Did you ever see those videos circulating around social media during COVID lockdown about what massage might look like once we finally got back to it? It was amusing (bemusing?) to think about what would happen if I actually used a yard rake to work on a client or throw tennis balls at their back, and perhaps a bit claustrophobic to think of wearing a 5-gallon water jug on my head.
But all joking aside, we have returned to a new environment for our massage services and I wanted to take this opportunity to not just write but to show you what our new procedures are for room cleaning and preparation for your next massage session.
As we are a part of an integrated healthcare facility, we are open for massage appointments and in accordance with county guidelines are able to schedule your appointments in the comfort and privacy of our indoor treatment rooms.
As you can see in the video below we start with a completely bare table, with no warmer or massage table pad. While this may sacrifice a bit of comfort, those types of materials are not able to be effectively cleaned and disinfected on a frequent enough basis and therefore have been removed. Additional layers of sheets will be added to our top layers to provide warmth and comfort when needed, and indoor climate controls help to ensure maximum comfort while in the treatment room while also increasing airflow through our HEPA filter ventilation systems.
We also took care during our shut-down to carefully examine and re-upholster tables and face cradle covers that were showing any signs of wear or damage to ensure we could properly sanitize this essential equipment. Our massage therapists wear masks during the room preparation, as well as during your massage therapy session. We ask that our clients wear a mask when in our building and during the massage therapy session while face-up or in a side-lying position.
Cleaning the table after the massage session:
The massage therapist will either wear gloves to clean the massage table and room after the session or will thoroughly clean and sanitize their hands before and after handling any of the materials in the room. By carefully removing the sheets and storing them in lidded containers, we reduce the risk of shaking any viral or other debris loose from the sheets. Hand sanitizer is readily available in our treatment rooms for use in case the massage therapist or the client should need to sanitize their hands while in the treatment room.
Cleaning the contact points after the massage session:
After the table has been cleaned, the massage therapist will also sanitize all touchpoints within the massage room including door handles, light switches, chairs, and clothing hooks to minimize any risk of transmission through contact points between clients or between the massage therapist and the client.
As we continue to navigate our environment and review the most up-to-date information available on keeping you, our clients, and our staff safe, we will adapt these cleaning standards as needed. We hope this information has been helpful in providing more transparent insight into our health and safety standards to ensure you are able to continue to receive quality therapeutic massage and bodywork.
Should you have any specific questions about how we ensure your safety while receiving a therapeutic massage service at one of our locations, please do not hesitate to reach out and we will be happy to help.
We hope to see you for your next massage session soon!
Erynne Hill, MS, ATC, HHP is an athletic trainer, holistic health practitioner, and Director of Massage & Wellness for Rehab United. She received practical education and thousands of hours of experience working with athletes in the athletic training room and on the field during her undergraduate education in Tennessee. She transitioned to working as a massage therapist and bodyworker as her primary career path when she moved to San Diego in 2003. Since that time, Erynne has continued working with clients and patients seeking therapeutic and remedial massage and expand on her knowledge base by earning a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science at SDSU in 2008.