COVID-19 Safety

Update: As of Feb 12, I am fully vaccinated.
I am continuing my health and safety protocols outlined below.

Following the guidelines of NYC, CDC, OSHA and AMTA, I am doing everything I can to keep us all safe, and make you feel comfortable in the process.

Much has been altered – in the studio, in my schedule, in the way we will work together. However, the quality of the work and your experience will not be lessened.

When you book an appointment you’ll receive a brief Covid-19 questionnaire prior to every session that must be filled out online before you come in. 

When it’s time for your appointment:

Please Do not come if you are experiencing a fever or flu-like symptoms. Let me know immediately and we will reschedule – after you’ve received a negative Covid test result.

The front entrance only (41 Union Square West) is open weekdays until 5:00pm. The side entrance (22 E 17th St.) is only open from 5pm, on.

The building staff has been taking all precautions with cleaning and disinfecting, including anti-viral elevator button covers.

Only 2 people per elevator, so please consider this in your timing (ie – when you arrive).

There will be a minimum of 30 minutes in-between sessions to allow for proper disinfecting. Because of this, please do not come early.

When you arrive:

You must be wearing a well-fitting mask with your nose and mouth fully covered. If not, I will provide you with one before you come in.

I’ll take your take your temperature at the door with a touch-free forehead scanner. If you have a temperature above 100º, you can not come in. We’ll reschedule.

Otherwise, come in, remove your shoes, and use the hand sanitizer I provide. Also, we can’t hug. I know, huge bummer. But that has to wait.

You must keep your mask fully on the entire time you are in the studio. Yes that means during the session, including while you’re prone, with your face in the cradle.***

*** The one exception is if I am doing intra-oral work. The mask will be removed just for this part of the session.

What’s different in the studio:

The curtains have been replaced by window films.

Instead of the privacy curtains, there will be a wooden privacy screen around my desk, so you can feel comfortable if you receive the type of work where you get undressed.

Several other things around the studio have been stored away to make disinfecting easier and to reduce the amount of fabric that may catch (and potentially release) microbes.

There are now bins by the door and the massage table for your personal belongings. Everything must be placed in them, not on the hooks.

The window will be open for proper air flow and an air purifier remains on 24/7.

For the time being, I’m not using the hydrocolator (hot packs), or blanket. But the table warmer is in use when needed.

And me:

I wear an N95 mask and a cloth mask. I change the cloth mask and my clothes between clients. And I wear safety goggles (that’s for me).

I get tested for Covid every 2 weeks.

How I am cleaning:

Between every session, linens are safely stored and all surfaces, including door knobs, bell and floor are wiped down with EPA-approved disinfectant.

What else?:

If I learn that someone who has been in the studio tested positive for Covid, I will inform everyone who came in within 2 weeks after their visit, and will close the studio for a period of time.

What type of bodywork am I able to do?:

That depends on your condition, particularly if you’ve had Covid-19 and are at risk for clotting**.

If laying face-down with a mask proves too uncomfortable for you, we will switch to side-lying.

**If you have had Covid-19, we will have a separate conversation regarding symptoms, to make sure it is absolutely safe for you to receive bodywork, without risk of causing greater harm.

What else can you do to keep me safe?

Be honest about your symptoms and your potential exposure.

Be cool with all the new protocols. Even if you don’t dig them.

Please do not book an appointment for 2 weeks after high risk events like travel or gatherings.

Notify me immediately if you or someone in your household develops Covid symptoms or receives a positive test result at any point in the 2 weeks following your appointment.

Thank you so much for your compliance and your support. If you have any questions, please ask.