Spas and massage parlours closed their doors once again on 5/11/20 when England started its second national lockdown. Given this, you may be wondering if it’s still possible to receive a massage during lockdown. The short answer is “YES!”. However, every massage provided must now fit the definition of a ‘health service’.
What Type of Massage Qualifies as a ‘Health Service’?
The FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapies) determines this to be “a therapy service to support clients who have a genuine health condition / medical need. For example a health condition or injury that is currently causing pain or mobility issues, or is impacting their quality of life.”
I believe the following conditions would meet this criteria:
- Muscular tension that is causing pain, headaches / migraines or insomnia, restricting movement or reducing flexibility
- Sprains, strains or other injuries caused during sports, exercise or by accident
- RSI (repetitive strain injury)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
This is by no means an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss and treat other ailments. All conditions may be self-diagnosed meaning that a referral from a health professional is not necessary. However I will need a brief description of your health condition / medical need at the time of booking. The government has also confirmed that massage services can be provided at home as well as in a clinical or medical environment. Therefore you can still visit me at my home studio without a problem.
Unfortunately I will not be able to provide general relaxation or solely recreational massages at this time. These will resume once the current lockdown period has been lifted.
Before booking / attending your massage during lockdown, please read about my latest coronavirus safely measures here.