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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

Is hot stone massage safe in pregnancy?

If you’re ready for relaxation and relief from pregnancy pains, prenatal massage may be a great healing option. Once your prenatal care provider has approved you for pregnancy massage, look for a licensed massage therapist who also has training and certification in prenatal massage techniques.

The safety of hot stone massage during pregnancy depends on several factors including the stage of your pregnancy and where on the body the hot stones are applied. The massage therapist should avoid raising your core temperature or using hot stones on the abdomen. When in doubt, talk to your prenatal care provider.

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.

What is a deep tissue full body massage?

A deep tissue full body massage is a form of healing bodywork. At your first massage, your massage therapist will do a brief intake. They will ask you questions about the type of pressure you’d like to receive during your deep tissue massage, any previous massage experience you’ve had, and any injuries or sensitivities you have. You can remain clothed, or the massage therapist will provide draping so that even if you’re not wearing clothes you are always fully covered. Deep tissue massage may be a good option for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again. Massage therapists use their hands, forearms, fists and knuckles to knead and stroke your muscles and loosen adhesions. Although deep tissue massage work is intense, it should not be painful, so communicate clearly with your massage therapist so they know if you’re having any discomfort. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the purpose of a deep tissue massage?

There are many reasons to get a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage can release adhesions — also known as knots — that are causing painful tension in your muscles. Deep tissue massage can promote healing and ease discomfort related to illnesses such as cancer, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic neck or back pain, depression, and more, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. If you have an old sports injury such as shin splints, or a bad back from an old car accident, deep tissue massage can promote healing in your traumatized and scarred soft tissues and get you on the road to recovery. The strokes and techniques used in deep tissue massage work to lengthen soft tissue structures that have stiffened and hardened into knotty adhesions that allow minimal movement. Deep tissue massage can loosen these adhesions so that long-standing scar tissue releases and you can gain more mobility and more freedom from stiffness and pain. And it just feels good. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the difference between a deep tissue massage and a Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are both forms of therapeutic bodywork. In both modalities, a licensed massage therapist uses strokes administered with their hands or forearms to loosen and relax your muscles and other soft tissue. These releases can promote relaxation, pain relief and wellness.

Deep tissue massage may be an excellent therapeutic choice for people with chronic pain or severe tension in their muscles. The deep tissue massage technique moves below the top layer of muscle and soft tissue to release adhesions in your core muscles. In comparison, the strokes used in Swedish massage focus on loosening and relaxing the top layer of your soft tissues. Swedish massage produces relaxation and well-being, but if you have a long-term injury or back pain that won’t seem to go away, deep tissue massage may be a better option for you. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again.

Can you have massages while pregnant?

Not only can you have a massage while pregnant, multiple scientific studies published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services demonstrate that pregnancy massages provide physical and mental benefits to pregnant women and women in labor. Always ask your OB-GYN about receiving massages before starting any massage therapy to make sure it is safe for your own pregnancy. Pregnancy massage can alleviate pain, improve mental health and feel great. According to the DHHS, the benefits can include:  

  • Decreased depression.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Decreased leg and back pain.
  • Lower cortisol levels, which in turn lowers prematurity rates.
  • Lessened labor pain (for women who received massage during labor).
  • Labor time that is three hours shorter, on average, for women who receive massage during labor.

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.

