The Massage Specialist Glasgow

Returning to Massage

This page was last updated: 7th March 2022.

New

Masks

Due to a last minute turn around by Scottish Government, face masks will continue to be required (unless you are exempt) until further notice.

I will update this page as soon as those requirements change.

Lateral Flow Tests

If possible, please take a Lateral Flow Test before attending for your appointment.

This is not mandatory and you do not need to bring the test with you.

Screening Forms

From 21st March 2022, the Covid Screening Form will be scrapped in favour of reminders to cancel your appointment if you’re feeling ill or unwell.

Please cancel your appointment if you have any Covid, cold or flu symptoms or are feeling ill or unwell in any way.

Massage is great at helping with aches, pains and mental wellbeing it won’t help you recover from covid, the flu or a cold- so please cancel if you are unwell.

The Rest

Air purifiers will still be running during your session.

My treatment room will continue to be fully cleaned between each appointment.

Original Info

The info below is old and outdated, it was originally written when we reopened after the first lockdown and then added to as we moved through different phases of the pandemic.

If this is your first appointment with me since the pandemic started, you may still find some of the information helpful and relevant.


The clinic has been risk assessed and I have worked hard to make sure the clinic meets all ScotGov guidance for close contact services.

I’ve written this comprehensive page to guide you through the changes I’ve made and what you can expect when you come in for your massage. It is quite long but I wanted you to have access to all the information.

If you have any questions not answered here or any suggestions on how I can improve, let me know.

Lateral Flow Tests

I take a Lateral Flow Test every day before work.

I ask that you please take a Lateral Flow Test before attending for your appointment.

Please note, this isn’t mandatory but is kindly requested

Health Screening

If you have any of the following symptoms you will need to reschedule your appointment.

  1. A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back,
  2. A new continuous cough – this means coughing lots for over an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours,
  3. Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal,
  4. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  5. Unusual sore throat, congestion or a runny nose,
  6. Unexplained headaches, whole body muscle aches or leg cramps,
  7. Unexplained rashes especially on feet and toes,

Screening Form

I’ll email you an online Covid Screening Form the evening or morning before your appointment. This form simply asks you to confirm you don’t have the above symptoms.

You must complete and sign the online form before coming to the clinic.

If you haven’t received your form, please check it hasn’t been sent to the Spam or Promotions folder.

Booking your Appointment

I’ve changed my schedule to allow for time between each appointment to clean and disinfect the treatment room and clinic space. This does mean appointments may now start on the hour or 15, 30 or 45 minutes past the hour. Please take a careful note of your start time and try to arrive as close to that time as possible and not early. Thank you!

Payment

The same as pretty much everywhere else, contact free payments are available but I do still take cash.

  1. Cash – I do still accept cash,
  2. Card when booking your appointment – contact free,
  3. Pay with your Phone at appointment – contact free,
  4. Pay with Card at appointment – you may need to enter your PIN,
  5. For the adventurous, Pay me in Bitcoin or Ether – contact free.

Attending the Clinic

Massage Waiting Area

Please don’t arrive too early for your appointment, the less time hanging around in the waiting area the better for everyone.

You’ll see a touch-free hand sanitising machine just inside the waiting area entrance, please use it when you arrive and leave.

You don’t need to press the arrival button anymore. I’ll come to the waiting area to collect you at your appointment start time.

If someone else is in the waiting area, please be considerate of their personal space.

We have staggered appointment start times as much as possible to reduce the number of clients using the waiting area at any one time.

The waiting area is cleaned and sanitised regularly throughout the day.

I’ve removed all unnecessary items from the waiting area such as magazines and business cards to reduce any chances of cross contamination.

Please avoid bringing any unnecessary items such as shopping bags with you to your appointment.

To reduce the risks from cross contamination, we’re no longer offering glasses of water after your session, please bring your own bottled water with you if you think you’ll be thirsty.

Inside the Clinic

Again, you’ll find another hand sanitising station inside the main clinic, please either use that or wash your hands in the rest room as you come in.

You are welcome to use the toilet if needed. It’s cleaned and sanitised regularly.

The Treatment Room

My treatment room now contains an air purifier to filter the air during your appointment and between sessions.

I use a BlueAir purifier with HEPA filter which filters the air in the room 3 times per hour removing 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 micron.

As mentioned above, please don’t bring any unnecessary belongs with you to your appointment. If removing any personnel items like watches, earrings or necklace, please put them in your pockets, bag or purse if possible.

There’s a large plastic box to store your clothes and belongings during the session. If it’s been raining you can use the hanger for your wet jacket etc. Both are cleaned and sanitised during the room cleaning process between clients.

All surfaces, touch points and seating in the treatment room is cleaned, disinfected or wiped down between every client, including the card payment machine.

The Massage Table

As has always been the case, every client gets their own clean and fresh set of linen for their treatment – that’s a base sheet, top sheet and pillowcases if used.

There is a medical grade barrier layer below the sheets on the treatment table which is sanitised between each client.

I’ve stopped using any fabric covers on bolsters, supports, head cushions and face cradle cushions. These now have vinyl covers which are easily sanitised after each client but unfortunately they’re not quite as soft and comfy anymore.

PPE

Massage after Lockdown

I don’t wear gloves during your treatment.

I’ve installed hand sanitiser machines throughout the clinic including all the treatment rooms. I wash my hands and arms before entering the room and again sanitise my hands and forearms before starting your treatment.

Face coverings are required when inside retail stores. Massage is classed as personal retail services, so face masks or coverings are mandatory for both of us duration your treatment.

  • Please wear a face covering when arriving and in the waiting area.
  • I’ll wear a face mask when I come to collect you from the waiting area.
  • I’ll keep my face mask on for the duration of your session.
  • I can provide a free disposable face mask for anyone that would like one.
  • Please wear a face covering that secures behind your ears not behind your head.

If you have any anxiety around wearing a face mask or have an exemption, please let me know.

Please be aware it may not be possible to do any massage to your neck region if your face covering secures behind your head instead of your ears.

Remember my treatment room also has an air purifier which completely filters the air in the treatment room 3 x per hour.

The use of face masks and coverings is constantly under review and subject to change please check here before each appointment.

Hand Washing

I sanitise and wash my hands when I get to work and whenever I’ve been out.

I wash my hands before and after doing any cleaning of the treatment room and clinic spaces.

I wash my hands before and after every massage.

I hand sanitise before I start your massage.

I ask you to also hand sanitise or wash your hands when entering the clinic.

Test and Protect

ScotGov Test and Protect system to slow the spread of Covid19.

If you experience symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 you’ll be asked to provide details of those you’ve been in close contact with. That would include providing details about your massage appointment with me.

Likewise, if another client or I develop Covid-19 symptoms I may need to provide your contact details to Test and Protect. You understand if this happens, you and your household could be asked to self-isolate

Suggestions

If there is anything you think I should or could be doing to make your massage safer, please let me know!

Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council Registered Massage Therapist
Respect Massage Zero Tolerance