Massage Therapy Re-Opens in Phase III Yaaaah!! :-)

Greetings from Therapeutic Bodyworks.

It’s true! Phase III will mark the re-opening for Therapeutic Bodyworks!! The date should be June 16 or 17th, if all the metrics that are being tracked stay on track. We have been Blessed that our numbers have been slowly getting lower. #NY Smart, #NY Tough!

When last we left the story of “How to get a massage in the time of Covid-19”, I believe I had just gotten you in the door! One thing I had not mentioned is that I will quickly review the information from the night before and take a no-touch, forehead temperature before you come in. So NOW you’re in the door!

You may  immediately notice a more spartan look to the reception area and the massage room. It is recommended that to make the cleaning processes easier to accomplish that all objects that can’t be wiped down or spayed down be removed from the room. You will also notice the placement of various signs reminding you of Respiratory Etiquette, Hand Washing and Social Distancing. These are required by the state. There will still be music during the session, so hopefully that will help to retain some normalcy for your experience. There will be hand sanitizer in the room for your use before you get on the table. You will need to keep your mask on (while face up) during the session, so scalp and forehead massage are still possible, but not the rest of you face. I will be wearing a mask and protective eye wear as well. Gloves are only required if I have a break in my skin or you have a break in yours. (This has always been the case.) At the end of the session I will have you use the hand sanitizer again before  handling the door knob to exit the room. Hopefully you were able to pay for the session on-line at the time that you scheduled it. If not, we would take care of it either before or after the session, your choice.

You will notice that I have adjusted my pricing ($5 per service provided, unless already purchased). This is to offset the costs involved with meeting the NYS mandated requirements to reopen. As I had mentioned in the prior email. I will reopen the scheduling app. on the day Phase III begins. Where I had thought I might need up to a month to get things in place in the office, I think I’m in better shape than that, and am currently shooting for 2 weeks! That would put my office re-open date at July 1st, so available appointment dates will proceed from there. A new month, a fresh start!! I think that’s probably enough to absorb for this email! I will reach out at least one more time before reopening to tie up any other loose ends that come up. So until then….Take Care….Be Well ……and I hope to see you soon.


TBW Covid-19 Re-Opening Up-Date

Greetings from Therapeutic Bodyworks!

I hope this finds you doing well. As we hopefully approach the beginning of Phase II in the re-opening process, it still appears to me that Massage Therapy will have to wait longer. In doing my research I find that while hair salons and barber shops are in Phase II, massage therapy is specifically excluded at this time. I can only surmise that this is related to the close proximity necessary when providing massage and the extended time together in close proximity. Fear not, we will have our day! In the meantime I prepare. I took a glimpse at the mandatory and best practices  changes required for hair salons to reopen. It was six pages long. Again, fear not, (and I may be talking to myself at this point!) we will get there!  What I am planning for is a period of time, up to a month, post reopen date before I would reopen.  Creating the required Covid-19 policy and procedure manual is happening now. Implementation of those changes and a thorough cleaning of the facility will take some time as well. I ask for your patience to bear with me in this process. In the absence of a vaccine or reliable treatment the ultimate goal is to arrive at a place where massage can be provided in the safest environment possible.

Before addressing procedural changes I just wanted to spend a moment discussing an overview of how this virus is transmitted. This is to the best of our current knowledge and the rationale behind the changes being made.

Covid -19 is a respiratory infection caused by a virus that is easily transmittable between people. It transmits or spreads by droplets that come from our mouth and nose when we breath, talk or sneeze. These droplets can stay aloft in the air or land on surfaces. Others can be infected when they breath in these droplets or touch a surface that has these droplets on it, then touch their own eyes, nose or mouth. Studies are on-going but depending on the type of surface material, these surfaces can remain capable of transmitting the virus and therefore infection for anywhere from hours to as long 5 days (Source CDC). This coupled with the finding that 80% of cases are mild or without any symptoms at all and that you are most infectious two days prior to the onset of any symptoms (Source CDC) shows the need for vigilance and heightened cleaning practices.

Today I thought I would start to address some of the changes that will be necessary when making an appointment.:

I will resume use of my scheduling app when the re-opening date is announced. It will show available dates one month from that time. On-line scheduling is appreciated. You will notice that there will be fewer time slots available per day. This is to accommodate the cleaning measures that will be required between clients.

On-line payment (when possible) is appreciated, as this further decreases the chance of virus transmission.

The day prior to your appt. I will be calling to do a Covid -19 Health Screening and to see what issues may be bringing you in for massage. This will replace the “desk time” we used to do upon your arrival. From our conversation I will create a form with that information that would then need to be signed and dated by you, at your appt. A renewal of an informed consent for massage will also need to be signed. (For long time clients, this was at the bottom of your initial intake form.)

My late cancellation policy is suspended for the foreseeable future. This is done in case you find you don’t feel well at the last minute before your appt. It’s more important to stay home and be well, whether the problem is Covid-19 related or not.

Upon arrival to the office on the day of your appt., please remain in your car until I indicate I’m ready for you to come in.

I will need to take and record a non-contact temperature and I will have hand sanitizer readily available to you for use upon arrival.

Masks are also required to be worn by each of us during the session. I know that’s a drag, but it’s necessary. Please come with your mask.

So with all of that said, you’re in the door! There are a lot changes. No doubt about it. I think that’s more than enough to digest for one email!

Until the next up-date…Be Well.


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Remaining Resolute about your Resolutions or Resolutions Arrrrrgghhh!

RESOLUTIONS: can strike fear in us.

Fear of FAILURE.  

Fear of the PAIN of the PROCESS.

Even Fear of Success.

For that matter FEAR of FEAR itself……OK…I’m sorry… but, you get the idea?

