Important update for my current and future clients,
April 21, 2020
Our governor has specifically mentioned massage therapists as a group that he is “liberating” to resume practice on Friday.
I am still under a Stay at Home order in Colorado, where I came to keep my elderly mother safe at my sister’s invitation.
To be clear, I would not be working if I were in Atlanta, and I do not recommend that anyone get a professional massage until we have better metrics to ensure the safety of practitioners, clients, and the families and acquaintances of both.
I am absolutely stunned that our governor would promote what is essentially reckless endangerment.
I cannot hide my dismay at this. I will not be surprised if this move is used in the future to deny unemployment benefits to small businesses and sole practitioners who have been promised much-needed aid.
A virus has no political agenda. I wish I could say the same for our governor.
Please stay safe!
Erin Susan Parks
Greetings from Denver!
In order to keep everyone safe my massage practice is closed until further notice.
Although many people consider massage an essential service, for public health purposes it is considered non-essential.
I will be keeping up with local ordinances and professional guidance from my national massage association to determine how and when I may continue to safely serve you. In the meantime I may soon be offering some short videos on massage that you can do at home. Check in with Plum Tree Yoga.
Safe, nurturing touch is even more important in these times of isolation and social distancing, even though these measures are absolutely necessary to curtail the spread of the virus. If you are sheltering with safe people that you can share nurturing touch with, enjoy what has become a rare luxury in these exceptional times. If you are sheltering alone, be kind to yourself and stay safely connected to the people you love.
We will get through this together and connected.
I look forward to working with you as soon as it is safely possible.
If you are interested to know why I am currently in Denver, read on:
As some of you may know, I live with and help care for my 84 year old mother. Because of this I was more vigilant of Coronavirus and its potential. My mother began sheltering in place in February.
On March 12 my sister called me from her home in Colorado. She is a retired pharmaceutical executive who at one point ran the factory that produced Tamiflu, and was very familiar with pandemic preparation for businesses. She also taught microbiology in graduate school and had been researching pandemics for a book.
She recommended that my mother and I come to Colorado to shelter in her home before the infection wave grew further. The next day, with a heavy heart, I shuttered my practice quietly and indefinitely and we headed west.
Since then my professional massage organization has recommended that all massage therapists temporarily close their doors and both Georgia and Colorado have issued stay at home orders.
I am very grateful that my sister extended us this invitation. We are safe in our cocoon of four people and two puppies. We have all that we need and my mother is thriving and enjoying my sister’s excellent culinary skills. Mom helps out when she feels like it and spends most of the day painting, doing iPad tutorials, reading and writing letters, and playing with our 4 month old French Bulldog puppy, StellaLu.
We are grateful to be healthy and safe, and are seeking out ways to safely help others who are struggling.
I am certified as a Spanish/English medical interpreter, and I have contacted The Colorado Association of Interpreters and Translators to offer my services as a volunteer.
I have also completed an online course in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), circling back to my pre-massage career and updating my knowledge on the many ways that the internet has transformed teaching English.
I am blessed to have had two careers that I love, massage and teaching/interpreting, and I look forward to doing both in the future.
I miss all of you!
Please feel free to call, text, or write me
and let me know how you are doing!
There is a place in each of us that is whole and splendorous. My intent is to guide you to this place and allow you to bask there
Our resident massage therapist
ABOUT ERIN SUSAN PARKS, LMT
Erin Susan Parks is a 1993 graduate of The Atlanta School of Massage and has been in practice for over two decades. She has advanced certifications in Foot Reflexology, Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage, Cranio-Sacral Balancing, and Practical and Vibrational Aromatherapy.
Erin is a Certified Level member of Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals. She has a B.A. from Indiana University and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and speaks Spanish. During the 1996 Summer Olympics Games in Atlanta, Erin was selected to work with the athletes, and was chosen to appear in the book, “Ultimate Atlanta”, a guide to the top professionals in the field of alternative health care and fitness.
Erin has maintained a full-time massage practice for over 25 years. She focuses on listening to her clients’ needs and drawing upon her intuition to create just the right touch for each person.
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