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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 : August 3, 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:
Following the announcement that wearing masks in enclosed public spaces is mandatory, the Réseau received several questions from members. The Réseau has therefore contacted public health officials to clarify the new directive for massage therapists.
We finally received a response from Public Health. The government decree applies to any clientele present in “any place that welcomes the public,” including private professional offices in a private residence. This means that your clients must wear the mask or face covering when they show up for their appointment.
In addition, Public Health has informed us that clients must wear the mask or face covering at all times, except for the duration of massages that require it. This represents a significant change for those who had decided to make it optional for their clients to wear the mask or face covering following the announcement of changes to the INSPQ interim recommendations. The government decree, as long as it is in force, prevails over interim recommendations.
The Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health and Social Services confirmed that the mask could be removed for the duration of the massage that required it. The mask or face covering can be removed when:
We encourage you to continue to exercise your professional judgment to determine if the mask or face covering needs to be removed during certain maneuvers.
Some people are not required to wear the mask or face covering, 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. »*
To read the full information regarding the wearing of masks or face coverings required in enclosed public places, we invite you to visit the website of the government of Quebec.
*Source: Wearing a mask or a face covering in public settings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, government’s website