A note to our community regarding COVID-19. Learn more
Find a massage therapist near Pelham Bay, NY

Find a massage therapist near Pelham Bay, NY

32 near you

Find a massage therapist near Pelham Bay, NY

32 near you

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 10 Massage Therapists near Pelham Bay, NY

Q & A

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.

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.

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 Pelham Bay massage therapists
Vin K.
Excellent massage. I would recommend him. This is my second massage with him and I will use him again
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Domonique F.
Great massage! Will be booking again.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Danielle Y.
Best massage ever! She was amazing, understood what I needed and got the job done. I’ll be booking my regular monthly massages.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Janay H.
Does a great job! The massage was wonderful.
Vin K.
I would highly recommend Rich. He gave me a great massage tonight and I can’t wait for my next massage from him in two weeks.
Body RejuvenationBody Rejuvenation
Shauna-Lee L.
Very knowledgeable and attentive! Great post massage advice.
Head to Toe HealingHead to Toe Healing
Steven J.
Really enjoyed the massage and your positive spirit! Thank you!
Kamyahlee's Cleaning & Massage Therapy ServicesKamyahlee's Cleaning & Massage Therapy Services
Steven J.
Really enjoyed my massage and you were professional and great to talk to!
Spoiled by KandaSpoiled by Kanda
Claudia c.
Great massage, the pressure was perfect, felt great afterwards. Very punctual, friendly and respectful.
Oleksii (Alex)Oleksii (Alex)
Sammy N.
I have had hundreds of massages over the years, but this was by far the best massage I have ever had. Susana has hands of magic and knew exactly what problem areas to focus on with out me telling her. On top of a great massage she also has a great personality and I felt very comfortable and relaxed. I will definitely be using her on the regular and would highly recommend her. All around 5 star service.
Susana VargasSusana Vargas
Sammy N.
Great massage. Quick responses, on time, professional & friendly, and great value. Will definitely be booking again.
Whittney B.
Edward is a professional by all standards. I would recommend him for your massage needs and services.
Holistic Healing by EdwardHolistic Healing by Edward
Vin K.
I would highly recommend Edward . I would definitely be seeing him again. Thanks for the great massage.
Holistic Healing by EdwardHolistic Healing by Edward
Sammy N.
Great massage, professional and friendly attitude. She was good on responding on time and communicating. She arrived with a good quality table and cleaned everything with alcohol before and after. The massage was really good, she worked on all of my problem parts with out me directing her, and was very satisfied and will definitely be using her again.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Taumori T.
Crystal was amazing. Very skilled hands and focused therapy on my problem areas. The stretch technique and abdominal massage felt soooooo good. Highly recommend.
WHOListic TherapyWHOListic Therapy
April L.
She came on time. She gavey dad and I a really relaxing massage. 5 stars and highly recommended. I would hire her again.
Josie's MassagesJosie's Massages
Jason C.
Great massage. Provides good deep tissue manipulation and releases tension through pressure points through out the body. Highly recommend and will book again in the future.
Naceel Shahrookh BabarNaceel Shahrookh Babar
Kenya R.
Kelly was amazing! I feel great after my prenatal massage. She focused on the areas I was complaining about and did so good. Will definitely recommend her to family and friends.
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Lizzette F.
We've been cramped up in the house for months with limited movements so we really needed a nice massage n richard was jis wonderful we will definitely see him again
Richard Cowan - Massage TherapyRichard Cowan - Massage Therapy
Nalisha Z.
Kelly was great! I scheduled a massage for my mom as a Mother's day gift. Mom said it was so worth it and she feels super relaxed. Will definitely be using your services again! Thank you!
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
For years I’ve been struggling with stubborn fat workout everyday eat fairly and no results until I had a massage from carol in one session I started to feel and see a difference she was very professional and got that stubborn fat to go down thank you!!
~ Ayurveda, Healing Therapies & Facial Yoga🌼~~ Ayurveda, Healing Therapies & Facial Yoga🌼~
Thumbtack Customer
I was a bit afraid to let someone in my home but he was great! He was prompt, professional and very respectful. And even better he gave me the best massage ever! I will definitely recommend him. Being a fellow entrepreneur, I was pleased to see others offering professional experience in the neighborhood. Lita
Relax at Home MassageRelax at Home Massage
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.