With the ever-changing CDC recommendations on how to handle being exposed to Covid-19, we realized that we are overdue to explain how we address this at our office.
For staff members:
If a staff member is exposed, they cannot work until they have received a negative Covid-19 test. They must test between the 5th and 7th day after exposure and have received a negative result prior to returning to work. Please note that this does not follow the CDC guidelines which say that a person who is up-to-date on their Covid vaccines/booster does not need to quarantine or stay home. The reasons we do not follow this advice are simple:
Therefore, if we did not require staying home, anyone who received a massage from an exposed therapist during the time period when the virus is transmissible, but the host does not yet know they are infected, would also be exposed and possibly infected. Because massage therapy requires close contact in a small, enclosed space, for an extended period of time, we will not, in good faith, take that risk of our client's behalf. We fully understand this can lead to disappointment and frustration due to short-notice cancellations as well as short-staffing, but it would simply not be prudent or wise to take that risk. We would absolutely rather be safe than sorry.
We ask that you follow the same guidelines we use for staff. Please cancel your appointment if:
Additionally, please inform us if you find out you have Covid within seven days of your last massage.
We'll hopefully be through this surge soon, but until then, we must continue to fight Covid as a team sport. We all have to play by the same rules (regardless of inconvenience) in order to keep each other safe. Strict adherence to our protocols is what has allowed to operate safely for the last year and a half and we couldn't have done it without the cooperation of our wonderful clients. We are so thankful for you!
We’ve noticed an increase this week in patients who do not agree with our office masking policy. We understand that masks and vaccines are hot button issues and just like you, we wish that the pandemic never happened and that these kinds of decisions didn’t have to be made. But it did happen. There are valid points on both sides of the debate, but since infectious disease is not our area of expertise, we defer to the experts. We feel our wisest choice for the health and safety of our clientele and staff is to follow the recommendations of the CDC, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Ingham County Health Department, all of whom advise that masks should be worn by everyone indoors if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Ingham County has been an area of high transmission since the beginning of August.
Our mask policy is not up for debate or negotiation. Our policy is clearly stated and without exception, for any reason. We understand and respect one’s desire to make their own health decisions. While we do not offer a choice about wearing a mask in our office, you do have a choice about whether or not you visit our establishment. If our masking policy does not align with your personal beliefs, then we respectfully ask that you wait until after our masking requirement has been lifted to visit Health & Harmony. We thank you for your understanding and full cooperation.
AND HERE WE GO AGAIN.
Effective immediately, Health & Harmony will again require face masks at all times while in our office, regardless of vaccination status. As stated last week, I am monitoring this situation daily and now is the time to tighten up our policy again. The CDC is saying that the Delta variant of Covid-19, “is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu. It can be passed on even by vaccinated people and may cause more serious disease than earlier coronavirus strains.” Since just last week, Ingham County has moved from low transmission to substantial.
Health & Harmony has been open successfully and without incident during the two previous Covid surges and we are confident that once again, we can take decisive action in our office and continue to operate safely. We have not changed our cleaning policies or stopped running our air purifiers. We do ask that you sanitize or wash your hands before your massage starts (of course, we will too!). Our lobby will remain open, but we do ask that you take all beverages to-go or go outside to the patio to enjoy them. Masks worn in the office should be clean, made of an appropriate material, and worn snuggly over the nose and under the chin. No jersey knit or single ply masks, neck gaiters, bandanas, etc. As was our policy before, we will not grant any exemptions to our masking policy; if you are unable to wear a mask (for any reason), we cannot see you at this time. Since massage takes place in a small and enclosed space, in close proximity, and for an extended period of time – we simply cannot take that risk, for either party. We will adjust our policies as conditions warrant. As always, we are grateful for your continued support and cooperation.
