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If you’re like millions of other people, the COVID-19 pandemic really made you miss being able to get a massage anytime you needed (or wanted) one. And now that massage therapists across the country are opening their facilities back up, you may be chomping at the bit to book an appointment. But should you?
We all want to enjoy the healthiest, happiest, and most fulfilling life possible — and for many, getting a massage plays an important role in that! Presented by Head Spa Studio, here are some questions you may have about getting a massage during the pandemic, along with factors to consider as you make the decision that’s best for you.
Q1: How safe is it to get a massage?
Any way you slice it, getting a massage comes with risks since it involves physical contact with another person during a global pandemic. However, precautions can be taken to significantly reduce those risks:
Massage therapists should abide by guidelines, such as checking your temperature, disinfecting surfaces, and requiring masks (for you and them).
Ventilation should be maximized.
Salons often use professional cleaners to keep their businesses clean. (Sites like Angi can help businesses find pros to handle the task).
Q2: Should I get a massage or wait?
Whether you should get a massage right now depends on your comfort level with any risks involved, and there are a few factors to consider while making your decision:
If you simply want a massage — that is, it’s elective and not prescribed by a doctor — then it comes down to how comfortable you are with the risks, but waiting until the pandemic is over may be wise.
If your doctor has prescribed massage therapy for a health condition, ask them if you should resume your appointments.
Your relationship with the therapist is another factor to consider; it’s advisable to go to a therapist you already know (or have been referred to by a friend).
Q3: Are there effective at-home alternatives to getting a massage?
Massage therapy offers unique relief for a variety of pain issues, and in some cases, it’s difficult to replace. That said, there are a number of things worth trying at home to relieve your pain until you are comfortable with resuming your appointments:
Learn how to reduce work-related stress.
Prioritize a good night's sleep; this allows your body to recover and regenerate, which can help to reduce tension and pain.
Research the many massage tools that are designed to be used at home.
With many massage therapists seeing clients again, it may be tempting to make an appointment immediately. However, take the time to consider the questions and factors discussed here. That way, you can make an educated decision for your specific situation.