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
- 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!