COVID-19 and Massage
COVID-19 has changed us in ways we may not fully yet realize. We are reeling from being isolated at home for many weeks or possibly from working more hours than normal as an essential worker. Either way, it’s safe to say that we are changed. We are careful to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds and to keep a safe distance of 6 feet from each other when in public. With all of these changes, how do we know when it’s safe to give and receive massage?
Luckily, the Washington State Department of Health has been guiding Massage Therapists on how to reopen in a safe manner when the time is right. We have been given a list of personal protective equipment (PPE) and CDC sanitizing regulations to keep ourselves and our clients safe. Some examples of what our list of PPE items include, are masks, goggles or face shields and aprons - aprons will be changed between sessions. We will no longer be using a blanket during the massage, you will be given double top sheets instead, so you will only be touching fresh linens. We have table covers that allow us to cover up our table warmer with a barrier we can sanitize, which will help keep you warm during your session. We will be sanitizing everything between sessions, including the face cradle, table cover, all doorknobs and surfaces with a CDC approved product. We will be removing all unnecessary cushions and pillows from our offices and waiting area, so you will be in contact with easy to sanitize surfaces. We will also be opening windows between massages to let the room breathe. “By opening windows, the rate of airflow can dilute virus particles indoors.”
What can you expect the massage itself to be like? After the initial check-in is complete, the massage, whether prenatal, abdominal, lymphatic or relaxation, will be as it has always been. It is for you, your time to drift away or to chat about how you survived quarantine. Stress has been at an all time high the past few months due to COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we can all benefit from massage therapy. “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.”
Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to keep you safe during your future massage appointments. But also know that there is inherent increased risk of transmission due to the nature of our work. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about the products we are using or the protocol we are following. Your safety and comfort are our highest priorities.
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