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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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If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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