COVID-19 UPDATE

Halifax Therapeutic Massage COVID-19 pandemic message.

It is important to know I understand that everyone will have a different level of coping during the pandemic and some may be experiencing more anxiety then others.

My priority is to make sure you feel comfortable, safe and that I provide a stigma free environment.

During the pandemic I will be following the safety guidelines/requirements set out by my professional association (MTANS). These were approved by NS Public Health on June 1st, 2020.

I will adapt to and follow any changes that are made over the course of the pandemic.

I understand what is needed to do within my professional guidelines to minimize the risk of transmission while providing massage therapy treatments during the pandemic.

I feel it is important to keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 information provided by the Canadian and Nova Scotia governments.

 

https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html?topic=tilelink

 

During the pandemic Halifax Therapeutic Massage will:

  • No longer charge a missed appointment or late cancellation fee.
  • Have 30-45 minutes between appointments to allow time to properly follow all cleaning protocols, do paperwork and air out the clinic room between appointments.
  • Adjust hours as necessary on my website and Facebook business page. As things change updates will be available on both of these sites.
  • Prioritize appointments for existing clients. New clients are still welcomed but may experience longer wait times.
  • Continue to offer paper receipts and accept cash.
  • Please note all hand hygiene precautions will be taken to allow these options to remain possible.
  • Email receipts upon request.
  • Still offer A/C in the summer months. An air purifier will be an addition to the clinic used for a little extra air care.

MASKS

As of July 31st in NS non-medical masks are now required when entering indoor public places.

The actual masks we are required to wear are medical grade and sadly aren’t as colourful as this one. But know there will be a smile behind the mask.

Please Note

COVID-19 is transmitted through droplet activity. Once the droplets have fallen, they attach to the surface and do not become airborne in the environment. Although air purifiers can assist in reducing transmission of airborne diseases such as the common colds or flu, they are not necessary or required for COVID-19.

 

Current guidelines required to receive massage therapy treatment during the pandemic at Halifax Therapeutic Massage.

(Guidelines put out by professional association MTANS. Approved by NS Public Health June 1st, 2020. As things change so will the current guidelines.)

 

    1. Pre-visit screening required for COVID-19 and in-person on the day of your appointment.When you book your massage appointment you will now need to complete a COVID-19 pre-visit screening questionnaire. I will send you a link via email or text. Please submit your answers 24 hours prior to your massage appointment. Once submitted your appointment will be confirmed.
      • If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment or start to experience any new or worsening COVID-19 related symptom on the pre-visit screening list please cancel your massage appointment prior to coming into the clinic. Please use the on-line 811 self-assessment 811.novascotia.ca . Once advised by Public Health I will happily reschedule your massage appointment when it’s deemed safe to do so. As your therapist I will do the same.
    2. Physical distancing requirements within the clinical space.
      • At this time only the client arriving at their scheduled appointment is permitted within the clinic or shared clinic space due to occupancy limits that are stated within the Heath Protection Act Order (Part IV #8, 9 as of July 30th). I will let you know when the restrictions change and apologize for any inconvenience.
      • Please arrive no earlier than 5 min prior to your appointment time and either wait in your car or outside. Please call or text if possible to let me know you have arrived.
      • I’ll greet you at the door with a smile behind a mask that is mandatory for me to wear at all times.
    3. Please bring your own mask.
      • As of July 31st in NS non-medical masks are now required when entering indoor public places.
      • Clients are now required to wear a mask when entering the main building and within all transition areas. Wearing a mask decreases the risks of possible transmission when 6 feet physical distancing is not possible.
      • Within the treatment room wearing a mask falls under the guidelines of my professional association MTANS. It is highly recommended that masks be worn within the treatment room.
      • Please wear a mask while in supine (face up) treatments. This is to minimize the possible risk of asymptomatic transmission of the virus while being in close contact.
      • If you choose not to wear a mask I ask that talking or exhaling through the mouth be minimized while face up.
      • I will not ask clients to wear masks while in prone (face down) treatments.
      • If you do not have a mask I can offer you a cloth mask free of charge that you can take home. All cleaning protocols and instruction on proper use set out by NS Public Health guidelines will be followed.
    4. Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer prior to entering the treatment room, before and after payment, and when putting on or removing a mask. If you use gloves please remove them prior to entering the main building.
    5. At all times please practice cough/sneeze etiquette according to NS Public Health guidelines.
    6. A COVID-19 risk consent form will need to be signed.

Together we can minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.