Guest blogger Sheila Johnson shares her thoughts about Getting a Massage During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In July 2020, the US Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics conducted an online survey. More than one-third of respondents reported struggling with some level of anxiety or depression. And it’s safe to say that this year has been even more stressful than normal. In other words, if there’s ever been a time when people could use a massage, it’s now.
If you’re considering getting a massage while the pandemic is still in effect, it’s natural that you would have some questions. That’s why we’ve answered three common questions about getting a massage during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Q1: Is it safe to get a massage right now?
A1: As with any activity that involves close contact with another person, getting a massage comes with risks. However, massage studios and therapists are taking extra safety precautions to reduce that risk as much as possible.
Experts indicate taking precautions is the key to staying safe during a massage.
There are several safety measures massage therapists and spas employ. These include client health screening, wearing PPE, good ventilation, additional cleaning and hygiene measures and allowing extra time between clients to clean and air the space. It goes without saying that all therapists should be following their national and local government rules and guidance to ensure client safety.
Similarly, mobile therapists are taking precautions to keep themselves and their clients safe and healthy.
Make sure you use a trained and reputable therapist who can demonstrate that they are taking full precautions to protect clients from catching COVID-19.
Q2: How can I get the most out of my massage?
A2: Wearing a face mask, requesting your massage to be outdoors or for the windows to be opened, and breathing full abdominal breaths are a few things you can do to stay stress-free and benefit the most from your massage.
Properly wearing a face mask is one key to staying safe during the pandemic.
Getting a massage outdoors where possible offers several health benefits, and provides more airflow than inside.
Learning breathing techniques can give you a health boost and keep you relaxed.
Simple measures can reduce negativity in your household, which in turn lowers your stress levels and improves wellbeing.
Q3: What can I do after my massage to boost my overall health and well-being?
A3: Massages are wonderful for relieving stress, tension, and anxiety. After your massage, take steps toward improving your health and well-being, such as eating well, engaging in regular exercise, and improving your sleep habits.
Enhance your diet and nutrition with immunity-boosting choices.
Choose an exercise regimen you enjoy.
Sleep is critical to your health.
Getting a massage is a great way to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Make sure your therapist is taking full safety precautions to minimize any risks during the current pandemic. Just remember to consider the resources listed here to learn about how you can make the most of your massage and improve your health and well-being afterward!
The Calm Space offers reflexology, baby massage, and restorative yoga . Karen also offers specialist Postnatal massage therapies. She follows strict Covid 19 secure guidelines at all times to ensure your safety and relaxation. Unrelieved stress is truly toxic, so connect to find your calm!