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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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
Maria B.
I treated someone to a massage with Krista and she loved it! Even scheduled a follow up massage a few weeks from now.
Steve A.
Great massage , very professional, just right
Tia The Bodywork SpecialistTia The Bodywork Specialist
Steve A.
Very good massage perfect pressure, very relaxing.definitely will recommend
touch, by Rebirthtouch, by Rebirth
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gina C.
Excellent massuse! My boyfriend and I loved the in home service. It was very relaxing and a great massage! We will be using Yael again!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Crystal J.
Definitely knowledgeable about muscles and body . Would recommend for SPORTS massage and stretching . Not necessarily for relaxation or upper back/shoulder work.
Fusion WellnessFusion Wellness
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
Steve A.
Ami came few minutes early , set up the table , the massage was outstanding very professional and relaxing as it should be. Definitely recommend to others as well
Spa HausSpa Haus
Thumbtack Customer
Sharona was very professional and knowledgeable. She addressed my issues and I felt much better after her massage. She is extremely insightful and intuitive.
Healing HandsHealing Hands
Julia G.
I called Ivy because I was having a lot of issues with my shoulders and neck after spending way too much time on Zoom and on the computer in general. After 90 minutes with Ivy, my headaches and pain are 300% better. As the massage progressed, I felt like I was getting longer and longer, and I had to keep re-positioning myself on the table because I seemed to be getting taller. She must have released my muscles so deeply that my spine somehow lengthened. I like extremely deep, firm massage and she was up to the task. I highly recommend Ivy and her style of massage.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Ariel T.
May was absolutely amazing! She came to my home for a 1 hour massage. She helped relieve a lot of tension in neck. I’m feeling brand new
House call massage by MayHouse call massage by May
Treani S.
Yael was amazing. She is very passionate about her work and helping those she services. With a background in physical therapy she shared some helpful tips to combat common ailments i was suffering from and even have suggestions and recommendations of activities for me to incorporate into my daily routine. The massage was wonderful and she created a very peaceful and relaxing environment. I will definitely reaching back out for another massage soon.
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Thumbtack Customer
I have had a lot of massages including swedish, deep tissue, stone and Lauren has very, very good technique and adjusted her pressure as needed. Highly recommend.
Peace of Mind Mobile MassagePeace of Mind Mobile Massage
Steven S.
Jai is a very nice guy with an endearing personality. He made me feel comfortable and at ease right from the start. The room where the massage took place was just the right temperature and the massage table was super comfy. Jai is excellent at what he does. He’s very thorough and worked through my problem areas (lower back and shoulders) alleviating some pain. The overall experience was extremely positive and I highly recommend him.
Jai WhiteJai White
Steve A.
Nncy was amazing! She’s the best massage therapist I’ve ever had. 10/10 and now going to be her regular. She’s so professional, she knows exactly what spots to focus on and does such a great job. Can’t wait to book her again
Mobile Home Massage By NancyMobile Home Massage By Nancy
Christina L.
Asatur was my saving grace today. I was in a lot of pain but he came over and fixed me up just right. Also cannot beat the price for a 90 min massage in your own living room at his level of professional. I highly recommend him!!
Asatur Gyurjyan, CMTAsatur Gyurjyan, CMT
Lynn H.
The absolute best massage I've ever had Gavin knows exactly where your pain is and seems to make it disappear I always feel like I'm 10 ft tall after he finishes and can walk without a lump will use him often for sure
Legendary TherapyLegendary Therapy
Jessica L.
I booked Pol as a birthday gift for my husband. My husband explained that this was the best massage that he’s ever had. He was professional, clean, punctual and very knowledgeable. He communicated with my husband throughout the session and inquired about any problem areas. He brings all of his own equipment and this was really such a treat. I highly recommend him!
Bodywork by Pol BabiBodywork by Pol Babi
Briana O.
Chris was wonderful! He always was willing to adjust pressure as I have quite varying degrees of spots. You want a real deep tissue massage, I highly recommend him! He was also very intuitive to my body's needs. He went to pressure points or parts of my body that needed to be released without me saying anything. I felt my body melt into the bed into total relaxation after he worked on an area. I'm booking with him again next week 🙂
Mobile VIP MassageMobile VIP Massage
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