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.

a little word first...

I realise that there is a lot of information for you to take in here but I do urge you to read through it so you feel reassured about your massage booking. Although (particularly for returning clients) it may seem like the experience of having a massage has changed a lot, please know that once we have followed the guidance here, your actual 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! Times have been tough my loves and so it is as important as ever for you to invest in your wellbeing and be taken care of for an hour or so. I so look forward to being able to do that for you! 

update 19th July 2021

Although the government has lifted many restrictions from today, given high infection rates, advice from my professional body, the close contact nature of massage and most of all my deep care and concern for your safety during the pandemic, I want to reassure you that all the safety measures that have been in place at Calico will continue. This includes the wearing of face coverings for your appointment. Although this isn't a legal requirement, I do call on your compassion and kindness in asking you to continue to wear a face covering and 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 :)

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. Please arrive at the time of your appointment as unfortunately the waiting area cannot be used at this time. If you arrive early, please either wait in your car or treat yourself to a refreshing drink in a nearby café!   

Unfortunately the natural lift facial massage, hot stones massage and facial massage as part of a full body massage aren't available at the moment. 

 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 pre-assessment form.

I will remind you to complete the form within 48 hours of your appointment and will send you the link to the form via email. If you submit it straight away I'll also be in touch on the day of your appointment to ask whether you've develped any Covid-19 symptoms.

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. These include a persistent cough, fever, sore throat or loss of taste or smell. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please self-isolate and call 111 for further advice.         

I'm sure that you have all got used to wearing your face masks by now. So please do wear your face covering when arriving for your appointment as this is now a legal requirement. 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 but in the meantime for guidance on safe use of face coverings please find more information here.

Throughout your appointment I will be wearing a disposable face mask, face shield and apron but please know that I am smiling at you underneath it all.

I'll remind you as you arrive but please do sanitise your hands when you come into the building. Non-touch hand sanitisers are available as well as hand washing facilities and I'll also need you to pop your shoes off before entering the treatment room.     

If you are a front-line key worker I'd be very grateful if you could change out of your work clothes and shower before coming to your appointment. And also thank you, thank you for all you've done for us. 

For everyone - please bring some water with you as unfortunately, to limit touch points, water is only available for emergencies. There will be plastic boxes available for you to store your clothes and valuables during your treatment but it would be great if you could limit what you bring in with you. Loose clothing that is easy to change out of and limited jewellery will also help!

Please come in for your appointment alone as unfortunately the waiting area is not available to use at the moment (unless by law you require a guardian/chaperone. If so, your guardian/chaperone will need to complete the pre-appintment screeing form too). And please know that you don't need to bring your own towels, fresh linen will be provided for you and there will be extra heating in the room as unfortunately extra blankets aren't available at the moment. 

If you are having a post-natal massage, it is sadly not possible at the moment for you to bring your baby with you to your appointment.

A non-touch thermometer is available if you would like me to take your temperature or confirm mine with you. I will be recording my temperature am and pm on working days and this is available for you to look at too. 

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, you will need to wear your face mask during your massage (it can be removed while lying face-down). It is advised to avoid talking during a treatment and although I’m always keen to chat with you if you find that relaxing, I'm sorry that we aren't able to do that at the moment (but please do share any news via email instead, I always love to hear how you are doing!). Once the appointment is finished, please leave all linens on the massage couch. Once you are dressed I’d be so grateful if you could try not to touch too many areas as you leave. Again, I'll remind you of all of this at your appointment, so don't feel you need to remember it all!    

After your treatment, please shower and change out of the clothing you came to your appointment in, 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 the government and 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 my first vaccination and am undertaking weekly Covid 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.

I frequiently review Government guidance and the guidance issued by my professional bodies and insurance company and ensure that any changes are built into my risk assessment and working practices. If you'd like to see my risk assessment, please just let me know.

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 

To assist the NHS Test and Trace service in England, it is a legal requirement for me to log your name and phone number and the date, time and duration of your appointment. In submitting the Covid-19 pre-screening form and your consultation form you are giving your consent for me to retain these details in line with this requirement. Please be assured that your information is stored securely and in line with GDPR requirements (Calico's Privacy Policy can be found here).

The QR code for Calico Massage is displayed at the entrance to the treatment room so that you are able to scan it with the NHS Test and Trace app when you arrive if you wish and I would encourage you to do so. For your reassurance, I am registered with the NHS Test and Trace app.

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!