Covid-19 and Massage

Moving Forward During Uncertainty


One of the most difficult things we are dealing with COVID-19 is the uncertainty of the situation- uncertainty because the virus is new and much is unknown about it, because we don't have sufficient testing - and the questions stemming from that uncertainty that do not have clear answers.  How long will it last?  How contagious is COVID-19? How can we stay safe? 

For guidance, I have consulted the following websites to determine guidelines, requirements and recommendations for the re-opening of Therapeutic Massage in Joplin. 

I have processed a dizzying amount of information.

The health and safety of my clients is very important to me.


National Level

President Trump's Guidelines for Opening up America

This is a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.

Places with declining infections and strong testing would begin a three-phase gradual reopening of businesses and schools.

In phase one, for instance, the plan recommends strict social distancing for all people in public. Gatherings larger than 10 people are to be avoided and nonessential travel is discouraged.

In phase two, people are encouraged to maximize social distancing and limit gatherings to no more than 50 people unless precautionary measures are taken. Travel could resume.

Phase three envisions a return to normalcy for most Americans, with a focus on identification and isolation of any new infections. 

In Phase three VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.

Vulnerable Individuals

1. Elderly individuals -age 65 is considered an elderly individual.

2. Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

The guidelines also include general recommendations for businesses as they plan for potential re-openings.

The plan calls for temperature-taking for screening purposes, rapid COVID-19 testing and widespread disinfection efforts in workplaces.


State Level

Michael L. Parson, Governor of the State of Missouri

Executive order dated May 4th, Declares a state of emergency throughout the State of Missouri extending until  June 15, 2020, unless extended in whole or part.  To read in full please click on the link below

Executive ORDER 20-10

We also have the Show Me Strong Recovery Order from the Missouri Department Of Health and Senior Services, dated April 27, 2020

#2 applies to Personal Services which include Massage Therapy:

In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every person and business in the State of Missouri shall abide by social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet (6’) of space between individuals.

This provision shall not apply to family members or individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet(6’).

Individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’) should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

This provision shall apply in all situations, including, but not limited to, when customers are standing in line or individuals are using shared indoor or outdoor spaces.

Please click on the link below to read these guidelines in full.

Show Me Strong Recovery Plan: Phase I
Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions


City Level

To see the Reopening plan for the City of Joplin in full please click on the link below.

City of Joplin's Reopening Plan

The Stay At Home Order expired May 3, and the community will move into Phase 2, noted as the RECOVERY phase following the first phase that emphasized slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Massage Therapy is covered under Personal Services.

Personal Services: all barbers, cosmetologists, massage therapists, practitioners of tattooing, body piercing, and branding, tanning salons, and other providers of personal services can be reopened but are restricted to 25% of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy. All businesses must continue to apply physical distancing strategies in all facilities. When possible, operations should be conducted remotely. Additionally, barbers, cosmetologists, massage therapists, practitioners of tattooing, body piercing, and branding, and other providers of personal services must comply with the attached requirements for reopening personal services, attached hereto as Exhibit C

Special notes:

City of Joplin in Exhibit C recommends:

Item #2 The business shall not allow any non-employee who presents any symptom of COVID-19 to enter the premises.  Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever (100.4 or more), cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell.  The business shall screen each non-employee prior to entering the premises.  Any non-employee who presents any symptoms of COVID-19 shall be denied entry to the premises.

Item # 9  Recommends that individuals over the age of 60 and individuals who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions not enter the premises.


To see Exhibit C in full please click on this link. Exhibit C



Please remember that our state and city laws are requirements that must be adhered to.  We also have guidelines and recommendations to consider.    I appreciate your patience as we navigate this New Normal for massage therapy. 



For Additional Information

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

To address asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, implement source control for everyone entering a healthcare facility (e.g., healthcare personnel, patients, visitors), regardless of symptoms.

Assume Standard Precautions for all client care:

How to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick



For your Safety As we move forward during this time Therapeutic Massage has adopted the following policies

Before beginning your massage session I will be asking you to read and sign a COVID-19 screening questionnaire and a Massage Therapy Consent form.

Please review the new COVID0-19 Information posted on this website under the Policy tab before your appointment.

Please call 417-438-7172 and I will be happy to email you a copies of all forms.

Thank you for calling, downloading and completing these forms before your first appointment.

COVID-19 Information - New Office Policy