Should You Get a Massage during the COVID-19 Outbreak?

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With flu season in full swing, and the impact of COVID-19, wanted to assure you of the measures that AMF takes in protecting our clients. 

  1. Regularly wipe down all surfaces with Clorox, i.e., door knobs, faucets, flat surfaces.
  2. All sheets, face cradle covers, etc., are washed in HOT water (water heater is set at one of the highest temperatures), with lots of soap and bleach.
  3. Therapists wash their hands before after each client, as well as the odd time they may touch their face during a session.  With that said, we also touch your face, please be assured that we are holding ourselves to the highest standard.  Additionally, if you are feeling a cold/flu coming on, or are worried you may have been exposed, please let us know, as we are touching you, and we need to protect our other clients as well as ourselves.

 

With the above, one might ask, “why aren’t you suspending business like a lot of other places…?” 

Good question!  Research has shown that massage improves the circulatory system, reduces the stress hormone Cortisol, as well has assists the lymphatic system.  Dr. Mark Rapaport is the chairman of Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has made the following remarks: 

“Massage is popular in America, with almost 9 percent of adults receiving at least one massage within the past year. People often seek out massage as part of a healthy lifestyle but there hasn’t been much physiological proof of the body’s heightened immune response following massage until now.”

In addition, Jeff Smoot, 2015 president of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), says:

“Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions. Those same benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses.”