Breath, COVID, and Massage Therapy

Ruth Werner, BCTMB

Anxiety causes shortness of breath. People recovering from COVID-19 also have shortness of breath. Shortness of breath causes anxiety-which exacerbates shortness of breath. All of this has a profound impact on quality of life and the ability to function. Into this maelstrom of fear, anxiety and problems with breathing, massage therapy may have a profoundly positive impact. Ruth Werner explores breath, COVID, and massage-how we may be able to apply our skills to bring our best to clients.

Author of the groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, now in its 7th edition. She is a columnist for the Massage and Bodywork magazine and Massage New Zealand. She teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. You can find her at