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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.

What is the purpose of a deep tissue massage?

There are many reasons to get a deep tissue massage. A deep tissue massage can release adhesions — also known as knots — that are causing painful tension in your muscles. Deep tissue massage can promote healing and ease discomfort related to illnesses such as cancer, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic neck or back pain, depression, and more, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. If you have an old sports injury such as shin splints, or a bad back from an old car accident, deep tissue massage can promote healing in your traumatized and scarred soft tissues and get you on the road to recovery. The strokes and techniques used in deep tissue massage work to lengthen soft tissue structures that have stiffened and hardened into knotty adhesions that allow minimal movement. Deep tissue massage can loosen these adhesions so that long-standing scar tissue releases and you can gain more mobility and more freedom from stiffness and pain. And it just feels good. The national average cost of a deep tissue massage is between $70 and $90.

What is the difference between a deep tissue massage and a Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage are both forms of therapeutic bodywork. In both modalities, a licensed massage therapist uses strokes administered with their hands or forearms to loosen and relax your muscles and other soft tissue. These releases can promote relaxation, pain relief and wellness.

Deep tissue massage may be an excellent therapeutic choice for people with chronic pain or severe tension in their muscles. The deep tissue massage technique moves below the top layer of muscle and soft tissue to release adhesions in your core muscles. In comparison, the strokes used in Swedish massage focus on loosening and relaxing the top layer of your soft tissues. Swedish massage produces relaxation and well-being, but if you have a long-term injury or back pain that won’t seem to go away, deep tissue massage may be a better option for you. The systematic deep tissue strokes will work to break down any scar tissue or stiff tissues and create ease in your body again.

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.
Reviews for Bowie massage therapists
Derick H.
It was an absolute great experience. I hired Ngozi for mother's day to provide massages for the women in my family and she was awesome. All of the mothers enjoyed their in-home full body Swedish massages and Ngozi even made accommodations to do a pregnancy massage for the mother that was expecting. Some of these women are very particular about their massages (have memberships at massage parlors, etc.), but each and every mother complimented Ngozi and boasted about how great a job she did. In total, there were eight massages given that day and because of the quality of Ngozi's massages, I'm still getting browning points. And the price was competitive for an in-home massage. I will definitely hire her again.
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Dwaain S.
Wife loved the massage!
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Nicholas A.
Great massage from Natalia. She came to my house, brought her massage table, sheets, oils, music, etc, wore her mask the whole time, and have a very relaxing full-body massage for 90 minutes.
Moon Touch Spa ( At your Home )Moon Touch Spa ( At your Home )
Kiersten V.
Patrick was wonderful! I will definitely be going back to him for my prenatal and postnatal massages. I would definitely recommend him to anyone for their massage needs.
1 Life 1 Body Therapeutic Massage1 Life 1 Body Therapeutic Massage
Gloria B.
Engle gave the best in home massage that I have received. He was very professional and made me feel at ease. He was on time and brought everything he needed to give me a top rated first class deep tissue 90 minute massage. I will call him for all future massages. Plus his prices are great!
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage, accommodating, and great location. I've already booked my next appointment!
Tranquil Wave Massage LLCTranquil Wave Massage LLC
Jerry J.
Great experience, wife really enjoyed her massage. Will definitely use her services again soon.
Mi Naturale (Me-Nah-To-Rah-Leh)Mi Naturale (Me-Nah-To-Rah-Leh)
Shaun H.
I cant say enough about Dwayne. He was prompt, professional and gave an absolutely wonderful massage. I would definitely recommend him and would hire him again.
Dwayne's Therapuetic MassageDwayne's Therapuetic Massage
Jennifer D.
London of Black Ivy Wellness is a Massage Therapy extraordinaire. Everything about my experience with London confirmed that she is a top notch professional with an authentic appreciation for the needs of her clients and community. She quickly responded to my last minute request for a 90 minute mobile massage and was able to identify the perfect masseuse. Although she was not available during my limited availability, she identified and paired me with an exceptional massage therapist, Iconic Tranquility and followed up prior to my appointment and afterwards to ensure my experience was seamless and stress free. I've recently returned to working out after being relatively stationary lately and my body felt achy and out of alignment from the shock of my new cardio routine. Sterling provided me with the perfect combination of deep tissue massage, muscle tension relief and stretching that brought my entire being into a place of complete relaxation. I can only urge anyone who desires TRUE SELF CARE from a professional that appreciates and honors the critical nature of that - reach out to London of Black Ivy Wellness. PEACE
Black Ivy WellnessBlack Ivy Wellness
Nelson R.
Justin does excellent massages. He is professional and created a comfortable environment with relaxing background music. Justin was sure to focus on areas needing more attention and spent the right amount of time throughout. If you are looking for a masseuse, Justin is your man!
JwrivefitJwrivefit
Bonnie P.
I’ve had many massages. Patrick’s Skills wee amazing. I have chronic pain in certain areas and he addressed each area. Patrick was kind, gentle, professional and very caring to my needs. I have already scheduled my next session with him.
1 Life 1 Body Therapeutic Massage1 Life 1 Body Therapeutic Massage
Mark r.
She was right on time and provided a great experience. She easily adapted to my request to change massage modalities. And really knew what she was doing. I felt so relaxed afterwards, I didn't realize how tense my muscles were. Thank you so much.
Elemental WellnessElemental Wellness
Gloria B.
Wonderful masseur! Chaun arrived on time and was very professional. He explained his technique and asked me if I had any issues or areas to pay closer attention too. Chaun kept his masked on and delivered a top rated deep tissue massage that I throughly enjoy. Will definitely hire him again.
Chaun RogersChaun Rogers
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