As school starts up again and we approach cold and flu season, it’s more important than ever to prevent exposure to and the spread of Covid-19. Wearing a mask to your appointment, especially during your treatment, is essential to help protect against these risks. Your mask must be worn over your nose and mouth the entire time you are in the clinic. After almost three months back in the clinic and having had a few massages myself, here are some tips I’ve picked up to ensure comfort while wearing a mask during a massage:
- Take a few deep breaths: It takes a minute to acclimatize after rushing in from outside. Take a few slow, deep breaths when you get on the table and are waiting for your treatment to begin. You’ll likely find that it will be much easier to breathe as time goes by.
- Start on your back: If you need more than a minute to adapt, try beginning your treatment laying on your back. When it comes time to turn to your stomach, you’ll likely be more relaxed and comfortable breathing in the mask.
- Adjust the headrest: If you have a hard time breathing as easily as normal while laying on your stomach, remember that the headrest can be widened, raised or lowered to accommodate. Just let me know and I will help you find a comfortable position.
- Try a different mask: While cloth masks are better for the environment and are more economical in the long run, they are a bit more difficult to breathe in than disposable ones. If you are having a hard time, you may want to try switching to a disposable, surgical-style mask for your treatments. We have masks available to purchase at the clinic for $2 if needed.
- Unhook your ear loops: While lying on your stomach, with your mask covering your face and nose, you can try unhooking the ear loops and let the headrest keep the mask in place to take some of the extra pressure off. Just remember to secure the loops again before you turn over!
- Try a different position: Did you know you can still have a full body massage without laying on your stomach at all? Try your treatment in side-lying if you find it too difficult to breathe with a mask on while on your stomach.
I wear my mask to protect you and I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to you for wearing yours to protect me. ❤