Predicting the future for our spa

I wish we had a crystal ball to tell us exactly what things would look like 3 months, 6 months, and a year from now for spas. All we have have to go by is ever-evolving information from trusted health authorities and advice provided to other other health professions. We’re closely monitoring countries that are further down the road in battling the COVID19 pandemic.

We’ve been doing the heartbreaking task of cancelling all appointments on our books through July (and will likely continue to do so further out.) Realistically, I’m not sure if we can open in any safe capacity by July. When we do open, the existing appointments on our books won’t match the new realities of our schedule. I promise, WE WILL REOPEN.

We aren’t sure of every safety measure we’ll need to implement, but these are a few ways the spa will be a bit different for awhile:

  • The biggest change: Two distinct teams that don’t overlap any shifts, providers, or receptionists. We see this in some essential offices like veterinary clinics. This ensures that if a team member is exposed to COVID19, we won’t need to 100% close our spa again. We can at least operate at half capacity, especially if widespread testing isn’t available.
  • We will offer longer hours to reduce the number of employees and guests in the spa at a time, increase the time between services, and stagger check-in and check-out times to keep you safer.
  • We won’t be able to book groups of more than two until the COVID19 threat is under control.
  • You can still shop online to save a trip into the spa!
  • We will require masks for providers and guests, which could pose a challenge for some services (facials, lip waxing) if can’t work around a mask.
  • We may have to do enhanced health screenings and lean into low-contact check-in/check-out (online intakes, cards on file, etc…) options.
  • We’re researching alternatives to table warmers. While they’re under multiple layers of linens, they can’t be cleaned in the way we’d like when facing a pandemic. We will not use them until the risk of COVID19 has passed or until we find a safe solution.

It isn’t all doom and gloom!

Check out this video I filmed with my dear friend, Tricia Rivas, owner of Trixie’s Salon and founder of the Dreamcatcher’s Foundation. When this is all over, you’ll see some positive changes in the spa and salon professions.

Spa professionals like massage therapists and especially estheticians have been named some of the professions with the highest risk of contracting COVID19 at work. I would rather wait to open until we have a better idea of safety modifications than put my employees, their families and guests at risk to make money. This might mean we don’t open the day we’re given the legal “go ahead.” I PROMISE we will be back and you can rest assured that when we return, it will be with a very comprehensive plan for safety.

Author: Cassie

Licensed Massage Therapist for 9 years, business owner since 2007.

5 thoughts on “Predicting the future for our spa”

  1. Thanks Cassie! So good to hear what’s going on and know you are looking for ways to continue. Miss you guys!

    1. Thank you! We’ll be back soon-ish. The extra time we spent closed gave us time to really figure out the most ethical way to return and get a good handle on the newest information about the virus and challenges. Take care and we’ll see you when you’re comfortable returning. It shouldn’t be too much longer for us!

  2. I’ve been seeing Cassandra for a while now. I’m worried about her and her family. Are they okay? Myself and my family are all okay. I’ve actually become a great grandmother on April 15th to a beautiful little girl.

    If you can forward this to her I would really appreciate it. I miss coming to see all of you guys and look forward to getting back to a little bit of normal.

    Nancy Jensen.

    1. Oh you are so sweet, Nancy! I’ll make sure she knows you’re a great grandma now! She and her family are doing well and she’s been here trading services with another provider recently in preparation for our return. We will open gradually soon, and whenever it is safe for you and your household, we’d love to welcome you back!

  3. Thank you for the update. I’m so concerned about all of you. Will be happy when you feel safe to open again. Thank you for the update!

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