Reminder... Please cancel your appointment and reschedule if you meet ANY of the following conditions:
Well, this Covid business is not moving in the right direction again. At the end of June, we re-opened our lobby, stopping doing screenings, and started allowing our clientele and staff to make their own choice on masking. We have not changed our cleaning protocols (of course) and we continue to run air purifiers 24/7 in every room (we also put a HEPA filter on the furnace). Yesterday, Dr. Fauci and the CDC suggested that all people in geographical areas of high transmission start wearing masks again indoors. I checked in with the Ingham County Health Department to see if they have changed guidance on masking indoors as numbers are starting to creep up again. The ICHD told me that the CDC guidance is directed only at areas of high transmission and sent me this link to check transmission in our area. Currently, Ingham County is experiencing moderate transmission. I will monitor this daily as well. As of today, we are not going to require masks. However, we request if you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask while in our office. If things continue to slide in the wrong direction, we simply will go back to our previous protocols of masks for everyone, screening, and closing the lobby again. We want you to continue to feel safe and comfortable in our office – if your therapist is unmasked and you would like them mask up, just ask and we will happily oblige.
Reminder... Please cancel your appointment and reschedule if you meet ANY of the following conditions:
COVID RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED!
Per the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), all Covid restriction are lifted as of June 22, 2021! We are no longer requiring screening or masks in our office. Of course, we still welcome you to mask up, if you wish. Our lobby is open and we are finally operating business as usual. Our cleaning protocols are still in place (they always were, FYI). We ask that you please cancel your appointment and reschedule if you meet ANY of the following conditions:
We treat the safety of our clientele and staff with the utmost seriousness. Below you'll find a summary of the actions we are taking in our office to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Please note, a clean, fitted, properly-worn mask is required in our office, without exception. If you are unable to wear a mask during a massage, please wait to visit us until the pandemic has passed.
WE'RE STILL HANGING ON.
We haven't updated in a while because things have been going OK since re-opening. We continue to do everything within our power to operate safely, but it's become more challenging and increasingly scary by the day. Now that the second-wave of Covid is here and much worse than the first, we want to clarify a few of our office policies.
We understand our mask policy may seem extreme, even a bit Draconian, but please understand, it is the ONLY protection our Massage Therapists have against people who may unknowingly be infected. Massage Therapists obviously work in a small, enclosed space and can't socially distance or use barriers, so we must insist that our patients wear masks correctly for our safety. We have heard other massage studios don't follow the same masking standards and quite frankly, we don't care what other places are doing. We think masks are hot and uncomfortable too, but we all must protect one another by not sacrificing someone else's safety for our own comfort. We are making Health & Harmony as safe as humanly possible for our patients and staff alike. Please help us stay open by respecting our policies.
Please cancel your appointment if:
Our policies are such because we will not sacrifice the health and safety of our patients or staff. We are "over it" too, but our ability to work through a pandemic hinges entirely on having an effective plan and enforcing it. As we work to navigate through this pandemic together, we ask for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions, please let us know. We appreciate your cooperation.
WE ARE OPEN!!!
It's official, we are back in business! I am still trying to make it through all the rescheduling. As soon as it's done, online scheduling will be reactivated. Of course, the office is going to be a little different for the foreseeable future as we are taking extra precautions with the intake of each client, health history review, as well as sanitation and disinfecting practices. Everyone inside the building must wear a mask at all times (we will provide one) and be screened at every visit via a questionnaire and a temperature check. We do have our lobby closed as well and ask that you wait in your car for your appointment. Other than that, the rest of the changes are behind the scenes. Please note, most of these aren't actually changes - we have always washed our hands before and after each appointment, laundered linens with high heat, etc. - we just want you to know what we are doing to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff.
Health & Harmony Office Practices:
Rest assured, we will not sacrifice the health and safety of our patients or staff. We don't like this new way of operating either, but if we want to stay open, we must be absolutely stringent in protecting your safety and ours. As we work to navigate through this pandemic together, we ask for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions, please let us know. We appreciate your cooperation.
WE ARE RE-OPENING JUNE 15TH!
