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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 Spokane massage therapists
Spencer S.
Great massage, very accommodating
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Cara O.
Very happy with my massage!
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Joe j.
Great massage! Definitely a great value and relaxing experience.
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Marylyn M.
It was terrific having the massage in my home. Chris was very sweet.
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Karlyanna K.
Roxanne gave a great massage! I like a lot of pressure and a deeper massage and she delivered exactly what I had hoped for which doesn't always happen. She massaged the full 90 minutes and didn't shorten it with table setup or my intake form, which made me feel like my experience was the priority and I got a great value.
Spokane Mobile MassageSpokane Mobile Massage
Merle G.
I was more than pleased with Christine! She was punctual, her massage was great as she found two very large "knots" in my lower back that she was able to work out by the time the massage was done. She also had a delightful personality and made me feel comfortable from the moment she walked in the door. I would highly recommend Christine to anyone needing a massage. Steve G Spokane Valley, Wa
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Todd S.
Evan did an outstanding job! I highly recommend him if you’re looking for a massage.
Evan Berg L.M.T. & TrainerEvan Berg L.M.T. & Trainer
Colt H.
My wife said she found the massage very relaxing and professional. I would recommend to anyone.
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Jason B.
Great massage- requested and she still found a way to fit me in- same day! Highly recommended! Thank you!
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Colin W.
Good: Very friendly. Arrived on-time for the scheduled appointment. Fun conversation during massage. Brought own table and sheets. Not good: Did not know what ingredients were in her massage oil, which caused concerns for those of us with allergies. Did not wear a mask into the house; had to be asked to go retrieve hers from her car. Did not inquire on any ailments, allergies, or lingering injuries. Service only lasted 45 minutes of the scheduled 60 minutes. I requested a deep tissue message but received a very light rub instead. Hamstrings had rolled up knots of hair afterward, which has never happened from massages with other professionals. Too much massage oil used and remained after the service; two showers were needed to remove it all.
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Darrel B.
Evan gives an awesome massage in a beautiful studio with unique innovative techniques....highly recommend. I'll be back.....very attentive and works for you....be sure to give him a try...
Evan Berg L.M.T. & TrainerEvan Berg L.M.T. & Trainer
Janice J.
This was my first experience with massage therapy and I didn’t know what to expect. Evan’s calm demeanor and professionality put me at ease and I thoroughly enjoyed my session. My neck and back feel amazing!
Evan Berg L.M.T. & TrainerEvan Berg L.M.T. & Trainer
Ray E.
Chris is a total pro. She responded to my request quickly, her communication was clear, and when she arrived she was totally professional and personable. The massage was performed with expertise, and greatly reduced the pain I was experiencing. I definitely recommend Chris - you can book her with confidence.
massage by Christinemassage by Christine
Rebecca B.
My husband and I got a couples massage and got in within 24 hrs notice at the exact time we needed! We loved the service and the relaxing atmosphere! Only thing that could have been better was knowing beforehand that we would have been in separate rooms. Otherwise we felt it was a very good price for the luxurious treatment!
Pure Bamboo MassagePure Bamboo Massage
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