September 27, 2020
I want to take a moment to tell you how really proud I am of the pandemic protocols we have in place at Irene’s! Unlike other schools you hear of on the news, we have not had any virus outbreaks.  My staff is doing an exceptional job of maintaining the safest environment one can reasonably expect.
We enforce strict safety measures with health screening, required masks, sanitizing and maximum classroom capacities. Every table and desk is a minimum of 6 feet apart. Only one student sits at each table.
The only time people are in close proximity is during a massage. Clean aprons are worn for every massage and thorough cleaning procedures are enforced.
While there is no guarantee of virus prevention, we are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment. Namaste!
Yours in light and love,
Kathy Skubik
Executive Director, Irene’s Myomassology Institute


Addressing COVID-19

As of December 18, 2020

In light of the increased outbreak, face shields worn in an inverted position is now mandatory for anyone giving a massage.

In compliance with the December 18 Gatherings and Face Mask Order Irene’s will hold in-person classes and follow all applicable requirements of this order. The student clinic is open for massage clinic services. Irene’s protocols reduce the spread of respiratory droplets and disinfect surfaces to diminish the spread of COVID-19. To keep students, clients and staff safe, Irene’s follows all requirements from:

  • The State of Michigan
  • Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) Emergency Order
  • and MIOSHA’s Emergency Rules for COVID-19.

We are striving to deliver the quality education our students enrolled in, as well as provide the massage therapy services our clients have come to rely on.

The rapid spread of coronavirus requires careful attention and increased vigilance. The health and safety of everyone in Irene’s school community is our highest priority. Therefore, when we are on campus, it is imperative we follow the safety protocols.


Irene’s is following the updated CDC quarantine guidance (December 10, 2020).

Who needs to quarantine?

  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

Close Contact is defined by CDC as:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who had Covid-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home to someone sick with Covid-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.

 Steps to take

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Options to reduce quarantine

Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.

Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

  • On day 10 without testing
  • On day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

After stopping quarantine, you should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed. See Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing for guidance on options to reduce quarantine.

Confirmed and suspected cases of reinfection of the virus that causes COVID-19

Cases of reinfection of COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. In general, reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected.

As COVID-19 is at the top of the headlines, Irene’s is choosing to focus on emphasizing health maintenance and minimizing panic. 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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