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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 Pittsburgh massage therapists
Ryan g.
It was the best massage.
Pain Relief PittsburghPain Relief Pittsburgh
Thumbtack Customer
Massage was OK, but the value was good.
Honor Your Body WellnessHonor Your Body Wellness
Wes A.
Winner’s Fitness has the most talented and professional massage therapist on board. The massage I received was literally the best one I have ever had. I’d highly recommend Malik!
Winners Fitness: In Home FitnessWinners Fitness: In Home Fitness
Ebenezer A.
This is the best massage I have ever had. Highly recommend.
Restorative MassageRestorative Massage
Jessica W.
Excellent massage and extremely professional service. I will recommend them to others.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Seth T.
Excellent sports specific massage. Paid great detail to trouble areas.
Doreena's MassageDoreena's Massage
Christian A.
He was very attentive to my injury and helped loosen it up, excellent massage!
Restorative MassageRestorative Massage
Kerri F.
This was by FAR my best massage experience. He was professional and his skills were amazing. Def will book again
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Edwin Y.
Aron did a great job. The pressure was great and he’s got good techniques. I’ve had many massages and he’s definitely the best few. Highly recommended.
Kneaded TranquilityKneaded Tranquility
Wayne p.
She sets an amazing atmosphere, with the right sound, the right smells and the right personality. Soothing and smooth. Warm and talented. Her massage will take you on a trip and a sweet trip it is.
Frictio Massages by LlyashaFrictio Massages by Llyasha
Christina G.
Jessica was amazing from first contact! Very professional, knowledgeable and a wonderful warm, kind spirited personality! I would recommend her to anyone looking for an at home massage experience!
Therapeutic Massage for Pain ManagementTherapeutic Massage for Pain Management
Daniel K.
Lori was amazing! She gave me one of the best massages I have ever had. She was right on time, professional and courteous. I recommend her very highly.
Lori Mohler, Licensed Massage TherapistLori Mohler, Licensed Massage Therapist
Bernie C.
Yvonne made me feel very relaxed and comfortable throughout the massage. She is very intuitive and worked extra on areas where I have been having pain. She has very good hands and at times worked deep and other times provided just the right gentleness. I felt very relaxed and at ease after the massage. I found the service is very reasonably priced and highly recommend her services. Also, her location is conveniently located in Bellevue just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Overall great experience.
Massage Therapy by YvonneMassage Therapy by Yvonne
Thumbtack Customer
Nick was everything described. He was very sensitive to my needs, and adjusted his massage work accordingly. He was very generous with his time, and provided excellent service. Nick was very professional, and I felt very comfortable throughout.
Pure Relaxation TherapiesPure Relaxation Therapies
Trevor Y.
I didn't realize how much I needed a great massage. It had been over a year and I am very happy I chose Yvonne. She is very professional and very friendly. I will be returning to her on a regular basis.
Massage Therapy by YvonneMassage Therapy by Yvonne
Summer N.
I have extremely stubborn pain that often does not respond to typical massages. Dan listened to me and my body and was able to get rid of a headache I had been suffering from for five days. I will book him again!
Pain Relief PittsburghPain Relief Pittsburgh
Brian K.
This was my first time getting a massage, so I was a little skeptical. Dan was great and made me feel comfortable right away. He explained everything he was doing and was very attentive. I feel great afterwards and will definitely be making another appointment!
Pain Relief PittsburghPain Relief Pittsburgh
Junko S.
Yaakov and his team are very professional, friendly, and reliable. It was our first time finding service through Thumbtrack and Yaakov responded to our enquiry promptly in a courteous manner. They provide high quality training and massage. We are happy customers and highly recommend them to anyone :)
Winners Fitness: In Home FitnessWinners Fitness: In Home Fitness
Jordan L.
I'm extremely picky about massages. And so is my wife. She and I have very different styles. Lori was able to adapt to each of our needs was very flexible about when she could work with us and is one of the best professionals we have ever worked with!
Lori Mohler, Licensed Massage TherapistLori Mohler, Licensed Massage Therapist
Jeff F.
Dan was the best massage therapist that I have ever had! He was so knowledgeable and immediately made me feel comfortable and confident in his services. He tried multiple modalities to try to get at a deep muscle pain in my shoulder/back and I left feeling relief and like a new man! I would highly recommend Dan and will definitely be scheduling with him again!
Pain Relief PittsburghPain Relief Pittsburgh
Winfrey M.
Dan has been helping me heal from a horrid brain injury. Due to my circumstances, I’m housebound. Dan came to my home, set up an incrediblly comfortable and warm massage table, helped me on, and gentility manipulated my head and body to help relax and release the toxins and stressors and PAIN! Dan worked so gently and diligently, manually manipulating my muscles and tight spots that were causing me so much suffering. Dan applied several unusual techniques - like sticking his hands in my mouth (what???) BUT, i felt more pain relief from our two hour session than after years of several other pain relieving strategies. Dan is the man!!! when it comes to helping release pain, toxins, fears, anxiety, and stressors Dan has worked countless hours reading, training, practicing and perfecting his healing crafts. He is also very knowledgeable in other helpful holistic healing techniqus . I am huge Dan fan, a true hard working healer that wants nothing but the best for those around him.
Pain Relief PittsburghPain Relief Pittsburgh
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