Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning March 16, 2020

April 15, 2021.
Our practice remains closed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While more people are vaccinated every day, the number of new positive cases in Michigan is growing at an alarming rate. Our primary causes for concern about providing/receiving massage at this time:

  1. BLOOD CLOTS are a real concern because COVID-19 can make blood cells more likely to clump up and form clots — even in people who never had health issues or a clotting disorder before. While large clots can cause heart attacks and strokes, much of the heart damage caused by COVID-19 is believed to stem from very small clots that block tiny blood vessels (capillaries) in the heart muscle. More than 50% of people who have COVID-19 won’t know because they won’t have symptoms, and therefore probably won’t get tested. If we don’t even know that we’ve had COVID-19, we don’t know that we’re at risk for blood clots. You should NOT receive massage if you’re at a higher risk for blood clots.
  2. AIR FLOW is extremely important for limiting risk of disease and poor mental function. Most of the offices and homes in which we were providing massage therapy do NOT meet the minimum air flow recommendations for a healthy environment.
  3. The new virus VARIANTS are making it easier to pass COVID-19 around, and they are here (in the U.S.).

Two quick resources to help right now:

  • COVID – Can I Do It? — Select your location and your desired activity for current recommendations.
  • Prevent COVID-19 + Optimize Health — A video interview about how the air in our homes, workplaces, and schools contributes to disease, poor mental function, and is putting us at higher risk for COVID-19.

Send an e-mail with questions, concerns, and feedback to — scholarly sources also available upon request.

STAY TUNED for the next update, which will include details about changes in our practice and goals for reopening.


December 13.
Our primary cause for concern over practicing massage therapy during a pandemic that involves airborne transmissible diseases:

  1. Maintaining 6ft (about 2m) of physical distancing in our work is not possible. Current studies prove that the 6ft rule is outdated, and we really should be 12ft (about 3.5m) *or more* away from others we don’t live with.
  2. Unless you can guarantee your room is exceptionally well ventilated and achieving 12 or more air changes per hour, coupled with an exhaust fan running and humidity levels between 40-60%, it is not safe to share it with someone who does not live with you, even if you are both masked. (Imagine how easily one lit cigarette or cigar can fill an entire house with the odor of smoke. This virus works in a similar fashion, only you cannot smell or see it. It permeates everything it comes into contact with.)…/CF272DAD7C27DC44F6A9393B051…
  3. Spending more than 5-15 minutes in close contact with someone who does not live with you is very dangerous, even with masks. This risk increases the less fresh air and sunlight there is, and more consistently warm the environment is.
  4. Verbal communication in the room during service is essential, and yet not advised because the virus is airborne, and even breathing in the same enclosed space is considered unsafe. Talking, crying, or laughter increase that risk.…/coronavirus…/…
  5. 40-45% of COVID-19 cases are spread by asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic carriers, so screening for safety is only 60% effective or less, and is highly dependent on how honest and aware your clients are about the virus, how it works, their exposure and their behaviors.
  6. COVID-19 often manifests with hyper-coagulation, meaning blood clots are easily formed and heat can contribute to that phenomenon. While this immune response is not exclusive to this virus, we must treat all clients as if they are at risk of having a stroke, which means all high pressure, scraping, cupping and heating techniques need to be avoided. Even if they are survivors of COVID-19, this is something we must take into account.…/covid-19-and-coagulopathy

[Julie Tudor. “A Brief Review.” Facebook, Massage Health Practitioners and COVID-19, Accessed 13 Dec 2020.]


November 3.
During this unprecedented time (in our lives) of panic for most and prosperity for few, I offer my deep, sincere appreciation for your patience and understanding of my decision to remain closed for business. I welcome your questions any time!

Although our government and industry leaders are being pressured into reopening the economy quickly rather than safely, the data clearly show that it is not yet safe for ME to provide massage therapy services to YOU.

Thank you for trusting me to understand my scope of practice within the current pandemic. My primary concern as a licensed healthcare professional is ensuring your safety. Please reach out with questions, concerns, updates, or simply the need to connect. We can make it through this together, and only TOGETHER!

COVID – Can I Do It?
Rt Live — Up-to-date Rt values, a key measure for how fast the virus is growing.
COVID-19 Projections Using Machine Learning
World Health Organization (WHO)
Metro-Detroit COVID-19 Support Facebook group
Hey Y’all Detroit provides food and resources to residents in the disenfranchised communities of Detroit.
Science Literacy — a FREE, online class offered by the University of Alberta!

COVID-19 Related Complications: Implications for Massage Therapy — Some very important considerations.
Cloth Masks to reduce COVID19 transmission, written by an aerosol scientist.
An Open Letter about Re-Opening – to Massage Therapy Employers — A well-respected educator in the massage industry calls us to task with this important read for everyone.


June 5.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-114 opening massage therapy, esthetics, hair salons, barbershops, and nail professionals as of June 10, 2020, in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The rest of the state opens June 15, 2020. Guidelines are issued in section 11 of the Executive Order. Industry-specific guidelines and public health guidelines will be posted shortly.

