The onset of Covid-19 has seen so many of us sacrificing activities and therapies, needing to, and now opting to stay secluded. While this may feel like a safe strategy, foregoing behaviours and treatments that are fortifying and beneficial only weakens the body and immune system and depresses our state of mind.
Even before the advent of Covid-19, in-home massage therapy was becoming increasingly popular, and SOULS was establishing itself as a leading professional in home-based massage. Now, in this time post lockdown, we continue to offer high quality, in-home massage, while taking even more precautions for your safety and comfort.
What Health Precautions do SOULS Massage Therapists Take?
In the light of Covid-19, our well-trained and qualified practitioners take a series of health precautions to ensure the safety of you, your family, and themselves. For a start, our massage therapists are supported to stay in tip-top shape. We advise and whenever possible provide our staff with foods and vitamin supplements to boost immunity and good health, plus other natural immunity boosters and supportive health practices.
Further, when a therapist visits you in your home they will:
- Take your temperature, and their own temperature, and share the results.
- As mandatory, wear a one-time-use disposable face mask, disposable gloves, and a disposable apron.
- Follow respiratory etiquette, such as covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, regular washing of hands, and avoiding touching the face.
- Clean, disinfect and sanitize the setting of the massage after completion of the therapy.
We supply clean, fresh linen, but if you fear re-used or poorly laundered linen (as can be the case in spas and wellness centres), you can use your own sheets, giving extra peace of mind against the risk of infection.
In addition to the numerous benefits of massage therapies, and the precautions SOULS massage therapists take, additional distinct benefits of enjoying regular massages in the comfort of your own home include:
Deeper Relaxation Benefits than Visiting a Masseuse Outside
At home, in your own space, it’s easier to relax more quickly and fully to obtain maximum benefits and enjoyment from the session. At home there is no need to juggle travel, traffic, waiting rooms and unfamiliar environments. So too, after your massage, instead of having to drive or navigate your way home, thus interrupting both physical and mental relaxation, you can sit or lie back in the comfort of your own home. For added benefits, you might choose to have a warm bath after your treatment, or drift off into a rejuvenating sleep.
You’re a Valued Client; Not Just a Number
Spas generally work on quantity, booking clients back-to-back. This means spa therapists tend to be over-worked and fatigued, especially towards the end of the day. Plus, your massage always has to end short of the hour, to allow time to set up the room for the next client. Under this pressure quality is sure to vary, and practitioners can easily view clients as numbers.
In contrast, SOULS in-home massage therapists see each patron as a valued individual with unique needs. Because we come to your home we have the opportunity to gain more insight into you as a person, and into your personal situation and needs. Our therapists see fewer clients daily and leave plenty of time to travel, sanitize and rest between appointments, so both you and your practitioner are more relaxed and taken care of. The quality of the massage is higher, and appointments are not rushed or cut short.
No Time is Wasted
Schedule your massage when and where you want it. Rather than juggling traffic, waiting rooms and foreign environments, we will do all of the running around while you relax in your home.
The Take-Home Message about In-Home Massage
Whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for stress relief and greater wellbeing, put aside any thoughts that in-home massage might do you more harm than good. To the contrary, SOULS therapists are highly trained, take multiple safety precautions, and offer a range of massage techniques to not only help you feel good, but offer a powerful tool to reduce stress, support immune function and take charge of your health and well-being.
And a Reminder about the Health Benefits of Massage Therapies
In case you haven’t heard, regular massage provides numerous benefits which have been well-researched and reported1. Particularly relevant to today, massage and myotherapy are effective in supporting people with a wide range of health conditions, including:
- Anxiety and stress
- High blood pressure
- Chronic back pain
- Chronic ailments such as fibromyalgia and headaches
Tangible benefits of massage include:
- Feelings of deep relaxation. This is in part due to a lowering in circulating stress hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine. These stress hormones are scientifically proven to impair the immune system.
- Improved circulation of blood, lymph and vital energy
- Reduced muscle tension
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved digestion (another immune booster), and
- Better mental alertness and wellbeing.
- Field, T. Massage therapy research review. Complement Ther Clin Pract, 2016 Aug; 24: 19-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.04.005