It has been– and continues to be– a strange time in the quasi-medical world of massage therapy.

I have found it fascinating how each facet of the industry here in NJ–from educators, licensing boards, insurance companies, associations, special interests, corporate chains, small businesses, independant contractors, etc. have dealt with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic sequelae. It comes as no surprise that responses have been different depending on the slant.

When it comes to The bāsalt Studio–we just take it back to our mission statement and core values. We are keeping it simple and straight-forward for the greater good.

The bāsalt Studio asks a lot of questions on our medical questionnaire in order to obtain the most thorough assessment and provide the best outcomes for our clients. Afterall, both the therapist and client have rights and responsibilities associated with the session.

Some clients will always be more forthcoming than others. However, just as in a hospital setting, most times– and for many reasons– I believe therapists rely on their own assessment skills in order to provide the safest level of care. There are even instances–which I am sure some of you can attest–that medical history is elicited purely by happenstance during a session.

There is no right or wrong way to learn; there is always an ebb and flow; omissions come to the surface in time. The medical questionnaire is merely a tool used to commence learning and healing.

So, being the quasi-medical professional that I am, I feel like making space on the questionnaire for COVID-19 during a pandemic isn’t irrational. I especially am interested because of the widely reported incidences of “long-haul COVID” symptoms; and conversely, the reports that receiving the vaccine has alleviated some of these symptoms.

With the continued mutation of this virus that also continues to place varying levels of risk on every demographic—bāsalt, too, will continue to keep precautions in place.

Regarding the vaccine: Not politicized. If applicable, please include as with any other treatment, medication, and/or supplement on health history questionnaire. Include dosage dates and any adverse reaction—if you feel inclined.

Here is the owner’s vaccination status:

Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

Regarding the Mask & Screening: Please wear your personal cloth or disposable mask to your session.—(You will not be required to wear while lying face-down on massage table or when you are utilizing the sauna.)

The bāsalt Studio will comply with federal and local regulations as we do have an ethical duty of care to provide our clients as well as in order to maintain our licensure, insurance, and the overall trust of the Ocean City, NJ community.