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.
Reviews for Thousand Oaks massage therapists
Azhar R.
Great massage
Thumbtack Customer
Healing Miracle Massage was amazing! They were on time and prepared with everything. They were very clean, with disposable face cloths for the massage chair and wiping down all of the chairs and table after each massage. There was a nice flow for our 60 employees to take turns getting massaged. The only suggestion we have would be to bring some sort of aromatherapy scent so that while getting the massage, people could also smell something nice. All of our empoyees had nothing but great things to say about their massages and we hope to book Healing Miracle Massage again very soon!
Healing Miracle MassageHealing Miracle Massage
Matt D.
Terrific massage, highly recommend.
Avery N.
Dawn was very professional and gave an excellent massage. I've never had a massage like this and she is very friendly and personable. Definitely recommend.
Swan Therapeutic MassageSwan Therapeutic Massage
Paul B.
Fabulous staycation massage for the whole family.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Alyssa h.
Great massage and would highly recommend him!
Leef MassageLeef Massage
David F.
Great massage, Yael is the best she arrived on time with everything she needed. She gave me one of the best massages of my life!! Don’t look elsewhere!!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Julian N.
Great massage from a very responsive and communicative professional!
Lesley S.
Excellent massage therapist and great customer service! Very knowledgeable.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
John D.
Great massage and perfect way to de-stress. Much needed!
Stanley G.
A massage with Yael is a wonderful experience and I look forward to many more in the future
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Mimi V.
Ruby responded quickly to my request for a massage. Her price is reasonable and she knows the body well. It’s rare that I find someone who can give me a massage that’s both really deep to loosen up my knots but also relaxing enough that I fall asleep. She was one of the unicorns! Great massage, will use her again when I’m in the area. Thanks Ruby!
Ruby M. Chavez, CMTRuby M. Chavez, CMT
Matt S.
Yael was wonderful. Booked a surprise massage for my wife for her birthday and she absolutely loved it. Yael is a true professional who’s massage went above and beyond, and had great advice for how to help avoid muscle injury when working out as well.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Anita F.
Very professional. Came with the necessary equipment to perform a amazing massage. She was very in tune with my needs.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Calvin A.
Kat was great. Excellent massage in nice setting was exactly what I was looking for. She's a nice person!
Kat Kavanagh CMTKat Kavanagh CMT
Melissa F.
Yael is a sweetheart! And very professional, but her lack of strength in both my husbands massage and mine was very apparent. We both asked for a strong deep tissue massage. We both have many muscular issues and she was unable to address the issues in depth. We both left a little unsatisfied.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Mike P.
I had an amazing experience. Dorayn is a talented and delightful caregiver. I did the 90 massage and loved every second.
Dorayn’s Massage TherapyDorayn’s Massage Therapy
Dawn C.
I highly recommend this services. Extremely professional, friendly, knowledgeable and most of all a healer. I am a professional business person that has lots of stress at times. I have lots of massages over the years. I have traveled extensively and I’ve had several forms of Thai massage. You are missing out if you don’t book one.
Spa JetsetterSpa Jetsetter
Missy V.
Yael was awesome! Her massage was on point, exactly what I needed to de-stress. Punctual, Professional, and Knowledgeable. I recommend Yael.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Olivia e.
Yael was great!! Came to our house and massaged the whole family. We loved it! Very friendly and kind, would highly recommend! Helped with soreness and injuries!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Jhonaly T.
I feel very good after her massage. I’ll definetly comeback again. She’s so nice lady. Thank you so much!
Dorayn’s Massage TherapyDorayn’s Massage Therapy
Kevin L.
Elena is above average in her knowledge about deep tissue massage. She is also passionate about it. And she is very good when it comes to massage. While working on you, she can easily explain what she is doing and how the body works as she’s helping to heal you. I find that a little extra imparted knowledge helpful as I work towards a healthy lifestyle.
FloWith MobilityFloWith Mobility
Samer M.
One of the best Massage I ever had and the first time I have the Aromatherapy and the place is super clean I will definitely be back again thank you
R&R AromaticsR&R Aromatics
Rob G.
David gave me a great deep tissue sports massage, which was exactly what I asked for and needed. I plan on using his service regularly.
David JonesDavid Jones
Edward K.
I was in dire need of a massage as my shoulders could attest to. Ruby was able to assist, was very responsive to communication and available when needed. I will gladly work with Rby again and feel much better!
Ruby M. Chavez, CMTRuby M. Chavez, CMT
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