Sunday, March 15, 2020

I Need Serenity, So I'm Temporarily Closed

Yep, you probably already know what this is about.

I've been turning myself inside out all week, trying to stay calm and be proactive while fielding information from local school departments and the greater massage community. I summed up my internal conflict as such: Does the potential/perceived benefit of performing massage therapy outweigh the potential risk to my own health, my clients' health, and the general public's health?

It's important to note that this virus is contagious even as the carrier is asymptomatic. Symptoms may not appear until 1-14 days after infection. It is spread through "respiratory droplets," and so can be present on clothes and fabric materials as well as other surfaces. There is no way of knowing, right now, if we have potentially come into contact with others carrying this virus. This week my massage mentor, Allissa Haines, said, "No matter how good we are with cleaning, being in a small room together, breathing the same air, is not consistent with the need for social distancing to slow this pandemic."

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. As someone who has watched a loved one succumb to complications from such chronic medical conditions, I cannot -- in good conscience -- risk putting my clients and other loved ones at risk.

I Knead Serenity will be closed from March 16 through March 30, 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated. On-line scheduling and gift certificate purchases will also be unavailable. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I hope to see you in good health on the other side of this pandemic.

Take care, stay safe, and I hope to see you, soon.

Bethany A. Ingraham
Licensed Massage Therapist
(207) 370-4222

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