A Touch of "Hart"

COVID-19

6/20/20

Dear Clients,
Great News! Massage Therapy is now allowed to reopen .
My practice is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Tuesday July 7th
You may see some changes made when it is time for your next appointment. I made these changes to help protect my clients and myself..One thing remains the same and that is my commitment to your health and safety
• I will communicate with you beforehand to obtain updates to your health information and ask you specifically about
your potential exposure to COVID-19.
• When you arrive at the office, I’ll ask that you wait in your vehicle until I text you or call you to come in. This ensures
that we don’t have too many people in the reception area at one time.
• I will greet you at the door and use a no touch thermal temperature screening to confirm that you don’t have a fever.
• I’ll ask you if you have developed any symptoms of illness since we spoke on the phone. If you feel ill on the day of
your session, there is no penalty for canceling your appointment. Massage is not advised if you have any symptoms
of illness.
• Please bring a face mask to use while you are in the building, and during your massage.
• I will ask you to sign an informed consent form that states, “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 from this practitioner.”
• There is a hand-hygiene station that I will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find hand sanitizer
in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
My practice follows Practice Guidelines recommended by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards(FSMTB) along with infection control recommendation made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSH
There will also be a slight increase in rates due to the incurred cost of PPE supplies . 

I look forward to seeing you again and will be in touch with you to schedule your next appointment .
Sincerely'
Susan Hart L.M.T.

6/6/20

Dear Clients
Per today's press conference,we unfortunately at this time do not have a specific date when when I will be able to resume massage services. We are in "step 2 of phase 2".
Phase 2 begins on 6/8 however the Governor wants to monitor the numbers before setting a date for step 2. Also from what I am reading the regulations and guidelines are pretty extreme .There are a lot of concerns and many things to consider before reopening. Unfortunately reopening will certainly be a very slow process. I will do my best to keep you all informed on all aspects and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience and understanding during this very difficult time for all of us . Stay safe and well .
Sincerely
A Touch of Hart

 

5/30/2020

Latest update from The AMTA ….

“COVID-19 Reopening Resources for Massage Therapists

As we cautiously look to the future, many massage therapists have questions about when and how they can begin caring for their clients again. AMTA has been actively engaging with federal and state agencies, as they consider reopening strategies, to provide consultation, information and feedback on their processes; understanding they will vary greatly from state-to-state. We are a diverse profession and in some states those decisions are near; for others they may be further away. 

When your state allows you to reopen, whether or not you choose to return to work is a personal decision. There are many factors to consider when deciding to return to work, including how your community (and client base) has been affected, your own vulnerability to the virus (along with those you live with), and the physical, mental and financial factors involved. Each individual will need to fully assess their own unique situation to decide what feels right for them.

Unfortunately, even with the most rigorous sanitation protocols, enhanced client screening, and social distancing precautions, there is still risk of COVID-19 transmission involved. For this reason, we ask that you choose your restart date carefully, and encourage you to gain a full understanding of new laws and ordinances at the local, state and national levels, and adjust your practices accordingly.”

Although Massage Therapy was listed to reopen in phase 2, The state of Massachusetts is still awaiting these guidelines and safety protocols to become available. Therefore, A Touch of Hart Therapeutic Massage cannot, by law, set a reopening date until these protocols can be reviewed and implemented. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I will be sure to keep you up- to- date on all pertinent  information  regarding this matter as it becomes available.

Sincerely

Susan Hart L.M.T.

3/23 A Touch of Hart will be closed due to covid -19 until this ban is lifted .