I hope you are as well as you can be right now. The recent events of police brutality and white supremacy have been occupying my mind more than anything in the past two weeks. It is infuriating to witness, but I am doing my best to educate myself on my white privilege and how I can support other people of color from a distance, and when I reopen my practice. Consider donating to organizations that are working toward racial equality and safety for black lives. Support businesses run by people of color. Follow black activists on social media. Talk about racism and prejudice with friends and family, even if it’s uncomfortable. We need to use our voices to speak out against these injustices. I will be posting updates on what I am doing in my business/professional life to support people of color.
May we all work on cultivating our inner peace so that we can show compassion and kindness to all.
While I am optimistic about the future and how we as a collective can pull together to become stronger citizens and human beings, I know that practicing massage is not safe right now. Although we are learning more and more about this virus weekly, we still don’t know everything.
We do know that it can be spread unknowingly by people who carry the virus but are asymptomatic, and the threat of transmission while in close contact settings is high, even when people are wearing masks. There have also been studies about the risk of blood clotting and stroke as a result of the virus. Asymptomatic people have presented with blood clots that might have been caught earlier if widespread testing was available.
The recommended cleaning protocols for massage therapists are intensive and are challenging to navigate in a building shared with other practitioners. At the moment it seems that no amount of cleaning, sanitizing, or PPE wearing would keep both clients and therapists as safe as staying at home.
All this to say that I don’t currently feel comfortable doing my work. And if I don’t feel safe and calm performing my work, how can I do my best?
I will be reopening at a new location when I feel safe and comfortable to perform massage. I don’t know when that will be, but I do know I will eventually return to this work that I deeply love and feel committed to. If you have any questions or need support in any way, please feel free to contact me. While I cannot be with you physically, I would like to support you from a distance.
Keeping you in loving thoughts,