Registered Massage Therapist
Member of the Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia since 2000

The Halifax Professional Centre
5991 Spring Garden Road • Suite 577
Halifax, Nova Scotia • B3H 1Y6
jessica.marsh.hfx@gmail.com
902 • 580 • 2708

15.3.20

Cancellations & New Beginnings

In light of the spread of the COVID-19 virus I have decided to suspend my massage therapy practice indefinitely, but hopefully not for long.

The health and well-being of my clients are essential to me. I have a great sense of responsibility to keep them safe. Even though there are no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia yet, we are being told it is not a matter of if the virus will come to us, but when. 'Social distancing' is recommended to prevent of the spread of the virus since transmission can occur even when people are not exhibiting symptoms. But as we all know, massage therapy is the very opposite of social distancing!

Medical experts say the virus is easily transmitted, more so than the flu. I have been diligent about keeping my treatment room sterilized and safe for my clients. But when someone is receiving a massage and they cough or sneeze, they hardly ever have time to cover their mouths. It's not their fault, it's just the nature of being on the massage table. Occasionally a client coughs and turns their head in the direction they think is away from me, but if they have their eyes closed, sometimes it is right in my direction, and they didn't know.

Also, there are still people who are not taking extra precautions; they say once Nova Scotia has some confirmed cases, then they will start taking it more seriously. That's their prerogative, but it means as their massage therapist I could be unknowingly become a vector for the virus and pass it on to my other clients. I don't trust we have a clear idea of how far-reaching the coronavirus is in our community. Under those circumstances, I don't feel confident I can provide a safe space for my clients.

I will keep monitoring the situation and will return to my practice once it feels safe for close contact again.

In the meantime, I have a new services to offer, available online. You can read more below. You can book in exactly as you book in for a massage. When you go to my regular online booking system now, you will see that the services have changed - or I can book for you, via text.

Take good care of your beautiful selves, body and soul. I look forward to seeing you again soon.


LIFE COACHING

It seems there are times in life when the problems & obstacles that challenge us don't require the depth of psychotherapy sessions. At times, we could be helped by some authentic listening, steady guidance and a good plan.

Here's a good article from Oprah magazine that answers the question:
What Exactly Is a Life Coach?

I have begun the process of becoming a certified life coach. I am offering online coaching sessions via FaceTime or Zoom. I am in the process of setting up a new web site. The appointments will happen in one hour increments.

Testimonials:

“Jessica Marsh has been my go-to person when I need a second option, advice on next steps and support on just about anything. I appreciate her kindness and unwavering level head, and her total willingness to share her many years of experience and wisdom when it is truly needed. As a coach you can expect steady guidance and a valuable perspective on how to navigate and see self and others in complex times.”

“I’ve known Jessica Marsh for approximately ten years. I don’t trust easily, but I knew she was someone I could relax around, someone I could depend on to always do the right thing. Throughout the next ten years I had many massage treatments and consults with Jessica. I can honestly say she is like no other person I have ever met before. What will make her a great life coach is that she has a unique and beautiful outlook on life. I’ve benefited from and enjoyed every moment I’ve spent with her.”

Contact to book an appointment.