COVID-19 or the Corona Virus has invaded our lives like no other disease, or medical condition has been able to accomplish. It has changed not only the way you live your life, but everyone's lifestyle across the globe has been affected.
This virus affects people differently. Those who have become infected display a range of symptoms and can be mild, severe, and in some cases, fatal. Whether you are a doctor or not, you need the knowledge to recognize the warning signs of this virus, which include:
Massage Therapists are at Risk for Spread of COVID-19
Massage therapists should be concerned about coming in to contact with the virus. It is transmitted through contact and spreads rapidly. Therapists are at risk of infection as performing a massage is entirely through a personal touch. Licensed therapists are also dealing with a variety of clients who can be stubborn in their safe hygiene practices. The risk of a massage therapist contracting and then spreading this virus is incredibly high.
When and How Will Massage Therapists Return to Work
As many states and cities put in place the 'shelter-at-home' restrictions and are allowing only 'selective business' to remain open, many massage therapists have been instructed to stop business until further notice. In the State of Washington, Governor Inslee's proclamation 20-25 allowed for health care providers to continue performing only essential health care.
Massage therapists are said to provide non-essential care under the Governor's proclamation, nor are they considered urgent. It was stated services could only be done if there was a documented and clear evidence the medical need for a massage was urgent.
While the 'shelter-at-home' restrictions allowed specific massages to continue as a means of providing essential health services, therapists were not required to do so. The therapist has the right to consider their patient's risk and their personal risk when deciding to provide in-person care.
The AMTA is working with state and federal agencies and trying to get re-opening strategies in place. These strategies will vary between different state regulations. There is a lot of energy from a multitude of experts being put towards controlling this virus so that life can resume, and we can all continue to pursue our future.
Becoming a Massage Therapist
Seattle based massage therapy schools, Northwest Academy for Healing Arts offers some of the smallest class sizes in the Pacific Northwest. They offer this class structure, so all students get the attention they deserve. COVID-19 may be changing even these unique class structures until the virus has been completely controlled.
Academic institutions can be a risky places for you to be right now. If the infection would hit just one student, it could put the entire state at risk. Learners are generally ambitious persons and repeatedly interact among themselves and those outside their school.
Students of massage can learn massage school curriculum from home. It is possible to view lectures from your residence. Check with you local Seattle massage therapy schools regarding how they plan to continue their excellent training programs as we fight through these difficult changes.
While your school may be offering their massage programs and continuing education sections remotely, there is a certain amount of massage therapy that requires hands-on instruction. These classes may be delayed or altered until the virus is controlled.
Massage is an industrious profession, as well as challenging and entertaining. The virus has changed so many aspects of our life, don't let it change your dreams if you have been planning to pursue the career of a massage therapist.