THE CONNECTION Center for Therapeutic Massage


New 2021 Office Procedures


Massage therapy is a NY Forward Phase Three Personal Care Industry.  

Guidelines:    https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Personal_Care_Summary_Guidelines

More massage therapy resources are available at the bottom of this page.


4/1/21 Update Summary

First, thank you for your patience.

Please wait two days to schedule after you have received the COVID19 vaccine.

Please review NYS Travel Advisory guidelines, updated 4/1/21, before scheduling.

Feel free to contact me with questions about my COVID-19 testing or cleaning protocols.

Limited services are available for existing clients.

Stay home and cancel if you don’t feel well or have any virus symptoms.  

Bring and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

Please do not arrive more than a few minutes early. Near the entrance, a red flag (stop) means please wait in your car. A green flag (go) means come in.  Please wait in the entry for your temperature check with a no-touch thermometer.

Please have your payment prepared. Please do not bring in any unnecessary personal items.

Once inside, I'll ask screening questions, have you complete an informed consent and make payment.

There is a sink in the massage room, and I request everyone wash their hands. Hand sanitizer is also

available throughout the office.

If, at any time, you display symptoms, I may ask you to leave immediately.

Per NY Forward’s Phase Three Personal Care Guidelines, you’re required to wear a mask during your

entire visit, except when face down in the face cradle. When face down, your mask may be removed

because the face cradle will be encircled with a cotton pillowcase. You must put your mask on before

rising from the table or flipping over.

Although I've retested and reaffirmed NY's Phase Three Personal Care Guidelines for the 9/3/20 update

that permits facial massage, I'm not offering facial massage at this time.

In addition to using a new oil bottle, I wear a new face mask, face shield, apron and shirt for each

client. I will wear gloves at your request.

The entry, reception, restroom, and massage room are cleaned between sessions. The

office is aired out between sessions, with open doors and windows, and fans and vents running.  There is an air purifier and humidifier in the massage room.

Per NY Forward’s Phase Three Personal Care Guidelines, I maintain a log of visitors and their contact information to provide to the NYS Department of Health for contact tracing purposes, if requested. This information is separate from all other health records.

Thank you for your business, support and patience.


See summary above for most current information.

3/11/21

Earlier opening times will be available 4/1.


3/3/21

I plan to offer longer sessions soon.

Please wait ten days (updated)  to schedule if you have been out of NY and/or have had extended close contact outside your "regular circle."


2/26/21 Reminder

Please wait two days to schedule after you have received the COVID19 vaccine.


1/4/21 Update Summary

> First, thank you for your patience.

> Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns about my COVID-19 testing or cleaning protocols.  

> I've reopened with limited services for existing clients.

> Stay home and cancel if you don’t feel well or have any virus symptoms.  Please wait two weeks to 

     schedule if you have been out of NY and/or have had extended close contact outside your "regular     

     circle."  Please wait two days (updated) to schedule if you have received the COVID19 vaccine.

> Bring and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

> Please do not arrive more than a few minutes early.  It is essential that we begin on time.  Near the 

     entrance, a red flag (stop) means please wait in your car. A green flag (go) means come on in!  Please 

     wait in the entry for your temperature check with a no-touch thermometer.

> Please have your payment prepared. Please do not bring in any unnecessary personal items.

> Once inside, I'll ask screening questions, have you complete an informed consent and make payment. 

> There is a sink in the massage room, and I request everyone to wash their hands.  Hand sanitizer is also 

     available throughout the office.

> If, at any time, you display symptoms, I may ask you to leave immediately.

> Per NY Forward’s Phase Three Personal Care Guidelines, you’re required to wear a mask during your 

     entire visit, except when face down in the face cradle. When face down, your mask may be removed 

     because the face cradle will be encircled with a cotton pillowcase.  You must put your mask on before 

     rising from the table or flipping over.

> Although I've retested and reaffirmed NY's Phase Three Personal Care Guidelines for the 9/3/20 update 

     that permits facial massage, I'm not offering facial massage at this time.

> In addition to using a new oil bottle, I wear a new face mask, face shield, apron and shirt for each 

     client. I will wear gloves at your request.  

