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Massage Therapy and COVID-19---what you need to know

Updated: Apr 1, 2023

CMTO (College of Massage Therapy of Ontario) lays out all necessary steps both clients and massage therapists need to follow to guarantee safe treatments.

What can you expect?

Your RMT:

• Will screen you for COVID-19 (before the appointment and when you arrive)

• Will ask you to come to the appointment alone (if possible), wearing a mask

• Will ask you to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you arrive and before you leave • Will wash their hands with soap and water thoroughly and regularly, including before and after treatment

• Will wear a medical mask whenever within two metres of you and during treatment

• May wear gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE), such as goggles or a gown

What cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place?

• Items used during treatment will be cleaned and disinfected after each client

• Linens and blankets will be changed and laundered after each client and the face cradle will be thoroughly disinfected

• Items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected or changed between clients will be removed from the treatment area

What can you do to help ensure safety?

• Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell

• Try not to touch your face

• Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue; dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer

• Let your RMT know if you have concerns about wearing a mask

• Follow your RMT's guidance and ask any questions you have before, during and after treatment


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