Swedish - Wellness /Relaxation - Therapeutic - Deep Tissue - Prenatal - Myofascial Release - Craniosacral Work - Massage Cupping Bodywork Therapy - Reflexology - Reiki /Energy work - Aromatherapy - Hot Stones
Conveniently located in Old Town, Eureka
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Care and support are the foundation of my practice. I listen to the voice of my clients and the voice of their bodies. I have training in a variety of bodywork techniques and prepare unique treatment plans that address each client's specific needs, provide deep relaxation and boost vitality.
Keeping skills fresh and developing new skills are important to me. I strive to expand my knowledge of massage techniques with continued education in diverse specialties. In addition to my training at the Arcata School of Massage, I have taken continuing education courses in Massage Cupping Bodywork Therapy, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral work and Reiki, to name a few.
June 1, 2020
Dear massage clients:
It’s been a while since I’ve reached out to update everyone on my massage practice. In the midst of this pandemic, normal time flows differently and it’s gotten away from me!
Now that June is here, we’re all anticipating Governor Newsom will soon move our state into phase 3, which would presumably allow personal services (such as massage therapy practices) to reopen.
There are several factors I have to consider when assessing my timeline for reopening:
- My health and the wellbeing of my family-
My first and most important consideration must my own health and the wellbeing of my family. At present, I am 6 months pregnant (Surprise!), due in early September. I was planning to share this exciting news with my clients beginning mid-March, but the shout-down derailed my plans (as it did for many of us).
While I’m generally a very healthy person, pregnancy suppresses the immune system. I am now, consequently, considered a “high-risk” individual.
- When the time comes, how to do it safely-
The safety requirements for reopening will be extensive and challenging to implement. But it will be doable. Massage requires prolonged physical contact with others. Because if this, several office practices and policies will need to modified and/or implemented. From a County and State level, there is a lack of specific guidance for the Massage and Bodywork field. What we do have, however, is the Federation for State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) “Massage and Bodywork Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations”. View it here if you’re curious : https://www.fsmtb.org/media/2319/fsmtb20200519guidelinesforpracticecovid-19.pdf
This extensive 45-page document covers everything from sanitization procedures, personal hygiene, PPE for therapists and clients (masks, protective clothing, goggles/ face shields, etc.), health screenings and advanced intake procedures, etc. The State and/or County may add additional requirements to these guidelines. These new policies will be an (uncomfortable) adjustment for everyone, but it’s manageable. So, when the time comes, we will adjust together!
- Timeline for reopening my practice-
Yes, I do plan to reopen my practice- just not right way. In light of the factors outlined above, I tentatively plan to reopen at the end of the year, possibly early 2021. Depending on how things unfold with COVID-19, this timeline will be updated as necessary. Check my website for updates.
Please know, this has not been an easy decision for me to make and I don’t make it lightly. I’m sure we all can appreciate the complexity and uncertainty of the circumstances we’re navigating- we’ve never seen anything like this. For the past 8 years, I’ve dedicated my life to growing my practice and making it into something I’m so proud of. I never imagined needing to put it on hold like this, or for so long. But in this case, the benefits of this interruption clearly outweigh the back-draws. I acknowledge that this news is going to be especially challenging for some of my clients, and I encourage you to reach out to me if you want to talk about your concerns. I’m happy to provide referrals to other bodyworkers (once they have safely reopened) to tide you over until I can open my doors once again.
- Get Tested-
Knowledge is power. Redwood Acres is offering no-cost COVID-19 testing to everyone. They bill your insurance (which pays in full with no co-pay), or if you are uninsured, the State pays. Please go get tested, even if you don’t feel sick. I’ve done the test, and while momentarily uncomfortable, it was easy and fast. The piece of mind was worth it. Sign up and schedule an appointment at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call (888)634-1123.
With all that said, I think about my clients all the time. You show up in my thoughts and pop into my dreams regularly. I care about all of you and hope that during this unexpected period of uneasy quiet and inward reflection, you are showing yourselves compassion and self-care. I have every hope that, as a society, we will come out of this more self-realized and more compassionate. We will weather this storm together and come through it stronger and more resilient! I will see you all on the other side!
With all my love,
Katharine McAbee, CMT
As of 3/16/2020, The California Massage Therapy Counsel says: "The health crisis presented by the Coronavirus is unprecedented. The crisis is public and personal and our response needs to be equal to the challenges. In order to protect the public and the therapists, CAMTC is strongly recommending that certificate holders and schools immediately stop providing hands-on services until further notice from the Governor and or health authorities. At https://www.cdph.ca.gov you will find more information about COVID-19."
As a Certified Massage therapist, I look to the CAMTC for guidance in area such as this. In order to protect my clients and myself from infection I am taking these recommendations seriously.
For the time being, online booking has been disabled. Thank you for your understanding.
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