Firstly: Please don’t worry
I have since opening found that some are just terrified; others not a care in the world; the inbetweeners feeling brave but cautious.. So (with your co-operation) I will look after both of us to my very best ability, knowledge and personal integrity. Remember I also have to feel comfortable and safe and at ease in my treatment space, and I also have to take into consideration the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of everyone as a collective whole. Some have hardly left their home in the past months, others have been out to work everyday. Some are scared others don’t really care. Therefore I very definitely apply a cautious approach to everyone without exception. Just because the government has announced we can open, it does not mean everything is different. However in my opinion, with the measures listed here I could have remained open throughout the entire lockdown period without any concern. These measures have been thought through by me drawing on my experience with infection control. Aside from the mask and visor for me there is in reality no difference in the way I have always thought. So regardless of the ‘next discovery’ or government announcement this is how we have have proceeded and this is how we are going to proceed!
So in compliance with the guidelines here it all is all written down for you. .
VISORS FOR THERAPISTS
The government are currently recommending just a visor.. If we are considering the risk of direct interpersonal transmission: My decision on my mask visor set up is so that you can relax when face up and I can work freely on your neck and shoulders without your feeling any anxiety about our proximity. I will be wearing what you see as then I am not breathing directly down over you. (In general for me it is a lot less cumbersome than what I have worn at times at the hospital so I will have no issues regarding my comfort and therefore no distraction and therefore for me a totally normal ability to focus on you during your appointment)
The average adult is obviously more than a metre in height... During your massage unlike a hairdresser..I will be mostly one metre plus away from your head and at least fifty percent of the time you will be face down.. Therefore with the mask and visor that is quite an obstacle course for an errant droplet to navigate for either of us..
My room is big, it has two windows taller than you! It also has enough room for several people to maintain a distance from each other. This is not a multi room spa with a tiny dark air conditioned/filtered treatment room. I don't do back to back appointments; I never have. I like to give time to my clients and I have always liked the room to 'rest' and become neutral again in between appointments. So considering the direct ventilation, the fact that it is just us and that I have complete control over the internal environment, the timing of my appointments and who I choose to take an appointment with.... I am feeling ok in my treatment room and am confident that you will too!
in general while all of the published knowledge is so ‘variable according to the latest political announcement’ I am maintaining my room with the same level of care and ingrained habitual awareness that I would when working in an operating theatre. I have made some small adjustments to the treatment room and incorporated and drawn on my hospital experience to make those changes. The changes will not be intrusive to you and for example; I have upgraded my surface wipes to the exact same brand I used in the NHS and have waterproof pillowcase liners and other couch accessories under my normal linen. - You would not know unless I actually showed you. There is also a little more space for you to get changed and to place your watch and jewellery etc.
So between what I am wearing, the natural ventilation and whatever you will bring along (mask, visor, piece of material)
I hope and anticipate you will be able to relax and enjoy your massage and not worry about breathing!
I am looking forward to returning to The Quiet Space and offering you some time out from these “unprecedented times”
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