Governors all across the U.S. are allowing massage therapists to return to work now. We saw a need for a one-stop shop for resources that you can put into practice now and for new information as as we learn more.
We’ll also be hosting some Zoom forums to gather feedback, swap ideas, and share what we’ve learned. This has evolved into a public (recorded) portion consisting of a news brief and short discussion, followed by a private (unrecorded) portion. View the recorded news briefs.
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We hope that you find this material useful.
Stay safe, everyone!
COVID-19 Series: The Science
COVID-19 has implications for our massage therapy practice beyond just catching or spreading the virus. Learn about them here. Recorded at the end of April.
NOTE: Some of this information is now outdated – Check out these News Briefs for updated info!!
COVID-19 Series: The Montana Governor’s Plan
Montana’s governor is allowing massage therapists to practice in Phase 1. Get info about that plan and what is required to re-open your business.
COVID-19 Series: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles
An introduction to sanitation practices for your massage therapy business.
COVID-19 Series: Massage Therapy Equipment
What type of equipment will you need to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic? What do I need to know about masks? All of that is covered here.
Healwell’s Back-to-Practice Guidelines (In Practice) Free Video Course
Here’s how they describe it:
“What will it take to transform a home massage office into a COVID-safe (as possible) space? Join us for a home office and practice transformation”
Filling the Gaps
Is there something missing from the videos / courses that’s needed to better round out your protocols? We’ll add that here as needed.
Our motto: The fewer the better. The idea of providing links is to provide you with the best information, not overwhelm you. If we posted it here, it’s important.
Air Purifiers: HEPA-rated air purifiers. https://www.consumerreports.org/air-purifiers/what-to-know-about-air-purifiers-and-coronavirus/
Something else to know? When making your choice, weigh the price and filter replacement costs (how often & pricing).
Disinfectants: EPA-approved, List N disinfectant list https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
Equipment Checklist: https://www.dropbox.com/s/autxk0do1dhfs9s/Massage%20Therapy%20Equipment%20Checklist.pdf?dl=0
Did we forget anything? Please let us know.
Handwashing Poster Templates: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/posters.html
Masks: Having problems getting the N95 respirators? Check this out. https://www.makethemasks.com/
Print a 3-D mask. Also, vendors listed on the site are printing and selling at low cost.
Some vendors are making them available to massage therapists.
And some businesses are using injectable molds – a more durable material – to make the masks.
According to Spark R&D, their injectable molded mask does not require weatherstripping.
Re-Using Masks: This document provides some information on the topic. https://www.dropbox.com/s/e1cgyrflnpnztbk/N95%20Mask%20Re-use.pdf?dl=0
OSHA Guidelines: Your employer must provide you with a safe workplace. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
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