Massage in the time of COVID-19
Updated: March 24, 2020
In accordance with the city of Austin's "Stay-At-Home" order we will be closed until April 14th. Spas and massage establishments are considered non-essential businesses by the current city order (pdf).
Updated: March 19th, 2020 3pm
Effective today, Massage Evolved will be closed until April 1st. We feel that even with detailed cleaning and disinfecting, the risk to our clients and therapists is too great at this time. We hope that once testing in openly available to all, we can begin to see clients again.
While the state of Texas nor federal government have told massage therapists to close, our national professional insurance has advised Massage Therapists to shut down. Several other state boards, such as California, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania as well as Australia's national board have urged massage therapists to close temporarily.
Please watch your email or our Facebook page for update.
Be well and stay safe,
The owner and staff of Massage Evolved
Updated: March 16th, 2020 2pm
Massage Evolved has always held the health and wellness of our clients and therapists as our main priority. We are currently seeing clients who are healthy and are not a travel or direct contact risk for COVID-19.
We find it necessary to inform our clients what our actions and plans are at this time.
We are staying up-to-date on all announcements from the City of Austin, State of Texas and federal government.
Our current cleaning, disinfection and risk migration procedure is:
- Sheets changed after every client
- Linens and towels are washed with hot water and bleach.
- Blankets are washed after every client.
- We've removed our fleece headrest covers, so we can sanitize headrest cushions and mechanisms after every client.
- Therapists have always washed their hands and forearms before and after sessions.
- Therapists will be using hand sanitizer before a massage starts and as needed throughout the massage.
- We have hand sanitizer available at the front desk and all treatment rooms, and ask ALL clients to use as soon as they walk into the office and as needed throughout their visit.
After every client, we are disinfecting all headrests, massage equipment (hot towel cabinets, stools, tools, pillows, bolsters), oil bottles, chairs, counters, door handles, front desk area, payment devices, hand sanitizer pumps, water dispenser handle, light switches, and anything else that may have been touched.
We are switching to single-use water cups. Restrooms are cleaned at least every two hours. The office floors are being disinfected and steam-cleaned every evening.
In such a stressful time, massage is a chance for your mind to calm for an hour and work on tension that is building in the body.
If you feel unwell in any way, we ask you to cancel your appointment. We will refuse service to a client if they seem unwell. Please respect yourself, other clients and our therapists by staying home and practicing self-care in another way. We are happy to recommend videos for stretching or yoga.
If any of our therapists become ill, we will be cancelling any appointments they have until they are able to safely return.
Our current plan is to continue to see healthy clients until deemed too high a risk or a governing body decides we must close. If you have existing appointments, we will notify you should we be closing or need to cancel your appointment. As this is an evolving situation that changes daily, we will keep our clients updated as needed. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Our phone number is (512) 387-7037.
We wish you the best health,
Owner and LMT at Massage Evolved