June 2.
Legislative Update from ABMP: Michigan COVID-19 State Update—June 1 update and clarification for massage therapists

May 26.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-69, closing businesses offering non-essential personal care services including hair, nail, massage, and traditional spa services through May 28, 2020. This does not include services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider.

Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-99, extending the stay at home order through June 19, 2020.

May 8.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-77, extending the stay at home order through May 28, 2020.

May 4.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-67 and Executive Order 2020-68, clarifying that a state of emergency and disaster remain in effect across the state of Michigan through May 28, 2020. The governor will evaluate the continuing need for the orders prior to expiration, and terminate the states of emergency and disaster if the threat and danger has passed.

April 29.
Executive Order 2020-59 extended Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order through May 15, 2020.

April 16.
Legislative update from ABMP: Michigan COVID-19 State Update for Massage Therapists

April 10.
Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-42 on April 9, 2020, announcing the extension of Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through April 30, 2020. The order requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home.

March 26.
Executive Order 2020-20 was issued, which states: “To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders, it is reasonable and necessary to impose limited and temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.” The Executive Order clarified an earlier order that imposed such restrictions by clarifying which facilities are deemed “non-essential.” The order continues: “Beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 22, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., and continuing until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the following places of public accommodation are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public … Non-essential personal care services, [including] hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services, and similar personal care services that require individuals to be within six feet of each other. This does not include services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider.”

March 20.
Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios and spas all need to be shut down between March 16 and March 30.


You can purchase a package or gift certificate, at your convenience, which are fully redeemable as soon as we make it through this health crisis. Monthly memberships are also available (sessions missed due to closure will roll over).

Donations may be made via Venmo @justautumnb, or via PayPal. We appreciate your generosity more than words can describe!

Eastern Market Wellness Center was opened in December, 2015, as a co-working space for holistic practitioners building individual practices in a community environment. We helped each other with business planning and execution, referring business associates and resources, as well as clients. We combined efforts to maintain a high level of business standards in order to promote the best service possible in each of our respectful industries.

Eastern Market Wellness Center was named one of “10 Best Yoga Studios in Metro Detroit 2018” in July, 2018, less than six months after Camari began teaching our donation-based Community Yoga class on Wednesday nights!

Find our contact information at the bottom of this page, and also on our Practitioners page!

Your massage session will take place in a comfortable, private studio. Music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a professional massage table, especially designed for your comfort, with clean sheets and a blanket. We use bolsters to help you remain comfortable during your time on the massage table.

We are located in an active co-working space; silence cannot be guaranteed, but we make efforts to soften outside noise by using a white noise machine and music. We are not a spa, but can refer you to a few good spas in the area if that’s the experience you’re looking for!

It is entirely up to you what you wear during your session. You may undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly “draped,” or covered with sheets, during the entire session if you choose to remove any clothing.

Your practitioner will leave the room while you undress and relax onto the table, covering yourself with a clean sheet and blanket that have been provided.

You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. Blankets are frequently used and always available.

A typical full-body session will include work on your back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet, and scalp. Some work may include techniques on your stomach, pectoral muscles (avoiding breast tissue and nipples), and gluteal muscles (often referred to as “the glutes”). We will discuss any areas that you are uncomfortable with having massaged, during your pre-session health update, so those areas can be avoided and you can enjoy your massage.

A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general relaxation massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve muscular tension. Usually, a skin lubricant of light oil or cream is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil or cream also helps to hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic strokes such as effleurage and petrissage, rocking movement, application of pressure to specific points, stretching, posture and movement re-education, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

It is the Massage Therapist’s responsibility to check in with you throughout the session to make sure you are doing well with the pressure and techniques. Trouble spots can be a little tender; however, you should let your practitioner know any time the pressure is too deep. Communication between client and therapist is important to a successful outcome. Don’t let a previous bad massage experience keep you from trying it again. The benefits of a good massage are highly rewarding.

No problem at all! In fact, many people are uncomfortable with some area of their body being massaged. Common areas include the feet, hands, scalp, face, stomach, and “the glutes”. Make sure to tell your practitioner during your pre-session health update about any area that you are uncomfortable with being massaged, so that those areas may be avoided and you can enjoy your massage. If you change your mind during the session about any area of your body being massaged, please tell your practitioner right away!

Prior to the massage, feel free to ask any questions about techniques or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. Your practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, please ask!

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. You are strongly advised to be gentle with yourself for at least 24 hours after receiving any type of bodywork.

Absolutely, yes! Before your session begins, your practitioner will ask several general health questions. It is very important that you inform us of any health problems and medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

Tipping is never requested nor required. Most people have different opinions on this topic, and that’s okay! The service industry standard is 20% of the total bill (before any discounts are applied) for outstanding service. Some practitioners do not accept tips; please feel free to ask about individual tipping policies when scheduling your appointment.

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