Massage and other contact therapies & treatments are permitted close contact services where social distancing cannot be observed. Additional steps are therefore required to ensure safe practice.

In addition to the general Protocols For Covid-19 Security At ITM, hosts and participants for massage and other contact therapies & treatments must also comply with the following points.

The host must act as Nominated Covid-19 Officer for their sessions.

Do not come for a treatment if you have any symptoms associated with Covid-19 or have had a positive Covid-19 test in the preceding 14 days.

Do not come for a treatment if you have, or someone in your household has, tested positive for Covid-19 in the preceding 14 days or if you have been told to self-isolate by the Test & Protect service or if you have been abroad and are required to quarantine for 14 days.

Personnel details of each participant will be retained by the host for 21 days and may be shared with the Test & Protect service if necessary.

Depending on the host’s policies, normal cancellation charges should be waived if you need to cancel an appointment due to Covid-19.

Wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) when entering the building and in all shared spaces such as corridors and toilets.

If you are exempt from wearing face coverings you are nonetheless encouraged to wear one, if possible, while entering and moving through the building and arriving in your treatment room.

Wash or sanitise hands before and after every treatment.

Hosts and participants will wear a mask or appropriate face covering during the treatment.

All commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected before and after each session.

All linen and any equipment will be changed or disinfected between sessions.

Hosts and participants should wear clothes that have been freshly laundered.

Participants should arrive in the minimum necessary amount of time before and to leave immediately following their session to ensure no waiting is required and that meeting or mixing is avoided.

There will be a minimum of 15 minutes between each session to allow for proper disinfection, change of linen and airing of the room.

Booking is essential for all sessions, drop-ins are NOT allowed.

The “high risk zone” is the area around the face, particularly the mouth, eyes and nose. Work in this area is not recommended unless it is essential for the treatment (e.g. jaw pain etc). If work in this area is undertaken, hand sanitiser will be used again before and after working on this area, and time spent working on this area will kept to the minimum necessary.

During a session minimal time should be spent working face to face. This can be achieved by alterations to usual procedures, eg in massage by using side and prone positions when working on the upper body. The supine position may be used for working on the lower body.

If there is anything the participant is unsure about they should check with their host in advance of the session.