In order to comply with state regulations and best practices for seeing clients while COVID-19 is still present, I have implemented the following changes.
Please read through the following and be prepared to comply with these new requirements if you come in for a session.
General Office Changes:
- All unnecessary items that don’t serve a purpose or are hard to sanitize between sessions were removed from both the treatment room and lobby.
- Only seating that can be sanitized will remain in the treatment room and the lobby.
- Water will be given upon request but will be dispensed by the therapist to avoid cross-contamination of the water cooler.
- No touch hand sanitizer and soap dispensers, cleaning wipes, disposable paper towel dispensers have been added to all of the rooms.
- Open trashcans have been replaced with lidded foot petal cans.
- Clients will not be scheduled any closer than 60 minutes apart.
Treatment Room Changes:
- The room has been completely sanitized before opening, to include but not limited to: Cabinets, laundry hamper, bolsters, the massage table, face cradle, chairs, stool, light fixtures, doorknobs, doors, door frames, and massage lotion containers.
- A HEPA air filter will be turned on high a minimum of 15 minutes before each session. The filter is rated to process the air in the treatment room in 12 minutes.
- The table warmer is now under a water-proof table protector that I will sanitize between each client.
- I have an additional reusable water-proof protective barrier to use under each clean sheet set, along with a new blanket for each client.
- Several plastic containers for each client’s clothes and shoes will help prevent cross contamination and is sanitized between each session.
- Between each session, the room will be sanitized again, to include but not limited to: Cabinets, bolsters, the massage table, the face cradle, chairs, stool, light fixtures, doorknobs, doors, and door frames, and massage lotion containers.
- In addition to cleaning the room between sessions, I will be changing my clothes and facemask between clients. I will also be using a set of gloves to dismantle and clean the room, and then a new set of gloves to sanitize and get the room ready for the next client.
- You will need to update your current Health Intake Form – online. You only need to complete this once and many of you already have done this.
- 24 hours before your appointment, please fill out the pre massage health check form confirming that you are currently symptom-free, that you have not been in contact with anyone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 during the past two weeks.
- Upon arrival, please text me to let me know you have arrived and wait in your car till I come and get you. I will open the office door for you.
- While you are in the office, you will need to wear a face mask. If you do not have one, I will be able to provide you one to wear. You will need to wear this mask during the massage, to include your time spent facedown. We can modify this to use a side-lying position if you are unable to tolerate being in the mask and the face cradle at the same time. (Note: Thus far no one has complained about the mask being uncomfortable in any position).
- Please note that the facemask you wear cannot tie behind your head. That proves a problem with my ability to massage the back of the neck. Again I will supply you with an appropriate facemask if you don’t have one.
- During your time in the office, please limit the number of items and surfaces that you touch.
- Before entering the office please wash or sanitize your hands.
- I will be providing plastic containers to place your clothing in. Please use this container and do not drape or hang your clothing on the hooks or chair. Purses and bags may be placed on top of this container during your treatment.
- During the session, talking will be limited to only necessary communication.
- After you are dressed, you may use a paper towel/tissue found by the door to open the treatment room door. Be sure to dispose of this towel in the trashcan by the door after use.
- Lastly I recommend you shower after your massage.
Changes to the Treatment Session
- I will be wearing a fresh mask during the treatment session. If for any reason I touch my mask or deem it necessary for other reasons I will interrupt the session momentarily while I sanitize my hands.
- I will be washing my hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before each session. I always did this but I am being a bit more attentive to the process these days.
- Massage to the face will be limited to areas that can be worked without disturbing the facemask.
I hope that these measures will help keep both of us as safe as possible during the session. NOTE my liability insurance is with the American Massage Therapy Association and I have verified that there are no exclusions for communicable diseases. My business is fully covered.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or updated recommendations on precautions that we should be taking at this time.