UPDATE: April 25, 2021
I will be re-opening my physical office for hands-on, in-person, treatment sessions as of June 2.
In these times of Coronavirus, we are all being asked to do things differently than we did before.
While different massage therapists are
incorporating different protocols into their practice, I will continue to implement the policies/protocols I believe will best keep you, me, our families and our communities as safe and healthy as can be.
Below is a description of the current requirements/protocols for hands-on, in-person treatments with me/Bodywork Beyond Massage.
"...the CDC indicates that these underlying conditions place people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19: › 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 › Liver disease" (from FSMTB.org)
If you are in one or more of the above categories, please check with your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
People who have had COVID are at higher risk for blood clotting. Those at high risk for blood clotting, as a result of COVID or something else, should speak with their physician before scheduling an appointment with me.
If you are cleared to schedule an appointment with me, please let me know your high risk factors when we schedule.
Before coming for your first visit, you will need to sign a waiver form. This form acknowledges that no activity is 100% risk free (for transmission of Coronavirus or for any other risk), and that you are choosing to come for a hands-on, in-person treatment understanding that wearing masks, sanitizing, and following other regulations and protocols do not lessen the risk of transmission of Coronavirus to 0%.
You will also need to sign an Agreement form. This indicates your agreement to follow my policies relating to COVID.
You will need to answer and sign a COVID health and social/mask practices questionnaire. That same questionnaire will need to be reviewed by you again a day before each of your scheduled appointments, and I expect you to notify me if any of your answers have changed. I will ask you these questions again when you arrive for your appointment.
If we need to reschedule your appointment for a later date due to health concerns, there will not be a cancellation fee applied.
Please take the time to honestly, accurately, and to the best of your full knowledge, fill out the questionnaire.
There will also be the regular Intake form to be filled out.
I am still requiring clients to wear properly fitting masks while in my office areas. I will also be masked.
Right now, this is still required by the state. I am watching vaccination and infection rates, and will likely be
making some changes to this policy by July.
When you arrive for your appointment, please have your properly fitting mask (covering both your nose and mouth, and meeting your face around the edges, metal nose bar pressed to your face) on BEFORE you enter, and leave it on until AFTER you have exited.
This means that you will be wearing your properly fitting mask the ENTIRE TIME you are in my office spaces.
This includes while you are lying face down on the table/changing your clothes/blowing your nose (please step outside).
If you do not feel you could breathe with a mask on while lying face down, we may be able to work with you in other positions instead.
A gaitor, flimsy piece of cloth, a bandana, or a valved mask are NOT properly fitting masks.
I can provide you with a disposable surgical mask if you need. Please let me know ahead of time.
When you enter, remove your shoes, and use the hand sanitizer provided.
Please leave any items not essentially needed during your treatment time in your car: in other words, bring in only your keys, perhaps an Epi-pen if needed, or a cell phone if you absolutely must be reached in case someone needs to contact you in an emergency. Leave any water bottles, extra bags, etc., in your car, and bring in only what you need to have with you during your session.
Please throw out any gum in your car.
Please have your payment readily available if you are intending to pay in person after your session.
To repeat: You will remain masked the entire time you are in all areas of my office space: including the bathroom, including laying with your face in the face cradle, and including whilst changing your clothes.
If you feel this is not something you can do, let us discuss it ahead of time, but it is likely that I will not be able to work with you in person at this time.
Please review the health and social/mask practices questions the day before your appointment. If you have experienced any new symptoms that might indicate COVID (chills, fever, aches/pains, gastrointestinal issues) within the past 10 days or are in close contact with anyone who has, please let me know ahead of time and we will reschedule your session (no cancellation charge).
NOTE: If your answers to the health or social/mask questionnaires indicate the need for us to send you home and reschedule your appointment, we will do so, at least 14 days out, no cancellation charge.
If we may proceed with that day's appointment, if you have not already done so, you will remove your shoes and use the hand sanitizer again, and we will move into the treatment room.
Please plan as best you can to avoid needing to use the bathroom while in my office.
During our time together, we will speak only when necessary, and quietly, to reduce the possibility of spreading virus with speech/volume.
I will be masked, and may be wearing gloves, a visor, and a lab coat. These will be changed after each client.
HEPA filters will be running in my treatment room and waiting area.
I will be disinfecting and airing out my office spaces in between clients.
I will be allowing more time in between client appointments than I had been before.
After our session is completed, we will conclude our time together as quickly as possible.
For payment and rescheduling: We will return to the waiting area. If you are paying by check, please have the check made out before you arrive. If you are paying with cash, please have the cash readily accessible. Rescheduling your follow-up appointment will be done either in 2 short sentences (i.e., "Next week, same time?" "Yes" ) or via phone or email after you have left my office. Once payment/ rescheduling has been quickly finished, you will put your shoes on and exit.
For now, we will continue to limit the time we spend chatting after our session.
I am glad to be re-opening my physical office, and will continue to implement some "best practices" that other practitioners may not be implementing.
I believe that the risk for transmission of infection is highest when in small, enclosed, spaces, at close proximity. Good air filtration seems to be key in reducing infection transmission. Vaccinations are not 100% effective at blocking transmission of COVID.
I am putting a number of procedures into place to mitigate transmission risks as much as I can, and I appreciate your cooperation.
As always, contact me if you have any questions/concerns.
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