Welcome! I’m currently closed but hoping to re-open sometime in June. In the meantime, while awaiting the governor’s suggested Phase 2 opening date, I’m following practice guidelines and infection control recommendations from the CDC, OSHA and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
That said, it’s worth examining the situation with a balanced perspective. Life is filled with risks – we must be prudent but at the same time courageous and forward moving. To be aware of risks and to try to minimize them is wise but to avoid all risk is not possible. It is highly unlikely that the risk of contracting the coronavirus will be brought to zero. At some point we are going to have to return to our “normal” lives. The debate is around determining the right time and the acceptable amount of risk given the economic / social cost of continuing to remain closed. Thankfully God has given us an immune system that we can optimize with nourishing food, clean water, sunshine, exercise to keep us safe in the daily exposure to all sorts of viruses and bacteria that have always existed around us. A normal amount of caution and anxiety is beneficial – it preserves our well-being by tempering our behavior with prudence – but allowing ourselves to become paralyzed by fear is stunting and harmful to our mental and physical health.
In the best interests of all involved – you, me and anyone coming to the Healing and Wellness Center at Chauncy Place – there will be a few changes when it is time for your next appointment.
- If you feel ill on the day of your session, please stay home. Massage is not advised if you have any symptoms of illness, even before the pandemic.
- Take a moment to fill out and sign the Intake Addendum document the day of your appointment but before you arrive. Intake Addendum pdf
- When you arrive at the office, wait in your vehicle until I text you to come in. This will allow me enough time to disinfect while preventing an overlap of possibly too many clients in the waiting room at one time.
- It’s good practice to use the bathroom to wash your hands before entering the suite and retain your paper towel to prevent touching doorknobs etc.
There are other ‘checklist items’. For instance, my treatment room has been cleaned, the entire suite’s carpets have been cleaned and the waiting room re-arranged to accommodate the new guidelines plus more.
I look forward to seeing you again when you’re ready. Each person will have their own individual phased re-entry into ‘normal’ and we need to respect and support each other’s comfort level.
Welcome! I’m Nina, a licensed massage therapist since 2005 and certified manual lymphatic drainage therapist in Westborough, MA. I have additional training in oncology massage and craniosacralfascia therapy.
I’m located just outside of Worcester in Westborough in the Chauncy Place Healing and Wellness Center, diagonally across route 9 from Massage Envy. If you are seeking more specialized therapies from a licensed and certified massage therapist, I am pleased to see you. You can conveniently book by clicking above on the Book Now button.
45 Lyman St Suite 22 The Healing & Wellness Center @ Chauncy Place Westborough, MA 01581
Touch is one of our earliest forms of healing. It is a basic life necessity – a basic knead, so to speak. Touch is the first sense to develop in humans and usually the last to fade – an indicator of how important touch is to sustaining life. Our skin is sensory mapped to our brains to deliver endorphins upon receiving directed, healing touch.
Healing touch therapies can increase feelings of well-being and reduce pain, lift depression, bolster immune function, reduce job stress. We instinctively touch those in need of care. A player puts their arm around their teammate after a goal or a parent instinctively holds, blows on or kisses their child’s injured knee.
Massage studies suggest that therapeutic touch can do a lot….re-establish correct nerve flow in damaged, fatigued or injured areas, return muscle fibers to their normal resting length for recovery, eliminate adhesions, improve range of motion (joint function), promote deeper breathing, aid digestion, decrease edema, decrease anxiety, aid insomnia, decrease migraine frequency & duration, decrease fibromyalgia pain and lessen arthritis pain.
But life and our bodies don’t fit neatly into clinical studies…they can, however, fit neatly into the hands of an informed, educated and skilled therapist with a deeply healing intent.