(For COVID-19 Procedures, please refer to the red section at the bottom of this page.)
Aromatherapy is the use of plant essential oils with therapeutic properties. With Aromatherapy Massage, custom blends are made to suit the clients needs. These blends are usually 100% organic. Essential oils can be wonderfully therapeutic and help address many physical and emotional symptoms.
Aromatherapy sessions usually utilize a great deal of Swedish Massage techniques to introduce the oils to the body through the skin. However, this can be combined with Deep Tissue or Sports Massage techniques when appropriate.
Please note that at Healing Essence we regard Aromatherapy as a complementary therapy, it is not a substitute for medical care and your therapist will not be able to diagnose any illness or disease.
For Aromatherapy Massages there is a $10 Aromatherapy add-on fee.
COVID-19 Procedures for Indoor Massage:
Screening for COVID-19 symptoms: The therapist will self-test for COVID-19 weekly with a home test. If they receive a positive result they will immediately notify all clients for the following week. All appointments will be canceled until the home test can be confirmed or negated by a laboratory test (as home tests can give false positives). If the laboratory test confirms COVID-19, all appointments will be canceled for a minimum of 2 weeks and until a negative laboratory COVID-19 test is achieved. Should the therapist test positive for COVID-19, all clients seen since the last negative COVID-19 test will be notified.
The day of the appointment, the therapist will take their own temperature despite their weekly negative COVID test. The client’s temperature will be checked upon arrival and they will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. If they have had any unexpected symptoms or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks they will be asked to leave. As they will be given this information with their appointment reminder, they will be asked to pay for the missed session.
Cleaning and sanitization: All surfaces will be covered with sanitizable material. All surfaces at the site will be sanitized with an FDA-approved disinfectant before and after every client – this includes the massage table legs, chair legs, etc. The floor will be vacuumed with a HEPA Filter Vacuum before and after each client. Sheets, pillow cases, etc. will be stored in a way that they are not exposed to the air during massages. All cushions and bolsters have been covered in sanitizable material and will be sanitized before and after each client. The table and table warmer have been covered in a sanitizable material and will be sanitized before and after each client. The bathroom has been fitted with hands-free soap dispenser, paper towel dispenser and foot operated trash can. It will be sanitized before each work day. The sheets, holsters, and other fabric will be disposed of in a foot operated trashcan outside of the massage space. Any trash produced during the session or cleaning will be disposed of in a foot-operated trash can. The trash will be emptied at the end of every client day. Touch-free, hand sanitizer and paper towel dispensers will be provided during the session. Hand sanitizer will be at least 70% alcohol. Disposable gloves will be worn if it is necessary for the therapist to touch the client’s face. Upon arrival and departure the client will sanitize their hands before using the stairs and touching the banister. The stair banister will also be sanitized between clients, as will all doorknobs.
Hand sanitizing: therapist and client hands will be sanitized at the start of every session, any time the client or therapist touches their face, and at the end of the appointment.
Face coverings: will be worn by both therapist and client at all times. When face down on the table, a pillow case will be used in such a way that it acts as a face covering during that time.
Client responsibilities: Clients will sanitize their hands upon arrival and after removing their shoes. Clothes and personal belongings will be stored on the table provided. Clients will notify the therapist should they test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms. They will bring their own water.
Ensuring airflow: a HEPA/ion/charcoal/UV air filter will be running throughout the session and if possible windows will be open.
Additional precautions: The therapist will wear a NIOSH certified N95 mask at all times.