During the COVID-19 crisis, and since there is no such thing as a socially distanced massage, here some things we will expect from you and that you can expect from us when scheduling and coming in for your massage. (Please note that we are not taking new clients for the time being):
- We will be spacing out appointment times in order to give adequate time to clean and disinfect. This will most likely mean that there will be slight changes to your usual time if you’re on a recurring schedule.
- We may decide to limit each session to an hour, and only work on you in a prone (face-down) position in order to limit face-to-face interaction.
- We will communicate with you the day before your appointment by phone, text, or email to obtain updates to your health info and ask you specifically about your potential exposure to COVID-19.
- We will monitor our own health every day and let you know ASAP if we need to cancel your appointment because of our own potential exposure or symptoms.
- When you arrive at the office, we will ask that you wait in your car until we text or call you to come in. This ensures that we don’t have too many people in the reception area at one time.
- We will greet you at the door and use a no-touch thermal temperature screening to ensure you don’t have a fever. If your temperature reads 100.4 or over, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
- We will ask you if you have developed any symptoms since we communicated the day before. If you feel ill on the day of your appointment, please cancel! There is no penalty for canceling your appointment at this time.
- Please bring a face mask to wear the entire time you are in the building, including during your massage and while disrobing and getting dressed. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide one for you. We will be wearing one, too!
- There will be hand sanitizer everywhere! Please use it when entering the treatment room and before you leave.
- We will be limiting the amount of talking we do with you before, during, and after your session and ask that you do the same. We will do most of our catching up the day before when we do your intake!
- We will ask you to sign an informed consent form that reads something like “I understand that close contact with people increases the risk of infection from COVID-19. By signing this form, I acknowledge that I am aware of the risks involved and give consent to receive massage from this practitioner.”
- We ask that you please pay for your appointment ahead of time with PayPal, Venmo, or over the phone with a credit card, and reschedule via text, phone, or email.
We will be following Practice Guidelines recommended by the Federations of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), along with infection control recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Now all the usual stuff!
Before Your Massage:
Please download, print and fill out our client intake form and bring it with you to your appointment.
If you are a new client and have not filled out a client intake form yet, please arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment. Returning clients are encouraged to arrive a little early, but they will be seen at their appointment time.
If you are having Thai or Myokinesthetic work, please wear loose, comfortable clothing. For table massage, you will be asked to disrobe to your own level of comfort when the massage therapist leaves the room. Many clients are comfortable taking off all their clothing and since you will be covered except for the area being worked on, that’s fine with us. However, if you are more comfortable leaving your underwear on, that’s fine, too. For women, we do suggest removing your bra just so we can give your whole back the attention it deserves!
Please bathe the same day as your appointment and refrain from using any perfumes or colognes as many practitioners and clients in our office have sensitivities to these. However, using deodorant is encouraged and appreciated!
During Your Massage:
If anything is uncomfortable, distracting, or not utterly enjoyable, please communicate this to your massage therapist. This can include:
Pressure or type of massage strokes
Room or table temperature
Choice of music or lighting
After Your Massage:
Please try to take it easy after your massage! It is ideal if you can rest for a little while before returning to your regular activities.
It is common to have some muscle soreness the day following your massage. You can ice the sore areas for a few minutes if you like to help decrease the discomfort.
Because massage increases circulation and aids in flushing out toxins, we strongly encourage you to drink extra water the day of and the day after your massage.
We will contact you a few days after your massage to see how you are feeling. However, if you have any questions or concerns before then, please reach out to us! We are here to help. Enjoy your massage!