It’s no secret that we should always be practicing good hygiene but as we continue to receive daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak, focus on sanitation has never been more important. With social distancing helping stop the curve, massage therapists may be wondering how they can best prepare to do their job in the safest way possible. After all, massage therapy is a job that requires close contact.
Thankfully, there are a lot of ways massage therapists can sanitize to keep themselves and their clients safe. Since massage clinics should be temporarily closed to the public during this time, you’re probably wondering what you can do now to prepare for when this is all finally over. Here’s everything you need to do as a massage therapist student when it’s safe to interact with clients!
Wash Your Hands Often
We’ve all heard about the importance of washing your hands from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially now with everything going on. So it’s not surprising that this sanitation step is essential when working with clients. Even after this outbreak is over, as a massage therapist, you should be going above and beyond to sanitize your hands throughout the day. You especially want to wash your hands when interacting with multiple people per day to avoid cross-contamination. Just make sure you’re always doing it properly and spending the full 20 seconds that are recommended!
Keep Up Your Personal Hygiene
The last thing someone wants when getting a relaxing massage is to have a massage therapist with poor hygiene. Regularly taking a shower, wearing deodorant, and using a clean uniform every day are some things you should be doing anyway but even more so when your job requires you to be close to people. Never use perfume, cologne, or other sprays so you don’t overwhelm your client during their massage. Trust us, your clients will be thankful you’re taking good care of yourselves!
Clean Your Sheets and Equipment Between Clients
Just like you should wash your hands between clients to prevent cross-contamination, you should also be cleaning your sheets and other equipment. While replacing sheets between clients, use that time to also wipe down the area where you’re massaging people to make sure everything stays sanitized.
Sanitize Your Lotions and Oils Properly
You’re going to be using lotions and oils on your clients, which means these containers are going to get a lot of contact. Like the recent recommendation to scrub door handles and light switches, and other surfaces you touch between every client, you also need to sanitize these containers between every client. Whatever you do, don’t use excess lotion or cream and put it back to use on a different client. It may seem like it’s going to waste but it’s a lot better than doing your job wrong through improper hygiene.
Another thing to keep in mind when applying lotions and working on clients is to always keep your nails short. Not only is this good for keeping your nails clean but it also leads to a more relaxing massage!
Stay Home When Sick
We know it’s hard to cancel something you’ve planned for and it might seem like you’re letting your client down, but knowing when you shouldn’t come in is so important for everyone’s health! The best thing you can do is make sure you’re focusing on your needs so you can get back to helping people feel better physically when you’re at your best. You can always reschedule your appointment and chances are your client will appreciate that you made sure to look out for their health!
To go along with this, you should also encourage your clients to stay home from their appointment if they have any symptoms. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Want to Talk?
We hope that you’re all taking care of yourselves during this time and following good hygiene guidelines. If you have any questions about how to prepare for a massage therapy career when it’s safe to do so or even what this time means for your future education in massage, contact us. We’re always here to help when you’re ready to learn more!