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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

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 Sauganash massage therapists
Johann S.
I don't want to over exaggerate, so I will say that I've had over a hundred massages instead of the hundreds of massages that is likely accurate. Carolyn is an amazing massage therapist.
Carolyn Barbero, LMTCarolyn Barbero, LMT
Sean O.
Absolutely fantastic! Worth every penny to have Mary for a massage. Could not be happier with the quality of massage!!
Healing MatrixHealing Matrix
Angie B.
Excellent massage! You will not be disappointed!! Everything that was hurting was better when my massage was over! Excellent!!!
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
Abdulla A.
Best Massage,,
Daniel Chisholm LLCDaniel Chisholm LLC
Lee A.
Great massage
Carolyn Barbero, LMTCarolyn Barbero, LMT
Nilani R.
Amazing massage!
Mega Moment MassageMega Moment Massage
Philip T.
Awesome massage.
Whole Body HealingWhole Body Healing
Mark W.
Great massage
Total Body SolutionsTotal Body Solutions
Dan G.
An amazing massage!
Bodywork & Myofascial TherapyBodywork & Myofascial Therapy
Jim M.
My elderly mom really enjoyed her massage with Revital. She has a lot of arthritis and the massage helped.
Revital Peremen, LAc.Revital Peremen, LAc.
Jacey H.
I felt very comfortable and safe going into this massage. The massage itself was great and took my needs into account. Thanks!
NatureMed AcupunctureNatureMed Acupuncture
Laiq K.
I wasn't satisfied with his way of giving massage. Missed giving massage to shoulders, upper thigs, foot and neck. He has to learn a lot in giving massage Please don't waste your money by hiring him.
Truthful TouchTruthful Touch
Nathaniel B.
On time and a great massage.
Carolyn Barbero, LMTCarolyn Barbero, LMT
Gertruda P.
Great massage overall!
Swim practiceSwim practice
Jeremy L.
Great massage. Recommended
Soulistic TherapySoulistic Therapy
Burl F.
Great massage experience
Mega Moment MassageMega Moment Massage
Barry K.
Carolyn is true talented professional massage therapist. She was punctual, set up quickly, and gave a full 90 plus minutes of deep deep tissue massage. She is strong, but can dial it back when appropriate. Her massage equipment is first class with a comfortable heated table. Bottom line, I highly recommend Carolyn as a massage therapist.
Carolyn Barbero, LMTCarolyn Barbero, LMT
Faisal A.
Excellent massage I did , she is very expert in doing the massage . I will try again and agin . Thank you very much
Mobile massageMobile massage
Marcia d.
Great massage therapist! Highly recommend! Very thoughtful and understanding of what you are trying to improve with the massage. Exceptional touch and relaxation techniques!
A Poets PalmA Poets Palm
Thumbtack Customer
DeMario gave me an amazing massage. He asked all the right questions, understood the challenges and provided an exceptional massage. Highly recommend.
Helpful Hands MassageHelpful Hands Massage
Julia C.
Patrick and his colleague Alexis gave a very wonderful massage. They were professional, polite, and customized massage to our needs. Highly recommend!
Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews
Jose R.
Excellent massage! Comfortable environment.
Daniel Chisholm LLCDaniel Chisholm LLC
Alexander Y.
Quick response, great massage.
Daniel Chisholm LLCDaniel Chisholm LLC
Gus L.
Great massage and wonderful person.
Carolyn Barbero, LMTCarolyn Barbero, LMT
Brad S.
Amazing massage. Will definitely repeat
Mobile massageMobile massage
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