Being in the midst of a pandemic is incredibly stressful, so it’s only natural that you’d want to unwind with a soothing massage. Even as cases continue to rise and we enter the third wave, some people may feel compelled to act now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in many parts of the world.
Is getting a massage, considering the fact that it is actually legal, a good idea
People are looking for a way to relieve their stress right now, and I don't blame them,” he said
On their website, the American Massage Therapy Association, a non-profit organisation that connects and advises massage therapists, has a wealth of information about what studios and therapists can do to stay safe for themselves and their clients. It recommends therapists to wear masks at all times and studios to schedule appointments in advance to allow time to clean and prevent contact in the waiting room, as well as follow the CDC’s cleaning and disinfection guidelines, among other things.
Here's a rundown of what you should include
For all times, a face mask should be worn. Even if you’re lying down, you can wear a mask during your massage, according to Fichtenbaum. It’s also a good idea for your therapist to put one on.
Choose a place that limits your proximity to others to the greatest extent possible
Sneezing or coughing droplets are the most common way for the virus to spread from person to person, and taking deep breaths improves the risk of inhaling those respiratory droplets. Although wearing a mask reduces the risk of inhaling them during a deep breath, there isn’t enough evidence to back this up, according to Fichtenbaum. That’s why, when you’re having your medication, he feels it’s best to play it safe and keep from taking deep breaths.
If you're sick, don't get a massage
If you’re feeling under the weather or have even the tiniest of symptoms, you should cancel your massage right away. Any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever or chills, a cough, sore throat, lack of taste or scent, shortness of breath, or trouble breathing, are enough to cause the appointment to be cancelled. The same courtesy can be extended to any other disease, such as the flu or a common cold.
Avoid having a facial or some other facility that allows you to take off your mask
When it comes to choosing a spa treatment, the mask rule is your best bet: If you have to remove your face covering, some experts recommend avoiding it. Fichtenbaum advises against getting facials because you’re unprotected by design during a facial, so the risk factor skyrockets.
Having a massage or other spa treatments ultimately comes down to how comfortable. You are with taking chances, according to Nanos. Nothing is going to be 100 percent safe in the COVID-19 period, but that doesn’t mean that well-being therapies have to be entirely ruled out.
We live in extremely stressful times, and for many people. The stress and anxiety manifests itself in physical tension. So I recommend getting a massage as soon as possible to help relieve the pain,” Nanos said. And, if you’re getting a massage to take care of your well-being, make sure you’re still taking some health precautions. Wearing a face mask in public places, washing your hands, staying home if you’re sick. And having your flu shot are all recommended.