Centered Bodywork’s Return-to-Practice COVID-19 Precautions
I am looking forward to working with you again and want to be sure we have a positive return to massage therapy! In order to do what we can to keep us all safe and healthy, the following changes will be in place when I re-open on June 15th. Since the on-the-ground situation is ever-changing, these guidelines might need to be amended and I will notify you if that happens.
Both you and I have a part in this and, by now, I think we’re all familiar with good hygiene and appropriate precautions. I hope these changes will give you confidence in your safety when you come in for a session. Please let me know if you have any questions.
What I am Doing
New procedures include additional cleaning and disinfecting, revised hygiene practices, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), self-screening for symptoms and changes to scheduling. Recordkeeping requirements for COVID-19 are already part of my practice, i.e. maintain accurate appointment records, including date and time of service, name of client, and contact information, to aid with contact tracing.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- All surfaces that clients or I might touch during a session will be disinfected with a bleach solution between each client. The CDC says bleach requires one minute of contact time for effective disinfection, but MSU and other sources say 5 minutes. I will strive to leave 5 minutes of contact time. Surfaces to be cleaned include door handles, countertops, client chair/clothing hooks/shelf and table, the massage table (including face cradle and face cradle holder), plastic pillow covers, lotion bottles, music devices, light switches, shades, the touch screen for credit card payments, outside bench, and the floor between the chair and massage table. For your comfort, I am leaving the fleeced heating pad on the table and covering this with a waterproof cover that can be disinfected.
- At least weekly, all these surfaces will be cleaned with a household cleaner to increase the effectiveness of disinfecting.
- After each session, the used sheets, face cradle cover and blanket will be carefully removed and put into laundry bags.
- A hands-free, lidded trash can will be used to deposit paper towels used to disinfect.
Revised Hygiene Practices
- I will wash my hands and forearms immediately before and after hands-on work to reduce the risk of transmission to areas and materials that I use but clients do not (e.g., client notes, pens, phone, desk). This way I don’t have to disinfect those items and areas between every client.
Use of PPE
- I will wear a face mask at all times when a client is present.
- I will change face masks between clients.
- Before coming to the studio each day, I will take my temperature and check for the following COVID-19 symptoms: dry cough, shortness of breath, temperature above 100.4°, muscle aches, headache, loss of sense of taste or smell.
- If I have any of the first three listed symptoms, or two or more of the remaining symptoms, I will cancel all appointments until I can confirm whether I have COVID-19 or, if testing is unavailable, until after a two-week quarantine.
- I will notify all clients seen within the previous two weeks and keep them informed of my testing status and/or quarantine status.
- I will notify the local health department.
- I will not resume seeing clients until I am no longer infectious according to CDC guidelines.
- I will thoroughly clean and disinfect the studio before resuming sessions with clients.
Because of the time needed for effective disinfecting, I have added a buffer between sessions. Specifically, I’ve made the following changes:
- “Wellness” sessions, i.e. 20-, 50-, 80- and 110-minute sessions, will have a 15-minute buffer after them.
- “Therapeutic” sessions, i.e. 30-, 60-, 90-, 120-minute sessions, will have only 20 (rather than 30) minutes for consultation, etc., in addition to hands-on time.
As a result, you’ll notice that you can now schedule in increments of 15 minutes and appointments can start at 15 and 45 minutes after the hour in addition to on the hour and 30 minutes after the hour.
What I Need from You
Your part in this includes hand hygiene, use of PPE, self-screening for symptoms and changes to how we interact in my studio, including the restroom.
Hygiene & Restroom
- Please use hand sanitizer before you come in, if possible, and whenever you care to while you’re in my studio. I have bottles in several places for your convenience.
- Tissues will be available as always; please place your used tissue in a lidded trash can.
- In order to minimize the risk of transmission, my landlord is limiting the people who can use the restroom to three tenants and their clients. You are welcome to use the restroom, taking the precaution of sanitizing all surfaces you touch (and, of course, washing your hands). I will provide disinfecting wipes for you to do this if you want to use them. You are free to bring your own means of sanitizing if you prefer.
Use of PPE
- Please wear a face mask when you are in my studio. If you don’t have a face mask, I have a limited supply of disposable masks and will do my best to maintain that supply. If I should run out of masks, I will email clients so you don’t come in expecting one.
- While you are face down on the table, you may remove your mask if you prefer, and then put it back on as soon as you are not face down.
- Before you come in, please check yourself for the same symptoms I am checking myself for: dry cough, shortness of breath, temperature above 100.4°, muscle aches, headache, loss of sense of taste or smell.
- If you have any of the first three symptoms, or two of the remaining symptoms, please let me know as soon as possible and don’t come in for your appointment. I will waive any cancellation fee that might otherwise apply.
- If you are sick, have recently been sick, or have any symptoms that make you not want to come in for your session, please let me know as soon as possible. I will waive any cancellation fee that might otherwise apply.
- Given the small amount of space in my studio, to maintain proper social distancing I ask that you not enter the studio until the client before you has left. You can wait on the bench in the hall outside the studio, or you can wait in your car and I can text you (if we’ve arranged for that).
- I am required to restrict entry to clients, client caregivers, and clients’ minor dependents or parents/guardians. I cannot disinfect the fabric-covered furniture in the studio, so anyone besides a client who comes in during a session will need to either be in the treatment room with the client or wait outside the studio. They will also need to wear a face mask while they are in the studio.
- I have removed all reading materials (except for reference books on my bookshelf that are now for my use only) and floor rugs because these are difficult to disinfect.
- Water bottles will be available for clients instead of the water dispenser.
- In lieu of installing a plexiglass barrier at the counter, during checkout and rescheduling, we will maintain a 6-foot distance as much as possible.
Thank you for reading to the end of these guidelines!