Well, it’s been a while since I’ve wrote for this blog.
And during that time the world has become, interesting.
So, first and foremost, Covid-19 is a thing.
In California, we were given a ‘stay at home’ order in the middle of March. Businesses were closed, and all manner of facilities shuttered. I’m pretty sure no one at the time knew what we were getting into then.
As a massage therapist, it was very difficult for me to have to stop my practice. Financially, it hurt me bad. So much so that I felt compelled to start a GoFundMe, the first of two. (I still have one open right now.)
Through March and April I was terrified to work on people. In May I started to slowly get back into it at the behest of an MT friend of mine that needed some work done.
To make a long story short, California closed, then reopened, then closed again. Now we are in this weird, nebulous place in-between.
Many restaurants and small businesses are shuttered. And some gyms have moved their equipment outside. I passed by a beauty salon that has their work stations outdoors now. While my neighbors that owned a barbershop had to close their business for good and move.
Me? I’ve barely scraped by but I’m surviving. After a denial from the EDD for PUA funds (Pandemic Uninsurance Assistance Funds) I decided to get back to work.
Again, it’s been hard, but I’m keeping my furry chin up.
There are a lot of men who still need my touch, but many of my old clients are afraid to go out and about. And I don’t blame them.
That fear was one of the reasons why I chose to stay closed for so long. The uncertainty of the situation was awful. But, I thought about it, and have mulled over my options…
…well, I have no options. LOL
So I’m reopening for real this time as what I offer is a private service, not a ‘McMassage’ in parlor with lots of foot traffic and revolving doors.
I have always been aware of cleanliness. I wash and wipe down all touchable surfaces immediately before and after the session. I wear a face mask and have a pair of goggles now. All clients are required to wear a mask as well. With the exception of the face masks, my cleanliness ritual hasn’t changed.
Only now when someone books a massage with me it’s ‘extra clean’.
It’s crazy times.
I planned on taking the year off from school to concentrate on a small book imprint I was creating. But, now that we are in another open/closed type limbo I decided to go back to college. I signed up for the Fafsa last year, not thinking I would use it. It turns out I’m eligible for student aid, which will be a great help in the next few months.
I will be taking all of my classes online, and will be free in my space from 10am to 8pm daily for massage.
So, for me it’s looking up, but it’s still tight.
If you were a client, and would like to help me out through the Pandemic as a long (or short) distance Patron, you can venmo me, or send me a donation through my GoFundMe page.
If you would instead like to make me earn my keep by giving you a massage (with a mask), then I am open to that as well. 🙂 Make me use my hands!
I miss massage! And I miss the smiles and the hugs. But I will be here when those of you who are far away are ready to come and see me again.
It will be a pleasure to serve you!
Again, my daily availability is 10am to 8pm. If you were a older client of mine I’ll charge you my original rates for the 65 min or 90 min massage.
And any help through Venmo and GoFundMe is greatly appreciated. All funds go toward rent and bills.
Rent – $900
Utilities – $100
Misc – $50
My phone service I buy yearly and am eligible for ebt as a full time college student.
I live very frugally but that’s how I roll.
Anyway, if you need a massage, I’m still here for you. Book me and I’ll iron out your back, with a mask on.
Or if you’d like to help me from afar as a patron because of the feels I gave you, I’ll have links below! Thank you and a big bear hug for you!
My Venmo – @BCTolbert
My GoFundMe – https://www.gofundme.com/f/Brian039s-emergency-Covid19-fund
Take care of yourselves, Be safe, Wear a Mask, and hopefully I’ll see you soon!
Brian aka Cuojoe
The Humble MT