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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 Torrance massage therapists
Michael Kayode O.
Great massage 👍🏽
Jose LMT- Mobile Bodywork ServicesJose LMT- Mobile Bodywork Services
Julia L.
Great massage
Noe Noe Good ServicesNoe Noe Good Services
Marina B.
Kanya was extremely professional, responsive and her massaging techniques beyond incredible. This is the first time getting a massage at home and enjoyed the experience to the fullest
Kanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage ServiceKanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage Service
Tahlia G.
Most amazing massage ever. Pressure was perfect without even having to tell him. Hands down the best massage I’ve had!
Raydarvision MassageRaydarvision Massage
John K.
My wife and I had a couples massage, and we were both thrilled. We had our massages back to back, and our professional was Nongnuch. Both my wife and I were thrilled. It may have been the best massage of my life! We strongly recommend!
Spa HausSpa Haus
David M.
won't hesitate to book her again. Great massage!
Kanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage ServiceKanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage Service
Tracey T.
Fantastic massage service! My husband and I had a couples massage at our house. The ladies got set up quickly, and gave us a fantastic deep tissue massage. I booked a week in advance, and they were very quick to respond, and the appointment was set up effortlessly. Highly recommended, will definitely be using them again.
Spa HausSpa Haus
Chris K.
Thank-you Maggie! My mom was very sore after recovering from a broken leg. She had never had a massage before now. Maggie came to my mom's house and set up her table, put on some music and gave my mom a "miraculous" massage. Many of her aches and pains were gone following the massage and my mom said that she hadn't felt that good in years. Maggie is a professional and worked on exactly the right muscles with the perfect pressure. My mom said that she works like she has a calling in massage! I will schedule a monthly massage for my mom from now on with Maggie.
Elevate Touch LAElevate Touch LA
Alia Q.
Mam was amazing. I was searching for a same day massage therapist to come to my home. I am nearing the end of Grad School and working on a final project that has caused stress and tension build in areas of my body. Mam released months of stress and tightness. This was the best massage ever and I have had many massages. Mam Is extremely professional, communicates well and her prices are reasonable. She was just the person I was looking for. I will surely be booking more massages and referring Mam to friends and family!
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Trent J.
Liz was outstanding! I hadn't had a massage since the pandemic started and was desperately in need for a massage as I work in a stressful environment. She was exactly what I hoped for and needed. She was personable, professional and gave me a wonderful massage - I fell asleep. We set up another appointment at that time. I plan to become one of her regular clients!
Massage by LizMassage by Liz
Shiny A.
I really appreciate it when Tammy able to provide me a good massage for such a really late notice. Very nice, polite and feeling so much better after 60 minutes deep tissue massage. Will recommend her.
Holistic TherapyHolistic Therapy
David J.
I had regularly got massages but have not since Covid started. I've been having some back issues and figured it was time. I selected Kanya because she is close to my home, has amazing rates and provides a wide range of massage styles. But I was even more surprised by the wonderful massage. I feel like a new person. I'm definitely going to be following up for more. Thanks so much Kanya!
Kanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage ServiceKanya Thai Massage Mobile Massage Service
Brian H.
Jess does a very nice job. She’s a very clear communicator, making sure she knows any trouble spots that need extra attention and ensures she checks in during the massage to make sure everything is good. She gives a very good massage.
Jess's Healing HandsJess's Healing Hands
Amy A.
Q had same-same day availability and delivered an excellent massage to help relieve my migraine!
Model MassageModel Massage
Jayne L.
I had Liz come to massage my mother who turned 80 and she had a wonderful experience!
Massage by LizMassage by Liz
Dan Z.
Sharona gave me an excellent massage! I was having some pinched nerves in my right shoulder and she reduced the pain. Her reiki healing at the end of our session was really so nice. I enjoy her professional manner and her ability to connect. Thanks Sharona for a wonderful massage 😀
Healing HandsHealing Hands
John K.
What a wonderful massage I received. It was so good, it put me to sleep! I felt completely revived afterwards.
Butterfly beauty &wellness centerButterfly beauty &wellness center
Randy e.
What an amazing massage! Christine genuinely cares about providing a great experience. I strongly recommend her to everyone.
MassagebychristineMassagebychristine
Lorence C.
Fantastic massage, Well versed with his profession and knows how to fix the spots that needs fixing. Awesome and Friendly Guy!
Raydarvision MassageRaydarvision Massage
Claire B.
Absolutely loved my hour long massage with Barrett!! She was very professional and tailored her massage to the problem areas in my shoulders and neck. It was wonderful! I am delighted to have found someone to come to our house as I would rather not go to a spa right now. Brittany is a delight and I highly recommend her!
Integrated Wellness by BarrettIntegrated Wellness by Barrett
Jack M.
Great massage, very relaxing after a crazy few days. She had a great energy and was easy to chat with. Thank you!
Healing Hands.Healing Hands.
Jasmynn S.
My husband and I got a couples massage which was such a relief during these stressful pandemic times! Mam was very responsive and easy to book, and she and her partner delivered a great service. The massage was great and Mam focused well on my problem areas, frequently checking in on how I was doing. I would definitely book her service again.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Daniel G.
She massaged both my wife and I and tended to both our needs and preference of pressure. We will set another appointment again.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Amy A.
Max’s massage was incredible. I love deep tissue with very firm pressure, and Max more than delivered! He was punctual, courteous, and calming. He let me relax and also gave me a good stretch. This was the best massage I’ve had in a long time, and I will definitely be booking Max again soon. You can’t go wrong with this excellent masseur!
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Monica U.
I've had several massages from Johnny so far and all have been amazing! I usually prefer to receive massages from females but Johnny was very professional and nice, so I felt comfortable and at ease. I have a lot of back and other issues, and he was very knowledgable about all of the different muscles in the body and how to treat them. He's also very strong so I liked how he was able to use a range of pressure and techniques as needed, from very light and relaxing to much deeper pressure, which I requested in certain areas. Will definitely be booking regular massages with Johnny to help my body heal.
Beachside massage therapyBeachside massage therapy
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