My practice follows COVID-19 Practice Guidelines recommended by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), along with infection control recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
For your health and wellbeing, I've installed the latest technology in air purifiers: AirFree air purifiers in every room (entry, office, and massage rooms). AirFree technology destroys viruses, bacteria, pet dander, dust mites, and mold. They are completely silent and environmentally friendly. You'll breathe easier at your next appointment.
I wear and provide cloth masks to clients. I also wear medical goggles, fun! Upon request, I have medical goggles for clients, too. Since a face mask is worn for the duration of the massage, safe face massage is not possible, and therefore, prohibited at this time.
Considerations for COVID-19 do not require glove use unless client has broken skin in an area where massage is provided or when the practitioner has broken skin on hands or forearms. Only if a client requests it, I will wear medical gloves.
Clients must take a shower just before their massage either at home or at the Massage Studio; bodywash, shampoo, and conditioner are provided. Check out a photograph of the designer walk-in shower on the Photo Gallery tab. I also take a shower before and after every massage and change into a clean uniform before and after every massage.
Everyone will be required to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer as soon as they enter the Massage Studio. It is also recommended clients wash or sanitize their hands before they leave the premises.
I will communicate with you beforehand to obtain updates to your health information and ask you specifically about your potential exposure to COVID-19.
I will greet you at the door and use a no-touch thermal temperature screening to confirm that you don’t have a fever.
I’ll ask you if you have developed any symptoms of illness since we spoke on the phone. If you feel ill on the day of your session, there is no penalty for canceling your appointment. Massage is not advised if you have any symptoms of illness.
I only see one client at a time and no more than three clients per day, and pad lots of time before and after each client to do a thorough cleaning and sanitation of the massage studio. The sanitizer, mPerial™ Detergent Disinfectant, is food safe and registered with the EPA 10324-59-83129 and affective against Covid-19.
Contactless payment for debit or credit cards.
Friends and family of the client are not allowed to wait in the reception area while the client receives massage unless they are the client’s legal guardian.
The CDC suggest that COVID-19 infection respiratory droplets can be dispersed when people talk. For this reason, talking is limited to communication about pressure, warmth, and comfort while in the enclosed space of the session room.
I will ask you to sign an informed consent form that states, “I understand that close contact with people increases the risk of infection from COVID-19 and other contagious infectious diseases. By signing this form, I acknowledge that I am aware of the risks involved and give consent to receive massage from this practitioner. I understand that my name and contact information might be shared with the State Department of Public Health in the event that a client or practitioner at this facility tests positive for COVID-19. My contact details will only be shared in the event they are relevant based on suspected exposure date, and only for appropriate follow-up by the State Department of Public Health."
Unless otherwise directed by client’s healthcare provider, clients at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should consider foregoing massage while the virus is present in the community: people 65 years or older, chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart conditions, compromised or suppressed immunity, severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher), diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and liver disease. Clients are encouraged to consult with their physician.
My practice is tentatively scheduled to open on Saturday, June 20, 2020. See you soon.