It feels great to finally be able to give a re-opening date! Thanks for sticking with us during our 12-week long closure - we will re-open on Monday, June 15th! As of right now, the state has not issued us any guidelines, so we don't know if we have to open with reduced capacity. As soon as we know, we will begin contacting all those who's appointments have been cancelled over the past three months. We have temporarily removed online scheduling so that we can get our rescheduling done. Once we have taken care of cancellations and those with memberships, we will open back up for all other appointments. WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!
CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 13TH.
I'm tired of writing the same update :( This is the latest. We still have not received any specific information or guidelines. So, once again, we will cancel appointments up until that time. As soon as we have a reopen date, we will contact everyone whom we have cancelled to reschedule. We really, really, really hope to see you soon!
WE ARE NOW CLOSED UNTIL (AT LEAST) MAY 28TH.
On April 30th, Governor Whitmer extended Michigan's state of emergency declaration until May 28th. Currently, the stay-at-home order expires May 15th, but I called the state for clarification on reopening and it seems that we will be closed down until at least May 28th. We have not received any specific information or guidelines. So, once again, we will cancel appointments up until that time. As soon as we have a reopen date, we will contact everyone whom we have cancelled to reschedule. Our $10 off gift certificate sale will continue now until at least May 28th. We really, really hope to see you soon!
YOU GUESSED IT - STILL CLOSED.
On April 24th, Governor Whitmer extended Michigan's stay-at-home order again until May 15th. Our understanding is that businesses will be allowed to reopen in waves, but we have yet to receive any information or guidelines. We are operating under the assumption that we will not reopen on May 15th. We have now cancelled all appointments through May 15th and are still not rescheduling. As soon as we have a reopen date, we will contact everyone whom we have cancelled. We have extended our $10 off gift certificate sale again; it will continue for however long we are closed. We still miss you and we still can't wait to get back to work!
WE ARE STILL CLOSED.
Last week, Governor Whitmer extended Michigan's stay-at-home order and business closures through the end of the month. As much as we would like to believe that we will reopen on May 1st, that seems very unlikely - all we can do is wait and see. We are not rescheduling cancelled appointments at this time as we still don't know when we will reopen. We have extended our $10 off gift certificate sale; it will continue for however long we are closed. We miss you and can't wait to get back to work! Be (and stay) well!
WE ARE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS, MARCH 21ST - APRIL 13TH.
Governor Whitmer ordered that all non-essential medical facilities shut down by March 22nd. We are flattered and appreciate that so many of you consider us essential to your health -- we will back to helping you just as soon as it is safe to do so!
We have cancelled all appointments scheduled for the next three weeks. Under the Governor's order, we must remain closed until April 13th. Online scheduling is still available for April 14th and beyond. We have not rescheduled the cancelled appointments yet – we will wait until we are closer to April 14th to see if things are clearing up and its looking like we might reopen. If we are not able to reopen on April 14th, we will take it week-by-week thereafter.
If you have a membership or pre-paid package, we hope that you will not cancel or suspend your membership during our closure (if you are financially able to keep it going). Obviously, the impact to small business is huge (as well as terrifying) during these unprecedented times. Overhead expenses remain regardless of whether or not we are open for business. We will be able to weather the storm a little easier if all income doesn’t come to a screeching halt. You can bank up those membership massages and come in EXTRA when we open again (you’re gonna need it!) or share extra visits with friends and family. You can even cash them out for a gift certificate! During our closure, we will also have all gift certificates and packages on sale. Again, if you are financially able to do so, please take advantage of our sale pricing and bank up some future visits and/or gifts!
When the weather gets nicer, new LMT Andy would like to hold some outdoor yoga sessions on our patio (state- and safety-permitting). We’re going to use this opportunity to do all the things that there is never time to do and we hope you do too! Please keep an eye on our website and social media as we will be posting some fun and fresh new content for both Health & Harmony and Harmony Naturals. During our closed time, voicemail and email will be checked and returned daily so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please stay safe and healthy! Thank you for your ongoing support – it means the world to us! We’ll look forward to seeing and serving you again soon!
