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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 Tarzana massage therapists
Lance B.
Nikita is an outstanding massage therapist and provided a truly amazing massage! I came in for a 90 minute deep tissue / sports massage to address shoulder and lower back issues from distance bike riding. Nikita's facilities are incredibly clean, warm and welcoming. Nikita employed a unique combination of Thai, deep tissue and sports massage techniques that unlocked my muscle tightness. I felt much better immediately after the massage. I most strongly recommend Nikita.
NB Beauty & HealthNB Beauty & Health
Parvin A.
she’s great professional great massage
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Michael R.
May is an absolute superstar. She exceeds expectations in every area of massage. She arrived on time, set up her table and accessories and set out to give me one of the beat massages I have ever had. It is not a question of if I will have her back it is just a matter of how soon. Simply put May rocks!
House call massage by MayHouse call massage by May
Rebecca B.
Yael gave me a beautiful hot stone massage in the comfort of my own home. Best massage I’ve ever had by far!!! Very professional and detail oriented from warm heated blankets to scents/sounds. It was a wonderful experience and treat to myself. I look forward to the next opportunity I get to work with Yael!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Dan S.
Hands down one of the best massages I’ve received! Her warm hands energy goes through the body and leaves goosebumps! Definitely recommend;)
RayLaxation Massage by RayshelleRayLaxation Massage by Rayshelle
Jesse C.
Really a great experience. My girlfriend loved the massage. It was so easy to initially set up with Jack's responsiveness, and then when the time had to change, he was very flexible. And with the quality of the massage, and the fact that Jack came to our home, we plan to book him rather consistently moving forward. We look forward to having Jack come back in another couple weeks...
Healing Arts by VernonHealing Arts by Vernon
Ciarra p.
Such an amazing experience! I was looking for massages for my mom and I for her birthday. Kam and her assistant were so nice, extremely punctual, and their hands were SPECTACULAR! We were so relaxed! I would absolutely book again.
Healing Massage by KamHealing Massage by Kam
Keren S.
Our experience with Mam was great from the get go. She responded quickly to our messages, the booking process was really easy. Mam was punctual, my husband had a 90 min deep tissue massage. We will rebook for sure absolutely recommend
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Julia R.
Yuri was amazing! I booked her for two back-to-back massages, one for me and one for my mother. I haven't seen my mom so happy or relaxed in years. Yuri was amazing at changing the pressure and focus areas for each of us. She was very responsive, arrived early to set up, and made us feel so relaxed. I would 100% recommend her!
Yuri Massage TherapistYuri Massage Therapist
Kathleen T.
Best therapeutic massage. Period. I have been a client for 18 months. Recommended her to 4 others - all amazed at her skill, professionalism and service. Sharona is a true healer - from neck and disc discomfort issues to carpal tunnel, arthritis, and stiff back issues - I always experience extreme relief that lasts for long periods of time. She utilizes her extensive knowledge of the body’s anatomy, energy flows, and if needed cupping and acupuncture based on your needs in that moment. Her ability to tune in to your specific needs is a gift. Highly recommend.
Healing HandsHealing Hands
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