I am requesting, per recommendation by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and the American Massage Therapy Association, that if you have had or are currently being treated for any circulatory, respiratory, cardiac, kidney, liver, or other pathologies, that you provide me with written consent from your primary care or specialist before receiving massage and bodywork.
The after effects of the COVID-19 virus and the vaccination are still largely unknown. The application of massage therapy and body work carries potential risks to those who have had COVID (it is known that some people may have contracted the virus without experiencing any symptoms) since massage effects the entire body’s systems, especially the circulatory, lymphatic, neurological, and respiratory systems.
Complications that may arise include: coagulopathy and ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke related to coagulopathy, blood clots, kidney issues, elevated enzymes that lead to liver complications, arrhythmia, respiratory issues, myalgia and arthralgia (muscle and joint pain), rhabdomyolysis, and headaches.
According to the CDC, massage therapy and body work are considered “healthcare” and as such, masks must be worn in the treatment room and during the massage session, except for when massage is being performed on the face.