Safe Massage Practices during Covid19 Times
Updated: March 26, 2021
For massage therapists, small-business safety means maintaining a clean work environment, fostering a compassionate space—and addressing the challenges of anxiety and depression that are up for both clients and therapists. Now more than ever the importance of self-care, including maintaining our physical and emotional health, needs to be a top priority for all of us. As a massage therapist, I am dedicated to supporting the Soo community in our path to wellness and journey to seeing the end to the Covid19 virus.
I have compiled a few sources as they relate to safety guidelines, requirements, and best practices within the bodywork and massage service industry. Please feel free to contact me at any time by email or phone with any questions regarding our standards and practices at Northern Bliss Massage & Wellness.
Source: American Massage Therapy Association and Michigan.gov
March 22, 2021 - The Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has updated the order that includes requirements for massage therapists to see clients by appointment only, to prohibit gathering in waiting areas. The order also has requirements related to contact tracing [9a]. The new order is in effect from March 22, 2021 through April 19, 2021.
4(f).In facilities offering non-essential personal care services, including hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, piercing services, and similar personal care services, all services must be provided by appointment, and gatherings in waiting areas are prohibited.
8. Exceptions to face mask requirements- Although a face mask is strongly encouraged even for individuals not required to wear one (except for children under the age of 2), the requirement to wear a face mask in gatherings as required by this order does not apply to individuals who:
(f).Are receiving a medical or personal care service for which removal of the face mask is necessary;
9(a). Gatherings are prohibited at the following facilities unless the facility maintains accurate records, including date and time of entry, names of patrons, and contact information, to aid with contact tracing, and denies entry for a gathering to any visitor who does not provide, at a minimum, their name and phone number:
1. All businesses or operations that provide barbering, cosmetology services, body art services (including tattooing and body piercing), tanning services, massage services, or similar personal care services
Current Michigan guidelines on massage services. Source: Associated Body & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Thank you and be well!