It’s publicly declaring your intentions to CHANGE something about yourself or do something completely different. Yicks!!

There’s lots to consider before “putting yourself out there.” Here are my 2 cents worth (?) on the topic along with the source of what has worked so well for me.

Weight loss, starting an exercise program, vowing to eat a better diet, learning something new; resolutions can run the gamut.  For best results I’ve found:

Rule #1    Make it YOUR resolution, not someone else’s for you.

Even if it’s your Doctor’s recommendation, you know in your gut whether or not you’ll comply as you walk out the office door. Am I right? (We’ll talk more about those things that certainly ARE the right thing to do, that you have just been putting off, later.)  So start with what matters to YOU.

Rule #2  Make your resolution REASONABLE. No: I’m going to drop 20 lbs in 2 weeks or the like. (Here’s the nurse in me talking: Any major diet / exercise changes should  first be discussed with your Physician. Just do it!)

Rule #3   Don’t be overwhelmed by the size of the task. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve tried before and failed. Don’t be afraid. It’s immobilizing.

Rule #4 Create a plan. Write it down. It gives your resolution  legitimacy. This should also take some of the angst out of the process as you take the big, scary  change and break it down into do-able, progressive steps. It allows you to track your progress and see how far you’ve come. It also allows you to evaluate your strategy and make changes before heading too far in a less than productive direction.

Rule #5 You need to do at least ONE thing, every day, to get you closer to your goal. Document it. I found that if it was something particularly unfamiliar to me (aka scary), I was better off doing it as soon as possible in the day so it didn’t loom ever larger as the day progressed. It lead to a sense of relief and accomplishment that could positively color the rest of the day.

Rule #6 Is your plan getting you where you want to go? Don’t be afraid to rethink your original plan if you’ve found a better way, progressed faster than you thought (Yaay!!) or are not progressing as fast as you think you could, Change your plan! Nothing is chiseled in stone here.

Rule #7 Repeat steps 5 &6 until you reach your goal. (Yaaaay!!)

Rule #8 Don’t beat yourself up for miss-steps. There’s no point in it and to do so can grind your efforts to a halt. In the words of Miss Scarlett:” Tomorrow’s another day! ” See Rule #3 and proceed!

Hmmm a strategy for success in under 9 Rules?    Sweeeet!!

But wait a minute, back to that pesky scenario of when you know it’s something you should do, but you just keep putting it off. No… I did not forget….for I have been here too!!

Let’s go back to 1998.

It’s a late September night and I’m flipping through the TV channels. I land on an infomercial by Anthony Robbins (stick with me here!). I’d seen him before on TV and was intrigued by his story, and so, I listened. At the end of the program I bought the 30 day program: Personnel Power II. It came and I promptly put it on a shelf, until the following January. Why, you might ask? Well, because I smoked at the time. I’m not talking occasional cigarette, I’m talking, if I was awake, I was smoking. Not cigarettes left unattended (how rude!), no, SMOKING!! As a nurse I knew all the reasons why I shouldn’t. Smoking was my pal, and my crutch and certainly what happens to others wouldn’t happen to me (Really, Claire??!) I had tried (and succeeded) a number of times to stop, only to restart for one reason or another, feeling the sense of failure that accompanies that merry-go-round. (See Rule#8). I knew the program would address such a transgression and I wasn’t sure I was ready to say good-bye to such a good friend.

None the less, I started the program on January 1st of 1999 and by day three he addressed my transgression (Dagmabit!).  The difference here was that he used what he called the “Dickens Process”. Check it out on You Tube for the best explanation, but it involves evaluating your present situation. What it costs you physically, emotionally, financially, relationships wise and so on. Not just thinking of these things, but feeling the impact of those costs, and then projecting and compounding that impact out over 5, 10 and 20 years.

On day four of the program I stopped smoking. No kidding, and remarkably it was without angst or struggle. The benefits of not smoking far outweighed the costs, on so many levels, of continuing to do so.

Certainly they always had! Where I had failed by thinking it through, trying to stay busy, sheer will, and acupuncture (Which did work,  but not in face of really needing a crutch.) FEELING the impact made all the difference in the world. I knew I didn’t want to be the me I saw 20 years out and still smoking like that. Heck, if there would even BE a 20 years out! I’d been Dickens-ed and it worked! I finished that 30 day program and I credit much of what I have achieved to it.

So the next time your Doctor or a family member or a friend suggests a resolution that you know in your heart you should take up, rather than dismissing them, perhaps, allow yourself to be Dickens-ed. It worked for me and I sincerely hope it will work for you as well.

Ahhhh,  there IS a Rule #9 to add to this effort.  Different things work for different people. Should you find that this strategy is not the “Holy Grail” for you, that it was for me- KEEP LOOKING, KEEP TRYING and NEVER GIVE UP ON THOSE THINGS YOU WANT TO CHANGE OR ACHIEVE IN YOUR LIFE!


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Making the most out of your massage

A massage works in wonderful ways, easing stress and pain, calming the nervous system, increasing circulation, loosening tight muscles, stimulating internal organs, and enhancing skin. The multiplicity of physiological responses sends a simple, clear message to the mind: Massage feels good. Of course, you want to hold on to that just-had-a-massage feeling — total body relaxation, muscles relaxed and at ease, and fluid movement restored — for as long as possible.
But how long that bliss lasts depends on the state of your body. If you’re suffering from chronic pain or recovering from injury, then it may take more sessions and perhaps different modalities before optimal health is restored.If massage is part of your regular health regimen, then it’s more likely the effects will endure. In other words, the effects of massage are cumulative, like any healthy habit. The more often you get a massage, the greater and longer-lasting the benefits.
By Barbara Hey