By: Sheila Johnson, Well Sheila
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As nonessential services begin to open to the public again, many people are wondering if it’s safe to get a massage. This is not surprising given the amount of stress that we’re all under right now. While you may want to wait until the pandemic is over to treat yourself to a spa day, some people rely on regular massages to manage medical conditions like chronic pain, injuries, or headaches. Going for a massage is not entirely risk-free, but there are steps you can take to stay as safe as possible during your visit. Below, you’ll find solutions and resources to help settle your nerves and decide if a massage is worth it right now.
Q: What Are the Risks of Getting a Massage During COVID-19
A: Experts explain that the biggest risk of getting a massage is being in close contact with someone else.
● COVID-19 is most likely to spread through respiratory droplets when people are within six feet of each other.
● Coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces at the massage studio could also put you at risk.
Q: What Are Massage Companies Doing to Keep Customers Safe?
A: Responsible massage studios are doing everything they can to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These are some of the precautions massage companies are taking:
● Cleaning and sanitizing massage tables and other high-touch areas between visits.
● Ensuring proper air ventilation and circulation in massage rooms.
● Encouraging massage therapists to wear personal protective equipment like masks and gloves.
● Some studios are also making adjustments to their cancellation policies to allow clients to cancel if they are experiencing symptoms of illness.
Q: How Can I Relieve Stress Before My Massage?
A: If you’re feeling nervous about going for a massage right now, try a few stress-relieving activities to relax yourself before heading to your appointment.
● Clear bad energy from your home so you can feel more relaxed and peaceful.
● Go for a run or sweat through a quick workout to relieve tension before your massage.
● Snack on some stress-relieving foods like nuts and dark chocolate.
Q: How Can I Receive the Benefits of Massage at Home?
A: If you’re dealing with muscle tightness or back pain, you may be able to find relief through some of the following techniques.
● Ask someone in your household for a massage—and don’t forget to return the favor!
● Invest in a massage chair or a wraparound shoulder and neck massager.
● Practice yoga regularly to avoid knots and tight muscles.
● If you’re struggling with pain and stiffness in the morning, upgrading your mattress may help.
While this may not be the time for a luxury massage, seeking massage therapy for medical conditions like chronic pain may be worth the risk of coming into close contact with a stranger. Use your best judgment considering the level of risk you’re willing to live with. And remember, massage isn’t your only option.