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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 the purpose of a deep tissue massage?

There are many reasons to get a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage can release adhesions — also known as knots — that are causing painful tension in your muscles. Deep tissue massage can promote healing and ease discomfort related to illnesses such as cancer, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic neck or back pain, depression, and more, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. If you have an old sports injury such as shin splints, or a bad back from an old car accident, deep tissue massage can promote healing in your traumatized and scarred soft tissues and get you on the road to recovery. The strokes and techniques used in deep tissue massage work to lengthen soft tissue structures that have stiffened and hardened into knotty adhesions that allow minimal movement. Deep tissue massage can loosen these adhesions so that long-standing scar tissue releases and you can gain more mobility and more freedom from stiffness and pain. And it just feels good. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the difference between a deep tissue massage and a Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are both forms of therapeutic bodywork. In both modalities, a licensed massage therapist uses strokes administered with their hands or forearms to loosen and relax your muscles and other soft tissue. These releases can promote relaxation, pain relief and wellness.

Deep tissue massage may be an excellent therapeutic choice for people with chronic pain or severe tension in their muscles. The deep tissue massage technique moves below the top layer of muscle and soft tissue to release adhesions in your core muscles. In comparison, the strokes used in Swedish massage focus on loosening and relaxing the top layer of your soft tissues. Swedish massage produces relaxation and well-being, but if you have a long-term injury or back pain that won’t seem to go away, deep tissue massage may be a better option for you. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again.

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.
Reviews for Birmingham massage therapists
Jason M.
Best Massage Ever!
Healing TouchHealing Touch
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent, professional, best massage ever
Massage by SkipMassage by Skip
Thumbtack Customer
My dad loved his massage!
Jonathan Estes LMT #1514Jonathan Estes LMT #1514
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage. He found tight muscles I didn't know I had. Jonathan will be a regular on my schedule
Jonathan Estes LMT #1514Jonathan Estes LMT #1514
Nathan W.
I left feeling absolutely incredible. I have found my new go-to massage therapist. I cannot wait for our next appointment.
Jennifer BivinsJennifer Bivins
Thumbtack Customer
Very inviting, respectful, and concerned for your health. Emphasis on trigger point massage therapy and education to explain why you are in pain and how he is going to relieve it.
Jonathan Estes LMT #1514Jonathan Estes LMT #1514
Henry K.
Where do I begin! I contracted this service as a Christmas present to my hard-working employees. Terria came in and did 11 30min massages in a row and everyone came out extremely relaxed and loved it! I did not get a massage myself because it was a gift to my employees but in just the few minutes I was able to speak to Terria I was extremely impressed with her kindness and professionalism. I will DEFINITELY use her again very soon!
Terria's Therapeutic Table and Chair Massage, LLCTerria's Therapeutic Table and Chair Massage, LLC
Lauren L.
I can only say great things about Terria. She was so professional and gave great massages! One of the easiest vendors I have ever worked with (I plan events for an Assoication so I am am always hiring for many different types services). She was reasonably priced, on time (actually early) and every person who received a massage raved about her. I'm planning to hire her again next month.
Terria's Therapeutic Table and Chair Massage, LLCTerria's Therapeutic Table and Chair Massage, LLC
Breelynne U.
Best decision that I have made while trying to stay home! Incredible massage and she was very punctual (came early to set up!!). I will definitely be making more appointments in the future!
Super Hands Therapy (Mobile Spa)Super Hands Therapy (Mobile Spa)
Thumbtack Customer
John is a master of the body's mechanics. I immediately knew I was with accomplished therapist, with his highly tuned in hands and brilliant knowledge of the body. I have had many massage therapists over the years, and John truly is the best.
Jonathan Estes LMT #1514Jonathan Estes LMT #1514
John S.
I am not one to post reviews, but my experience was amazing. She came early to set up, created a very comfortable setting. The massage was great 👌 the conversation was nice, very professional , very pleased with the overall experience! Thank you.
Super Hands Therapy (Mobile Spa)Super Hands Therapy (Mobile Spa)
Tillina S.
Our experience with Nicholas was GRRREEEAAAATT!!! If I could give him 10 stars, I WOULD!! 1st, he was prompt in reaching out to get my details to see if he would be able to accommodate my event. 2nd, he was very apologetic, and looked into recommending another masseuse, when he had to decline because of a prior commitment. Last, but not least, he re-contacted me when his prior plans was cancelled and he was able to do my event. He travelled to Bham from Montgomery (well worth the travel price), he was prompt in arriving, he was quick in his set-up, he was professional, yet friendly while providing services (well worth the massage price). All of my guest (even the pregnant guest of honor) have expressed how pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing the massages were. I must say that his overall service was beyond reproach and I WILL BE CALLING HIM AGAIN!:) Tillina Moore-Swain
Therapeutic TouchesTherapeutic Touches
Paige F.
Skip was very easy to set up an appointment with - super flexible and responsive. He arrived exactly at the time we had planned and set everything up. Skip is extremely professional and amazing at what he does. I have not had a better massage, and I will definitely be a recurring client. You can't beat the quality of his work, and since he is willing to set up in your own home, it is much more relaxing, in my opinion.
Massage by SkipMassage by Skip
Ash L.
I love the spa and go often, especially when traveling abroad or domestically. With that being said, Yas Energy Works was a very pleasant experience and conveniently came to my home. My schedule has been extremely hectic through the holidays and first month of the year with nonstop flights, driving, working and relocating to a new residence. I felt so much better after my session! Very attentive massage therapist. She came with everything needed. I’ll definitely book again and very likely to refer her to friends/coworkers.
Yas Energy WorksYas Energy Works
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