Are you the owner or manager of a spa, hot tub or pool, or do you provide showers and air conditioning for your clients? Make sure you are fully aware of the dangers of legionnaire’s disease and the risks to your clients, and understand what your legal obligations are.
What exactly is Legionnaire’s Disease?
Legionnaire’s disease is a serious disease caused by a tiny aquatic organism which thrives in warm, damp environments. It can be inhaled in fine droplets, leading to pneumonia and a high fever. As the disease takes up to 10 days to develop many other people may be infected before it is realised that anything is amiss. Air conditioning systems, humidifiers, nebulisers, ornamental fountains and many other types of equipment containing water may also be sources of legionnaire’s disease.
How can it be prevented?
Because of its long incubation period an outbreak is easier to prevent than to control and there are strict regulations in place to safeguard public health. The essential feature is a controlled system of regular testing and keeping water systems clean. Although legionella bacteria can be found in many sources, including fresh water, it becomes dangerous when slime is allowed to develop and when the temperature reaches 35-45 degrees centigrade.
What are my legal obligations?
According to www.hse.gov.uk, under general Health and Safety law you are obliged to maintain your water systems in good condition and assess the risk of a problem developing. This means drawing up a risk assessment, identifying potential sources of legionnaire’s disease and preparing a course of action to monitor that risk. You must keep accurate records and be able to prove you are taking your responsibilities seriously.
The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations state that if you have a cooling tower or evaporative condenser on site you must notify the local authority in writing. Contact your local Environmental Health department.
What should I do on a daily basis?
If you employ five people or more, you must have a written risk assessment and keep careful records of your monitoring of the water system. Make sure you have a responsible person do this and that all your staff know the correct way to use equipment.
Keep the system and the water clean, and avoid a situation where an outbreak could develop. Keep the water too hot for the bacteria to survive or add an antibacterial solution to prevent growth.
Consider employing a firm of consultants to check your supply.
A wide variety of health benefits have made massages one of the most popular salon and spa treatments around the world. During this time to relax and feel inner peace, the slightest inconvenience has the potential to ruin what otherwise would be a wonderful massage experience. This is why masseurs go to great lengths to ensure they provide their clients with the ideal environment for massages – a clean table, privacy while undressing, dim lights, relaxing music, aromatherapy and even therapeutic oils. However, a difference in gender between client and masseur can sometimes make comfort difficult to achieve. Even some clients don’t feel comfortable stripping entirely in front of masseurs of the same sex.
This is where disposable G-String style panty underwear is the ideal solution. Comfortable and soft, they cover the woman’s essentials to ensure privacy without looking outdated, ugly or cheap. With the same look and feel as reusable under pants, clients won’t be able to tell these panties are disposable. The disposable aspect means the masseur doesn’t have to worry about cleaning stains, odours or menstrual fluids off of reusable underwear. Individually wrapped, the G-String panties are guaranteed to be clean and hypoallegetic every time.
A highly popular product, the Coif’Hygiene division of Caractère has been manufacturing the G-String for several years. Originally, they were only available in a single size and colour, but an increasing number of our clients have asked us if it were possible to change the colour or to enlarge the G-String’s size. It turns out that with their rise in popularity and accessibility, a wider variety of clients are seeking massages. Changes in living patterns have also played a role in the transformation of the clientele. Since practically everyone knows about the benefits of massages, masseurs and massage product manufacturers have had to adapt their practices. Caractère then offered larger sized G Strings exclusively, only to later discover that some loyal customers preferred the older, smaller version.
To keep everyone happy, the company decided to make available the most popular size and colour combinations together. For smaller panties, white was the salons’ colour of choice. For medium to large size G strings, both white and black are available. Finally, for the extra large size, discretion is often the client’s primary concern, so they are available in black.
If price is a determining factor for your business, we make these cover-ups affordable at roughly 20 pence per unit. While still very accessible, the XL model comes with a slight price increase to account for the extra material necessary during manufacture. The other sizes are the same price, no matter the colour. These G-Strings are also ideal for tanning beds and hair removal salons where access to the sides of the leg is necessary to accomplish the respective tasks. All of the G-strings are individually wrapped and sealed with respect to the idea of hygiene and cleanliness.
Every one knows massages are a time to relax. Yet preparing for a massage can be (and all too often is, unfortunately) a stressful experience.
First, you have to choose the right day and time to visit your therapist, and make sure nothing stressful is scheduled before or after the massage that would take you out of the zone of inner peace.
Second, you have to choose the rig
ht therapist: one who won’t massage too hard, but not too soft either; with the right style — Swedish, Californian, Ayurvedic or deep tissue; with the right oils so that your skin leaves the appointment feeling nourished, without breaking out in pimples the next day.
Third, right before the session, the moment most likely to cause awkwardness and stress comes: the time to undress. Some parlours require their clients to strip down entirely and become naked, then crawl under a sheet or towel they provide in order to give the guest an illusion of privacy.
Certain places even pretend it isn’t traumatic to change into your birthday suit in front of a therapist — a guy or gal you may have met mere minutes earlier.
According to a poll on About.com to which over 5,000 people responded, “What do you wear during massage,” more than half of the respondents said, “Nothing. I remove all my clothing.” However, this isn’t necessary anymore because salons and spas have now started to provide their clients with massage apparel.
This new development assures the client privacy and comfort before, during and after a massage. Some unfamiliar with the world of massage may wonder exactly what is massage apparel.
Massage wear is disposable, single-user (but not necessarily single-use) clothing made to protect and keep warm clients who receive massages. While simple in design, it comes in extra soft fabrics and comfortable cuts that guarantee relaxation.
Caractère Paris offers a full line of massage apparel, including underwear, shorts, shirts and jackets.
A wide variety of underwear, such as thongs, slips, and panties, exist for the essential comfort of massage clients. The male thongs are a great starting point, covering the essential bits and pieces without rendering the massage difficult. They come for roughly 25 pence each, an accessibly affordable improvement for any massage service.
For women, a stylish and elegant G-String takes the first step toward proper clothing during a
massage. They’re also perfect for tanning salons in order to minimize tan lines and for masks or other chemical treatments that would stain most clothing.
Another option for the more modest female client is the panty, with a wider backside that affords better coverage. With both at slightly more than 20 pence per unit, how can one not provide their clients with this essential? Finally, even plus sized individuals can enjoy massages in discretion with the Large Disposable Adult Panties Underwear. Among these four products, there is a size and style for virtually everyone.
The shorts come first in the list of priorities because of the area they cover. Their comfortable, soft Absorbtex ® material is durable, resistant to rips or tears and will absorb oils or other liquids used during salon treatments, such as masks and body wraps. They come in three sizes, each with an elastic band around the waist that keeps them in place.
The massage shirt is the other essential for full-service salons. They are generously cut and come with a set of buttons down the front that allow easy, fast dressing and removal. Each shirt comes individually wrapped, with a variety of sizes available for every client.
Finally, the massage jacket is the optimal finishing touch for any massage. It comes in a stylish, fashionable look that resembles a kimono, with a V-neck opening, pockets and belt to secure the jacket around its wearer and offer maximum comfort during the massage.
On top of all of this, the above products are all recyclable, meaning you can play your part in protecting the environment by avoiding having to wash, dry and buy new reusable apparel for when you clients want to take it with them. Any salon owner will tell you that (especially if it is the guest’s first time in a salon), the slightest detail can make or break his or her experience. In these cases, attention to detail on the part of the salon owner is essential. Investments, even small ones in things like massage apparel, will pay off over the long run in satisfied return customers and word of mouth advertising.