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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 Palm Bay massage therapists
Lyle K.
Kaitlin is a wonderful massage therapist. She follows through with what she says she's going to do. A top quality massage was fantastic. The best time ever had
Massage by KaitlinMassage by Kaitlin
Sean l.
Appreciate the adjustment to my schedule. Had an Awesome massage!
ReposeRepose
Ruth K.
Restarting massage maintenance. TSR is very professional, attentive and knowledgeable.
TSR Massage TherapyTSR Massage Therapy
Ivan B.
If there were 10 stars she'd be an ELEVEN!....Very strong deep tissue massage...
Massage by KaitlinMassage by Kaitlin
Candee M.
Sofia was very professional and my massage was amazing! I will definitely be keeping in touch with Sofia.
Sofia's MassageSofia's Massage
Lou Q.
This was the best massage I have ever had. I got the deep tissue massage and Sofia really knew how to do it very well. I feel like a new man. She is very professional and knowledgeable. Excellent service. I highly recommend that you contact her and don't go anywhere else.
Sofia's MassageSofia's Massage
Tiffany S.
Very professional and very comfortable his hands are like magic so far I have gotten 4 massages plan on getting 4 more
B C Massage TherapyB C Massage Therapy
Dana S.
Katie was fantastic! I booked a massage with her as a surprise for my dad and he said she was so professional and really listened to his needs. He’s a bigger guy and very particular about getting enough pressure during his massages, and Katie was able to deliver! She gave great tips and he felt ten times better when she was done. Will use her again.
Kp MassageKp Massage
Beth M.
Both my husband and myself had 90 minute massages. His was a deep tissue and mine was a Swedish massage. Both of us were very pleased with the service and she really helped my back, which had been spasming. Normally I don’t let any masseuse touch my back due to spinal fusion surgery, but decided to give her a try. Great results and we’ll definitely use her again. Highly recommended.
Peaceful Pain Relief Therapeutic MassagePeaceful Pain Relief Therapeutic Massage
Joanna k.
Katie did an excellent job giving my two parents a massage. They are both handicapped and bedbound. I haven’t seen them this happy and relaxed in years. She was very compassionate, and knew exactly what to do with my parents being in the condition they’re in. I’m extremely happy with her work and will be regularly scheduling!!
Kp MassageKp Massage
Robbie T.
I received my first massage from Kaitlin this afternoon. Now I know why she has such great reviews on Thumbtack. I am under pain management, lots of back issues (etc...) & I'm still in Physical Therapy - my 3rd round of those since my back surgery last year - so I've just recently been given the "go ahead" on getting a REALLY good deep tissue massage. This is exactly what Kaitlin did for me. I was so impressed with her approach on what my back/neck muscles needed. I understand some of the compliments she received on how surprised they were she could dig deep in the muscles. She really knows how to go about working with my "twisted" muscles. At times it felt like she had at least 3 hands, if not more ;) I've already scheduled my next appointment. Kaitlin is very professional, very knowledgeable in the current methods used for back/neck/joint/TMJ/ect... The temperature, lighting & music creates such a calming environment, which I felt all worked together for an exceptional massage experience. Thank you, Kaitlin. See you in 2 weeks!
Massage by KaitlinMassage by Kaitlin
Kiley L.
If you want something more than just the "fluff & buff" type massage you can get just about anywhere, then Dennis is your man. Dennis not only works your muscles, but he evaluates your posture and how you move and then subsequently educates your on how you should move. While this may not be for everyone, it is EXACTLY for what I was looking! I learned so much and was good and sore the next day. This man has a customer for as long as he'll have me.
TSR Massage TherapyTSR Massage Therapy
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