COVID-19 Precautions and Procedures
Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Ensuring the safety of my clients is always my number one priority. I wanted to take the time to go over all of the precautions and procedures I have in place for the safety of my clients and for myself as well. Most of these are actually standard procedure even without a pandemic, but there have been a few extra precautions added.
1. Hand washing
Hand washing is a bit of a given, but it's still best that it's included here. My hands, forearms, and even elbows are always washed immediately before and after bodywork. I also ask that clients make sure they are clean and that their hands are washed before their session. Upon arrival to your appointment, I can direct you to the restroom to wash your hands and/or I will have hand sanitizer ready for use.
State of Louisiana Phase 2 (Extended to September 11th) Face Covering Order:
A) All businesses or organizations ... shall require all persons who enter the premises to wear a face covering, unless the individual is not required to wear a face covering pursuant to Subsection 3(B) [any individual with a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering] of this order.
I will have complimentary disposable masks available if needed.
3. Changing of all linens.
The massage table is always covered with a face cradle cover, a fitted sheet, a flat top sheet, and a blanket. After each session, these items are put in a covered bin to be transported to the washing machine.
4. Disinfecting of all surfaces
After each session, the massage table is wiped down completely from top to bottom with hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant. Other items that are disinfected are the lotion bottle, any tools that are used, doorhandles, light switches, furniture, etc etc
5. Digital intake and payment
After booking, you will receive an intake form to fill out online. No paper or pen needed to pass back and forth. For payments, Venmo and PayPal are accepted if you prefer not to handle cash.
6. Skipping the face
Pre-COVID era, massage was generally started with the face to start easing the client into relaxation. Post-COVID, the face is being skipped. This decreases chances of germs being spread through contact.
7. Air purifier
Air purifiers haven't been proven to prevent COVID transmission, but it shouldn't hurt. I have a HEPA air filter rated for 400+ sq ft (my office is a little over 200) that I will run periodically. It is a little loud, but it is available to run during appointments if requested.
8. The responsibility of the client
The intake form you receive prior to your first appointment includes agreeing to the following:
-I affirm that I, as well as all members of my household, have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
-I have not experienced any COVID related symptoms in the last 14 days such as: fever, fatigue, dry cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of smell or taste.
-I understand that this business and health practitioner cannot be held liable should I experience exposure to the virus or any other contagion as a result of my providing misinformation on this form.
-I acknowledge that I am aware of the risks involved and give consent to receive therapeutic massage.
-I have completed this form to the best of my ability and knowledge and agree to inform my therapist if any of the above information changes at any time.
If you are feeling ill and/or experiencing and COVID related symptoms please RESCHEDULE your appointment. A slight cough or the sniffles still counts as they still have the potential to spread respiratory droplets. In addition, any one who is considered a high risk is still advised under Phase 2 (extended to Sept. 11th) to STAY HOME "unless traveling outside the home for an essential activity". I do not provide medical massage, so booking with me is not an essential activity.
I'm always on the lookout for updates from the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy so I will update procedures as needed. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.