Massage Appointments and COVID-19

Important Considerations with Regards to COVID-19 and Massage Appointments

The purpose of this document is to provide an opportunity for prospective clients to have adequate information about my appointment policies with regards to COVID-19 concerns so that they can make an informed decision about conducting business with me. While certain “reasonable” precautions can be taken with regards to COVID-19, there can be no guarantee made that either you or I will come away from our interactions unscathed. 

You should know that any form of in-person contact will include some level of risk of transmission of COVID-19 which will be present to both the massage therapist and the client regardless of any safety protocols. Some individuals face a higher risk of severe illness and possibly death from COVID-19. It is incumbent upon each individual to be aware of and understand their own personal risk profile given all currently available information. The choice is yours to make and you, as an autonomous individual, are free to make that choice. 

Scheduling a massage therapy appointment with Mitchell Diaz, LMT shall be construed as acceptance by the client of any and all such risks. Please read through the following sections carefully.

  • Within 24-hours of your scheduled appointment, if you think you’re coming down with upper respiratory viral symptoms, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, or otherwise feeling sick, please contact me immediately to cancel your appointment. Please wait until you are fully recovered and non-infectious before rescheduling any future appointments. Your massage therapist will do the same should he start to experience any symptoms. Additionally, please do not schedule a massage appointment with me if another individual at your home is sick (with any kind of contagious illness).
  • I do not recommend that high-risk individuals receive massage therapy at this time unless they have been personally protected by vaccination or are taking a prophylaxis protocol for prevention. Again, it is incumbent upon each individual to understand their own personal risk profile and take appropriate action.
  • I will work with clients regardless of their vaccination status, of which you are not obligated to reveal.
  • I will not require my clients to be masked for the duration of our contact. That choice is yours to make. Your massage therapist is willing to wear a mask during the appointment.
  • Wherever the massage treatment will take place in your home, all clients should feel free if they desire to open a nearby window or door near the treatment to allow for inside air to circulate outside, or to turn on a ceiling fan or box/tower fan to create air circulation within the room.
  • All massage equipment is thoroughly sanitized before entering your home. Wiping down the massage table, vinyl cushions, massage pressure tools, and other pieces of equipment that are used during a session has always been standard operating practice. This of course includes therapist hygiene of washing hands, forearms, and elbows after each session. Massage sheet and towel drapes are used once for a client session then washed with warm water and a mild detergent. For at home appointments, clients have the option of using their own bed sheets as draping for their session if this is preferable. Just notify me at the time of your appointment.

As a new client, you will be asked to complete a secure online health history intake (delivered by email) before your appointment. The last section of the online intake includes a waiver which is include in full below:

  • I understand that massage therapy is provided for stress reduction, relaxation, relief from muscular tension, and improvement of circulation and energy flow.
  • If I experience pain or discomfort during the session, I will immediately inform my therapist so that pressure/strokes can be adjusted to my level of comfort. I will not hold my therapist responsible for any pain or discomfort I experience during or after the session.
  • I understand that the services offered today are not a substitute for medical care. I understand that my therapist is not qualified to perform spinal or skeletal adjustments, diagnose medical conditions, prescribe medications, or treat physical or mental illness.
  • I affirm that I have notified my therapist of all known medical conditions and injuries.
  • I agree to inform the therapist of any changes in my health and medical condition. I understand that there shall be no liability on the therapist’s part should I forget to do so.
  • I understand that massage is entirely therapeutic and non-sexual in nature.
  • I understand that, because massage therapy work involves maintaining touch and close physical proximity over an extended period of time, there may be an elevated risk of disease transmission, including coronavirus/COVID-19. 
  • I acknowledge that I have conducted my own research into this matter and that as a result I have become aware of the potential risk level to my personal health.
  • I give my consent to receive massage and bodywork from Mitchell Diaz, LMT and in doing so shall not hold liable the named massage therapist for any and all consequences related to contracting the coronavirus and developing COVID-19 as a result of any past, present, and future in-person contact.
  • I understand that the named massage therapist shall not hold liable the client (who has signed this document) for any and all consequences related to contracting the coronavirus and developing COVID-19 as a result of any past, present, and future in-person contact. 
  • If within 24-hours prior to the scheduled appointment I begin to experience any upper respiratory, flu-like symptoms, such as but not limited to fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, or other signs of illness I will contact Mitchell Diaz, LMT to cancel the massage appointment.
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