Things have changed for Massage . . .
It's no longer business as usual. Because I couldn't control clients' contamination levels in the space I was in before, I let my office go in March 2020. And waited. And waited. And am still waiting to start massage again, knowing things are not going to be the same, and trying to figure out how we can do this as safely as possible. Thankfully, vaccines are making massage possible again with minimal risk. Nonetheless, there will be additional waivers and consent forms to sign because even with vaccines, variants in the coronavirus do not make massage 100% safe.
One of the nasty things about this disease is that it seems to thicken the blood, laying down blood clots everywhere in the body that rigorous massage could possibly dislodge, leading to potential death via pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke. A friend of mine who had Covid had a stroke a couple months after he thought he was over it. So if you have had, or even suspect that you may have had Covid, you need to tell your massage therapist because you are at risk for blood clots that make massage contraindicated. You will need a doctor's consent before you can get a massage.
If you have any of these symptoms, or anyone in your household's contact circle has any of these symptoms, get thee to a doctor for a test, and don’t come see me:
WHERE CAN I GET A VACCINE?
Even with vaccinations, I will be wearing a mask now while doing massage. For a few months even after vaccinations, you will also need to wear a mask because even though we both may be vaccinated, it will be awhile before we're not potentially carrying the virus in our nostrils, possibly infecting others who haven't been vaccinated. Moreover, the virus that causes Covid is always mutating; it's what viruses do, and vaccines alone may not keep Covid at bay for awhile. Just bring your mask, and if you forget, I have some homemade ones for you. Wearing a mask is also good practice during future flu seasons, which are usually quite virulent after a pandemic. So as much as we'd like to ditch them already, we can't.
Disinfecting protocols, while always rigorous, have now taken on the nature of an obsessive compulsive disorder, as you can see in this checklist of all the things that need to be done before and after massage.