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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.

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
  • HIV/AIDS

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 Oro Valley massage therapists
Denise G.
She was amazing. She made first time massage receivers feel relaxed. She massaged 6 people and did a wonderful job for everyone. They all loved her demeanor and her professionalism and the massage.
Integrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn MarieIntegrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn Marie
Christina K.
Excellent massage.
Nirvana MassageNirvana Massage
William P.
Awesome massage!
Alex Zauner Mobile MassageAlex Zauner Mobile Massage
Alberto C.
It was the best massage I have ever received! Alex is thorough and his massage is amazing! I melted in his hands.
Alex Zauner Mobile MassageAlex Zauner Mobile Massage
Bebe B.
She’s a wonderful massage therapist!
Integrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn MarieIntegrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn Marie
Padraic M.
Great massage. Will schedule again.
Malone Massage TherapyMalone Massage Therapy
Jesse T.
A great massage with an excellent therapist
Nirvana MassageNirvana Massage
Mohamed C.
Great massage great person
Nirvana MassageNirvana Massage
Jon T.
The best massage I’ve had!!!
Archer Bodyworks LLCArcher Bodyworks LLC
David R.
I am a semi regular recipient of massage therapy. This was possibly the best massage I have ever received. Outstanding deep tissue work!!
Nirvana MassageNirvana Massage
Rob R.
Wonderful experience, was available same-day, very professional massage, extremely comprehensive massage (90 minute deep tissue), fantastic experience - will book again!
Elysian Massage LLCElysian Massage LLC
Greg b.
Great person giving a great massage.
Integrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn MarieIntegrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn Marie
Michael J.
It was a Great Massage ! I will be back. Thanks Michael
Alex Zauner Mobile MassageAlex Zauner Mobile Massage
Tony L.
You won't be disappointed if deep tissue massage is what you are looking for. Beth gives a great deep tissue massage to break up scar tissue and release muscle spasms.
Beth's Massage Clinic Since 1995Beth's Massage Clinic Since 1995
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage by a true professional. Dennis M
Alex Zauner Mobile MassageAlex Zauner Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome massage, I claimed I preferred a male for their strength, Beth gives a very deep massage I was impressed! She has a great personality as well. Thank you Beth
Beth's Massage Clinic Since 1995Beth's Massage Clinic Since 1995
Nita C.
Manda was terrific! Very professional and she gave a wonderful prenatal massage. I felt very comfortable with her and would definitely see her again the next time I need a massage.
Soothing Touch MassageSoothing Touch Massage
Don B.
Contacted Charlie concerning a massage for my wife. Charlie showed up right on time and was very professional. Wife said that Charlie had her at ease and provided a great massage experience. she was totally relaxed for the remainder of the day and slept like a baby. We would highly recommend Charlie and will be contacting him again for her next massage.
Malone Massage TherapyMalone Massage Therapy
George S.
Everything was perfection. Pete was very pleasant and professional. I am a long time massage enthusiast and usually get several massages each month. I will be returning to Pete which speaks for itself in volumes.
PCM Therapeutic MassagePCM Therapeutic Massage
Peter N.
Really good massage with strong hands. Very professional and clean.
Elysian Massage LLCElysian Massage LLC
Sean R.
Nirvana was extremely professional and the quality of massage especially for the price, unmatched.
Nirvana MassageNirvana Massage
Rachel B.
Dawn was amazing! She was willing to work with my schedule and helped my friend through her first massage experience. She used a combination of massage and aromatherapy to really make it a memorable experience. Thank you!!
Integrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn MarieIntegrative Healing & Yoga with Dawn Marie
Arthur L.
Beth communicated from the start and was open about the whole process. Beth was very professional and the massage helped relieve the stress. I would highly recommend Beth for anyone looking to get a massage from a professional masseuse.
Beth's Massage Clinic Since 1995Beth's Massage Clinic Since 1995
Michael B.
Great massage in our home by a very nice therapist. Very satisfied.
Moonstone Massage and YogaMoonstone Massage and Yoga
Susan B.
Wonderful massage focused on deep tissue. Definitely want to call Bobbi again.
Nirvana MassageNirvana Massage
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