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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 West Hollywood massage therapists
Sanjeev N.
Great massage
Zen From JenZen From Jen
Raul J.
Great massage she is the best!!
David S.
Joe offers a relaxing massage in a peaceful serenity. I really appreciate the attention he gives to stretching. A very valuable part of the massage experience.
Joe Cole CMTJoe Cole CMT
Shaun w.
Very relaxing massage and great technique.
Jose LMT- Mobile Bodywork ServicesJose LMT- Mobile Bodywork Services
Jeremy H.
Way beyond blissful! Great massage.
Jeff L.
Best deep tissue massage! Highly recommend
JustinCredible MassageJustinCredible Massage
Shaun B.
Great massage! As an athlete and constant traveler for work this was the perfect type of massage for me. Therapeutic but attentive and functional! Definitely Recommend to athletes, crossfitters and high intensity trainer athletes!
Joe Cole CMTJoe Cole CMT
Derrick B.
Just what the body ordered. Excellent massage!
Essence of MassageEssence of Massage
Bettina B.
My massage with Mam was one of the best massages I have ever had. Mam was on time, professional and the service was a great value. I will be booking with her every time I visit LA.
Massage in home by MamMassage in home by Mam
Jonathan D.
One of the best massages I’ve ever gotten. Highly recommended!
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Adam F.
Extremely responsive and easy to coordinate with. Very friendly. Great massage.
Jetsetter SpaJetsetter Spa
Brad G.
Great, unique massage experience. Very therapeutic. Thanks Jovi!
Aboriginal Holistic RemediesAboriginal Holistic Remedies
Rishi N.
Pat is excellent responsive, arrived on time, very high quality massage
May L.
We loved your massage! So excited to have you next week!
Soothing Massage by YaelSoothing Massage by Yael
Shivon Z.
Super great massage, very professional. Was both relaxing and corrective. Thank you so much!!
Leef MassageLeef Massage
Paul F.
On time, friendly, professional and gave me the exact massage I was looking for. Will definitely hire again!
Masters touchMasters touch
Brett G.
Amazing massage.....slept like a baby afterwards. All my pains and knots are gone. Jordan is the real deal!
Bodywork by JordanBodywork by Jordan
Drew W.
Great massage! Easy to get to and she knows what she is doing! Very relaxing and taking all protocol seriously. Definitely recommend.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Tom G.
Monica has truly mastered the art of relaxation. Terrific massage and easy conversation helped melt my stress away. Can’t wait until next time.
Monica BelushiMonica Belushi
Ricky C.
Excellent sports and stretching massage. Paid attention to all mentioned trouble spots. Professional & friendly. Best relief I’ve had all year. Thank you Ron.
Arnold R.
John is one of a kind. Very professional and extremely talented in the art of massage. He is intuitive and will make you feel relaxed almost immediately. Hire him you won’t regret it.
Masseur MeisnerMasseur Meisner
Eric H.
Ray is such a nice and professional guy who is working hard towards his dream. Very comfortable in person, and his massage skills made me feel gorgeous! Thanks Bro.
RaySc ProMassageRaySc ProMassage
David S.
One of the best massages I've had in a while. Jose has a great attitude. His focus is to heal. His skill, instincts and level of experience are exemplary you will feel that you're in great hands. Thank you!!!
Jose LMT- Mobile Bodywork ServicesJose LMT- Mobile Bodywork Services
Shira j.
I’ve been receiving massages at least once a week basically my entire life so I’m accustomed to great massages. Therefore, when I say that Jose is one of the best, if not THE best massage therapist I’ve ever worked with, I don’t state it lightly and it’s high praise. I first contacted him after I had just been hit by a car crossing the street and my entire body was basically shattered. Because my regular massages were primarily for relaxation, I wanted to find someone a bit more knowledgeable about what type of massage I would need given my trauma and injuries. I certainly found that in Jose. He responded to my request promptly and it became immediately clear that he knew what he was talking about. He’s extremely well versed not only in the different modalities of massage therapy, but in biology generally speaking, the different types of trauma/injuries and how each responds to different modalities and massage techniques, and even some neuropharmacology etc. (He was able to inform me about the side effects of certain medications that I was taking.. information that checked out with my doctor) and helped my recovery by addressing each injury separately and appropriately. (For instance, I had extremely severe edema after multiple surgeries and nothing the doctors were doing or advising was helping, but Jose was able to drastically reduce it within only a couple sessions.) He also immediately discerned which areas were bothersome not because of injury but bc they were compensating for injuries and focused on the areas I needed it most. I was hooked after the first session and began seeing him regularly (and I only stopped bc I quarantined myself due to the pandemic) From here on out he will be my regular masseur. In addition to being incredibly knowledgeable and competent, he is very kind, caring, professional, and prompt. He has truly gone above and beyond in every possible way he could have, even offering to conduct progress reports for my team. He aided in my recovery significantly and gave me the only relief I had during the worst of it. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone and everyone, regardless of their reason for massage. If it’s for relaxation, detox, chronic pain etc. he handles it all adeptly and has a way of anticipating one’s needs even before one vocalizes them. I honestly cannot rave about him enough.
Jose LMT- Mobile Bodywork ServicesJose LMT- Mobile Bodywork Services
Omy H.
Marcelo’s touch was just what I was looking for. He is a good listener and is able to adjust the pressure when he’s told. At the end of my massage I was relaxed and relived from my lower back. Great energy and punctual.
Marcelo Casalino Massage therapistMarcelo Casalino Massage therapist
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