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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 Gainesville massage therapists
Stuart M.
A great massage.
Alfredo MassageAlfredo Massage
Ulrich P.
Wonderful massage
Faunia's Massage TherapyFaunia's Massage Therapy
Joe M.
Faunia's Massage..💆...She was awesome...Faunia knows what she is doing a great massage therpist...I will be going back..
Faunia's Massage TherapyFaunia's Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, great massage!Thanks Ellen!
Ellen Cunningham with Treetop MassageEllen Cunningham with Treetop Massage
Ray K.
She’s amazing , you’ve got to try her massage wow !
Trish Retaleato Body Language Massage Therapy LLCTrish Retaleato Body Language Massage Therapy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chelsea was awesome! She came over all prepared with her massage table and music and gave both my wife and I excellent massages!! It's so nice to be able to get a massage in the comfort of your own home...when done you can just relax instead of having to drive home. We are definitely going to use Chelsea again!
Chelsea SpanevelloChelsea Spanevello
Thumbtack Customer
Quiet, restful environment; the massage itself was both relaxing and afterwards invigorating; Ellen's choice of music during massage was very complementary to the whole experience. I would choose Ms Cunningham again and in fact made another appointment with her.
Ellen Cunningham with Treetop MassageEllen Cunningham with Treetop Massage
Kendal P.
My parents were very happy with their massages, thank you so much, Cassie!
Cassie Catania, LMTCassie Catania, LMT
Thumbtack Customer
It was the best massage I've received in Gainesville, absolutely fantastic. I'll definitely be a returning client!
Faunia's Massage TherapyFaunia's Massage Therapy
Joyce M.
Alfredo traveled to give my Mom a massage to help improve her sleep. My Mom is very particular so I didn’t tell her about the massage. Alfredo was so professional and she LOVED it! I was pleased and surprised! I will definitely request his services again!
Alfredo MassageAlfredo Massage
Johnny M.
Best massage I’ve ever had. Will definitely get another one next time I’m in Gainsville.
Alfredo MassageAlfredo Massage
Chris W.
Fantastic! A perfect massage. My neck feels brand new. I would highly recommend this service.
Cassie Catania, LMTCassie Catania, LMT
Jennifer D.
What a super relaxing and amazing massage. Everything about the experience is great and I will be using him in the future!
Unique Essence MassageUnique Essence Massage
Edward M.
Alfredo was precisely on time. I indicated my preferences and priorities to Alfredo. He began immediately. His massage addressed all of my needs and was so well done and relaxing, I could have fallen asleep. He conducted himself in a highly professional manner from the first to the last massage minute.
Alfredo MassageAlfredo Massage
Beck C.
Amazing massage therapist really helpful and great comfortable relaxing environment helped target areas alot will definitely be returning if I can
Faunia's Massage TherapyFaunia's Massage Therapy
Tracy c.
Ilana really listened to my concerns and addressed my problem areas. This was by the far the best massage I’ve ever received. Thank you!
Mobile Massage Yoga MeditationMobile Massage Yoga Meditation
Thumbtack Customer
Great massage, made a later appointment than usual so I could travel feeling relaxed. Thank you! Will see again soon:)
Faunia's Massage TherapyFaunia's Massage Therapy
Chris J.
He came to my hotel room. Had everything set all I needed him to do is show up and massage and he that and he was Awesome.
Buda Massage TherapyBuda Massage Therapy
Clara C.
One of the best massage therapist's I have had. She was quick to respond to my request and was able to book me right away for my shoulder and upper back pain.
Faunia's Massage TherapyFaunia's Massage Therapy
Mickey G.
Great work by this very professional therapist. He made sure I was comfortable and checked in with me throughout the massage as to pressure, temp, music, etc. It was all about my relaxation and was excellent. Will book again.
Billy RozierBilly Rozier
Thumbtack Customer
I was in town for a wedding and needed a therapist to work on my lower back stiffness due to my long travels. Lesa was easy to work with to schedule the appointment. She came to my hotel on a Saturday morning and set up her table. I receive massages regularly and her technique was beyond anything I had experienced before. Combining her athletic background, physical therapy experience, and massage training, she was able to work my muscle thoroughly. She inquired before starting the session and made sure to address all the issues. She also made sure that I was comfortable with what she was going throughout. What made her stand out even more for me was the fact that she washed her hands before starting the massage. I always wished therapists would wash their hands before working on me but never knew how to ask. I highly recommend Lesa!
Lesa BeasleyLesa Beasley
Jaclyn C.
I got this massage for my husband because the reviews expressed everything he needed. He was so relaxed and felt so good afterward that he wants to use her regularly! His posture was much better too!
Mobile Massage Yoga MeditationMobile Massage Yoga Meditation
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic experience. She was professional, timely, and responded immediately. She was easy to work with and made time to do the massage when I requested. I was new to the area and wasn't sure what to expect. She exceeded all expectations. Will be calling again because of the reasonable pricing and friendly efficient service.
Faunia's Massage TherapyFaunia's Massage Therapy
Adrian L.
It was my first time and the outcome of the massage was great. Felt extremely relaxed after the session. Alfredo makes an honest effort in making a connection with his clients, as he did with me. This makes the process all the more easier and comfortable. I would definitely recommend a session with him to say the least. Alfredo, thank you!
Alfredo MassageAlfredo Massage
Khoa H.
he did a great job, i feel much better after a session with him. i think years experience with his martial arts does help him understanding more human anatomy, and it shows through his massage. i look forward to my next session with him. thank you for the great experience you provide me, Alfredo. :)
Alfredo MassageAlfredo Massage
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