Here’s how we protect each other:
Please do not schedule or keep an appointment (without cancellation fee) if you answer Yes to any of the following questions or if you are not comfortable with the low but possible risk of respiratory infection during massage therapy:
Does you have any of the following symptoms?
If 70 years of age or older, are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
Scheduling an appointment indicates your commitment to follow all hygiene protocols listed below and to participate in some form of contact tracing should either of us test positive or develop symptoms of Covid-19.
These are measures I take in addition to mandates from the Ministry of Health and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario:
My posted availability allows you exclusive washroom access (more times available by request with a few minutes to ensure washroom is ready for you). I allow 30 minutes between appointments for cleaning and distancing, and will not go over time if someone else has booked afterward to ensure no spacial overlap with others. My treatment spaces and entrances are not accessible by the public, nor do I treat high numbers of people working part-time as I do. I recommend that you touch nothing unless absolutely necessary even though I clean everything you are likely to touch including walls I use to demonstrate restorative movement.
For our additional safety or by request, I may wear a facial shield in addition to a mask. Depending on the weather, windows can be open and air cleaners turned on for additional ventilation; all doors are opened between treatments. The safest type of clothing to wear if you would like to reduce contamination risk when disrobing after your treatment at home (since I work over clothing) = tops that open in front (eg buttons) vs over-the-head with face contact. Or remove shirt over head from back to front. Place personal items on something that can be disinfected.
I disinfect all high-touch surfaces before and after every client including doorknobs, faucet, massage equipment, light switches. Antiviral essential oils are available via nebulizing diffuser to kill airborne virus particles on contact by request/if you do not have a sensitivity/between appointments (reference below).
Your patience, suggestions, and requests are appreciated during this transition into pandemic-resistant massage therapy. The following link leads to a PDF summary of how massage therapy is reopening in consideration of Covid-19.
“The antiviral activity of [teatree oil] was also successfully challenged in aerosol form by mixing viable airborne viral particles with oil droplets in the rotational aerosol chamber. The results look very promising for further development of virus inactivating procedures and technologies for air quality applications.” https://www.tandfonline.com/