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Choose to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness: it is a process of change and growth towards a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. Massage therapy has proven results in increasing mental and health wellness with routine use, regular sleep, limiting life stressors, healthy eating habits, and exercise.
In order to live a higher quality life, maintaining optimal wellness is key. Everything we feel and do relates to our well-being and directly affects our actions and emotions. In order to subdue stress, reduce illness, and ensure positive moments in your life, you must achieve optimal wellness. Let your massage therapy session be your outlet from stresses in your life. All information of your health and anything said about your personal life in a massage session is protected by the Health Insurance Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Don't catch yourself ranting to peers, co-workers, and others from your stresses possibly damaging your respectabilty, take it to your massage therapist to listen and not judge. Save yourself today by scheduling your health and wellness massage appointment delivered to you at your work, home, or office. At this time face masks and possibly eye gear is worn by all massage therapists-no exceptions.
There are many modalities of massage therapy such as Swedish, Shiatsu or acupressure, Sports Massage, Myofascial Massage, Thai Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Trigger-point Therapy, Cranio-sacral Massage Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Oncology Massage, Stretching, and added therapeutics like hot stone therapy, cold-stone therapy, aromatherapy, deep tissue massage therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), , Dry Brushing for Lymph Drainage Massage Therapy, rapid percussion of a massage gun therapy, non-traditional Chinese cupping, pain relief balms/gels, and body scrubs.
Currently, massage therapy is considered non-essential but the CAMTC is finding out how to get massage therapy for preventative and maintenance of health care clients who have a doctor's note approving massage. If you need a massage, you can get a massage at any local physical therapist or chiropractor offering massage therapy. If you need mobile massage services, I can offer massage therapy under the recommendations of your doctor in writing. You must also not have any symptoms of COVID19, I would have to wear a face mask covering and eye goggles for added safety precautions. The latest correspondence between state regulators of massage therapy is that general massage therapy is still not approved.
Update 5/29/2020 from CAMTC to certificate holders' emails:
" CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #18
Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
The information being shared on the status of our profession can be confusing as the continuing impacts of COVID-19 and the reopening of California merge.
CAMTC has been listening closely to the Governor and his Administration to seek their best guidance as to the safe opening of massage therapy. Our report yesterday was an accurate reflection of the information we received from the Administration.
Today, however, we received an additional communication from the Director of the Department of Health Care Services:
“I apologize but my answer was premature, and any decision about broader availability of massage therapy is a decision that should come from the California Department of Public Health and local health departments. So please wait for direction from CDPH and local health departments. I am sorry for any confusion my answer has caused. Thank you.”
The up-to-date reality is that the State is not yet giving counties permission for massage therapists to generally provide services in California.
Be Safe and Be Well,
Jeff Forman, Ph.D.
CAMTC Board Chair
Update on 5/28/2020 from CAMTC to certificate holders' emails (mine is 18843):
" CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #17
Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
CAMTC has been closely monitoring and reaching out to the Governor and the Administration for updates on the Stay in Place Order and where massage fits into the phases of reopening. Today, May 28, 2020, CAMTC received a message from the California Director of the Department of Health Care Services stating the following:
Although massage therapy has not been addressed specifically in State level announcements, the parallel with hair salons and barber shops that are providing one-on-one care for individuals seems appropriate. The precautions that were outlined regarding screening clients for illness, use of masks/face coverings by the massage therapist and client, staggering appointments so there is not contact between clients, etc. should be followed. Exceptions may be made by local health departments.
The State administration is therefore allowing massage to take place in the State, but the State guidelines for hair salons MUST be followed. Those guidelines can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hair-salons.pdf. Additionally, local county health and safety guidelines must also be followed, which means if your local county does not allow massage to occur, massage may still not be authorized to take place in your local jurisdiction. This is because while the State is generally allowing massage to occur, it has also acknowledged that cities and counties have the authority to impose stricter restrictions than the State.
The health and safety of Certified Massage Therapists and their clients continues to be of the utmost importance to all of us. So while you MUST follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the State and your local jurisdiction, we also urge you to consider following even stricter protocols during this unprecedented time. For some suggestions of recommendations for additional massage specific requirements, please see these guidelines provided by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards: Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations. Please note that these guidelines were created by FSMTB, not CAMTC, and you are not required to comply with them; they are merely provided here as an additional resource.
Please remember that there are a lot of questions and unknowns related to COVID-19. By this message, CAMTC is not making any statements about whether it is or isn’t safe, risky, or appropriate for CAMTC Certificate Holders to provide massage at this time, or for clients to receive massage at this time.
Be well, stay safe and remain informed.
Jeff Forman, Ph.D. Ahmos Netanel
CAMTC Board Chair CAMTC CEO
For your convenience, we included a list with a link to COVID-19 information for each California county:
BERKELEY (CITY OF)
Contra Costa County
El Dorado County
Los Angeles County
Phone: (213) 240-8144
Call Center: (707) 234-6052
COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400
San Benito County
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Francisco City and County
San Joaquin County
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara County
county COVID19 info – 2-1-1
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