So Shiatsu Covid-19 Policy

Assessing So Shiatsu and treatment room

I have completed a Covid-19 infection control risk assessment of So Shiatsu.

I have removed any items from the treatment room and common parts that are non-essential and particularly those that are difficult to wipe down with disinfectant or wash in order to kill the virus.

I have received my first Covid 19 Vaccination and my second is due at the beginning of June 2021.

I will do a Lateral Flow Test twice a week to check that I don’t have Covid-19.

Enhanced hygiene and preventative measures

  • Following the risk assessment I have put together a Hygiene Check-list, which I will refer to and complete before and after every client visiting So Shiatsu.
  • Clients will be asked to bring their own bottle of water. Refreshments will no longer be offered at So Shiatsu for the foreseeable future.
  • Until further notice, clients will no longer be able to bring another person to their appointment (unless it is a parent or a carer).
  • Clients will be asked to use hand sanitiser when they arrive at So Shiatsu.
  • Clients will be asked to wear a face covering whilst at So Shiatsu, unless they have a health condition or another reason that prevents them from doing so.
  • All pillows, shiatsu mat and couch will be covered with a wipeable cover so they can be disinfected or washed between each client.
  • All futon/couch coverings, pillowcases and blankets will be removed and washed after each client. At no time will these be used for more than one client without being washed.
  • Waste paper bins in the treatment room and toilet will be emptied on a regular basis, cleaned and a new liner will the inserted.
  • I will be wearing a visor and a Grade II face mask (and if necessary, other PPE in line with current UK Government guidelines) during consultations and treatments until further notice.
  • I will clean my visor before and after each client.
  • I will put a clean face mask on for each client.
  • I will wash my hands and use hand sanitiser (as required), before, during and after working face-to-face with each client.
  • I will open windows to ensure adequate ventilation during treatments and in-between clients. Because of this I would recommend that clients wear layers to ensure that they are warm enough.
  • I will wear disposables gloves when cleaning So Shiatsu’s treatment room and common parts.
  • I will reduce the amount of clients I see in a day to allow adequate time to ventilate and clean So Shiatsu.
  • If I have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with Covid-19, I may have to share contact details of clients recently seen at So Shiatsu with the NHS Test and Trace service. I will then not see any clients until I have self isolated for the recommended time frame advised by the UK Government. Following this, I will contact clients to reschedule any appointments that have been cancelled. Please can clients ensure that I have their up-to-date contact details.
  • I will check my own temperature at the beginning of each work day and if it is raised I will cancel all clients and follow current UK Government guidelines.
  • Where possible, I will ask you to pay for your treatments by BACS.

Pre-treatment checks

Until further notice I will be carrying out pre-treatment discussions with clients to ensure that they are not experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are in the vulnerable persons category.

The health and safety of my clients is my top priority. If the client is deemed to be extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 or has a health contra-indication to treating, then I will carry out an individual risk assessment and if necessary ask for permission from their care provider to treat and defer seeing them for treatments until it is appropriate and safe to do so.

I will contact each client before their appointment to check whether they are isolating, have Covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms. If the answer is yes to any of these questions then I will defer seeing them for treatments until they have been tested and/or have self isolated following the current UK Government guidelines. If they have not tested for Covid-19 or sought medical advice then I will refer the client to the NHS.

The consultation process

In addition to the usual questions that I ask during a consultation I will be asking some COVID-19 specific questions. These will most likely be asked in the pre-treatment check telephone call or by email. It may also be appropriate to ask further questions during the client’s face-to-face appointment.

If necessary, I may have to adapt the way I do treatments as per infection control advice from the Government and The Federation of Holistic Therapists.