With the covid-19 pandemic, the world has changed forever, and the way we used to do things no longer works.
Some are saying we can just get "back to normal" and trust that everything will be okay, but trust is built on more than
wishful thinking. At bodymindspiritworks, we are taking the pandemic seriously, and we are taking trust seriously.
The work we do is up close and personal.
Up to now, basic cleaning procedures called "standard precautions" have been
completely effective, but they are no longer enough. So what's different from the epidemics of previous years?
Here's a simple comparison from an excellent article on the
SARS and MERS are deadly, but not easily spread. Swine flu (H1N1) is easily spread, but not as deadly. Ebola is very severe, but hard to contract.
COVID-19 is deadly and easily spread, even by people with no symptoms.
This is a huge difference.
It is also important to create a safe environment without putting everyone in a hazmat suit.
Here's how we're going to do it. Our approach will require your participation, and will be based on the following:
1. Continuing "standard precautions:" handwashing, proper cleaning and laundering, all that good stuff we've always done.
2. Isopropyl alcohol, 70% concentration. Isopropyl kills everything, dries quickly, leaves no lingering bleach scent, and in
fact can be pleasantly scented with essential oils. We're buying it by the 4-gallon case.
All common surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between every appointment.
3. Some procedural modifications, such as the use of fleece-blanket coverings on upholstered chairs and plastic tubs for clothing,
all of which can be washed/disinfected between appointments.
4. Intentional community/web of trust. This may be the most important piece of all. Bodymindspiritworks has become
even more of a sanctuary than it has been. We have become an intentional community of therapists and the persons we work with,
committed to safe practices both within the bodymindspiritworks space and in the world outside. This kind of intentional community develops
a web of trust, which necessarily includes you, the ones we work with. By entering here, you become a part of our sanctuary.
It's the only way we can do this.
We are inviting you to be a part of an intentional community, a web of trust, and that means we all agree to abide
by the following:
1. Safe behavior outside bodymindspiritworks space -- at home, at work, at stores.
Respecting personal space is always considerate but now that means six feet in public places. Because the bodywork we do at
bodymindspiritworks is done at zero distancing, it means we all must be extra careful everywhere else we go.
2. No fevers, coughs, sore throats, runny noses, shortness of breath, symptoms of any kind.
If we have had any of signs of illness within the last 24 hours,
or been in contact with someone with these signs
within the last fourteen days, we will not enter this sanctuary.
3. We will be wearing face masks as an extra precaution. If you have one, please wear it when entering bodymindspiritworks, or you can
have one of ours (new, disposable). Remember that wearing a face covering is for the protection of others.
4. We are using enhanced cleaning protocols, including hand sanitizer and isopropanol on all touch surfaces, between each session.
We ask that you use the hand sanitizer at the stations before you enter our space and when you leave.
Until there is a cure for covid-19, a vaccine, antibody tests,
there is no guarantee of absolute safety. Instead of asking you to sign a waiver of responsibility, we are asking for covenant.
By working together, we can keep everyone healthy.
Please work to protect and extend the web of trust, a web of trust which necessarily extends beyond this space.
Be mindful in all the hours of your days, everywhere you go.
>> CDC covid-19 information
>> Ozaukee County Health Dept. (scroll down for covid-19 dashboard)
>> Wisconsn Dept. of Health Services mapped county data
>> ABMP (Association of Bodywork & Massage Professionals) covid-19 resources
>> Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website (if you're into stats)