COVID-19 Updates for Massage Therapy
"The best way that therapists can contribute to the solution is by only practicing massage that is medically necessary."
Appleton Massage Therapy Associates would like to assure everyone that during these times of uncertainty, the safety and well-being of our clients and colleagues is our highest priority. We believe it’s critical to do our part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. We hope the following article and the resource links will be as helpful to you as it has been to us. Our massage center is not considered a SPA, so we are allowed to continue to practice as an allied health professional in the State of Wisconsin. However, we will only offer massage appointments that are medically necessary during the mass gathering ban.
The Mass Gathering Ban & Massage Therapy (as of March 23rd, 2020)
by Jeffrey Montoya, American Massage Therapy Association, AMTA Wisconsin Chapter President
As an allied health profession, we may practice massage; however, not if we are in a spa setting which is ordered closed. The situation is a bit confusing. Let me explain: The Governor's ban on mass gatherings specifically exempts massage therapists (as an allied health profession). However, the ban also adds day spas to the list of businesses ordered closed.
The press release that accompanies the order says that allied health professions are "not affected" by the ban. (Linked below). AMTA believes the best way that therapists can contribute to the solution is by only practicing massage that is medically necessary and by supporting the recent federal guidelines as outlined in the 15 Days to Slow the Spread initiative thru at least March 31. (Linked below)
The confusion exists because of the variety of settings in which massage can take place and the various reasons why consumers seek out massage. If we look at the "spirit" of the governor's ban, I conclude massage for general relaxation and wellness is not prudent at this time. However, access to allied health care, including massage, is being preserved for those who need it.
Feel free to contact us if you'd like to discuss your unique situation. We will do our best to continue to provide you with all of your needs through these trying times and beyond.
COVID-19: Centers For Disease Control & Prevention
Wisconsin Department for Health Services
World Health Organization (WHO)
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Thank you for choosing Appleton Massage Therapy Associates.
Nancy Rezmer, LMT & Marialyce Dorman, LMT