Massage, Laser, Reflexology and Hot Stone Therapy
We hope this letter finds you well- this has been quite the week! As some of you may have already heard, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Directive #2 for Regulated Health Professionals has been recently updated. This directive includes guidelines allowing for a gradual restart of Massage Therapy!
The Directive encourages healthcare providers to limit the number of in-person visits for the safety of healthcare providers and their patients, and to prioritize clients with essential care needs. Massage Therapy is considered essential when the client’s overall health or function would decline considerably if treatment were not provided.
All staff in the clinic are required to wear masks, as well as you the client (prior to entry of the clinic, throughout the treatment, upon exiting.) We are asking that you please bring and wear your own mask to our office if possible, or notify us so we may provide one for you. Hands must be washed/ sanitized upon entry and prior to exit of the clinic.
A COVID-19 screening process will be required for each client at the time of booking, as well as the day of the appointment. We will also be required to pass a daily screening. Additionally, clients in higher risk populations (over 70 years old, those with immune or respiratory conditions) or caring for others in these categories should consider whether the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.
More time will be required between appointments to accommodate the cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing that must take place between each treatment. We ask that you arrive as close to your appointment time as possible, and do not bring anyone else with you unless absolutely necessary.
While this news of reopening is a positive step forward, it also comes with a certain amount of questions about what the new ‘normal’ will look like for Massage Therapy moving forward. We were all a little surprised with the lack of notice for this significant change, given the amount of preparation needed before we are allowed to re-open. We must complete online health and safety training modules, source and acquire appropriate PPE, implement changes to the physical setup and operating practices at our clinic, as well as advanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Safety is our top priority. We will not re-open until all of these criteria are met. As such, we will be slowly reopening beginning on June 9th, when the State of Emergency in Ontario is set to be lifted. This means we will be cancelling next weeks’ appointments and contacting people on a case-by-case basis to assess their need. Hopefully by July we will be able to re-open our Online Booking, and proceed with more regular (non-emergency) bookings. For now, we must comply with the Ministry of Health and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)’s requirements including the hierarchy of hazard controls, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and all Health Canada sanitization and disinfection protocols.
Please feel free to contact your Health Care Provider directly to discuss your individual situation.
Jen Oomen, RMT 705-768-2221
Jamie Snider, RMT 705-768-9875
Leanne Hodgson, RMT 705-740-1343
Rika Thauvette, CRT 705-977-1178 *awaiting next stage of reopening
Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time. We appreciate your support and are so happy to be able to begin treating you again very soon!
All of us at J & J Kawartha Massage Therapy
Yours in good health,
Jamie, Jen, Leanne and Rika
Dear Patients and Friends,
The Ministry of Health has announced that it has amended Directive #2 to allow for "all deferred and non-essential and elective services carried out by Health Care Providers" to be gradually restarted, subject to a number of requirements contained in the amended Directive. As you may have already heard from media and other sources, that amendment includes Chiropractic practices. Starting Monday June 1st, we will be gradually restarting to treat patients that need regular care. To accomplish safely, we will continue to do perform certain activities which have been done from the onset of the pandemic including: disinfecting after every patient, space out appointments, providing access to contactless payment (tap), etc. but we are required to add some more to continue to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Starting Monday June 1st, the following changes will take effect:
We are looking forward to the next step in the recovery process and we are committed to the health and safety of our patients. We ask for your cooperation and patience as we are in uncharted territory. We will continue to follow the advice and directives from our local health unit / Ministry of Health and make changes as necessary. If you have any questions in regard to these changes, please call us at 705-874-8042.
Dr. Carlos Hernandez