Irene’s Mask Policy

Starting April 17, 2023

Masks Not Required During Massage

Masks Required of Anyone With Cold-Like Symptoms

Addressing COVID-19

March 8, 2024

 

SYMPTOMS AND EXPOSURE

Irene’s strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone in our community.

You are likely to have a respiratory virus if you have respiratory symptoms that are not being caused by allergies or asthma, etc. These symptoms typically include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and headache. Additional symptoms may also include chest discomfort, decrease in appetite, diarrhea, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sneezing, sore throat, vomiting, weakness, wheezing.

If you have a respiratory virus, you should isolate to avoid infecting others. Stay home, rest, drink plenty of fluids, and follow your preferred treatment for a cold or flu, etc.

When both of the following are true for at least 24 hours, you may return to your normal activities: Your symptoms have improved overall AND you have not had a fever without fever-reducing medication.

When returning to your normal activities, take added precaution by wearing a mask and practicing good hygiene for the next 5 days. Cover your nose and mouth for coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, and clean frequently touched surfaces.

If you develop a fever or start to feel worse after returning to normal activities, stay home again until your symptoms have improved overall AND you have not had a fever without medication for least 24 hours. Then take added precautions again for the next 5 days.

If you never had symptoms but tested positive for a respiratory virus you may be contagious. For the next 5 days take added precautions, wear a mask, and continue practicing good hygiene and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.


 

STAY HEALTHY

Join us in taking pragmatic steps to keep you and your family safe. Below are reasonable steps you can take to help keep yourself healthy.

  • Boost your immune system! First and foremost, I urge all of you to do everything possible to stay healthy yourself. It is essential to prioritize your well-being and do all you can to boost your immune system. I urge you to utilize the lessons you have learned at Irene’s so you’re as healthy as possible in the unlikely event you encounter this virus. Research shows that sustaining healthy habits supports immunity and can help prepare our bodies to better fight and recover from illnesses.
  • Stick to a nutrient-dense, toxin-free diet, including known immune-supportive foods like garlic and ginger. Avoid foods that tend to weaken the immune system, such as sugar, refined grains, and all processed and refined foods, as much as you can. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
  • Practice mindfulness. Research suggests that mindful meditation can have benefits for health including immune function.
  • Get adequate sleep, ideally seven to eight hours a night. This is your body’s time to perform preventive maintenance, which bolsters the immune system. Research shows that repeatedly short-changing sleep by even an hour or two can negatively affect immunity.
  • Get plenty of sunshine and supplemental Vitamin D and K2. High levels of Vitamin D have long been linked to lower rates of illness. Consider taking additional vitamins, micronutrients, and supplements to support immunity, such as a high-quality multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3, Vitamin C, elderberry, and digestive enzymes. Probiotics and powdered greens have also been shown to support immune and gut health.
  • Get at least 20 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity exercise a day to prime the immune system. This movement results in the production of more white blood cells, which combat bacteria and viruses, and promotes improved circulation.
  • Practice good hygiene! Following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), we recommend the following.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to protect yourself and others from germs.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your face, because germs routinely spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Please know we are grateful for your support during this ever-changing situation. We will all get through this together even at a distance. Stay safe and active. Keep smiling. This too shall pass.

Yours in Light and Love,

Kathy Skubik
Executive Director
Irene’s Myomassology Institute
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