plus cold & flu safety
& other policies
Updated October 2021
As a healthcare provider, I take Covid-19 and your safety very seriously. In addition to being fully vaccinated for Covid-19, I am continuing to implement a number of measures to reduce transmission risk. Many of my safety measures are also protective against cold and flu.
I am currently only seeing clients who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Please bring proof of vaccination to your first appointment.
Preparing for your appointment:
*Please reschedule your massage if you feel unwell at all or are experiencing unusual symptoms with no clear explanation*
Covid-19 can show up as mild symptoms in vaccinated folks, varying from allergy-like symptoms to headache to fatigue to digestive issues to muscle aches with no clear explanation.
You will not be charged a late cancellation fee if you cancel due to illness, although I appreciate as much advanced notice as possible. Missing your appointment without contacting me may result in witholding a refund or having to pay up front for future sessions.
If you are feeling unwell, I recommend you get tested for Covid-19. If negative, please wait until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours without medication to schedule. If positive, please follow your healthcare provider's protocol. If you do not get tested for Covid-19, please wait until you have been symptom-free for 72 hours before scheduling.
High risk activities:
If you have had contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case, please follow current CDC guidelines for exposure while vaccinated, which is to get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. Please take a PCR test, as it is more sensitive. If your test is negative, I ask that you additionally wait until at least day 7 post-exposure to schedule with me.
If you have had prolonged unmasked contact with someone sick and they are confirmed negative for Covid-19, I ask that you wait to schedule until at least day 5 after your final exposure to make sure you do not develop cold and flu symptoms.
If you have had prolonged unmasked contact with someone sick and their Covid-19 status is unknown, please wait to schedule until day 10 after your final exposure.
If you have recently traveled to an area with a high Covid-19 rate, please wait at least 7 days before scheduling.
When you arrive:
Bring your own water to your appointment. We will not have our usual glass cups and water available for use.
When you arrive, please text me and I will meet you outside to take your temp and ask screening questions before bringing you inside.
A properly fitted mask is required for all clients upon entry to the building and during your massage.
Additional protocols I am implementing include:
30 minutes between clients for adequate sanitation and aeration.
Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces with an EPA-approved non-toxic disinfectant.
I will wear a mask throughout your appointment, and a face shield for face up head/neck/shoulder work.
Air purifier with a HEPA filter running throughout your appointment.
Leave window open during your appointment, weather-permitting, for better air circulation.
As always, maintain proper hand washing hygiene between clients
As always, I will reschedule your appointment if I am unwell.
Additional policies at Iara Massage & Bodywork:
First-time clients are required to pre-pay for their appointments.
For non-emergent rescheduling or cancellations not related to illness, please give 24hrs notice to avoid penalties.
No-show's without contacting me will result in a full charge of the session or needing to pre-pay for future sessions.
Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or comments.