The new normal!

On 22 July, 2020, massage therapists in Scotland were allowed to go back to work as part of Phase 3 of the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. I returned to work last week and I’ve loved every minute of it! As you’d expect there are increased hygiene measures and changes to clinic procedure so that I can follow industry and government guidelines.

One of the big changes is that I’m now doing the pre-treatment consultation, which includes a Covid screening, online or by phone in advance (usually that morning or the day before). This reduces the face-to-face time at the appointment. It does mean that one appointment becomes two, but I’m enjoying the chance to ‘see’ my clients in advance of the ‘hands on’ part of the appointment, as we both wear face masks for the treatment.

We don’t know how long the new Covid-19 guidelines will be in place but for now us massage therapists will do what we need to do!

Body art!


I don’t have any tattoos but if I was going to get one (this is highly unlikely!) I think it’d have to be something with an anatomical theme. As someone who is fascinated in anatomy it would make sense to wear my heart on my sleeve (or shoulder or ankle…)!

I came to this decision after seeing this beautiful image by Diana Eastman (top image). I love the fine detail. But I quickly discovered that it’s not a tattoo after all. It’s a drawing from Grey’s Anatomy which Eastman (she’s a photographer) photoshopped an image of on to her back. Pretty nifty work eh?

Around the same time I came across Danny Quirk’s anatomical paintings. They have a more contemporary, darker, edge than Eastman’s Grey’s Anatomy. Check out Quirk’s Facebook page – Danny Quirk Artwork – for examples of his art, as well as clips of him doing his unique body painting.  Also go to


Image by Danny Quirk Artwork