Practicing Ayurvedic Yoga Massage during a Coronavirus Epidemic
COVID-19 Information – Updated March 2020
Dear AYM friends,
These are strange times for anyone with the coronavirus epidemic, let alone us bodywork therapists! Carrying on with our practice will be significantly limited, if not screeched to a halt, during the coming months as the world at large ramps up precautions to limit the spread of the new virus.
It is difficult and scary for anyone to come to terms with new living methods amid such uncertainty over our collective health.
As massage therapists, we are also facing the potential drying up of our business and livelihoods as the pandemic changes the way the world goes about daily life (at least for the time being!).
The safest thing to do is limit all human contact to a minimum. But what to do if you have clients you feel comfortable working with? This is a big question that brings about many additional ones – many of them difficult to answer in light of the currently known facts. While we wait for further information and guidelines, the following checklist is the bare minimum to be conscious of if you do plan to carry on practising in the current time
Your own health
Get into the habit of taking your own temperature twice times per day and cancel all appointments if you have even a mild fever or if you feel any shortness of breath. Drink enough liquids every 20 minutes to keep you mouth wet (teas, coffee, water). Take extra Zinc, C-vitamins (500ml) and B-complex everyday to boost your system.
Wear a protective face mask and be prepared to offer one to your client as well. Make sure you use an N95 or FFP2-grade face mask during all consultations and/treatments.
The more important remain to wash your hands thoroughly with a good liquid soap, can be followed up an alcohol-based disinfectant, before and after any treatment. Ask all clients to do the same, before taking their temperature with a thermometer that has been sanitised after each use. Do not carry out any work if your client has a raised temperature, no matter how slightly.
Clothing & supplies
Change the sheets, lungis pillows sheets, towels, blankets after every treatment. Have a change of clothing at hand for each consultation. Wash all laundry at 60c. Wash and disinfect all supplies (cloths, containers, oil bottles, etc) and everything that was touched after each session.
Treatment room hygiene
Aerate the room for 20 minutes after treatment and use an air disinfectant spray. In addition to commercially available disinfectant sprays, you can make your own one by mixing rubbing alcohol (1 cup) with water (1 cup), optionally vinegar (1/2 cup) and essential oils (30 drops) with antiviral properties (among them: lemon, lavender, peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, grapefruit, chamomile, clove, cinnamon, rosemary).
- Finishing touches
Last but not least…take a moment to quiet down before the next treatment. These safety procedures may take you 30 minutes extra time, and you should reserve five of those to nurture your own therapeutic mindset amid these extraordinary times.
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• Chirurgical masks (N95 or FFP2-grade)
• 1 thermometer (frontal or ear)
• Rubbing alcohol
• Single use rubbing alcohol pads
• Antiseptic hand sanitiser
• Essential oils
• Disinfectant Wipes
• Air disinfectant spray (essential oils or chemical)
• Liquid soap
We will be holding a Q&A session in the coming week or so.
Please tell us in the comments below if you are interested and if you have any particular queries or contact us via Instagram
Be careful, remain safe, hopefully this pandemic will be ending soon.