I have re-opened my physical office for hands-on, in-person, treatment sessions as of June 2, 2021.
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 specifically about the risk of blood clotting before scheduling an appointment with me.
Massage, especially deep tissue work, is contra-indicted for people who have blood clots or a history of blood clots, and new evidence is emerging that is leading some to believe that massage is contra-indicated after someone has ha
The other work that I do - Dynamic Reblancing, Zero Balancing, and fascial release work - does not seem to be contra-indicated.
If you are cleared to schedule an appointment with me, please let me know your high risk factors when we schedule your appointment.
I am now requiring clients to wear "high quality", well-fitted, KN or N95s, while in my office areas.
"High quality" means masks that are either NIOSH approved, or purchased from reputable
sources, such as projectn95.org or bonafidemasks.com. A KN95 has ear straps, an N95 has head straps. Surgical masks are not acceptable.
Contact me if you would like more information about masks.
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. I will determine if your mask is appropriate for our setting, and if not, will have one available for you.
You will be wearing your properly fitting mask the ENTIRE TIME you are in my office spaces.
This includes while you are changing your clothes. If you need to take a sip of water/blow
your nose, please step outside before you pull your mask down, and put your mask back
on properly before stepping back inside.
If you are not comfortable with these masking policies, we can postpone our work together
until I am no longer requiring masks in my office.
If you do not feel you could breathe with a mask on while lying face down, we can achieve our goals
by working with you in other positions instead.
At this time, I am only seeing vaccinated and boosted clients. If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, we can speak about treatment options other than in-person sessions.
The day before your appointment, and the morning of: Please check in with yourself regarding your health, and contact me if we need to reschedule due to COVID related health concerns (no cancellation charge).
(Refer to the health forms I will send you prior to your first appointment, and contact me if you are uncertain)
If you have experienced any new symptoms that might indicate COVID (runny nose, sinus infection, cold symptoms, sore throat, chills, fever, aches/pains, gastrointestinal issues, sudden loss of sense of taste or smell) within the past 14 days, we will cancel and reschedule your session (no cancellation charge). If you have been in close contact, within 14 days before your appointment, with someone who has COVID, we will cancel and reschedule your appointment (no cancellation charge). Yes: this is different than current CDC policy.
If your health indicates the need for us to send you home and reschedule your appointment, we will do so, at least 14 days out, no cancellation charge.
I will also be masked.
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.
When you arrive, enter my waiting area at your appointment time. Remove your shoes, and use the hand sanitizer provided, or you may wash your hands.
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 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. You are welcome to pay when you arrive- some people prefer to pay before we begin our session. Rescheduling your follow-up appointment will be done quickly, 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, even now with many people vaccinated, 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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