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Covid-19 Reopening

I hope this finds you in good health.

While many things have changed since March, one thing has remained the same: my continued commitment to the safety and health of my clients.

Due to its hands-on nature, massage and bodywork cannot be done without violating the general social distancing guidelines currently recommended as best practices by the major health organizations. However, as part of its Stage-2 reopening plan, the State of Maryland has authorized massage therapists to provide services, provided proper health and safety guidelines are followed.

As healthcare providers, licensed massage therapists have always been required to follow standard sanitation protocols, and cleanliness and infection control has always been a top priority at Frederick Bodywork. Routine procedures have always included:

  • Thorough sanitation of the treatment room between each client

  • Regular sanitation of the office and facility spaces

  • Proper practitioner hygiene

  • Self-monitoring by practitioner for infectious / contagious illnesses (colds, flu, etc.), and rescheduling of appointments when necessary

  • Online intake forms

  • No-touch payment

As part of my effort to reopen Frederick Bodywork safely in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, I have instituted additional safety measures as recommended by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) as well as infection control recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These additional sanitation measures include:

  • Practitioner will wear a face mask throughout the work day

  • Thorough decluttering of all spaces to make them easier to sanitize

  • Socially distanced, restricted-access waiting room

  • Increased access to sanitation stations that provide hand sanitizer, tissues, and no-touch trash cans

  • Increased sanitation of high-touch areas in the office and restroom throughout the day

  • Increased end-of-day sanitation procedures

For a more detailed account of the FSMTB practice guidelines recommended by the Maryland Department of Health, see the following link.

There are also some changes that will alter your appointment experience slightly. These changes are to help protect you, other clients, and myself, and I appreciate your cooperation.

  • Please wear a face mask at all times while you are in the building and during your massage.

  • All clients will need to complete an updated informed consent form stating, “I understand that close contact with people increases the risk of infection from COVID-19. By signing this form, I acknowledge that I am aware of the risks involved and give consent to receive massage at Frederick Bodywork.”

  • Before each session, on the day of the session, you will receive and must complete a short health questionnaire to update your health information and answer questions about your potential exposure to COVID-19.

  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of illness on the day of your session, please cancel or reschedule your appointment. There is no penalty for canceling or rescheduling your appointment.

  • When you arrive at the office, please wait in your vehicle until the specific start time of your appointment. For example, if your appointment is at 3:30 PM, walk in the door at 3:30 PM. This will minimize the number of people in the reception area at one time. I have added a 15-minute buffer between clients, so you can stay relaxed and take your time getting off the table at the end of your session.

  • I will greet you at the door and use a no-touch thermometer to confirm that you don’t have a fever.

  • There is a hand hygiene station that I will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find hand sanitizer and tissues in the treatment room and other places in the office for your use as needed.

  • I will no longer provide cups of water. Bottled water is available upon request, but I encourage you to carry your own reusable water bottle for your own health and the health of the environment.

I look forward to seeing you again and am happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps I am taking to keep you and all of my clients, safe at Frederick Bodywork.

Thank you for your continued support. I value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back to a safe and therapeutic bodywork environment.

Be well,

Aaron Exum

Frederick Bodywork

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