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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 Newport Beach massage therapists
Tim H.
Great massage. Great conversation
🌴HUVAFEN 🌸🌴HUVAFEN 🌸
Nina R.
Best massage I've had in a long time.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
GLENN MARK D.
Great massage. It was supposedly full body but I requested to focus on my back since that the reason I needed a massage. Feeling great and relaxed after. Only thing I wished there was a stretching after.
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Fritz H.
Absolutely worth every minute of a massage with Joe. Certainly 1of the best
Joe Cole CMTJoe Cole CMT
Anthony C.
very good massage. Very detailed, strong hands. i highly recommend
Tia The Bodywork SpecialistTia The Bodywork Specialist
Chris W.
Thanks for being so quick to accommodate my schedule and provide an insanely relaxing massage!
Unlockd MassageUnlockd Massage
Brad P.
A total Pro! My wife loved her surprise Massage experience. Def recommend.
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
Lori C.
Annie was absolutely fantastic. We hired her to do several massages at our vacation rental and she was simply amazing!
Annie bewellAnnie bewell
Thumbtack Customer
Highly recommend Monica for a great massage. She was on time and did a great job for my wife and I. we will be using her again.
Monica Watts Mobile Massage TherapyMonica Watts Mobile Massage Therapy
Dave N.
Finds out ahead of time the specific needs for the massage. Understands the body thoroughly. Knows how to address different issues. Excellent for sports related issues.
Serenity Massage OC & BodyworkSerenity Massage OC & Bodywork
Joe D.
Annie was terrific. She showed up right on time and gave a great massage. Her technique was smooth but strong, exactly what I needed. Thanks!
Annie bewellAnnie bewell
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived on time, did the massage well but not great. Will try again. She is very pleasant and just needs a little more work to be really good at her craft.
Elevate TouchElevate Touch
Jeff M.
Excellent massage. Right on time, very professional, checked in often to make sure everything was right (pressure, spots needing attention, etc.). All in all, would definitely recommend.
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Mehmet O.
Ivy has super nice personality she is very professional and has skills. She treated me really good and I felt so relax after the massage. She loves what she does and never rush. Her massage place so clean and she cares a lot about her clients. She offered me sparkling water which was super nice of her😊 I definitely recommended her for everyone who has relaxing or has pain. By the way, she has super cute eyes 😉
Ivy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports MassageIvy Vahs Lomi Lomi/Sports Massage
Josh D.
Amazing work ! Being a former Olympic Level athlete, I've had a ton of Massage Therapy in my lifetime. Dylan's work comes from a quality understanding of the body and how to utilize different therapy techniques to get the best result for the client. Excellent work and highly recommend.
Dylans Heavenly Massage Therapy/Personal TrainingDylans Heavenly Massage Therapy/Personal Training
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