As of now, we are still open and plan to be as long as we can safely operate and are allowed to do so. In order to stay open, we must insist that in the past 14 days:
Your appointment MUST be rescheduled for a later date! We are using this screening questionnaire to make sure we are not taking any unnecessary risks for our patients or staff. Thank you for your understanding and patience during these uncertain times.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to change in our state, we are updating our practices in order to be as safe as possible and in compliance with the Governor Whitmer's executive orders. Kim spent all morning on the phone trying to figure out if massage therapy offices are supposed to close down. As of right now, we are not mandated to close and therefore, we will stay open. However, in order to comply with the CDC’s best practices and the social distancing directives from the state, we are implementing the following, effective immediately:
· We are closing off our lobby – we ask that when you arrive for your appointment, simply call the office line to check in (no text) from your car. Wait in your car or outside until we call you to tell you your therapist is ready.
· There is now a link for a screening questionnaire in your confirmation email and text. We are asking every patient to complete this upon every visit. Requiring that screening questionnaire be completed by every single person that enters our office will help us keep everyone safe.
· All new patients will complete intake forms on their own smartphone (or directly with your LMT).
· If you didn't complete the intake form and/or screening questionnaire before your appointment, there is note on our front door with QR codes linked to the forms you will need. If you have trouble with the forms or don't have a smartphone, please call inside and let your let the front desk know.
While we understand these extra steps may be inconvenient, this crisis won't last long term and the most important thing is that we are doing everything within our power to keep our patients and our staff safe. We greatly appreciate your cooperation during this difficult time.
We know you have already received countless notifications about coronavirus and how various businesses, schools, etc, are dealing with COVID-19. We feel given the nature of our business, it is important that you hear our plan to protect your health and ours.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency on March 10th, after the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan. This decision enables the state to provide additional financial and other assistance to local governments and hospitals in an effort to help slow the spread of this respiratory illness. It does not mean we should panic.
We continue to closely monitor the progression of COVID-19, which is a novel form of the coronavirus. In addition to MDHHS, we are drawing on information from a number of trusted healthcare sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and our county health department. At this time, all of these organizations are recommending care and vigilance to ensure we stop the spread of this illness, but currently, there is no recommendation from the Ingham County Health Department for the closing of local businesses. We will continue to stay open unless advised otherwise. We are a small office where there typically are not more than 10 people in the office at one time and all 10 would never be gathered in one place, regardless. We also do not work on patients who are ill.
With the information available right now, we feel confident that our precautions will keep our staff and our patients safe. We have been and will continue following established best practices to reduce risk – much as we do during the cough, cold, and flu season anyway.
Health & Harmony office practices:
· Every massage therapist washes their hands with soap and hot water up to their elbows before and after every massage as well as after handling dirty linens or other massage equipment
· Massage table face cradles and arm slings are cleaned with Decon30 (a hospital grade virucidal cleaner) or 70% alcohol after every patient
· Hard surfaces around the office, such as doorknobs, countertops, side tables, bathroom fixtures, etc. are cleaned multiple times daily with Decon30 or 70% alcohol
· All linens are laundered with All Free & Clear, Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (to strip away oil residue in the sheets) and are washed and hot water; all linens are dried on high heat for 60 minutes
· Massage therapists will stay home if not feeling well
· Massage therapist will turn away any patient who appears to be infected with a viral illness
What we ask of you:
· Please use the hand sanitizer in the massage room prior to getting on the massage table
· Follow the CDC recommendations of:
We recognize everyone has to make decisions about their personal health, as well as the health of their families. Rest assured, we will not sacrifice the health and safety of our patients or staff. As we work to navigate this together, we ask for your understanding and patience as the situation is ongoing and changing rapidly. We will continue to monitor the situation and these organizations to ensure we are following their advice. If you have any questions, please let us know.
With a warm heart and clean hands,