Break Quarantine for Massage?

Updated: May 22, 2020

Ok, please note that I am NOT advocating for going against the Governor’s shut down orders to sneak in a massage. I’m writing this because I was listening to the radio this week and the hosts asked their audience to call in and tell them what they are daydreaming about doing if they could break quarantine. I was pleased not surprised to hear that massage was a popular response!

I think many of us would agree with that sentiment. I know I would LOVE to get a massage right now! Between increasing work demands in adapting to ever-changing rules and guidance, uncertainty about the future of my beloved profession, not to mention becoming an overnight homeschooler to my kindergartener, my body is rife with tension and is craving physical contact that does not involve a small-ish elbow to the gut as she crawls into my lap for yet another story video chat. Don’t get me wrong – I love the extra time with her, but given the opportunity to have a strong elbow gliding slowly down the length of my rigid back easing the tension of the last month and a half away? Yes, please!

Yet it is but a daydream. We must continue to wait this out. Across California, massage therapy practices have been ordered to shut down as we are not considered “essential” healthcare. Further, our state licensing board for massage has taken a firm stance in stating “until the risk of the crisis passes…it (is) necessary for massage to cease until safety can be guaranteed”. At Rehab United we are examining what that guarantee of safety will look like for our massage staff and clients when we are given the ok to resume massage services, and making changes to how our massage side of the business will operate.

While we currently have no direct guidance from our San Diego City and County government on what those mandated changes will be for massage, we are watching the news and reading the steps that businesses are taking in other healthcare industries and making a plan. We are creating more stringent sanitation guidelines for our treatment rooms and implementing those changes for each of our facilities. We are eliminating non-essential items from our lobbies and our massage areas that would otherwise be unnecessary touch-points. We are preparing by ordering additional hand sanitizers and disinfectants to be used when we start seeing clients in our massage rooms again. We are closely watching what is happening in the state of Georgia as some massage businesses there have reopened and resumed massage services. We are making a plan that will evolve to make sure that we are able to continue to provide you with the highest level of care and satisfaction that also ensures your safety and the safety of our staff.

Do I still wish I could get a massage? Absolutely! And I know that many of you do too. We are preparing for your return when the time is right. We will be reaching out to you as soon as we know our re-opening date to communicate our plan for resuming massage services and are updating our waitlist functionality for appointments in our Mindbody Online scheduler.

If you are suffering from pain and need relief, I strongly recommend that you consider scheduling a physical therapy visit – via our new Telehealth platform or for an in-clinic evaluation. Physical therapy is considered an “essential” healthcare service and our physical therapy team has adopted increased cleaning standards and new treatment area layouts to abide by social distancing mandates. RU is here to help you – right now with Physical Therapy solutions, and sometime in the future, we will be here again for massage. We miss you all!


Erynne Hill, Director of Massage & Wellness together (virtually) with the RU Massage & Wellness Team


Erynne Hill, MS, ATC, HHP is an athletic trainer, holistic health practitioner, and Director of Massage & Wellness for Rehab United. She received practical education and thousands of hours of experience working with athletes in the athletic training room and on the field during her undergraduate education in Tennessee. She transitioned to working as a massage therapist and bodyworker as her primary career path when she moved to San Diego in 2003. Since that time, Erynne has continued working with clients and patients seeking therapeutic and remedial massage and expand on her knowledge base by earning a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science at SDSU in 2008.

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