Back to work!

After 2 months of closure, I am safely and happily moving forward.  I’m pleased to say that I will be gradually returning to my massage therapy practice over the next few weeks, with procedures and considerations in place to address our province’s continued efforts to curb the spread of covid-19.  During my time away from practice, I have been studying and reviewing coursework and I’m looking forward to helping you with new skills and ideas.
Your health matters to me.  Here are the protocols we’ve put in place at Resilience for Life:

– All therapists are implementing a rigorous cleaning routine that exceeds our previously high standards.  As always we have our sheets professionally cleaned and we spray down the table and headrest with a BCCDC recommended sanitizer between every client.
– We wash and/or sanitize our equipment regularly. 
– We are sanitizing high-touch surfaces such as door handles, computers and countertops before and after every treatment.
– I’ve purchased a touchless payment system.I’m making changes to my schedule to enable physical distancing outside of my treatment room. 
– Further, we ask that you wait in your car rather than in our waiting room.  Please allow enough time to walk from your parking spot to my office in order to make your appointment on time.  

We are being extra careful at this time.
 
As a regulated health profession, RMTs are required to screen patients multiple times before coming in for treatment.  This is to reduce the risk of community transmission.  I will be screening everyone before their session by asking the following questions:

1. Do you have a fever, a new cough, a worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
2. Have you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
3. Have you had close contact with anyone with acute respiratory illness?
4. Do you have a confirmed case of covid-19 or have you had close contact with a confirmed case of covid-19?
5. Do you have 2 or more of the following symptoms:  Sore throat, runny nose/sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, decrease or loss of sense of smell, chills, headaches, unexplained fatigue/malaise, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or nausea/vomiting?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, please reschedule your appointment for 2 weeks after your symptoms resolve and/or 2 weeks after the resolution of symptoms in your close contact.  Thank you!
 
The BC Centre for Disease Control, the CMTBC and numerous medical experts recommend the following procedures to avoid transmitting covid-19:
– Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.  Both of us will do this before and after your treatment.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  
– Cover your coughs and sneezes. Please stay home if you are sick.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.  We’re on it!
– Stay home when you are sick.  Both of us will be abiding by this recommendation.
– Furthermore, since my treatments involve close contact for a prolonged period of time, I will have masks and goggles available.  Please bring your own mask if you have one.  
Please contact me directly to book an appointment before June 15.
I have limited my schedule to accomodate our return-to-work plan and I’m making changes where necessary to allow for best practices and a safe return to work. 

Online booking will be available for the month of June with a caveat that appointments may be cancelled due to covid-19.

I believe we have all been given an opportunity to have a discussion around our somatic experience.  Our bodies are move through the world differently now and for certain our thoughts and emotions are intertwined in this experience.  I’m open to whatever conversation you’d like to have around massage therapy at this time – I am always interested to hear what you have to say.  Please feel free to send questions my way!

Keep moving, be well and be kind.
Alison

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