How Massage Therapists and Estheticians are Responding to Omicron
It seems that just as we were feeling a sense of hope that life could soon return to normal with more tools to fight COVID-19, the Omicron variant has knocked the wind out of our collective sails. While the surge of cases around the world is a new, seemingly overwhelming reality, it is clear that the response is vastly different than at the beginning when businesses, schools, etc. shut down.
We’ve seen over the past nearly 2 years that a global pandemic not only didn’t kill the massage and facial industry, but rather, further demonstrated to the masses the importance of touch, connection, self-care, and stress management. While many massage therapy businesses did not make it through the constant back and forth of opening and closing, those that did seem to be here for the long haul.
How are practitioners responding to the new omicron variant?
Most of those in the allied health professions, like massage therapists and estheticians, are keeping their doors open and paving the road for how we can continue to serve our clients as part of this new reality the world finds itself in.
How to communicate with your clients about the omicron variant and your practice
If you are looking for direction on how to respond and communicate with your clients during this time, here is what we have seen from practitioners leading the way in the industry:
• Acknowledge that you take the spread very seriously
• Reassure your clients that you are following all of the recommended safety protocols (provide a list of what you are doing)
• Acknowledge that you understand the important role that you play in your clients lives - mentally, physically, and emotionally, and that you are doing everything you can to show up for your clients through these hard times
How you can help your clients in this new reality
Clients are dealing with an entirely new level of stress and, at the same time, have a renewed focus and understanding of the need for self-care. Therapists and estheticians are introducing a popular new approach to bodywork that has emerged over the last few years… Yomassage.
Yomassage is a modality that was designed specifically with nervous system regulation and stress management in mind with a focus on combining restorative stretch, therapeutic touch, mindfulness, and social connection. This clothed and trauma sensitive approach to massage and facials creates an accessible form of self-care for those that may not have been exposed to therapeutic touch before, and integrates a mind-body approach for those that have only received spa services without a mind-body approach.
What does a yomassage session look like?
Whether you are holding a Yomassage® 1-1 or group session, a Yomassage® Facials session, a Table Yomassage® session, or another signature Yomassage® offering, the structure of the session will look like this:
• Begin with 3-5 minutes of mindfulness meditation or breath work
• Walk your client(s) through a series of restorative stretches that encourage deep breathing, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and get deep into the connective tissues
• Provide light-medium therapeutic touch in each position
HOW CAN I BECOME CERTIFIED?
Yomassage offers virtual certification programs for massage therapists and estheticians all over the globe through the highest quality virtual massage training with over 300 5-star reviews on Google and Facebook.
Yomassage is unlike any other massage CEU course because you are supported after the training through a membership program! Yomassage advertises your classes and sessions, provides advertising materials, class themes and meditations, recorded meditations, professional photos and videos, press releases, monthly mentorship meetings, a free-scheduling software with membership, and so much more!
Visit this page for more information on how to become a Certified Yomassage Therapist.