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The Réseau collaborated with other massage therapy associations under the direction of Soins personnels Québec to create a protocol for health standards in massage therapy to support its members in the resumption of their activities. This protocol was developed to guide massage therapists in the best way possible in their return-to-work process and was drafted according to guidelines issued by the Institut National de Santé publique du Québec and the CNESST.
Please note that this protocol is based on the information available at the time of writing the recommendations. As the situation and knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, the recommendations in this document are subject to change.
You can view and download the protocol in PDF format.
Last update : February 22, 2020Protocol for health standards
Massage at home
If you need to travel to your clients’ homes to perform your treatment, here are our recommendations:
Chair or table massage in company
If you perform chair or table massages in your company, here are our recommendations:
The procedure mask recommended for the practice of massage therapy is a level 1 disposable mask with a bacterial filtration rate of 95% or more according to the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). There are 3 classifications under the ASTM F2100 standard: level 1, 2 and 3. The N95 mask is not recommended for your practice; it is reserved for the medical field.
We recommend that you look for ASTM or FDA certifications when purchasing. You can consult the list of protective equipment suppliers available here.
Source: 3rd question – What are ASTM standards for medical face masks?, Primed.ca, [Online], consult on May 27, 2020.
As of January 27, 2021, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) has made changes to the interim recommendations for therapeutic care sector in private practice. It now states that “when the client receives care, it is recommended that the client also wear a quality medical (procedure) mask, given his proximity to the worker for an extended period of time”1. The preferred procedure masks are those that meet the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2100 compliance criteria. Masks according to EN 14683 (type IIR) can also be used. To ensure mask compliance, it is recommended that the client be provided with a procedure mask upon arrival.
According to the latest update of the INSPQ’s interim recommendations for the therapeutic care sector in private practice, “in certain exceptional circumstances (for example, lying on his stomach on a massage table), the client may remove the mask”1. Given that the Public Health Department of the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux had already confirmed that the mask could be removed during the period of care that requires it, the guidelines therefore remain the same. The procedure mask can be removed when:
We encourage you to continue to exercise your professional judgment to determine if the mask needs to be removed during certain maneuvers.
Some people are not required to wear the mask, such as:
” In addition, people with a chronic condition, including cardiovascular diseases and lung diseases, are not exempted from wearing a mask or face covering. Whenever possible, they should use a procedure mask, since it offers better protection against the virus. “2
 Free translation of Recommandations intérimaires concernant les soins thérapeutiques en cabinet privé
 Source: Wearing a mask or a face covering in public settings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, government’s website