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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 Saint Paul massage therapists
Patricia F.
She is a nice, competent massage therapist. I felt quite good after the massage.
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Peter A.
Great massage on short notice! When I fly off the table it’s a good massage.
Roei Keren,  Healing MassageRoei Keren, Healing Massage
Mark w.
Awesome massage!
Bridget Relander Massaage Woodburry MNBridget Relander Massaage Woodburry MN
James O.
Fantastic massage!
Roei Keren,  Healing MassageRoei Keren, Healing Massage
Brian P.
Excellent massage with Olivia. Massage quality was great. Olivia is also a very nice person with a great personality. Definitely will hire again!
For the Love Of MassageFor the Love Of Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Jonelle did an excellent massage for my husband and myself. We both love her technique and her hands are very strong. She came to our home for the massages and we would definitely get another massage from her. My husband is a former massage therapist and she did a great job of working on his bum shoulder.
Subtle Revolution Massage and HealthSubtle Revolution Massage and Health
Brian P.
Great Massage and Nice Conversation!
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Mark P.
Jenna gives a great massage.
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Thumbtack Customer
I LOVED my massage! I was impressed with the website and the many reviews online. I decided to contact PazazzBodyWork and I was able to schedule with Walt. It was my first massage with him and he is a very talented massage therapist. I felt very comfortable with him and despite my normal preference for a female therapist, I can honestly say Walt is nothing but professional! I enjoyed a 2hr Hawaiian Lomilomi massage at my home and it was just amazing. He was very informative and friendly as well. He brought everything that was needed for my mobile massage, and the best thing was I didn't have to drive home afterwards. It was a wonderful experience and I have already setup another in home massage for next month as soon as the massage was over. Highly recommended.
Pazazz BodyWork Massage TherapyPazazz BodyWork Massage Therapy
Scott E.
Jenna Kaltved is lovely and her love is in her massage therapy session. I wanted a quiet ayurvedic massage and she tuned into my body gently.
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Tom S.
Great massage for my wife and I!
Barbara's Soothing (MOBILE) MassageBarbara's Soothing (MOBILE) Massage
Chad C.
Great massage and was available same day.
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Charles c.
Got a 90-minute in-home massage for my wife, Barbara was very flexible with the timing and arrived at the right time. My wife reports it was a good massage overall.
Barbara's Soothing (MOBILE) MassageBarbara's Soothing (MOBILE) Massage
Mark K.
A great massage get all the pressure points
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
Sean d.
I usually get a massage at least once a week and this has been the best massage I’ve had in quite some time. The pressure was just right and I feel terrific now!
Grace Healed MeGrace Healed Me
Evan N.
Excellent communication. Staff loved their massages. Thank you!!
Jenna KaltvedJenna Kaltved
David u.
Very good massage. Care was tken about the virus.
Refined Health and WellnessRefined Health and Wellness
Sanjukta C.
Louise is excellent, very good with deep tissue massage. I already made my next appointment. I intend to continue getting massage from Louise. I highly recommend her.
Massage Relief by LouiseMassage Relief by Louise
Kristi H.
Very professional; Tom provided an excellent deep tissue massage.
Human Touch MassageHuman Touch Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Greats sports massage. Relieved a lot of my shoulder pain.
Impact Massage & BodyworkImpact Massage & Bodywork
Jeffrey P.
I had a massage tonight with Roei for the first time. He was talented, intuitive, and very easy to be with. He was prompt and a good communicator. And the massage was exceptional. Right now, I am looking to reschedule in 2 weeks.
Roei Keren,  Healing MassageRoei Keren, Healing Massage
Kristi H.
Tom provided an excellent, deep tissue massage. He was very professional and provided a safe, sanitary environment. I will definitely see him again, my muscles are relieved of strain and tension, best massage I have ever had!
Human Touch MassageHuman Touch Massage
John E.
Great experience with Kate, will continue to get massages from her forrrr sure!
Heart⚡️Force W/ Kate LynnHeart⚡️Force W/ Kate Lynn
Sophie S.
Cindy was very professional and clearly had a lot of experience as a massage therapist. Her pricing is extremely fair, and her studio was very relaxing and soothing. I went to see her for sports massage and had a great experience. I will definitely be returning.
Quietmoments MassageQuietmoments Massage
Kathleen M.
One of the best massages I've ever had - soooo relaxing. I felt great.
TC Chair Massage Plus!TC Chair Massage Plus!
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