Covid-19 Safety Policies
The Body Temple is located inside a small, private, low-volume meditation studio. We are fortunate to have a property manager with a high regard for cleanliness and safety even during normal operating conditions. In the wake of the covid-19 outbreak, he has ramped up the building’s sterilization by disinfecting common areas like restrooms and the waiting room even more frequently.
As an independent, wellness-based business owner, I take the health and safety of my clients very seriously. So in addition to my property manager’s general practices, below is a list of precautions I will be taking to keep my treatment room, The Body Temple, as clean and safe an environment as possible for everyone concerned:
- The massage table and face cradle will be disinfected after every client.
- Sheets, towels, pillow cases, and face cradle covers have always been changed after every client, and will continue to be replaced with clean linens. (Used linens will continue to be kept in a hamper outside the treatment room).
- The massage table blanket will be laundered in hot water at the end of each business day.
- All massage supplies, including oil bottles, etc. will be disinfected before and after every client.
- High-contact surfaces, like door knobs, seating, side tables, and bathroom fixtures will be disinfected every day upon opening, and after every client.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided inside the treatment room for client and therapist use.
- The water cooler will only be utilized by myself, and will be disinfected daily. I will happily dispense water for clients into single-use disposable cups. I will not be handling or filling anyone else’s water bottles.
- I will continue my regular practice of washing my hands and forearms (up to and including my elbows) immediately before and after every client. In addition, I will apply hand sanitizer in the same manner immediately before I begin a session (inside the treatment room), and immediately after.
- I will continue my practice of monitoring my own temperature and general health status daily. If I am feeling under the weather in any way, I will reschedule your appointment.
- I reserve my right as a therapist to avoid focused work on the head, face, and neck at my discretion, as very close face-to-face proximity is necessary between therapist and client in these areas.
Even with all these precautions in place, please understand that massage therapy is considered a “close-proximity” service. Therefore, keeping everyone as safe and healthy as possible is a 2-way, co-creative process that involves client responsibility as well as therapist. Below is a list of practices that you can adopt as a courteous and mindful client to minimize germ transmission:
- DO NOT COME TO YOUR APPOINTMENT IF YOU ARE FEELING EVEN SLIGHTLY ILL! My 24-hour cancellation policy will continue to be waived indefinitely. So please monitor your own body temperature and health status the day of your appointment, and reschedule without consequence if necessary. (As a good guideline to use: if you are asking yourself whether you should come, the answer is NO).
- DO NOT COME TO YOUR APPOINTMENT IF SOMEONE YOU’RE CLOSE WITH OR WHO LIVES IN YOUR HOUSE IS ILL. If someone you are a caregiver for (like an elderly parent, child, spouse or friend) is ill, it is safest for everyone concerned if you reschedule your appointment. Again, the 24-hour cancellation policy is waived for all reasons.
- Your therapist will ask you to use the in-room hand sanitizer before you get on the table.
- Please leave any personal belongings that you do not need in your car: cell phones, water bottles, hand bags, etc. If it’s possible, please place any necessary items like keys or wallet inside a pocket.
- You therapist will ask you upon arrival whether you or anyone in your household are experiencing any new physical symptoms. Your honest answer will help to keep everyone safe.
- Please come to your appointment clean and showered with fresh clothing. Please do not come to your appointment straight from work. The Body Temple has flexible scheduling options for those who work full time. Feel free to reach out to Allison directly if you need help finding an appointment time. You may call or text her at 843-991-3444.
- Please let Allison know if you prefer not to have your head and neck worked on, as there is very close face-to-face proximity between therapist and client in these areas. (Allison also reserves the right to avoid working on these areas at her own discretion).
- If you have any questions or concerns about anything related to your service or our policies, please also call or text Allison to discuss it before your appointment. You may call or text her at 843-991-3444.
- If you feel you are part of a high-risk population (i.e. immune compromised, dealing with underlying health issues, etc.) ask yourself whether you feel safe to seek massage treatment. While every effort is made to provide a safe and clean environment, your sense of safety is your own responsibility. If there is a lot of fear coming up for you, there are many options for distance services until you feel safe to come into the studio. Click HERE to learn more about how you can relax and rejuvenate from the comfort and safety of your own home.
A Note about Masks and Gloves
Wearing a mask and gloves as a client is a matter of personal preference. If you choose to wear a mask during your treatment, that is of course totally fine. Please know that wearing a mask could limit what your therapist can do in regards to head and neck work, as well as positioning on the massage table.
At this point in time, I plan to make wearing a mask a case-by-case decision according to my own discretion, unless I am required to by law. I feel it interferes with my ability to do my work effectively, so I will do so only if absolutely necessary. Certainly, wearing gloves is also not possible for me. The only exception is that I will continue to use sterile gloves to treat the muscles inside the mouth for advanced TMJ therapy.
Assumption of Risk:
At the end of the day, whether a person contracts a virus or other infection is a matter of personal responsibility. Both the client and the therapist assume an increased level of risk when seeking out or performing close-contact therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and aesthetic services. If you do not feel comfortable assuming this increased level of risk, then it is up to you to decide whether massage therapy is right for you during these times. If you do choose to enjoy Reiki and Massage Therapy, which have tremendous benefits for overall physical and mental health and wellbeing, then it is up to you to understand that you are assuming responsibility for accepting the risk of the close contact necessary to reasonably perform the service.Allison Kirk, MA, LMT (SC Lic. #3538), The Body Temple, and Integrative Health & Wellness, LLC hold no legal or financial liability or responsibility for the health status of any client.
*Neither Massage nor Reiki Therapy are intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any existing condition. Both modalities are intended to be only one part of a health-enhancing lifestyle, and are not intended to take the place of traditional medical care. All Body Temple clients are encouraged to follow their own intuition when it comes to making decisions regarding their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
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