Massage Therapy IS Essential

Massage Therapy IS Essential

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Marlena Silva started this petition to Mayor Kirk Caldwell and

Massage Therapy is an Essential part of wellness. Massage Therapy is not only for recovery of the body or a just a luxury. Massage is one of few ways to address the healing of the whole person- mind, body, and spirit.

The current restrictions for massage therapy in the State of Hawaii in accordance to the new tier system do not allow anyone to give or receive massage unless they have a prescription from a doctor or they are outside.  This is not feasible and it is keeping people from the opportunity to receive an essential treatment.  My petition is to help recognize and make massage therapy  essential business, just as other health care providers are, so we can get the help that we need, when we need it. 

During this Covid Pandemic, I have personally experienced and endured health issues, a high risk pregnancy, caring for my new baby and a toddler, working from home, not to mention the extreme stress that is the global health crisis. Not being allowed to get a massage or give one is not acceptable.

I have been receiving massage since I was a little girl. My mother and grandmother used to receive massage from a shiatsu therapist for many aches and pains. I was lucky enough to have a family that knew the benefits of the healing arts.

 As an adult, before I became a Licensed Massage Therapist and Admissions Manager of Hawaii Healing Arts College, a massage school in Kailua, I used to teach dance to children and teens, which led to many days where I was literally in tears and couldn’t move without the care of our family Shiatsu Therapist.

I have also been through the  stress of care taking for my mother who passed away from cancer and my grandmother who passed away at 95. Without massage during those devastating times, I know I would not have made it myself.

These are just examples of how massage has been essential for me in my life. Please help me recognize massage therapy as more than "personal care". Massage Therapy is essential and necessary for mind, body, and spirit health. I do not know one person that hasn’t suffered from the effects of the emotional roller coaster that we have all been on.

Taking all safety precautions is of course necessary and understandable, but please recognize massage therapy as essential and allow us to give and receive massage as long as we are following safety guidelines. Please sign if you agree and help me make a change in how others see this necessary and essential healing art. 

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