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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 Largo massage therapists
Brittany T.
I booked Vince for a couples massages and he was amazing! We each received 90min massages and were both very satisfied. Vince was punctual and very personable. Vince was very attentive to our bodies needs and ensured we were comfortable throughout the duration of the massage . Will definitely be booking again, not only for myself but for our family members as well!
Reset MassageReset Massage
Abby P.
I was nervous at first because I have never had a massage by a man or a massage therapist come to my apartment, but Maurice made me feel comfortable. I would definitely recommend him and will use him again in the future.
Healing Massage by MauriceHealing Massage by Maurice
Dawn K.
Wonderful massage . Very knowledgable and really friendly I would highly recommend .
The ChrysalisThe Chrysalis
Leslie S.
Cathy provided Mom with excellent pain relief! We are booked for more of her great massages.
Bodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile MassageBodies in Balance Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Mike L.
Outstanding massage! Mir Rudy is Very polite, professional, personable and knowledgeable. He paid attention to my areas of concerned and the results were evident. He has strong and intuitive hands. Don’t hesitate to contact him for you massage needs. After first session I am planning on scheduling weekly with him.
Mir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapyMir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapy
Chris H.
Kristina provides a wonderful massage experience She was able to isolate areas that needed great attention and reduce soereness. She also did a great job of educating me about specific problem areas and how to work on stretching to reduce those problems. I would recommend Kristina for a very professional and relaxing massage.
Karmic TouchKarmic Touch
Tammie K.
Excellent massage! Did a wonderful job addressing all my problem areas! Very skilled and professional! Highly recommend!
Nature's Gift of WellnessNature's Gift of Wellness
Ken B.
Austin and Cecilia were outstanding. They arrived a little early to get set up and both gave great deep tissue massages for my wife and myself
Therassage Bodyworks - Mobile Only-Therassage Bodyworks - Mobile Only-
Jenna V.
Rudy is a true professional and will customize a massage just right for you. He was very prompt in responsiveness to get back to me immediately and come right to my home. I look forward to the next one. 💆!
Mir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapyMir Rudi, LMT - RudysMassageTherapy
Thumbtack Customer
Full body massage at my place was great! Highly recommend her...except not at my reserved weekly time slot! She was on time, professional and knows what stretches to recommend. My first 5 star review!!
Rachel, LMTRachel, LMT
Zach T.
Everything was great in hiring Shelby. I could wax on about this and that, but simply put, if you go with her to handle your massage needs, you're making the right call. She took care of lots of the aches and pains I've been having. 10/10 would recommend.
SField Healing TherapySField Healing Therapy
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