It's been a few years since Covid-19 blew into town and knocked us on our asses. Life has mostly returned to normal, but the Rona changed how seriously I take sick days.
Only some have a healthy immune system, paid time off, or health insurance. That means a minor illness for one person could result in hospitalization or eviction for someone else.
Because of this, precautions against the spread of germs are necessary, and I take them seriously. In this post, I'll share my sick policy and other questions related to COVID-19.
What's your sick policy?
If you experience fever, nausea, chills, coughing, runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea within 24 hours of your appointment, contact me ASAP to reschedule. If you arrive with these symptoms, I'll politely refuse service and enforce the cancellation policy.
As you know, my cancellation policy requires 24 hours' notice. However, in the event of an illness, I'll waive the fee the first time if you give as much notice as possible and reschedule your missed appointment within a month.
If I'm sick on the day of your appointment, I'll message you to reschedule. If I'm showing any symptoms but still feel capable of giving a great massage, I'll give you the option to keep or reschedule your appointment. Communication is imperative when planning for high-risk individuals, essential obligations, or special occasions, so please reach out if you need more clarification. We can decide the best path forward together.
Are you vaccinated against COVID-19?
Yes, I'm vaccinated against Covid, though I don't require my clients to be. I received my most recent booster on March 18th, 2022.
I don't wear a mask during sessions because my office is low-risk. However, if you're immunocompromised and prefer I wear one for your appointment, I'll gladly do so.
How do you prevent the spread of germs?
I wash my hands before setting up for the day, before and after every massage, after resetting the treatment room and doing laundry, and after using the restroom, sneezing, or blowing my nose.
The massage table, padding, table warmer, and face cradle are all covered with a heavy-duty table protector to make sanitation easier.
Fresh, clean linens are used for every client, washed with detergent in hot water, and dried on high heat.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer, tissues, and no-touch trash cans are easily accessible in the treatment room and bathroom.
I disinfect all surfaces regularly, keep an air purifier in use, and change the HVAC filters on schedule.
Until Next Time
Did you know that massage therapy, or any physical touch, has been shown to boost your immune system? If you want to know more, you can check out another recent post on The Value of Physical Touch. Are you ready to book a massage?