PRECAUTIONS FOR YOUR IN-PERSON SESSION
This is my plan as of July 6th, which reflects current guidelines offered by the state of Massachusetts and various massage therapy professional organizations. Please do not ask me to alter it.
Make sure you understand the risk of blood clotting and Covid 19. Read more about that here.
I will be taking temperatures, including my own, and if both are under 100F, will proceed with the session.
Last minute cancellations with no charge, for any sign of infection of Covid-19, or suspicion of contact with an exposed person, will be allowed and required, on my part as well as yours.
Please wear a mask. I will be wearing a mask and require you to do so as well. There is no provision of exception to this rule in the State guidelines. If you are unable to use a mask, please do not schedule an appointment.
I may refrain from spending a lot of time working close to your face and neck.
The waiting room is unavailable. Please wait in your car or outside, practicing social distancing if other clients are waiting. We will be escorting our clients into the building when it is time for their appointments. If you wait in your car, please have your phone on as I will text you if I don't see you outside.
There will be an extra intake and waiver form, and the assumption that if you have reason to believe you have been exposed, will inform me immediately, as will I inform you, including up to 14 days after your appointment.
It doesn’t appear that linens are a great risk. Hot water is the only guideline offered by the CDC. However, as an extra precaution, feel free to bring your own set of twin sheets, if that makes you feel more comfortable.
I will also be removing blankets from the table. They will be available by request, and you can also bring your own. I do have the table warmer and can turn the space heater up if yo are chilly.
Disposible face-rest covers will be used.
Massage cups will not be used.
Extra time will be allowed between clients for sanitizing.
I will be wearing a face mask, glasses, gloves, and an apron.
BLOOD COAGULOPATHY +
Along with well-known symptoms of possible Covid -19 infections, please read carefully to learn about a lesser known condition, related to Covid – 19 and UNSAFE to receive massage therapy.
I am bringing this to your attention, not to instill fear, but because I feel it is my professional and ethical obligation to provide objective information.
Every person must decide for themselves whether it is a deterrent to receiving massage therapy.
This condition is called blood coagulopathy. That means the blood clotting mechanisms are disrupted and blood clots may be forming, with the affected person completely unaware.
It is considered unsafe to perform massage therapy where coagulopathy is present or suspected.
Since blood clots may be present even in cases of non-symptomatic Covid – 19, it is IMPERATIVE that you not dismiss the last three questions on my Covid – 19 Intake Form as irrelevant.
Can you exercise to get your heart rate and respiratory rate up without any problem?
Have you had a new onset of muscle aches and pain since the emergence of the virus?
Have you seen any new marks, rashes, spots, bumps, or other lesions on your skin?
Their purpose is to screen for known signs of coagulopathy.
Here is an article by Ruth Warner, a trusted and respected educator in the field of massage therapy, particularly in the area of pathology. COVID – 19 RELATED COAGULOPATHY
Covid – 19 is not the only condition that can be causing coagulopathy. We could all have it at any moment without knowing.
I would be remiss to not point out its relevance, however. Only you can decide if it is a factor that makes you uncomfortable receiving massage therapy.