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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 Thousand Oaks massage therapists
Azhar R.
Great massage
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
Matt D.
Terrific massage, highly recommend.
Paul B.
Fabulous staycation massage for the whole family.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
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
Alyssa h.
Great massage and would highly recommend him!
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Julian N.
Great massage from a very responsive and communicative professional!
John D.
Great massage and perfect way to de-stress. Much needed!
Lesley S.
Excellent massage therapist and great customer service! Very knowledgeable.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Kendall W.
Barrett did an awesome job! I had both a massage and cupping done. The massage targeted exactly where I was tight and I felt way less tense the next day. The cupping was also great!
Integrated Wellness by BarrettIntegrated Wellness by Barrett
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
Margaret H.
I’m not a person that typically writes reviews. Although my massage experience was such a great experience I needed to write this review! Tiffany & Annie are wonderful! And I get messages about 6-8 times a year. One of the best massage in a very long time!
Organic massageOrganic massage
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
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
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
Chris T.
Ron was simply amazing! He made me comfortable immediately and so genuine. Plus he has great massage skills which I really ENJOYED! His attentiveness was great to make sure I was satisfy. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great massage experience!
Edward K.
What an amazing experience! She provided a varied approach based on each areas need, taking the time to work it out. Our massage went long but she kept going to get it complete. I fell so much better and hope to see her again. Best massage I’ve ever received!
NB Beauty & HealthNB Beauty & Health
Jacquelyn G.
Great massage! Thank you for being thorough and helping me with my hurt neck..I felt immediate relief.
iluvmassage by Annailuvmassage by Anna
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.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
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
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