** Upate - 22 March 2020 **
Bodyworks Massage Therapy will be closed temporarily from Sunday 22 March as a precautionary measure to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
This was both an easy and difficult decision to make. Easy, because I can not guarantee the safety of my clients or the therapists who work here. But it was also a really, really difficult decision, because Marama, Victoria and Kim all depend on their income from working here, and between us there are hundreds of clients I feel I’m letting down.
I came to this decision because so much has happened in the past 7 days, and there will be a lot more happening in the next 7 days. I want to be part of the solution, not the problem. The Government has made it clear that physical distancing is important to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. I quote “…apply physical distancing principles at work and minimise face-to-face contact with customers wherever possible…”
That’s impossible to do in a massage room – it doesn’t get much closer contact than massage. And despite us increasing our already high hygiene standards, I still CAN NOT guarantee client and therapist safety. We also work with a number of older people, and clients who are, or have close family who are, immune-compromised. I must protect them too.
I chose this profession 10 years ago because I wanted to be of service to people. To help people. That hasn’t changed, and I truly believe the best way I can help my clients, my community and my country is to close and remain closed until it’s deemed safe to reopen.
Rest assured; WE WILL BE BACK! I’m putting things in place to keep the business alive behind the scenes, and that includes assisting the other therapists where I can. I also have plans to provide a service if you need any advice regarding ongoing pain or movement issues.
In the meantime, I’m still available on our Facebook page, email, text or regular old phone! I’d really, really appreciate any words of encouragement for Marama, Victoria and Kim – please feel free to drop a note on the Facebook post!
Until next time, take care, and be kind
Rachel Ah Kit
Bodyworks Massage Therapy
** Update - 17 March 2020 **
We care about your health and well-being, as well as that of our therapists. We are checking regularly with the Ministry of Health to ensure that we operate here using best-practice hygiene guidelines. Rest assured, we have always had high-standard clinic hygiene practices in place to keep both you and us safe, and we are taking extra precautions to disinfect hard surfaces more regularly.
If you are feeling well, have not travelled overseas, or been in close contact with anyone who has within the past 14 days you are able to come in for massage.
If you are feeling unwell (coughing, sneezing or a fever) or you have returned from overseas in the past 14 days, or been in close contact with someone who has and it's more than 24 hours until your appointment, you can click on the link in your confirmation email to cancel or reschedule your appointment, or if it's less than 24 hours, please contact us directly.
Keep yourself safe:
- Wash your hands often with lots of soap and water
- Only use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (and dispose of it)
- Clean surfaces regularly
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Stay at home if you are sick
If you feel unwell, please ring Healthline on the dedicated Covi-19 number: 0800 358 5453 or ring your GP.