Updated: Jun 6, 2020
As of May 15th, Ohio LMT's have been allowed to return to work. That decision seemed to come quickly after it was announced that some businesses could start reopening. I must say, I was a little surprised that a profession involving prolonged close contact would be one of the first to be given the go. I wasn't mentally prepared for that. However, I was aware of what that might look like, as I'd been keeping up on whatever information and protocol predictions were being put out by people known in the industry. It all seemed a bit daunting, to say the least!
Since then, the actual protocols and mandatory requirements given by the Ohio State Medical Board are pretty much in keeping with those recommendations, (https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/State-Med-Board-Massage-Acupuncture-Cosmetic-Therapy.pdf) It's all doable, but the effectiveness in preventing the spread of the virus remains in question none-the-less.
I've also read articles by other reputable MT's, some who specialize in massage and pathology, (https://www.massagemag.com/covid-19-when-the-coronavirus-risks-outweigh-the-benefits-122808/). I haven't seen any so far that say it is a great idea to go back at this time, which doesn't mean it's not possible.
It's all been a bit overwhelming. Admittedly, I am a person who errs on the side of caution and would rather not be part of the experimental phase of reopening massage practices. I wish I was a bit more of a pioneer, but alas, I am more of a "wait and see how it goes" kind of gal.
All that to say, I'm uncertain when I will fully go back to my practice. I wish I knew for sure, but if these last months have proved anything to be true, it's that nothing in this world is certain. I've felt sorry having to tell people I'm not available yet, I'd love to be able to help relieve some stress right now.
I do have some thoughts as to how I might begin again. Perhaps a 30 minute chair massage would be a lot simpler than what it entails doing a full table session. I'd also like to talk with my fellow LMT's who've already been working. I think it would be most telling to get some real life feedback. As much as I appreciate those doing the research and writing thoughtful articles and protocols, only actual experiences will give us a clearer picture.
In the meanwhile, I hope that each of us continues to be able to discern how to go about our daily lives in the safest way possible.
Ultimately, I hope we all find peace amidst the raging storms.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.