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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

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 Alexandria massage therapists
Vincent I.
I enjoyed the massage.
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
William C.
Massage was amazing! I feel brand new!
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MDMasseur Shar/Bethesda, MD
Maryann H.
My mom hired Hands of a Goddess for a massage, I bought her a gift certificate, and my mother reported that the massage was wonderful and that the masseuse was very timely, professional and very very good.
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
Sean W.
Wonderful massage. She understood my my concerns and addressed them perfectly. I like deep tissue and strong massages and she definitely is an expert. Do not hesitate to book her!
Gifted HandzGifted Handz
LaTrice H.
I booked Black Ivy Massage for a couples massage for my 10th wedding anniversary; both London and Sterling were absolute professionals! Extremely attentive, responsive and talented to say the least. Upon arrival, they thoroughly sanitized all surfaces and frequently washed their hands while performing our massages. The quality of the services surpassed my expectations and I look forward to booking them in the future.
Black Ivy WellnessBlack Ivy Wellness
Kortni M.
Suzanne was great. My sister and I really enjoyed our massages!
Massage by SuzanneMassage by Suzanne
Michael S.
She came on short notice and the massage was really amazing. I appreciated her professionalism. .
Lakresha's Therapeutic Mobile MassageLakresha's Therapeutic Mobile Massage
Danielle R.
I’ve had countless massages. Good massages but Mr Beshoy is my new favorite for so many reasons. First, he gave the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever had because he did areas of my arm that have never been done before. Second, I felt totally comfortable with him in my home. I was nervous about having a stranger come in my home but I trust ThumbTack and I trust the reviews written by other users. Mr Beshoy was rated very high so I felt like I could trust him. Third, Mr Beshoy was both personable and professional. Professional: I could tell he has a good understanding of anatomy and pressure points and he knew all the trouble spots. He is an extremely skilled massage therapist. Personable: I felt like he was a member of my family. He’s just someone you feel super comfortable around and with a job as personal as massage that’s vital. If you’re looking for an amazing massage, probably the best you’ve ever had I highly recommend Himalayan Massage. I won’t go anywhere else now.
Himalayan MassageHimalayan Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful Massage! Thank you Dana, we look forward to booking your services again soon.
In Good Hands Medical MassageIn Good Hands Medical Massage
Morez K.
Very professional and accommodating. Enjoyed a quality massage, spa music, and heated table in the comfort of my home.
Best Massage DCBest Massage DC
Kenneth W.
He was right on time, very kind, From Alexandria. Knows the area. Very attentive, I have had MS for 20 years, my first massage, in my home. Gental first time Ive had a massage in my home, Wont hesitate to call him again. He is GREAT!
Mos Tibi MassageMos Tibi Massage
Kim F.
I experience severe migraines and was searching for a massage therapist who could address the tension and pain I hold in my neck and back/shoulders. Donnell is an excellent massage therapist. The pain I had in my neck and shoulders was gone following my appointment with him. I will definitely be scheduling another appointment with Handsinmotionmobile/ Donnell.
Kirsten m.
I hired Tee for my significant others birthday . She was very professional and responded to all his request in the deep tissue massage. She was able to relieve tension in the upper back and shoulder area. Tee was overall awesome in her customer service and massage therapy and she traveled to us. Definitely will be revisiting her services.
Massage Me by TeeMassage Me by Tee
Gary D.
I did a 90 minute massage with Jeff - arrived with plenty of time to set up, so that it didn't cut into my massage time. He was friendly and took the time to discuss what my needs were. He checked in with me to make sure the pressure level was good, and by the end of the session I was more relaxed than I have been in a long time! Thank you!
Brent S.
Jules gives a spectacular Massage. She is very sweet and professional and responsive to what your body needs. I feel very lucky she is my therapist
MassageArts of GeorgetownMassageArts of Georgetown
Desiree P.
Beshoy gave me one of the best deep tissue massages of my life! He is excellent at what he does...a true professional. No hesitation about hiring again.
Himalayan MassageHimalayan Massage
Jennifer S.
Roger was very prompt and professional. He listen to what I needed and the massage was on target, very relaxing and specifically helped immensely with my problem areas. I highly recommend him!
Bodywork Therapy by RogerBodywork Therapy by Roger
Hope S.
Roger gets 5 stars because he is a great therapist. He applied the right amount of pressure and was attentive to the soreness in my muscles. After the massage I was relaxed and slept great.God bless you, Roger!
Bodywork Therapy by RogerBodywork Therapy by Roger
Morez K.
Engle was very responsive and accommodating. When he arrived, he allowed himself extra time to set up and had a quality size portable massage table that was comfortable and he help me trouble areas. Highly recommend. 5 stars
Engle CheungEngle Cheung
Hope S.
One of the best massage therapists I've ever had! Zach used various techniques to attend to my different aches and knots in my muscles. You can tell he has many years of experience. Professional and an amazing therapist. Top notch!
Keith P.
Shar provided an awesome massage. He is very experienced and knows the human body and how to deliver the appropriate pressure to each muscle group. I will definitely visit him again in the future. He also has a great sense of humor and makes you feel welcome in an unhurried fashion.
Masseur Shar/Bethesda, MDMasseur Shar/Bethesda, MD
Kieraah M.
I’ve had a great experience thus far. Always on time and very personable. Initially my massages were strictly for post-op reasons but now I think I’m addicted! Lol...I’d recommend ‘Hands of a Goddess’ for all your needs. You won’t be disappointed with her quality of work!
Hands of a GoddessHands of a Goddess
William D.
Jamie was an absolute joy! Her presence alone was calming and magnetic. She ensured that I was comfortable and explained in great detail the benefits and the process of Thai massage. Jamie is a divine spirit and I will definitely book with her again and again! We also had a lot in common which made this experience even better.
Elemental WellnessElemental Wellness
Lex N.
Dimitri is very knowledgeable about physical fitness and massage therapy. He was able to work out a lot of the knots and tight muscles causing me issues. He explained the anatomy of how the muscles are interconnected and suggested some good exercises to keep my muscles loose. I would highly recommend him!
Sean W.
My therapist introduced me to Thai massage. Excellent experience, I had a lot of questions, and she had no problem answering them. I felt more flexible, centered, and relaxed. If you're considering an MT, who's knowledgeable, caring, and an expert in her craft, then look further and book her when you can.
Elemental WellnessElemental Wellness
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