and very good at what she does. Definitely recommend , one of the best massages I’ve ever had.
Zen From JenZen From Jen
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
Isaac K.
She has the professionalism to heal the body, ease the mind. I feel much better after my massage today. After my recent medical procedure, this massage is helping me feel better fast. I have learned a lot from my conversations and the advice on caring for my inner muscles, as well. She is very knowledgeable and believes in maintenance. She not only cares about the massage process, she cares about the guest.
Healing Massage by KamHealing Massage by Kam
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
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
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
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!
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
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