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What Next? Massage Therapy After the Coronavirus

I'm in a few excellent massage therapist groups on Facebook. These are usually the more dedicated, well-trained therapists who know that what we do matters (but it can't cure diseases), and are willing to put a lot of effort into our practices.

Right now, many are saying they're going to quit.

Person lying on snow with a white flag

They're saying that our society will never again want our services; that touch will become a thing of the past. They are asserting that with a global pandemic in our recent memory (when, knock wood, it's all settled down), there just won't be a market for our skills.

Dolls wearing tiny masks

At first, I was depressed, swept along by the sheer number of massage therapists agreeing. I began to think of other careers I could explore.

But then I realized how completely scared we all are. Many Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) might have been dissatisfied down deep, frightened of job insecurity, unhappy with their prescribed scope of practice, or haven't quite found their niche. But until now, they didn't have any reason to stop. The pandemic is forcing us see more clearly.

And they're wrong about humanity not needing us.

Our society needs touch. Humanity needs actual loving touch to survive. Remember the monkey experiment? Without touch, without contact, we fail to thrive.