Massage in the Time of COVID-19

Close contact can be intimidating in these times. However, there are established steps that can be taken to minimize the risks. The protocols I have adopted have been developed by the:

  • Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board (MA RAB)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

As I implement new processes and procedures, here's what you can expect to see:

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the waiting room and in the treatment room.
  • I will be wearing a mask and safety glasses during your session.
  • A daily report on my temperature, any symptoms (allergies for example), and number of contacts outside my family/clients in the last 7 days.
  • A client chair with non-porous surface – that will be disinfected between each client visit.
  • A basket for your clothes – that will be disinfected between each client visit.
  • A pillow case will be placed on top of this liner should you want to remove your mask while face down; the pillow case will help trap respiratory droplets.
  • Linens and blankets will be replaced after each client visit and washed.
  • Open window and/or HEPA filter, depending upon client preference or the weather.
  • I will reschedule or cancel if I have any questions about health status or contact risks.

You can help the process by:

  • Wearing your mask to the office and during treatment.
  • Letting me take your temperature with a non-contact device when you
    first arrive.
  • Filling out a health form for each visit (I can email this in advance of your appointment).
  • Providing payment information over the phone prior to your visit, or via check if you prefer.
  • Rescheduling your appointment if you have any concerns about your health status or who you may have been in contact with.

Prior to Covid-19, I took pride in the detailed cleaning procedure I employed for linens, cups, the table and the room. This process has been modified to include:

  • Using an EPA-approved Covid-19 anti-viral disinfectants. These disinfectants will be applied and allowed to air-dry as required by EPA.
  • Linens will be collected/removed and washed daily. Clean linens will be brought back to the clinic in a clean, disposable bag.
  • I will be disinfecting table, face cradle, table legs, door knobs, clothes basket and flat surfaces between each session.
  • I put on a clean face mask and a clean shirt for each client.
  • I have been and will continue to wash my hands for more than 20 seconds before and after each client visit.
If you have any questions, please contact me!