Should I get a massage during Covid????
Is it safe to get a massage during Covid? Yes. Let me start with the answer and work backwards, in case you don't like to read alot :)
I have been wanting to write this post for a while. The pandemic has been extremely hard on Massage therapy. When Covid restrictions hit, we all shut down, for me it was from March 2021 until about September / October. and even then returning, I only saw one client a day, no couples massage etc. We were all scared, uncertain - after all, even more so than restaurants, a massage takes place in a small confined spaced. We are in a room for an hour or more - what could sound more dangerous?
And the irony is that, because of Covid, and people isolation, massage, human contact, touch was needed more than ever. So what to make of things. Well fast forward one year, this is what we know: People are hyper aware of covid, vs in the beginning when no one knew anything. People are masking. People are sanitizing. People are in general avoiding large crowds of strangers. People are getting vaccinated. by the millions. The most vulnerable and the super spreaders sadly have passed away in large numbers. I myself lost a cousin in the first few weeks. It was beyond horrible. In short the world is adjusting to a new normal.
I don's envision a day when the government or scientists will issue an "all clear" or "its over" type announcement. I envision more that we will roll into a period where masks are "recommended". In Japan, a densely populated country, citizens have been wearing masks since long before Covid.
So what is it that makes massage so safe? Nothing really. It is a calculated risk. But the empirical evidence over the past 6 months suggests it is no more dangerous than not getting a massage. And there are huge benefits....to your immune system, to your mind, to your sense of well being. There is no statistical evidence to suggest massage contact poses any greater danger than any other activity outside the home. So it is a numbers game and a measured risk. I cannot recommend that you go get a massage, but I can say that more than ever I think it is needed, and if you feel like you could benefit, then I would consider making n appointment and just enjoying the experience.
In my own practice as I said, I am vaccinated, I see 1/2 the number of client I used to see to spread out the space in between. We perform extra sanitation measures. We are masked when you come in and leave. Masking while on the table I have found to be largely unnecessary so it is your personal choice. I do wear a mask.
Covid has robbed us of much of the rhythms and simple pleasures of daily life. Covid is here, like an unwelcome relative, its not going anywhere. Everyone is doing there best and it is time, I believe to start to return to things like massage. Of course things could change, a new strain, or different outbreaks, in which case the world may have to hunker down again, but until then, please consider returning to your favorite massage therapist if you have been thinking about it. Ask questions of their practices, feel safe and enjoy being human again.
This is one therapists opinion. I am not a scientist nor am I giving medical advice, It is simply my personal opinion.
I write about things that I myself need to be mindful of. ways in which I would like to improve. It is not from the perspective of preaching - but rather writing helps me work out what I myself need to do - we are all in this together.