SOME FAQs

Come. Relax. Let Us Relieve Your Tension.

DO YOU ACCEPT WALK-IN CUSTOMERS, OR DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Appointments are encouraged so that we may provide all desired services promptly. However, we will make every effort to accommodate walk-in clients.

It’s our goal to get our clients onto a massage table with a massage therapist on-hand within five minutes or less of your scheduled appointment time.

WHAT TIMES ARE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE?

Gaslamp Thai Massage Therapy (GTMT) is open for business every day from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

We can meet a client in our shop earlier than 10:00 AM – if requested at least a day in advance.

We are often able to accept appointments and walk-in customers right up to the time we normally close.

CAN I COMBINE DIFFERENT MASSAGE TYPES DURING ONE SESSION?

Yes. GTMT offers Combination Massages in 60-minute or 90-minute increments at no additional charge.

DO YOU OFFER COUPLES MASSAGES?

Yes, we do offer couples massages.

We can usually accommodate joined-room massages for walk-in couples, but we encourage an appointment to be sure.

A one-hour (or 90-minute) couples massage costs the same as two one-hour (or two 90-minute) individual massages, although we frequently offer “special” reduced rates. On Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve, for example. Subscribe to our periodic Newsletter to get advance notice of all of our advertised specials.

NOTE: Our appointment booking system (Acuity) does not recognize Couple’s Appointments for two people. We’ll handle that part of it manually, while Acuity works on a fix.

DO YOU OFFER PRE-NATAL (PREGNANCY) MASSAGE?

Not Currently. Sorry.

ARE THERE SOME SITUATIONS WHEN I SHOULD NOT GET A MASSAGE?

Yes.  There are some CONTRA-INDICATIONS for massage:

  • Fever
  • Contagious Disease (including cold and flu)
  • Undiagnosed lumps, bumps or rash
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol (including prescription pain meds and blood thinners)
  • Neuritis
  • This is a partial list.  See here:
    Contraindications to Massage

DO YOU OFFER 30-MINUTE MASSAGES?

Yes.  Foot massage, Chair massage and Swedish massage are all suitable for a 30-minute massage.  However, 30-minutes is not really enough time for an effective Sports, Deep Tissue or Thai-style massage.  But if that’s what you’d like we will accommodate.

IS MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED? DO YOU CHARGE A MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP FEE?

No. No, we don’t.

WHAT IS THE COST OF A ONE-HOUR MASSAGE?

Our table massages (Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Thai) cost $65 for a one-hour treatment.

We charge $95 for any 90-minute table massage, $45 for any 30-minute table massage, and $35 for a 30-minute Foot Massage or Chair Massage.

WHAT IS THE STANDARD TIP FOR MASSAGE SERVICES?

There is no standard tip. If you feel that one of our Certified Massage Therapists has provided a valuable service, then tips are certainly appreciated.

DO YOUR THERAPISTS OFFER ~EXTRA SERVICES~ ?

NO, and please don’t ask.  If you’re not sure what we’re referring to when we say “extra services” then just skip this question.  Asking for “Extra Services,” sexual innuendo, and touching our therapist(s) will result in termination of your session and we’ll insist that you leave.  All of our therapists are professionals.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Because we use the Square app with an iPad and a mag-stripe card reader or contact-less chip card reader, we accept all U.S.-issued and most internationally-issued mag-stripe or chip cards bearing a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, or UnionPay logo. We can accept payment via manual entry, by swiping a card, dipping a chip card, or tapping a contact-less card.  We accept Apple pay, Google pay and EFTPOS chip cards.  We cannot currently accept ANY FORM OF CRYPTO-CURRENCY.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR DURING MY MASSAGE? AM I REQUIRED TO BE NAKED?

Most of the massage treatments involve direct contact with the skin, so clients will be given privacy to strip their outer clothes and wear only undergarments. All our staff respect client modesty, and even with a massage that uses application of creme or oil, the parts of the body that are not being worked on are covered. If you prefer to leave your underwear on, that’s totally fine.

By law, sheets and towels will remain draped over private parts for the duration of treatment.

The two exceptions are the Foot Massage and the Chair Massage in which the client will only remove shoes and socks.

ARE YOUR MASSAGE THERAPISTS CERTIFIED?

Yes. They are all certified and current with the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).  500-hours of education at an accredited MASSAGE school, a written exam, A fee, and a background investigation are required for Massage Therapist certification in California.  Certificates can be verified here: http://www.camtc.org/

ARE YOUR MASSAGE THERAPISTS MALE OR FEMALE?

GTMT employs male and female Massage Therapists.  If you have a preference, please mention it when making an appointment and we usually won’t have any problem accommodating.

NO PAIN, NO GAIN. IF MY MASSAGE DOESN'T HURT, IT ISN'T HELPING TO RELEASE TENSION.

Fiction. Pressure should be satisfying to the client, and a skilled practitioner will use techniques to help a client reach the desired goal of increased mobility and pain relief without inflicting pain.

I NEED TO DRINK A LOT OF WATER AFTER A MASSAGE TO HELP FLUSH THE TOXINS FROM MY BODY.

Not exactly true. Drinking fluids to stay well hydrated is always a good idea, but the persistent belief that massage ‘dumps toxins into the bloodstream” comes from the best science of 25 years ago. We have a better understanding of the mechanics and biology of massage these days. There is a slight increase of lactic acid in blood tests after massage therapy, but nothing that requires exorbitant amounts of water.

CAN I EAT BEFORE MY MASSAGE?

Of course you can, but a big meal prior to your massage might lead to some discomfort while lying prone on the table.

THE MASSAGE THERAPIST KNOWS BEST, SO I'M NOT GOING TO SAY ANYTHING IF I WANT MORE PRESSURE, OR LESS PRESSURE, OR IF I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE.

Thank you for “Massage Therapist” rather than “Masseuse.” Massage Therapy is a team effort, and we are here to make the experience the best one possible. You know your body better than anyone. Please express yourself, and know that we want you to feel comfortable speaking up about what will make the session better for you.

HOW MANY MASSAGES DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETELY RELIEVE THE PAIN?

One session probably won’t clear out all of the tension areas that have built up over time. In a 90 minute session, figure that your therapist has enough time to do a full body massage geared toward general relaxation and mobility and enough time to thoroughly focus on breaking up congested tissue in one tension area. When working toward a specific goal, try to get a three or four massages about a week apart if you can. Please seek the advice a doctor or medical professional if there are any concerns.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A MASSAGE?

It’s entirely up to you. We will never pressure you to schedule a follow-up appointment. Many people report great benefits from having massages on a regular basis.

WHERE CAN I PARK MY CAR?

Nearby street parking may be available on 4th, 5th, or 6th Avenues, or on E or F streets. The parking meters are free before 10:00 AM and after 8:00 pm. Be sure to check the maximum time period of your parking meter.  For example, the meters on 5th Avenue allow a maximum of 2-hours parking, but the meters on nearby 4th Avenue only allow a maximum of 1-hour.

There are many parking lots downtown, including two different lots at THE SOUTH-WEST AND NORTH-WEST Corners of 6th and E.

Reserved parking costs less than drive-up.  Parking can be reserved in advance here:
Parkopedia Parking Locations – Horton Plaza.

The C-Street trolley station is located one-block North of us.  The MTS bus stops across the street at the South-East corner of 5th and Broadway.

The City offers a free electric mini-bus shuttle around downtown.  The shuttle can be called for pick-up/drop-off by using the smart-phone APP called “Circuit. (formerly The Free Ride).”

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