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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 Indianapolis massage therapists
David D.
The best massage ever
Kelley's Massage and Neuro-Stim TherapyKelley's Massage and Neuro-Stim Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Weekly massages?  Sign me up!  Having only had a couple Swedish massages in my past I did not know what to expect. I got the 90 Minute Hot Stone Massage and it was AMAZING!!!  Jackie is the best Therapist.  She incorporated Swedish massage and multiple techniques into her full body Hot Stone Massage for a completely relaxing and rejuvenating experience.  I feel like a new person.  See you next week Jackie! –Dan
Healthy Habits Therapeutic MassageHealthy Habits Therapeutic Massage
Dale G.
This was an amazing experience my wife was pleased with her pregnancy massage for our anniversary. I was pleased by how well she was able to get deep in to the places I needed the most. This was my first massage but it will not be my last I definitely recommend these services for a great massage.
Unique MassageUnique Massage
Paul B.
Wonderful relaxation, very good massage.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Michael H.
Very pleasant to work with and a great massage.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Desiree D.
This was my first time having Tracy massage me. She did a great deep tissue massage and really helped my hip and lower back pain. I’ll be contacting her again 100%!!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Alen M.
Serenity and Wellness provides professional and good quality massage! - Alen
Serenity and WellnessSerenity and Wellness
Marc F.
Excellent massage ,great attention to needed areas of attention,very.professional
Indy's Elite Massage, LLCIndy's Elite Massage, LLC
Teri J.
Great massage I can move my neck again !
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Tricia S.
Tracey was very patient and professional in explaining her business process. We got the massage for our son in college because he had been stressed out with schoolwork. Our son said the massage was heavenly.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
John S.
Amazing massage. I feel like a new person today.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Megan S.
I contacted Elizabeth about a prenatal massage. I was having a lot of lower back pain. My experience was amazing! Elizabeth made sure to tell me what she could and could not do for a prenatal massage. She made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. Within 3 days of my massage, most all of my pain had disappeared!
Indy's Elite Massage, LLCIndy's Elite Massage, LLC
Tina M.
She is very professional and well educated on several different massage therapies. I have complete confidence that she is solving my issues. Have a problem go see Elizabeth or go for a relaxing massage. She is great!
Indy's Elite Massage, LLCIndy's Elite Massage, LLC
Don G.
Was an Overall Great Massage. Eric is Very Good at what he does.
Intentional Healing EnvironmentsIntentional Healing Environments
Christian H.
Tracy was extremely responsive to my original message, and worked around my schedule. She was punctual, and the massage was amazing. She discussed areas I wanted her to focus on, and amount of pressure prior to the massage. I highly recommend her.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Lisa B.
I hired Tracy to give my dad a massage while he was visiting. He has Parkinson’s and a few other medical issues. She was wonderful about researching this ahead of time and gave him a great massage. Thank you Tracy!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Jamie K.
Tracy gave me a great deep tissue massage. She was very professional and personable.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Juan A.
Gail, was great her set up was nice the massage was great will use her again!!!
T. O. U. C. H (Time of Ultimate Comfort & Healing)T. O. U. C. H (Time of Ultimate Comfort & Healing)
Jeff a.
Great communication, great value, great massage. 10/10 would hire again.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Keelie B.
Not only did Joy give a great massage but she offered suggestions for stretches and further assistance for my painful back. She noticed things about my posture and fluid in my back that no other massage therapist has ever mentioned to me. Much appreciated.
Positive Touch LLCPositive Touch LLC
Jennifer A.
All around great experience. I asked prior to meeting for a specific type of massage as I had recently gotten plastic surgery work done on my body. And she accommodated me. Felt completely at ease and reasonable price. I am giving her a call in a couple more days for another massage
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Bre I.
Tracy was phenomenal! I booked an at-home massage and requested that she text me when she’s close so I could get my dogs situated. She was awesome about letting me know when she was on her way and also giving me a 5 minute heads up before she pulled up. She arrived on time and set up all of her stuff SUPER fast, I was shocked. Overall, she was very friendly and gave me such a great massage! I will definitely be booking another massage with her. Thank you Tracy!!
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Jarad W.
I had a great experience, the facility is clean, and she is responsive to requests. Tracy asked about problem areas and adapted the massage to alleviate much of that tension.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Bill M.
I had 2 massages with Tracy during a business trip to Indianapolis. Both were amazing, and she was responsive by text and I plan to see her again
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
Laila R.
Tracy was excellent to work with. I was facing very bad jetlagg and stress and after a good 90 min deep tissue massage she took it all away. I will sleep very well tonight. She is very thorough, professional and just flat out honest with you. That’s what you need when looking for a good massage therapist. Omg I feel amazing. I highly recommend her.
Tracy Massage & BodyworksTracy Massage & Bodyworks
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