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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. 

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.  

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.

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 Van Nuys massage therapists
Rogelio R.
On time and massage was great!
Christina C.
I had one of the best massages I've ever had. My house is noisy but I didn't even notice the nosie once the massage started. I get horrible back pain and after the massage I felt so relaxed and my back felt amazing! I highly recommend her. I will be calling her again for future massages at home.
Yuri Massage TherapistYuri Massage Therapist
Loui l.
The best massage in a long time 100% recommended
Steve A.
Great massage , very professional, just right
Tia The Bodywork SpecialistTia The Bodywork Specialist
Dominic R.
Nice table, travels to you, great service and massage.
Sensational Luxury Spa !Sensational Luxury Spa !
Steve A.
Very good massage perfect pressure, very relaxing.definitely will recommend
touch, by Rebirthtouch, by Rebirth
Steve A.
I was in dire need of a good massage. Siri was available at the time and she came to me. She was punctual, kind, professional and gave me a fantastic massage. I’d recommend her to anyone! Will definitely hire her again!
Masters touchMasters touch
Steve A.
I was in dire need of a good massage. Jen was available at the time and she came to me. She was punctual, kind, professional and gave me a fantastic massage. I’d recommend her to anyone! Will definitely hire her again!
Zen From JenZen From Jen
Christina C.
I can't wait for future massages with Nickita! I got a massage while pregnant where she focused on my problem areas. It was the best massage I've ever had. I will definitely be coming back. The place is so clean and relaxing too. She's so nice and as shy as I am, made me feel super comfortable. I highly recommend her!
NB Beauty & HealthNB Beauty & Health
Andrea S.
Yael came today for a massage for both my husband and myself and they were both awesome massages. We got bodywork done regularly before the pandemic and are very grateful we found someone so fantastic and responsive. Thank you!!!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Michael R.
Very professional and skilled. Most relaxing massage I have ever had.
Erica H.
Was able to schedule it last minute and it was a wonderful massage! I recommend her highly.
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Shaun F.
Amazing massage. Super knowledgeable helped with neck and shoulder pain. Highly recommend her.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Dave S.
Got my wife a prenatal massage at 34 weeks. She was glowing all day!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Steve A.
Great massage and pleasant person to work with, on time nice firm touch, will recommend to others.
Holistic TherapyHolistic Therapy
Kristle M.
Pol was great. Very responsive and arrived punctually. He made certain to note my problem areas and address those in the massage. He also checked a few times during the massage to ensure he was using the right amount of pressure. Would use again.
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Steve A.
Tanya has magical hands. I felt rejuvenated after my massage. She listened to my needs and responded accordingly. She asked for feedback as she was doing the massage to make sure pressure was good and I was OK. I highly recommend her.
Massage by TanyaMassage by Tanya
Steve A.
Massage was very good, place is very clean and quite, will go back again and again and will recommend to others.
Zaharah’s MassageZaharah’s Massage
Sepideh k.
Scheduled this massage for a couple celebrating their anniversary and they were so happy! I will definitely be using their services again.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Danielle C.
She was amazing. I hired her to come give my boyfriend a massage for his birthday and he said it was the best massage he’s ever had. He’s a dancer so he usually likes a lot of pressure and he said she nailed it. She was on time and super nice! Book her
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Daniela K.
Yael is AMAZING! She got all the right spots. The massage was very satisfying. I will definitely hire her again.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Steve A.
Gena has it in her hart, great personality and understanding of her profession, great massage, definitely will book again and again.
Healing GHealing G
Karen G.
This past Mother’s Day my husband surprised me for the 2nd time with a massage from Yael. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about her craft. The massage was wonderful! She also gave me some recommendations (stretches) to try since I sit at a computer most of the day die my business. There’s just something extra relaxing about having a massage in your own home. She brought all her own stuff and even a little gift for me!! The whole experience was just fantastic! I highly recommend it.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Sara V.
I contacted asatur for a lymphatic massage after my liposuction procedure and let me tell you I feel so much more relieved with just one massage he is very gentle you can ask him any questions he’s very responsive super professional I would recommend him to anyone !
Asatur Gyurjyan, CMTAsatur Gyurjyan, CMT
Leo D.
Very nice massage techniques, professional and intuitive. I feel better and relaxed. Thanks Joe, I will def come back.
Joe Cole CMTJoe Cole CMT
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