In these times of Coronavirus, we are all being asked to do things differently. There are new state requirements and guidelines, plus recommended guidelines from other massage/bodywork organizations.
The new Policies and Protocols that I am implementing are
so that I may do my best to keep you, myself, and our families and communities, safe.
Below is a description of some of the current requirements/protocols for hands-on, in-person treatments with me/Bodywork Beyond Massage.
UPDATE: April 9, 2021
I am in the process of updating (once again) my Coronavirus protocols/forms/policies, and will do so based upon current research, guidelines, and best practices recommendations within the industry, and state/county laws.
While different massage therapists are
are incorporating different protocols into their practice, I will continue to implement the policies I believe will best keep you, me, our families and our communities as safe and healthy as can be.
The protocols listed below are those from Autumn 2020. My new ones will likely have some slight changes, but I will, as of now, still be requiring clients to be masked while in my office spaces.
"» While information is still limited, 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)
People who have, or have had, COVID can be at higher risk for blood clotting, which is a contra-indication for receiving a massage or anything other than "light" pressure.
If you are in one or more of the above categories, please check with your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
There will be both a COVID health and a social/mask practices questionnaire that need to be filled out when scheduling our appointment. That same questionnaire will need to be filled out/answered again a day or two before your scheduled appointment, and again when you arrive for your appointment.
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.
There will be an Agreement form to sign. This indicates your agreement to follow my policies.
There will be a waiver form to sign. 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 does not lessen the risk of transmission of Coronavirus to 0%.
If possible, a day or two before you arrive for your appointment, we will go through your "Intake", which will include the health and social/mask practices questions, via phone or Zoom. If anything changes for you between then and the morning of your appointment, I expect you to notify me either via phone or email. When you arrive, we will have a quick "check-in" to see how things are that day/review the questions once more. while remaining at last 6 feet apart.
When you arrive for your appointment, please DO NOT enter my waiting area without wearing a properly fitting mask.
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.
I will be masked and I will give you a second lightweight mask to put on, and you will use the hand sanitizer provided for you. You will remain thusly masked the entire time you are in all areas of my office space: including the bathroom, and including laying with your face in the face cradle.
If you feel this is not something you can do, then I will not be able to work with you in person.
I will then take your temperature, and if you do not have an elevated temperature, we will review the health and social/mask practices questions.
NOTE: If you have a temperature, you will be asked to leave and you may reschedule your appointment for at least 14 days later. 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.
If we may proceed with that day's appointment, you will remove your shoes, 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 wearing gloves, a visor, and a lab coat. These will be changed after each client.
A HEPA filter will be running in my treatment room.
I will be disinfecting 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. We will remain in the treatment room for payment and rescheduling, if they can be done quickly. 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.
We will return to the waiting area. where you will put your shoes on and exit right away.
I am sorry that, for now, we can not spend time chatting.
I believe that the risk for transmission of infection is highest when in small, enclosed, spaces, at close proximity, for more than 15 minutes.
Our time together checks off all those boxes.
I am putting a number of procedures into place to mitigate these 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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