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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 Vancouver massage therapists
Thumbtack Customer
This was an overall great massage/acupressure experience. It was very easy to schedule the appointment on line and to receive an email from Lori Conrad asking me about my specific needs was so very nice. The massage/acupressure appointment was most enjoyable. Lori is a very knowledgeable massage therapist and has her massage technique is outstanding. I have had massages since 1970 and she is truly one of the best I have ever had. Lori's massages are also a complete 1 hour sessions not 45-50 mins. and I appreciated this very much. Anyone scheduling a massage appointment with Lori Conrad at Tranquil Table Therapeutic Massage will not be disappointed. I certainly was not and look forward to my next appointment with Lori. Thank you very much.
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Vanessa V.
Best massage I’ve had! I wasn’t a believer that massage would help me but after this massage I definitely am and plan to keep it a regular thing. I have issues with Sciatica and today (next day) I woke up with little to no pain. 10/10 would recommend!
SomaFlow Health and Massage, LLCSomaFlow Health and Massage, LLC
Lupe A.
Excellent massage. Can't wait to see her again.
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Carolyn M.
Great Massage, very knowledgeable and will be going back again
Candace BethelCandace Bethel
Jeff u.
Shannon did a fabulous job during my 90 minute massage. She showed up right on time and was warm and professional throughout the massage. We talked about my needs and in addition she intuitively knew areas that needed deeper work! I would highly recommend Shannon to anyone wanting a great massage!😁
Shannon TraversinoShannon Traversino
Haleigh H.
Great massage therapist, quiet, very relaxing, and kind.
ValeryValery
Julie M.
Aaron is very professional, asked a lot of really good questions. He paid attention to my requests, and is a phenomenal massage therapist. As a former licensed massage therapist myself I highly recommend him!
Aaron @ Rest Relax ReviveAaron @ Rest Relax Revive
Thumbtack Customer
Very good massage, in my opinion. Sonia was punctual and professional.
OhmBaby MassageOhmBaby Massage
Nathan E.
Angela provided an excellent deep tissue massage for my girlfriend and I. She was very prompt and professional. She also came to our house for a 8:00 pm massage on short notice, which we really appreciated!
Angela McCarthyAngela McCarthy
Alan N.
Alex was on time, very professional, and delivered a relaxing massage. The convenience of in-home was a definite plus.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
She did more in one visit than all the massages I had for the last year!!
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Chris B.
In time for business and after a long week was looking for someone to come to my location and give a massage to help work out the aches, and help me relax. Leona did just that! Great communication, reasonable rates, was on time, very professional and friendly, and provided a great massage! Can’t go wrong with her.
Varray, LLCVarray, LLC
Todd M.
She has amazing technique. She's definitely knows how to give a good massage. Look forward to more!
Candace BethelCandace Bethel
Jacquenette C.
Was quick to respond, scheduling was easy, and one of the best massages I have had in a long time. A very good value.
Jonathan Erickson, Massage & Holistic BodyworkJonathan Erickson, Massage & Holistic Bodywork
Damon S.
I feel Alex gave me the best massage EVER I will be booking a lot more appointments with him. Thank you Alex
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Thumbtack Customer
Lori is an exceptional massage therapist. She has a gift. I have had many massages over my lifetime and never have I had one where I feel completely healed physically and mentally. She has a healing energy and cares about each client. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services. Just please leave an opening for me😀
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Steve B.
Lynn show up on time, set up her equipment and gave me an excellent massage and was able to work out a lot of the knots in my back. Just what I needed.
Lynn Aker MassageLynn Aker Massage
Thumbtack Customer
She is a very caring person who really listens to the client. She was able to tell me what to expect and noted my responses to the level of massage along with asking if the level of intensity was acceptable.
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Lori has been my personal massage therapist for years. She has a magical personal energy that calms and comforts me with each session. The environment in her studio is inviting, calming and healing. Lori genuinely focuses her complete attention and energy on me and my specific needs during each session. I had suffered from chronic back and leg pain for many years and it wasn’t until starting massage sessions with Lori that I began to be pain free and more mobile. I didn’t even know that was possible, until Lori helped me. Now I always leave each session completely revitalized and looking forward to the next one. I would add that the biggest bonus of your relationship with Lori is what happens between sessions. She has a wealth of knowledge in alternative and traditional health practices and freely researches and shares that information with you as her client if requested. I have learned so much from her beyond just getting a massage. I highly recommend Lori, and guarantee you will want her as your personal massage therapist for life.
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Dennis K.
Wonderful setting, excellent ambiance, thorough and caring massage with minimal low-key interaction during the session that helps you relax and get the most from the treatment. I look forward to coming back soon!
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Lori truly is one of a kind. After going to many massage therapist she's the only one who took the time to listen to me and what my needs are. And like others before me. I'm reluctant to share. Haha😎😃😁
Tranquil Table Integrative MassageTranquil Table Integrative Massage
Thumbtack Customer
Allen was very prompt, a good communicator, and friendly man. The massage was very good and relaxing. He has excellent pressure and definitely made me feel better. He is a trustworthy man you would have no problem having in your home or office.
Tom RelaxTom Relax
Jesse K.
Shannon’s service was A+ in all regards. She was very personable, communicated great throughout setting up my appointment and discussing problematic areas, and gave me the best table massage I’ve ever received. All from the comfort of my home. Will definitely highly recommend in the future.
Shannon TraversinoShannon Traversino
Clint S.
First, when Alex was running late, he let me know (huge plus). I was given a great massage. I got up feeling energized, not like I needed a nap. He was friendly, asked if I had areas to focus on, and got to work. I will be using AM Wellness again.
AM WellnessAM Wellness
Patrick Z.
Scheduled a massage session for my wife and I at my house. She is very professional and personable and really knows how loosen up tight muscles. She found knots I did not know I had. My wife and I both felt fantastic afterwards. I highly recommend her services.
B.E.A.M. Massage and HealingB.E.A.M. Massage and Healing
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