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Curious about what massage therapists and spas are doing to prepare for reopening? Wondering about what a massage experience might be like in the “new normal?” We know you are, given that 73% of you are aching to get your stress worked out when wellness businesses reopen post-COVID-19. Well, we are just as curious as the lot of you. So much so, that we reached out to our friend Jenalee Dahlen, Chief Visionary and Integrative Officer of Yoso Wellness Spa, to get some answers.
Jenalee: A few things they can expect to have changed when they come in are...
1. Forms and screenings
We send clients an intake form along with their booking confirmation, as well as a COVID-19 form and safety reminders to read and sign before their service. This removes or minimizes the time clients are gathering in the reception area. Upon arrival, we ask a series of COVID-19-related health questions and give clients a no-touch thermal temperature check. From there, we offer a spritz of sanitizer or directions to the restroom, so clients can wash their hands before receiving their service.
2. Faster checkout
On top of that, we are also providing checkouts before the services. Once the client’s treatment is complete, the practitioner can immediately step outside with them, schedule their next appointment on a tablet, and send them on their way. The only reason they would need to spend time in the reception area after their service is if we needed to show them skincare products.
3. Protective gear
The practitioners providing the service will be wearing gloves, face coverings, and, when necessary, a face shield or protective eyewear.
4. Fewer amenities provided
To reduce touch points, we are asking clients to bring their own water bottle, and for the time being, have removed our magazines and books for lounging and reading, extra amenities in the restroom, and client refreshments and snacks through the spa.
These new processes will help reduce client crossover, limit the number of practitioners being in the space at the same time, and protect everyone within our doors, reducing potential exposure. Our top priority is the health and safety of our team and clients, followed by the prevention of our business from being closed again. When it is closed, we cannot physically support the wellness and self-care of our community. Anything we can do during this time to continue to create an experience while protecting everyone within our doors, we will do.
While Yoso Wellness Spa has always had high standards for cleanliness, we have created a space to take a deeper look at our processes. This is to ensure we are creating a safe space for our clients, community, and team.
Some additional new "Stay-Safe Protocols and Policies" we have implemented that our clients are not directly involved in are increasing our cleaning schedule for sanitizing and disinfecting through the spa:
1. If the restroom is used, a team member will be going in and wiping it down after.
2. We always try to keep the front door open to reduce the number of touch points for our clients. If a door needs to be opened, one of our team members will do it.
3. We have removed testers from the skincare area and are asking clients not to touch the retail products. A team member will be handling the products unless a client has already purchased it in order to reduce any potential exposure.
4. To help keep our clients safe, we are also holding the team members of Yoso accountable with COVID-19 screenings, staggered lunches, and sanitized skincare bottles in the treatment room at the end of every service instead of at the end of the day.
5. Additionally, Yoso is scheduling or has already taken COVID-19 testing to reassure our community that we are a safe space. We are taking this seriously, as our clients’ health and wellness are top priorities. Yoso was created to be a respite—a space for healing, balancing, and nurturing through touch and wellness—and we will do everything possible to continue to uphold, and go above and beyond, our standards to continue this mission.
6. While it is not required, to help keep our clients safe, we have also ordered eight eco-friendly air-purifiers to place throughout the entire spa, including staff-only areas. These air purifiers use a process to deactivate airborne toxins and collect tiny particles as small as bacteria from the air.
Ultimately, our goal is to create a calm and seamless experience. While processes have changed due to COVID-19, we continue to do our best to make sure our services feel gentle, reassuring, safe, and enjoyable. What won't be different is the care, passion, and heart that go into each treatment, and the smiles that are happening under our masks.
As you can see, our favorite spas are doing everything they can to keep us safe and healthy. Whether you feel comfortable going back or want to stick at home for a while, find comfort in the fact that they’re patiently waiting and preparing for your safe and comfortable return. Thanks, Jenalee and Yoso Wellness Spa!
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When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.