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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 Richmond massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I both got massages. Suzy chatted with us beforehand and personalized our massages to our liking. Both of us were very happy with the massages. Starting my Monday off feeling great!
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Mark G.
Tim gave a great massage.
Massage by Tim WilliamsMassage by Tim Williams
Micah C.
This was an A1 massage, would definelty use his services again
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Wil B.
Had a great experience. Will definitely continue to use the massage lab.!
Huang's Massage LabHuang's Massage Lab
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome massage. Suzy was friendly and professional. Will definitely use her again.
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Lori D.
Anna was great! I already have my next massage scheduled.
Anna’s Quality Home MassageAnna’s Quality Home Massage
Ginell W.
Heavenly Hands brought the benefits of a professional full body massage to the comfort of our home! We requested deep tissue massages for two that were completed one after another, and Sharlena was able to be as firm or as gentle as each of us needed. We both enjoyed it so much we booked another appointment to pinpoint trouble areas she provided knowledgeable feedback on. Although I only thought of getting an in-home massage to lessen my exposure to public spaces, now I cannot think of a better way to relax and enjoy a massage then in the privacy and ease of your home, even under normal circumstances! Heavenly Hands brought everything needed to complete the massage and to create an atmosphere of peace. All you need is a quiet tuck away for her to set up and .... exhale.
Heavenly Hands Massage LLCHeavenly Hands Massage LLC
Michelle L.
This was hands down the best massage I ever had! I will definitely be getting another one.
Magnific HandsMagnific Hands
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent massage, professional, super at detecting trouble spots, yet very relaxing. Will hire again!
Huang's Massage LabHuang's Massage Lab
Brittany D.
One of the best massages I have ever had. Prompt, perfect pressure, and great vibe.
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Richard M.
He gave me the relief I needed that to sore areas by giving a deep tissue massage.
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
JILL M.
This was my first professional massage, and Suzy was prompt and informative throughout the appointment. I had a great experience.
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
James M.
Cannot say enough. “Hands Down “ pun intended, the best massage I’ve received in Richmond Virginia
Massage by Tim WilliamsMassage by Tim Williams
Johann S.
Tim is excellent at his craft. I would highly recommend him. This was one of the best massages I have had.
Massage by Tim WilliamsMassage by Tim Williams
Shanice B.
I booked Sharlena for a Father’s Day massage for my boyfriend who had never had one before. He gave her a 9/10 rating for his overall experience and said that he only deducted a point because he didn’t have another experience to compare it to. I personally didn’t get a massage, but was very grateful for her service and l really liked her aura!! Will definitely book with her again!!
Heavenly Hands Massage LLCHeavenly Hands Massage LLC
Harlan C.
Literally the best massage I have ever received; very professional and extremely nice. She truly has the softest hands on earth. Definitely a regular for me now!!
Back to ZenBack to Zen
Joanna H.
First time getting a massage with him and he hit all of my problem areas, very perfessional and nice. I will be make recurring appointments with him. You won't be disappointed.
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Brian C.
This was my first time using Thumbtack, my first massage with Warren and my first in home massage...and won’t be my last. Warren was very patient and communicative with the questions I had leading up to the appointment. The day of he arrived right on time, highlighted his routine , ensured I had no further questions and we were off. I cannot say too many times what a positive experience this was. Thanks again, Warren! I look forward to the next appointment!
Soul T.O.U.C.H MassageSoul T.O.U.C.H Massage
Jai S.
Heavenly Hands was one of the few professional massage therapists I’ve ever come into contact with. From booking to the end of her service, she was awesome. I booked her for my bf, for his birthday and he loved her. He said that she was by far one of the best and that he will book her in the future. This is also a black owned business which makes this review even more surreal 🤎. If you’re looking for a reliable, professional, and experienced massage therapist, look no further.
Heavenly Hands Massage LLCHeavenly Hands Massage LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Suzy's skill and experience were evident from the very start and made for one of the best massage experiences I've ever had. I will definitely hire her again, you should as well.
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Robin was nothing short of exceptional! His technique, pressure and thoroughness was spot on. A professional in every sense whose goal is obvious, to provide a quality massage thats tailored to the client's need. I'll definitely be calling on him again.
Robin Craig Diamond
Thumbtack Customer
Suzy is fantastic! She took her time, was extrememly professional, and made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend her to anyone and will schedule with her again. Thank you Suzy for making for a great massage and or helping me to relax!
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Kristi R.
Anna was flexible enough to provide our services outside and careful enough to wear a mask the entire time. Her diligence was experienced in her massage as well, which was a lovely blend of relaxing and healing. We will definitely book with Anna again soon, and you should too.
Anna’s Quality Home MassageAnna’s Quality Home Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Suzy was excellent! She provided chair massage for a winning team (after a company wellness challenge). She was here, ready to set-up well before her first appointment, made everyone feel comfortable, and got rave reviews from everyone that participated. Thanks Suzy!
Studio 23 MassageStudio 23 Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Jiqian Huang came over to our home to assist my husband with his chronic pain in neck and shoulders due to injury. While he released the pain and massaged muscles, he also instructed my husband how to take care of his own muscles with stretching and exercise. Thank you, Jiquan Huang!
Huang's Massage LabHuang's Massage Lab
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