Unfortunately, massage establishments were not included in the governor’s Phase 1 re-openings today, so I cannot yet open fully. “Public swimming pools, bars, gyms, cosmetology salons, massage establishments, interactive amusement venues, such as bowling alleys and video arcades, and tattoo and piercing studios will remain closed through Phase I.”
HOWEVER, last week, we did receive word from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation clarifying massage therapy permissions under the current closures. “A massage therapist may only provide massage services if it is medically necessary. This determination must be made by the client’s physician or chiropractor. Massage therapists may not provide massage services for general wellness or other non-medical necessity reasons.”
So, until the Phase 2 openings in mid-May, I will need clients to provide me with a copy of a prescription for therapeutic/medical massage from a physician or chiropractor deeming it necessary in order to provide the service. This is treatment code (CPT code) 97124.
Because of this, I will need to close online booking availability until May 18 and ask that clients contact me to confirm they can provide this needed documentation in order to book/keep sessions. Contact me as early as possible via phone, text or email to book medically necessary massage services prior to May 18. Rescheduling current bookings or booking for May 18 and beyond can still be done online.
As I provide these sessions, and when I open fully when allowed, the following apply:
- I will continue to sanitize all common surfaces in the office, and all equipment between appointments according to CDC and other health agency guidelines.
- Clients will be rescheduled if they have ANY cold/flu symptoms, including fever.
- I will check my temperature before beginning work each day and monitor it throughout the day.
- I will wear a mask during sessions.
- Clients will be asked to provide information about their recent health and exposure to anyone displaying symptoms before each session and sign a COVID-19 Updated Policies, Client Intake and Consent Form. (This should be completed and brought to the first appointment upon re-opening or if coming in before for a medically necessary service.)
- I am asking clients to keep as much distance as possible from other each other between appointments. (See additional information on the updated intake and consent form.)
- If you have any questions about what I am doing to ensure the health and safety of my clients, give me a call!
Amid the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19, I hope this will alleviate any stress and hesitation you have about an upcoming appointment. If you need to reschedule for whatever reason, and especially if you are not feeling well, I request for you to please contact me as soon as possible to cancel and/or reschedule. As always, there will be no penalties for late cancellations due to health-related concerns.
Thank you for your support and patience in this unusual time!
All the best,