'Touchless' Massage Therapy During a Pandemic
With Covid-related restrictions in place, massage therapists are reimagining ways to help their clients. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/well/live/massage-therapy-without-the-touch.html
After the coronavirus lockdowns took hold in March, Suzanne Kwasniewski, a licensed massage therapist in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., began calling her regular clients every week or two, at first just to see how they were doing. “When I spoke with some of my regulars, particularly those I’ve known a long time, I picked things up in their voices,” she said. Sometimes it was fear and frustration. Other times she sensed deep-seated emotional distress.
As the weeks rolled by, she realized she could help them remotely.
She had met with one client, a woman in her 90s, in an aromatic therapy room every other week for more than five years, a routine abruptly disrupted by the pandemic.