Someone asked me today, “There is a massage place that opened up down the street from me, should I get a massage there since you’re not open?”
My answer, “NO!”
There are plenty of reasons I don’t think it’s a good idea right now. You can read those here. But I also want to add that many (not all) of the employed massage therapists that are working don’t feel safe working. They have to return because their employer is motivated by various things. Or they are concerned their unemployment will run out. Or they have yet to receive unemployment.
Trust me, I know there are therapists who want to work.
I know those people, too. And I suppose if all parties are agreeing, then that is where that is. But I must stand up for my friends who are being forced back too soon. I will continue to say that it is not appropriate to give and receive massage right now. That’s not forever. It’s just not right now.
I have been dedicated to delivering an excellent service in relaxation and rest while incorporating the latest scientific research to my practice. That said, your relaxation process will not serve you if your therapist or you are concerned or worried about transmission of the virus. Massage is more than just moving tissue around. We’re diligently creating an atmosphere for you that feels safe so you can allow the relaxation process to happen. And if your therapist is worried about giving or catching the virus, that is going to interrupt your relaxation process. I want to be effective and I don’t think massage in the traditional sense is going to work right now. See here what we’re doing to deliver a safe & effective session.
The world is weird right now. I think a little more dust needs to settle before we make any movements. In the meantime, you are welcome to schedule an online appointment with me here.
Sara is a massage therapist and educator in St. Louis, MO dedicated to Barefoot Massage and bridging the gap between self-care and self-awareness. When she’s not massaging, you can find her hiking in nature, reading books, and/or with her 3 kids.