New Policies 

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Due to COVID-19 we have some big changes:

 

Amid the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19, we have modified our cancellation policy to offer greater flexibility to all our clients. We hope this will alleviate any stress and hesitation you have about an upcoming appointment. If you need to reschedule for whatever reason, and especially if you are not feeling well, we understand and request for you to please contact us as soon as possible to reschedule. To further support you, there will be no penalties for cancellations.

My practice follows Practice Guidelines recommended by the Federation 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).

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. I made these changes to help protect my clients and myself. For example:

• I will communicate with you beforehand to obtain updates to your health information and ask you specifically about your potential exposure to COVID-19.

• When you arrive at the office, I’ll ask that you wait in your vehicle until I text you or call you to come in. This ensures that we don’t have too many people in the reception area at one time.

• I will greet you at the door and use a no touch thermal temperature screening to confirm that you don’t have a fever.

• I’ll ask you if you have developed any symptoms of illness since we spoke on the phone. If you feel ill on the day of your session, there is no penalty for canceling your appointment. Massage is not advised if you have any symptoms of illness.

• Please bring a face mask to use while you are in the building, and during your massage. A disposable mask will be provided if you do not have one. 

• I will ask you to sign an informed consent form that states, “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.”

• There is a hand-hygiene station that I will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find hand sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

Understand Your Risks

  •  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.

 

  • I understand that my name and contact information might be shared with the state health department in the event that a client or practitioner at this facility tests positive for COVID-19. My contact details will only be shared in the event they are relevant based on suspected exposure date, and only for appropriate follow-up by the health department.

  • Unless otherwise directed by the client’s primary healthcare provider, clients at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should forgo massage while the virus is present in their communities

  • While information is still limited, the CDC indicates that these underlying conditions place people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

 

› People 65 years or older

› Chronic lung disease

› Moderate to severe asthma

› Heart conditions

› Compromised or suppressed immunity

› Severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher)

› Diabetes

› Chronic kidney disease

› Liver disease 

Steps that will follow if someone tests POSITIVE

If the currently infected person is a client, patient, customer, or guest:

• The massage therapy facility complies with contact tracing efforts, working with the Department of Health and other entities as needed.

• The massage practitioner(s) who worked with the client gets tested for the virus (if possible), and must go into self-quarantine for 14 days following close contact with that client.

• All other clients of that massage practitioner who have had close contact with them in the meantime must be notified that they may have been exposed. (Public health statements recommend that they also go into self-quarantine for 14 days after their exposure, but that is not within the purview of the massage therapy facility.)

If the currently infected person is a massage practitioner is working in a public clinic:

 • The massage practitioner must go into self quarantine until they test negative and all symptoms have resolved.

 • Any other personnel at the facility who had close contact with the massage practitioner must go into self-quarantine for 14 days after their exposure. This might be shortened if accurate testing determines that they are not infected.

 • The massage therapy facility complies with contact tracing efforts, working Follow with the Department of Health and other entities as needed.

 • All of the massage practitioner’s clients from the two weeks leading up to the positive test must be informed that they have been exposed. (Public health statements recommend that they then go into self quarantine for 14 days after their exposure.)

 • The room(s) and all the tools that the massage practitioner used must be thoroughly disinfected and left unused for a minimum of three days, if possible.

• The massage practitioner must go into self quarantine until they test negative and all symptoms have resolved.

• Any other personnel at the facility who had close contact with the massage practitioner must go into self-quarantine for 14 days after their exposure. This might be shortened if accurate testing determines that they are not infected.

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