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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 Olney massage therapists
Priyanka u.
Excellent massage. Very professional. I will get frequent massages from Rich!!
A Rich ExperienceA Rich Experience
Amanda M.
Great massage! So convenient to have him come to the house, brought all his equipment. He was early to set up so the massage started on time, great massage! Thank you!
A Rich ExperienceA Rich Experience
Danny P.
Do not get a massage here. Worst massage in my life especially for $150. Horrible ambience, terrible massage. I think I came out worse than went I went in.
Perfect touchPerfect touch
Joe S.
One of the best massages I’ve had in a long time. He is very punctual and professional. He is very skilled with stretching while performing the massage. I wish I would have booked for a longer massage. Next time!!!!
A Rich ExperienceA Rich Experience
Jean P.
Best couple massages
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Stuart A.
Very good massage
Healing Hands of LightHealing Hands of Light
Zach A B.
One of the best massages I have had and I have had over 100+ in my life. Very professional and responsive group that did an amazing couples massage, I highly reccomend for anyone who enjoys a deep-tissue massage.
Marwan's Healing Hands MassageMarwan's Healing Hands Massage
Azia L.
Rich was friendly and professional! His massages left our colleagues feeling refreshed. I definitely recommend A Rich Experience for your next massage session!
A Rich ExperienceA Rich Experience
Thumbtack Customer
She massaging very well and is expert .
Therapeutic InnovationsTherapeutic Innovations
Jesse E.
Great massage! Jeannette is top notch!
Jeannette—Philadelphia LMTJeannette—Philadelphia LMT
Keisha H.
My mother loved her massage!
A Rich ExperienceA Rich Experience
Joshua P.
Very gifted in this industry. Massage was amazing!
Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
John T.
This massage experience is incredible. Excellent atmosphere, very comfortable, and an otherworldly massage where you can drift away as your body receives the healing it needs. Highest recommendation.
Healing Hands of LightHealing Hands of Light
JoVon L.
Jared provided a wonderful, relaxing massage in my home. He came fully equipped and on time. He has a very pleasant demeanor and a nice touch. He cleaned his equipment before and after my massage and we both wore masks. I'll reach out to him again for a massage.
Nyice Touch MassageNyice Touch Massage
Andrew C.
Amazing massage - I will definitely look at rehiring!
A Rich ExperienceA Rich Experience
Leslie C.
Very very good massage. I was in so much pain, and he saved me. Within hours of knowing I needed a massage, I got what I needed.
Marwan's Healing Hands MassageMarwan's Healing Hands Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Rachael performed an excellent massage on me today. I would not hesitate to book another appointment with her and I suggest you do the same if you are looking for a relaxing, professional massage.
Rachael Marie Harrop, LMTRachael Marie Harrop, LMT
Truc L.
Book a massage for my bf bday and Rich was very helpful and attentive. Came on time and did a wonderful job with the massage. My bf felt very rejuvenating afterwards and less tension.
A Rich ExperienceA Rich Experience
Anurag V.
Had a great experience. Went to his studio for the massage.
Steven Pagel MassageSteven Pagel Massage
Debbie D.
The experience was fantastic. I purchased a massage as a gift. I was told Rachel was very friendly, professional and a fantastic masseuse. We will be a repeat customer for our future massage needs. Thank you, Debbie
Rachael Marie Harrop, LMTRachael Marie Harrop, LMT
Aubrey G.
Great massage, very responsive and easy to communicate with! Would recommend!!!
Wellness and RelaxationWellness and Relaxation
Thumbtack Customer
Crytal was on time, personable, professional and gave me a great massage!
Therapeutic InnovationsTherapeutic Innovations
Mary U.
Really great experience and excellent massage. I'd highly recommend.
Marwan's Healing Hands MassageMarwan's Healing Hands Massage
Stuart M.
An outstanding therapeutic massage experience! I highly recommended Rachael!
Rachael Marie Harrop, LMTRachael Marie Harrop, LMT
Jude J.
Kera performed an excellent deep tissue massage. She was communicative throughout the massage and ensured I was comfortable. Kera loosened my calves and my traps. I'd recommend her services to anyone with tension in their back.
Perfect touchPerfect touch
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