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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.

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.

Reviews for Tempe massage therapists
Tom L.
Excellent massage. Very professional.
Irma Melano LMT Master BodyworkerIrma Melano LMT Master Bodyworker
Roderick S.
Excellent massage. Very relaxing. Highly recommended!
AEON wellness & massageAEON wellness & massage
Stephen C.
Diane is a very knowledgeable and professional massage therapist. She listens to what you want worked on before the massage but also figures out what the body needs as her hands move over your body. She incorporates aromatherapy and hot stones during your massage in her very comfortable setting. Highly recommended!!
Healing from the Heart Massage by DianeHealing from the Heart Massage by Diane
Thumbtack Customer
Jen did excellent myofascial massage. I have been getting Swedish massages before, but Jenn's style is pretty amazing. she finds those sore knots and tries to release them by asking you breathe as well. Overall it was intense massage and after the session, your body is relaxed, could not find much pain.
Jenn's Massage HeavenJenn's Massage Heaven
Ken B.
Excellent massage and was exactly what I needed. Therapist was responsive, scheduled time that worked for me, very professional, and adjusted massage to fit what I needed, helping by doing a little more stretching for me. Location is clean, but lacks some of the usual touches like soft lights and candles, but don't let that put you off. Excellent massage.
Zen TouchZen Touch
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing massage, very relaxing. Deborah is very intuitive to areas of tension.
Transformational Healing TherapiesTransformational Healing Therapies
Megan T.
Tammy gives a wonderful massage. I will definitely be back! My body feels wonderful!
Five Elements Organic Spa ServicesFive Elements Organic Spa Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was in absolute pain and Tamara did an extraordinary job. She had me up and about in no time. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs pain relief or just a good deep relaxing massage. She is an amazing licensed massage therapist.
Tree Of Life Mobile Massage TherapyTree Of Life Mobile Massage Therapy
Roderick S.
Amazing massage! Right amount of pressure. Expert, very intuitive, and quite invigorating. Highly recommended!
Elysian Massage LLCElysian Massage LLC
Travis M.
Sebastian accommodated my last minute booking and provided a deep and thorough massage. Excellent service.
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Melissa B.
This was one of the BEST massages I have ever had. She was very quick to get back to me and to get me booked in. She listened carefully to all of my concerns at the beginning of the treatment and worked on all areas that I had asked with intention. I felt so incredible afterwards - I loved the way she used her knowledge to incorporate stretching into the massage to help increase my range of motion. I would absolutely recommend seeing her for a massage!!
Repose RetreatRepose Retreat
John O.
A total sweetheart, professional and provides an excellent massage. I'm a big guy with a lot of injuries, she spent a lot of time on my back and the results were amazing. Don't let her petite stature fool you. I will continue with her massage therapy. Highly recommended! Thanks Nichole.
Town TherapyTown Therapy
Nickolos J.
One of the best deep tissue massages I've had in a long time and helped me get rid of my shin splints
IN HOME-Personalized Training/Therapeutic MassageIN HOME-Personalized Training/Therapeutic Massage
Keri J.
This was hands down the best massage I have ever had. My body has gone through some significant changes and with that has come some core aches and pains. DeAndre was professional yet personable and set my mental discomforts at ease. During the massage he continuously found just what was needed. I will be booking again and often!
Good To Go MassageGood To Go Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic massage and advice to deal with ongoing issues I am having. I will return when we come back to town in the future.
Sacred Alchemy ArtsSacred Alchemy Arts
Eric L.
Mary did an amazing job. I was really impressed with her work. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a massage
Five Elements Organic Spa ServicesFive Elements Organic Spa Services
Thumbtack Customer
Rebekah was wonderful with taking time, to discuss with me what my needs and concerns were on massage work. She was prompt, professional, and wonderfully kind.
Rebekah Essig, LMTRebekah Essig, LMT
Amy K.
Grateful for Mary for sharing her intuitive massage talents with me! Mary's extremely skilled at her craft, and her years of experience is clearly recognized in the way she heals the body from head to toe. Professional and peaceful treatment room. Extra bonus is that she is a gifted esthetician as well, so I got massage then facial back to back. Ultimate pampering. Can't wait for next treatment.
Five Elements Organic Spa ServicesFive Elements Organic Spa Services
Donna C.
Finally found someone who gave a great massage! I had a run of bad experiences and now I have a new winning streak with Sebastian! He deserves his fantastic ratings.
Sebastian’s MassageSebastian’s Massage
Jeanne P.
My husband loved his surprise Father’s Day massage. She had everything and made him feel very comfortable. We would definitely use her again for her service.
Tree Of Life Mobile Massage TherapyTree Of Life Mobile Massage Therapy
Troy A.
The best massage I ever had. Knew exactly what spots to concentrate on and level of treatment was definitely what I needed. Such a pleasure to converse with and taste in music is excellent!!! Would hire again without a doubt!
Balenchino MassageBalenchino Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Gage was awesome! I'm not in Arizona and he helped me coordinate a 5 person massage event. Great communication and very personable. My client was very pleased. Will definitely hire him for any future AZ events.
IN HOME-Personalized Training/Therapeutic MassageIN HOME-Personalized Training/Therapeutic Massage
MIchael C.
I broke my leg and hip within the last six months. Massage therapy has helped my leg so much and I cannot thank Ashley enough for helping me so effectively with the healing process.
EARTH Massage by AshleyEARTH Massage by Ashley
Shaimaa A.
Mary went above and beyond in my massage session. After our consultation, she understood exactly what I needed and what my body needed. She's super knowledgeable and I cannot wait to book my next appointment!
Five Elements Organic Spa ServicesFive Elements Organic Spa Services
Kirkpatrick J.
Fantastic and incredible! I have had hundreds of professional massages over the years and this was EASILY one of the very best I have EVER enjoyed. Felt better for days and days. No need to look further. Worth every penny and definitely repeating. Kj
Zen TouchZen Touch
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