Update, Friday, March 20, 2019
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to avoid visiting massage facilities (along with restaurants, bars, gyms, nursing homes, and retirement or long-term care facilities) in order to mitigate spread of COVID-19 in Texas. The order becomes effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and ending at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC. To read the governor’s full executive order click here.
Throughout this time, we are keeping the lines of communication open with you, our beloved clients, on all our social media channels, so be sure to follow us! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Be healthy, wash your hands, and stay home if at all possible!
(Update March 17, 2020)
In this time of heightened awareness around the coronavirus (COVID-19), Iler Method® would like to assure our clients that we are implementing all CDC-recommended steps to provide a safe environment at our offices. Although a ban on gatherings of 250 10 people or more began in Austin today on March 17, 2020, the City of Austin Public Health Department (still) encourages residents and visitors to use good judgement, employ increased sanitation measures, and continue to live their lives as normally as possible. Because Iler Method therapy requires the presence of only two people, a client and a therapist, at this time we are continuing with our scheduled appointments and implementing some massage safety protocols for coronavirus. This is in addition to the standard protocols we regularly practice as massage therapists licensed by the State of Texas.
Standard Massage Safety Protocols Practiced at Iler Method®
- Every client gets new, freshly laundered linens, including the face cradle cover
- Massage therapists wash their hands between every session and avoid touching their
own face when working on a client to prevent giving or getting a disease
- If a massage therapist coughs or sneezes, (it is allergy season right now), they never
do so into their hands but instead into their shoulder. Afterwards, they use hand sanitizer just to be safe before touching the client again
- When working near the client’s face, we are taught to breath away from the client
- If a therapist is running a fever or showing symptoms of a cold or flu they are not allowed to work with clients
Additional Protocols Now In Place for Coronavirus
- Clients and therapists who believe they have come within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks are not permitted to come into the office. We ask that you self-quarantine and reschedule your appointments for 14 days later.
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough, body aches) we ask that you self-quarantine and reschedule your appointments for at least 14 days later.
- If you are in a high-risk group or live with someone in a high-risk group (60+ years of age, lung or respiratory issues, immunocompromised, cancer patient) we recommend that you avoid as much contact as possible (social distancing) on your way to and from appointments
- Iler Method therapists are refraining from shaking hands or giving hugs to clients. Expect a wave, bow or elbow bump as a greeting.
- To ensure everyone’s safety during this time, we are asking staff to avoid travel to any major outbreak zones and asking clients to self-quarantine for 14 days if they have recently traveled to an outbreak zone.
We continue to closely monitor this situation as it evolves, referring to the suggestions of the CDC and other public health authorities for our coronavirus massage safety protocols. We encourage our clients to contact us with any questions, and we respectfully request a prompt response to our communications if you have an appointment scheduled. In this way we can work together for the best health outcomes for all of us in the community. Be well!