COVID-19

Your health and safety is our top priority


Stones Background
  • Policies and Protocols

    Islington Wellness July 2020

  • The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causes the disease known as COVID-19 which has a long incubation period of up to 2 weeks. Carriers of the virus may not show symptoms and still be contagious. The close contact nature of massage therapy and the length of time being in an enclosed space for prolonged periods elevate the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

    Your health and safety are of the utmost importance. In order to provide safe and effective treatments, We have implemented the following protocols to protect you as well as ourselves. These protocols follow mandatory requirements as set forth by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the Ministry of Health.

  • Environmental and Administrative Protocols

  • check All surfaces (including headrest and table), lotion bottles, floors, doorknobs, chairs, pens, electronic devices and the washroom will be cleaned and sanitized using the wipe-twice method with Health Canada- approved products before and after each treatment.
  • check All table linens will have been washed and dried on the highest heat possible. Soiled linens will be stored in a sealed container, and fresh linens stored out of the treatment room. As always, fresh linens will be used for every client.
  • check Clients are encouraged to bring their own water bottles as water service will no longer be available.
  • check All unnecessary items that cannot be disinfected after each client will be removed from the treatment room.
  • check Heating pads and table warmer will not be used during treatments for the time being.
  • check An air purifier with a HEPA filter will also be used intermittently to eliminate any cleaning product odours and to filter dander and dust.** Please note that there is no evidence that HEPA filters or residential UV light air purifiers remove or kill coronavirus.
  • check Appointments will be spaced apart with adequate time for cleaning and disinfection, so there is no concern for more than one patient being onsite at the same time. Should you see another person other than myself, please stay 6 feet apart.
  • check A cleaning log (General Infection Prevention and Control) will be kept in reception area.
  • check All visitors to the clinic (including clients) will be logged on a sheet for contract tracing purposes should the need arise. This log will be kept confidential for privacy reasons, but clients can refuse to provide their name and phone #.
  • check We have and will continue to diligently observe social distancing and mask-wearing requirements when in public while there is evidence of ongoing community transmission.
  • Treatment Protocols - What to Expect During Your Next Visit

  • check Every client must be pre-screened the day before the treatment. Please fill out the mandatory Covid-19 screening questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will use a COVID-19 Self-Assessment screening tool daily. Treatment must be postponed if either I or the client answers “yes” to ANY of the questions on the COVID-19 Screening portion.
  • check Clients with higher risk profiles and/or weakened immune systems should consider alternatives for care and postpone treatment.
  • check Clients must arrive unaccompanied unless they are a minor or require assistance. If a support person must be present, they must also be pre-screened and follow the same protocols.
  • check Clients are asked to wait in their car/outside the building until the time of treatment, at which time I will review the screening questions over the phone to ensure the screening status has not changed. Results will be documented in the client’s chart.
  • check Upon passing the screening process, clients will be invited to enter the building and will be provided with a clean, disposable mask if they don’t have one. Clients will also be asked to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before beginning treatment.
  • check We will wash our hands, forearms and elbows with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after each treatment. Hand sanitizer will be available in the room.
  • check We will be wearing a surgical disposable mask and goggles throughout each treatment. Gloves will only be worn if we have non-intact skin (e.g a cut or scrape).
  • check Masks that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn for the duration of the treatment. They can be cloth or disposable. If a client cannot wear a mask, treatment must be postponed. If a client becomes uncomfortable wearing the mask lying face down, we may suggest an alternate treatment position (lying on your side). If you must blow your nose or touch your face, you must sanitize your hands before and after touching your face. Tissues will be provided.
  • check Intra-oral treatments and muscles of the face will not be treated at this time, until further notice, to minimize the risk of droplet transmission.
  • check We will be accepting E-transfers and credit cards for payment. Hands will be sanitized before and after handling of credit cards and phones will be disinfected before and after payment.
  • check No penalty or fee will be charged if a client is feeling unwell and must cancel their appointment.