Massage therapist Ruth Corset is unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions but is lobbying Australian Traditional Medicine Society to lift the ban like five other Australian states. Her dachshund Lucky is missing pats from clients. PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.
Massage therapist Ruth Corset is unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions but is lobbying Australian Traditional Medicine Society to lift the ban like five other Australian states. Her dachshund Lucky is missing pats from clients. PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.

Massage therapist back in demand

After three long weeks of sitting on her hands at home, Ruth Corset has finally been given the green light to knead again.

The allied health massage therapist has struggled with the tough Queensland coronavirus lockdown laws forbidding her to work since March 31.

The ban was officially lifted by the Queensland Health Minister yesterday with the Australian Natural Therapies Association applauding the decision.

Ms Corset's clients include nurses, doctors, police and the North Queensland Cowboys players, who all had their treatments put on hold.

 


The former Australian racing cyclist said she would be seeing her first client at 8.30am today.

"I had my clients calling me and begging me to massage them during the ban and telling me how much pain they were in," she said.

"I have contacted some clients and I have already had people texting and calling wanting to book in."

Ms Corset has been a massage therapist for 20 years and has owned her own business, Ruth's Therapeutic Massage, for 15 years.

She said she tried to make the most of her time in limbo growing her nails for the first time in two decades and massaging her husband and two daughters.

The lockdown turnover is also good news for the family's dachshund, Lucky, who enjoys interacting with her clients.

"He will be so excited to see everyone again."

Originally published as Massage therapist back in demand

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