> The entry, reception, restroom, and massage room are cleaned between sessions.  The 

     office is aired out between sessions, with open doors and windows, and fans and vents running.  

     Yes, even in the winter.  There is an air purifier and humidifier in the massage room.

> I'm maintaining a log of visitors and their contact information to provide to the NYS Department of Health 

     for contact tracing purposes, if requested. This information is separate from all other health records.

Thank you for your business, support and patience.



See summary above for most current information.

12/6/20 Update

Gift certificates are available.  They may be purchased in person by appointment, by mail, or instantly online. Please visit the Contact page for details.  


11/19/20 Update

The Salt Foot Scrub will also be available beginning 11/23/20.

Please wait two weeks to schedule if you have been out of NY and/or have had extended close contact outside your "regular circle."  Please cancel if you have any virus symptoms.  Thank you.


11/9/20 Update

60 and 75-minute Swedish Mix sessions will be available beginning 11/23/20.  Thank you for your patience.


10/17/20 Update

The massage fort is tucked away after the recent wind storm. We'll reassemble it in the spring.

Instead of waiting in your car for me to wave you inside, I've switched to flags near the entrance. A red flag (stop) means please wait in your car. A green flag (go) means come on in!  Please wait in the entry for your temperature check.

As the holidays near, please take events into consideration before scheduling sessions. If you're in extended, close contact with people outside of your "regular circle," then please wait two weeks before scheduling.

Although I've retested and reaffirmed NY's Phase Three Personal Care Guidelines for the 9/3/20 update that permits facial massage, I will not be offering facial massage at this time.


9/4/20 Update

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns about my COVID-19 testing or cleaning protocols.  Clients are enjoying the expanded outdoor Massage Fort during their sessions.  I'm optimistic that I may soon offer longer (60+ minutes) sessions, however I'm cautious due to the upcoming changes within our communities in September.


7/29/20 Update

30-min. and 45-min. Swedish Mix sessions will be available beginning 8/12. Just the Ends and the Mimi Special will also be available. Per NY Forward’s Phase Three Personal Care Guidelines, you’re required to wear a mask during your visit, except when face down in the face cradle. When face down, your mask may be removed because the face cradle will be encircled with a cotton pillowcase.

Online availability through MassageBook for these sessions will not open until 8/12; however you may contact me directly before then to schedule.  

Please wait 14 days to schedule if you’ve been out of the country or to a state on NY’s Travel Advisory List. Stay home and cancel if you don’t feel well. I’ll still do temperature checks, ask screening questions, and have you complete an informed consent.


7/20/20

I've reopened with limited services for existing clients.  I’m offering only the following short sessions this summer: 15-min. Chair Massage ($12), and the 20-min. Foot or Hand massage ($20). 

I need you to complete a new health form, which is available through MassageBook, or I can send one. 

Please wait 14 days to schedule if you’ve been out of the area that’s currently in our same phase. 

Stay home and cancel if you don’t feel well or have fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.  If, at any time, you display symptoms, I may ask you to leave immediately. 

Upon arrival, please stay in your vehicle until I motion for you to come in.  It is essential that you arrive on time. Bring and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Please have your payment prepared.  I’ll take your temperature with a no-touch thermometer.  I’ll also have a COVID-19 informed consent for you to  sign.  You must keep your mask on during your massage. Hand sanitizer will be available.

In addition to using a new oil bottle, I will wear a new/disinfected face mask, safety glasses/face shield, and apron for each client. I will wear gloves at your request. 

I will maintain a log of visitors and their contact information to provide to the DOH for contact tracing purposes, if requested. This information is separate from all other health records.

Thank you for your business, support and patience.



Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Resources from Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals:  https://www.abmp.com/covid-updates#Best_Practices_List


COVID-19 Resources from American Massage Therapy Association:  https://www.amtamassage.org/about/news/covid-19-resources-for-massage-therapists/


Massage and Bodywork Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards:  https://www.fsmtb.org/media/2319/fsmtb20200519guidelinesforpracticecovid-19.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0qwS691vbOPp_GbKqIZCyheIt4tNmMlN4VdoKM0Xis-ia7LKCbmWWg-J8