With Spring and a little more sunshine comes the announcement many of you have been waiting for… Calliope Massage Studio will re-open for in person appointments starting June 1!
There are a few new protocols in place:
– Vaccinations For now, all in-person clients must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (at least 2 weeks past your final dose).
– Masking I will continue to be masked for the entirety of our interaction, and I ask that you remain masked in all common areas: waiting room, hallway, and bathroom.
– Hygiene I already have pretty stringent hygiene habits. I wash my hands regularly, wipe down all the surfaces in the treatment room with sanitizer, and prepare the massage table with fresh linens that have been washed in hot water and bleach. In addition, all surfaces that can be touched, including door knobs and seating, will be cleaned and sanitized between every single client that comes in. This means larger gaps between appointments to accommodate this level of detail. There are hands-free sanitizer and soap dispensers in the office you are encouraged to make use of.
Though it sometimes feels like visiting with a friend, between the two businesses in this space, and clients coming and going, we must consider our office a “public space”.
There are some best practices that have always been in effect, but bear reminding:
- Don’t come in if you are sick (and I won’t either). I get that it may be inconvenient, I get that you were looking forward to this, but I promise we’ll reschedule. We have to respect each other’s health.
- You won’t be charged if you cancel due to illness.
I’m going to be very real with you all. The last year has involved so much sacrifice and discipline to get to this point, and I am extremely cautious of moving too fast and undoing all that work. Private businesses have been been stuck with the bulk of decision making for how to proceed this last year, without much specific guidance. We are all trying our best to balance our ethics, personal and community safety, and financial needs.
This is a lot…I know. This is a lot of changes, requirements, speculations… if it is too much for you, I completely understand.
If you aren’t quite ready or this doesn’t work for you, but you still want to work with me, I encourage you to try out a virtual appointment. I can guide you through self-massage, stretching, and relaxation techniques to help manage stress and pain.
If you’d rather work with someone else, there are plenty of other massage therapists in the area who may be taking a different approach to working with clients. I encourage you to find an environment that makes you comfortable.
One thing this past year has made abundantly clear is that things can and will change. I expect many of these policies will shift and adapt as new information comes in and our comfort levels change. Keep an eye here for updates and a more in depth look at changes.