Calico Pregnancy Massage Covid 19 Information

covid-19 information

 I'm delighted to be able to offer appointments at the treatment room again, however unfortunately mobile appointments aren't currently available. This page is where you will find all the measures that have been put in place to ensure that you are safe and protected for your appointment. Working to guidance from my professional body the CThA, my insurance company and the General Council for Soft TIssue Therapies a thorough risk assessment has been carried out and all necessary measures put in place to operate a Covid-19 secure workplace. If you have any questions at all, please just ask.

update 24th February 2022

Although the government has lifted all covid restrictions, I have a duty of care to you to keep you as safe as possible and so following advice from my professional body and insurance company I want to reassure you that the covid safety measures that have been in place at Calico will continue. This includes me kindly asking you to wear a face covering for your appointment. Although this isn't a legal requirement, I do call on your compassion and kindness in following the safety guidance so that we can make sure that any vulnerable clients are protected and the working environment is as safe as possible. Thank you so much for your understanding with this :) And please be reassured that your Calico massage will still be just the same as ever; designed around your needs on the day and as soothing/responsive/exhilarating/relaxing as you'd like it to be!

Unfortunately there is. I am not able to treat anyone who is considered clinically extremely vulnerable as the risks to your safety are too high. This includes pregnant women who have a severe heart condition (either congenital or acquired).

If you are pregnant and would like a massage, I will do a thorough risk assessment with you before your treatment to make sure that it is safe for us to go ahead with your treatment. I will need you to provide your consent that you are happy to go ahead with the treatment and, for your reassurance, it is advised for you to seek medical advice from your midwife or healthcare provider before having a massage.

Appointments are currently available at the treatment room in Headingley on Tuesday and Friday evenings and Wednesday daytime and evenings.

Unfortunately mobile appointments aren’t currently available as infection rates are still high but I hope to review this after this in the early Spring of 2022.

Appointments are staggered so that you won’t encounter other clients at the treatment room. There will be a gap of an hour between appointments to allow for ventilation and thorough cleaning of the treatment room and shared areas and so I ask you to come to the treatment room as near to your appointment time as possible.

 You will be sent an email before your appointment confirming the date and time of your appointment, a handy reminder of what you'll need for your appointment and also providing all of the information found here. If there is anything at all that you aren't sure of, please don't hesitate to ask. 

Before all appointments a covid-19 screening questionnaire must be completed so I can check that it is safe to go ahead with your appointment. This can be found here: Covid-19 screening form.

I will remind you to complete the form within 24 hours of your appointment and will send you the link to the form via email.

After you've submitted the form I may need to get back in touch with you to clarify any issues raised or discuss whether a massage is appropriate for you at this time. Please know that I place our safety at the heart of all my decisions around whether a treatment is appropriate for you and so please don't be offended if I suggest we don't go ahead with a treatment at this point. But please know that I'll talk you through the steps that led me to this decision.

If you feel unexpectedly unwell the day before or on the day of your appointment of have any symptoms of Covid-19 please do let me know as soon as possible so your appointment can be cancelled or rearranged.      

Although no longer a legal requirement, government advice is to continue wearing a face mask when coming into close contact with others and so I do call on your compassion and kindness in asking you to continue to wear a face covering for your appointment. If you have forgotten your face covering, don't worry I have spare masks available for you to use. You will need to keep your mask throughout your tretment (you will be able to slip your mask down while lying face down) and will need to be in place throughout the full treatment if you are lying on your side (this applies to all pregnancy massages). I will talk you through how we will manage this at the time of your appointment.

I will do a short consultation to find out further information on what you would like to get out of your treatment. As mentioned above, I do ask you to wear your face mask during your massage (it can be removed while lying face-down).

After your treatment, please drink plenty water, rest as much as possible and try to avoid caffeine and alcohol. Full aftercare advice can be found here  

My primary concern has always been your safety, health and wellbeing and so all of my actions are taken with that in mind. I am keeping up to date and following the guidance from my professional body and the parameters set out in Calico's risk assessment. I need to do this for my insurance to be valid but my main reason for doing this is because I care about you. 

I've completed and passed the Federation of Holistic Therapists Infection Control and Covid-19 qualification so I am aware of the appropriate management of infection control in a massage therapy environment. 

I have received both my vaccinations plus booster and am undertaking twice-weekly lateral flow tests and so I will let you know as soon as possible if I develop any symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive for Covid-19 or have knowingly been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19. A signed therapist declaration confirming this is available for you to check at your appointment along with a record of my temperature which you are very welcome to take a look at. 

Please also be reassured that the treatment room, reception area, toilets and all other touch points such as door handles are all thoroughly cleaned and sanitised using the appropriate Covid-19 destroying cleaning materials at the beginning and end of the day and between all treatments. The treatment room is ventilated during and between appointments (using an extractor fan and by opening the windows) and an industry standard HEPA air filter is on throughout the day.

In turn, I please ask you to take this guidance seriously. Failure to follow the guidance does mean that unfortunately I can refuse to treat you. 

For all new clients or clients who haven't had an appintment for more than 12 months a consultation form will need to be completed prior to your appointment and this can be found here:

Calico Consultation Form 

Please be reassured that you won’t be charged for cancelling your appointment if you have tested positive for Covid-19, have symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate.  For general cancellation terms, please see the small print pages.  

Thank you so much for patiently working through all of this information. If there is anything at all - anything - that you aren't sure of or would like further information on, please don't heistate to get in touch. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!