First of all, make sure you’ve read this coronavirus safety advisory and make sure it’s the right time for you to have a massage. This part is really important!
In everyone’s best interest, please reschedule your appointment if:
- you’ve travelled across state lines and need to quarantine for 14 days first (this is required by NY law)
- and you must reschedule if you believe you may have been exposed to coronavirus or are experiencing any of the following:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- you have skin irritations (such as poison ivy or sunburn) or anything else which might be contagious.
Now on to what the set up will look like! (Video to come soon…)
Before the massage:
- Make sure you’ve received appropriate medical clearance for any condition or injury you may have.
- Don’t receive bodywork on an empty stomach, however, don’t eat just before your massage. It is best to allow 30-minutes to digest any food. Keep the meal light.
- Ideally, allow a clear 2-hour timeframe around your massage so you don’t feel rushed before or after your session, and consider now it will take me extra time to clean up and disinfect (and I do not cut corners).
The set-up after 2020:
Hopefully by now you’ve read through the very important safety advisory ;)
- If you have a massage table, excellent! If not, I’ll lay a giant easy-to-clean-and-wipe vinyl sheet on the floor and then lay a comfortable and versatile mat on top of it (which I’ve also encased in vinyl so it can be properly disinfected). The mat is also well-protected in a separate case.
- In traveling to/from appointments I may use any one of the following means of transportation: car/taxi, subway, or even bicycle if you’re not too far! I wear an additional layer of clothing that can be removed before entering your home. I’ll also change into clean scrubs for every session. I have a wipeable backpack, too, that’ll will be sprayed before entering.
- Please slot an additional 30 minutes for me to change, sanitize, set-up, and sanitize again, and change again. The disinfectants need to dry for about 5 minutes in order to be optimally effective. I even wipe anything I might have touched on the way out :)
- Home visit clients will supply their own clean massage sheets This is the most hygienic option (you have the reassurance of your own clean sheets) and will make travel easier since I have to tote lots of extras now.
- There must be a sink with soap and running water nearby (that goes without saying lol, but it still must be stated).
- The space used for massage must have adequate ventilation (preferably a window or outdoor access) and/or be a fairly sized room with enough air circulation (this is why).
- I’ll only be seeing a maximum of 2-3 clients a day on a limited basis.
All the rest:
In all healthcare settings, it’s important you are made aware of your universal rights as a client/patient. As a client/patient you have the right:
- to be informed about the treatment and methods being utilized
- to privacy (Read H.I.P.P.A. Rules) and confidentiality
- to refuse treatment
- to a professional, comfortable, sanitary environment at every visit
For your first appointment, you complete a standard, confidential intake and consent form and then we discuss your health history. This documentation is required by law and reviewed to make sure you receive a safe, beneficial massage. The form may be emailed so you can complete it beforehand.
Generally, a health history asks about:
- Medical conditions
- Areas of concern
- Emergency contact information
As a massage therapist, I ask clarifying questions to help create a session to meet your needs within the timeframe. Let me know the areas of your body you’d like addressed and/or avoided, as well as any techniques you prefer. We can work through a sheet or you can wear loose, comfortable clothing, like pajamas or sweats, and we can work that way. You are encouraged to communicate any apprehensions or concerns. This is your session. You can ask for changes or stop it at any time.
- We’ll discuss the best approaches to reach your goals.
- I will leave the room so you can have your privacy and get comfortable on the table or mat.
- I will knock and ask before re-entering, and enter only when you say you are ready.
During the Massage
- You will lay on a massage table or mat covered by a sheet if you decide to remove clothing.
- Make sure you are comfortable and let me know if you are not. Please tell me if you’re cold, prefer to avoid any area of the body, need a break or sip of water, have a certain taste in music, or are experiencing discomfort with how a technique is being applied.
- Remember, this is your time. You can ask for changes or stop the session at any moment.
How to Get the Most from Your Massage
- If you have a question or are curious about any techniques during your session, please feel free to ask.
- If you find it challenging to relax at first, bring your attention to your breathing or simply on how the technique feels. This often helps.
- Please speak up and offer guidance at any time. I’m here to make sure this session works for you and your feedback is welcome and helpful, because you know your body best.
After the Massage
- At the end of the massage, I’ll leave the room so you can get ready in private. It’s ok to take a couple of minutes to get up slowly.
- After you’re ready, open the door and this way I know it’s ok to come in again.
- Ideally, allow some quiet time for yourself after the massage and don’t go back to work or other responsibilities. It’s also ok if that’s not possible, because you’ll own the rest of the day with a clearer and lighter mindset after your session!
- How you feel after the massage will vary based on the style of massage used, the length of the session, and the demands you place on your body afterward. Feelings range from relaxed, renewed and centered, to invigorated, excited and even insightful. On the other hand some people recognize their true need for downtime and only want to rest afterwards.
There’s no reason to feel sore or hurt after a massage (that’s a myth). However, on occasion some people experience a normal, mild sensation of soreness. This isn’t harmful, but it shouldn’t persist for longer than 24-hours after a session. If this is the case, let me know so the approach can be adjusted for next time and we can avoid any discomfort altogether.
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