San Diego: Yoga & Hiking @ Annie’s Canyon

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August is finally here, and we are picking back up on hiking and yoga, and yoga and hiking! This weekend we will be at Annie’s Canyon in Solana Beach. Not only will we be hiking the beautiful Annie’s Canyon, we will head over to the beach nearby for a relaxing yoga session. You can choose to join us for just the hike, or just yoga, or join us for both! Be sure...

Hiking San Diego: Pio Pico (a recap)

Having done this hike for a 2nd time in a different season, I will say the views never disappoint! Here are a few of the photos that were taken during this hike for your viewing pleasure. Definitely check out our Events Page to find out about upcoming hikes, and to signup for our email list to keep updated! We hope you enjoy!...
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Covid Precautions

We are currently seeing another surge in Covid19 cases, and we want to take a moment to share with you updates. If you are reading this, you probably received an email, or ventured here from one of our social media accounts. Thank you for checking in! This post will highlight the things we have continued to do as well as some things we are reinstating in our office and outdoor activities. We are open for suggestions from you, so feel free to leave a comment.

Bringing back the Covid Intake Form

When we first re-opened in 2021, all clients were asked to complete a Covid19 questionnaire. You may still see some similar questions on your intake form, but we will bring back the full questionnaire for all appointments. The Covid19 questionnaire contained questions such as:

  • Have you had a fever in the last 24 hours of 100 or above?
  • Do you now, or have you recently had any respiratory or flu symptoms, sore throat or shortness of breath?
  • Have you been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has corona virus-type symptoms?
Bringing back the mask

If you have visited us recently, you would notice that I am wearing a mask. We feel that it is our obligation to wear a mask during your appointment given the nature of how Covid is spread. We also want you to know that we have started to wear masks at all times in the building, even when no one is around. While it isn’t mandatory for clients to wear masks, we do encourage you to wear one when you arrive for your appointment  at least until you are on the treatment table.

The treatment Room

A lot of our cleaning practices have always been in place. For example, OSHA requires us to use an EPA-registered disinfectant that is labeled as bactericidal, viricidal, and fungicidal. I have always been aware of the possibility to transmit germs and viruses, so since I started my practice I have used an EPA-registered disinfectant. Another requirement is to clean and disinfect all surfaces. My rule is if you or I can or have possibly touched it, it will be wiped down.

Per OSHA, all porous/soft surfaces must be used only once because they cannot be disinfected. This becomes a bit tricky given that we use a table warmer on the treatment table. To ensure that you receive the benefit of a warm table without the risks of cross contamination, we use a moisture barrier that separates the linens from the table warmers. Speaking about linens, it goes without saying that all linen (sheets and towels), implements (stones, cups, Gua Sha tools, esthetic implements) are cleaned, and disinfected after each client. Lotion and oil bottles are wiped down after each client.

I use wipes and a spray as my two method of disinfecting surfaces. Both kill the SARS/Coronovirus, but some surfaces are hard to spray so I’ll use the wipe. A new wipe is used for each surface. I use multiple wipes for disinfecting the room and the door knobs in the suite. The reason for this is because the disinfectant needs to remain on the surface for a certain length of time. One wipe isn’t damp enough to cover every surface in the room.

Also in the treatment room is an air purifier. The air purifier is kept on during our session, and is placed on full blast as we are cleaning the room between appointments. The filters are inspected, cleaned, and changed regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Additional Staggered Time

Previously, we would allow 15 minutes between appointments to allow for clean up, and to “turn the room over”. We are increasing this time between clients to 30 minutes for appointments with certain add-ons. While much of what needs to be done can be done within 15 minutes, We want to make sure we are doing our due diligence to provide a healthy environment. We also ask that you help us by not arriving sooner than 5-minutes of your scheduled appointment time (10-minutes if you must complete additional paperwork). This allows time for us to ensure the treatment room is ready for you, and also avoids clients running into each other between appointments.

You assistance is appreciated

At the end of your treatment, we usually ask you to take your time getting up from the treatment table. We really would like for you to take your time. Nothing kills the relaxation vibes as much as being rushed. You can use this time to ensure you have gathered all of your belongings, put on your mask (if you were wearing one), and settle down on the couch in the room. While you are getting yourself together after your treatment, we are washing our hands, and wiping down door knobs (in the event the other therapist had clients come in for an appointment. Once you are ready to check out, simply open the door of the treatment room, and we will enter to complete the appointment.

We have opened up additional time in our calendar for appointments, so as to not inconvenience you by the increased times between appointments.

We’re committed to providing the healthiest environment possible. We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

~Onyeka

Hiking San Diego: Pio Pico

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We will once again be hitting up the Pio Pico Trail (Otay Mountain via Minnewawa and Otay Truck Trail). We did this hike earlier this year some time around March, and it was beautiful!! We will be heading up at 4:30 AM to try to get ahead of the sun. There is only a single tree on the trail up…. yes you read that correctly… ONE SINGLE Tree where you can hope...

What is Swedish Massage

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Swedish massage is one of the most popular massage types, and it has a lot to offer. Swedish massage therapists use their hands and forearms to apply long strokes, kneading and circular movements that focus on the muscles. The therapist may also use their elbows to press into the body. During Swedish massage therapy sessions, you should expect your body to be...

FAS: Taco Crawl

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We are back for another Fat Ass Shit (FAS) adventure! This month, FAS will consist of a Taco Crawl through Old Town San Diego. The FAS series was started with a love of hiking/being active, and a love of food and all things delicious. Why not put these 2 things together to create one amazing experience? At this event, we will be hiking over to Old Town, and eating tacos...

May Sunset/Fullmoon Hike

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Join us for our May Sunset/Fullmoon Hike event at the beach! This month we get to visit another one of San Diego’s beaches to enjoy a hike as the sun sets right before our eyes. This hike is considered easy, and is approximately 5 miles (out and back) along Mission Beach into Pacific Beach. This is a flat hike, so that allows some level of ease. You have the option...

April’s Sunset/Fullmoon Hike

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This past weekend we completed April’s sunset/Fullmoon Hike in Chula Vista CA at the Mother Miguel Mountain. This trail is 4 miles in and back by was of multiple switchbacks. The route we took is considered a moderately challenging route, but all of the hikers successfully to the summit. At the top we were able to see all the way into Downtown San Diego as...