More and more people are getting anxious about the adverse effects of COVID-19. With cities gradually lifting lockdowns, a lot of individuals are now craving for massage services to ease their stress.
“Massage therapy has more recently been used for the treatment of mental and emotional problems, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Also considered a relaxation technique, massage therapy may be able to help reduce tension and elicit feelings of calm and deep relaxation,” shares Katharina Star, Ph.D.
However, there are still many people who are reluctant to undergo this. Their main reason is that they’re still afraid that they might acquire the virus from their massage therapists. With this in mind, listed below are some of the best safety and hygiene guidelines that massage therapists must apply. These safety measures will protect clients and prevent disease transmission.
- Wash Hands Often
According to studies, the primary source of microorganism cross-contamination is through personal contact. The risk is higher if it is through human hands. Therefore, massage therapists need to wash their hands often to avoid the spread of infection. They must do this before and after they keep in contact with the client.
Never treat the feet before the face. It should always be the other way around.
- Wear Clean Uniform
One of the leading carriers of the virus is clothes. Therefore, massage therapists need to wear clean clothes at all times. Experts recommend that they bring a spare one should they stain their clothes or sweat heavily. This safety measure is to ensure that they are at their best hygienic self when at work.
- Cut Nails
Massage therapists should keep their nails short, clean, and trimmed. Long nails are not ideal, as this setup will only hide bacteria. It might lead to virus transmission when the client undergoes a massage.
- Avoid Wearing Jewelry
Never wear any jewelry on the wrists or hands when massaging someone, especially on the face. The reason behind this is that jewelry collects all kinds of bacteria. It has material where bacteria can easily attach. These particles can easily be transferred to someone’s skin, particularly to the facial area’s mucous membranes.
- Do Not Go To Work While Sick
With the rise of COVID-19 positive patients now, everyone must be cautious about their health. They should not go to work, especially if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and fever. This policy must have a strict implementation to avoid for everyone in the office, or even the clients, to get sick.
General Room Upkeep
- Dispose Of Single-Use Items Properly
Porous items that are made with wood, cloth, or any absorbent materials and have rough surfaces are for single use only. Therefore, they should dispose of this properly after using it.
Some items under this category include the following:
- Gauze pads
- Cotton balls
- Disposable gloves and wipes
- Cotton swabs and sponges
- Wooden applicators
- Porous nail files
- Orange sticks
- Fabric strips
- Clean Linens Properly
Since customers lie on the same beds for their sessions, it is essential to keep these surfaces clean. The best way to do this is by cleaning the linens properly. The treatment table, headrest, and pillows must always have fresh and clean face cradles and sheets at the beginning of each treatment.
Always keep in mind to store clean linens on a covered container to avoid contamination. It goes the same with the extra blankets, towels, and pillows. Lastly, soiled linens should be replaced immediately upon the end of each session. These must be stored in a covered hamper, far away from the clean ones.
- Get Rid Of Clutter
The more clutter in the massage area, the higher the risk of spreading the virus. Since it would be a challenge to sanitize all of these unnecessary items, then why not get rid of all of it? It will lessen the chance of disease transmission.
- Sanitize Surfaces
A lot of people may enter and exit the area. Therefore, it is vital to sanitize all surfaces, especially those which are frequently used. Examples of these include face cradles, light switches, tabletops, and doorknobs.
This global pandemic changed our world and how we live. Therefore, it is a must that all of us acknowledge these changes and apply the said precautionary measures. Rest assured that it’s for everyone’s safety.