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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 Overland Park massage therapists
Renee D.
It was the best massage/body work I've had. I was a MT for 10 yrs and have had a lot of massages. This is not a typical massage; this was work to fix my issues. Try her out; you won't regret it! I will be back to see her!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Leah Ashley G.
I cannot say enough good things about this massage therapist. I live in Atlanta, and was on a hunt to find a massage therapist that will be able to do a massage for both my parents for their anniversary. I would say her responsiveness was amazing. She made it very easy to book the massage and also made it seemless to pay for the massage, despite me being in a completely different state. As for the professionalism, work ethic, value, and punctuality, my parents had nothing but positive things to say regarding her. My dad said the massage was probably one of the best massages that he’s ever had, and my mom completely agree. Thank you so much for all your hard work, and I know I will be a returning customer. I definitely recommend if anyone is looking to book a massage, definitely but this therapist
Comfort Massage L.L.C.Comfort Massage L.L.C.
Deidre C.
The massage was amazing! Kendra was a pro!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was professional and gave a great massage.
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome job. Highly recommend this guys massage
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Jawad A.
Quality Massage at Affordable Price. Definitely recommended.
Regenerate Massage TherapyRegenerate Massage Therapy
Joe W.
Susan does wonderful job! A great massage.
Healing Touch MassageHealing Touch Massage
John H.
Best massage I have ever had!!!!
Healing Touch MassageHealing Touch Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Elise was great! She was friendly, professional, and arrived on time. She listened when someone asked for more or less pressure for their massage. We will be asking her to give chair massages for our group again!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
John L.
Powerful strong hands. A fantastic deep tissue massage. Highly recommend.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chris did a fantastic job. Our employees raved about the massages they received!
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
Amar P.
The massage was excellent as was the knowledge level of the therapist. Identified problem areas and explained the treatment well.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Chirag k.
She was amazing, I had back pain. Its getting after massage. Monthly appointment with her !
Healing Touch MassageHealing Touch Massage
Thumbtack Customer
I would highly recommend Heather to anyone who is in need of a massage! She is very professional and personable! She has great technique and gives a very relaxing massage!! She is very knowledgeable and is always looking to progress. You also can't beat the prices esp since she comes to you.
Comfort Massage L.L.C.Comfort Massage L.L.C.
Mike C.
All of my staff mentioned how professional Lance was when he came to our office and did chair massages.
Affordable Massage SolutionsAffordable Massage Solutions
Kyle V.
Great experience with my first therapeutic massage. Already looking forward to my next appointment! Highly recommend Elise was fantastic.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I think Elise is a true professional. My session, 90 minutes, had to address some recovery issues for an injured shoulder. After an initial conversation, she applied her great knowledge to provide me with a very good, therapeutic massage experience. I can confidently recommend her to anyone who is interested in top quality massage.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Chuck S.
I had a lymphatic massage that was amazing!! Elise is very knowledge and professional. I would highly recommend her for any of your needs.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Kevin P.
Elise was awesome. We have been receiving massage services for over 30 years in 7 cities in this country. She is the BEST ever!!!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Thomas H.
My whole experience there was great. Heather was friendly and communicated to me what to expect. A great massage that will definitely have me going back.
Regenerate Massage TherapyRegenerate Massage Therapy
Thumbtack Customer
Got in to see Elise for a massage. I am glad I did. She is very good and was able to point out some reasons why I am so tense and some stretches I can do to make things better between massages. She has a very detailed intake process and was very thorough. Thank you Elise and thank you Thumbtack!
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Joy M.
Elise has magical hands. I had a really relaxing 90 minute massage. She was able to accommodate me on such short notice. Really professional.
The Spring in Winter Massage LLCThe Spring in Winter Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone was very pleased with their massages! I heard wonderful things- strong but gentle, etc. Thank you so much and see you again soon! Lynne Wilson
Chris' Mobile MassageChris' Mobile Massage
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