Current as at: 14 April 2020 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
The NSW State government has now made it clear as of the 14th of April that Remedial Massage is part of essential health services. In this current environment this could change and the status will be checked every day and this page will reflect any new changes.
Hygiene is a top priority at the clinic.
Your therapist at My Massage Clinic Kara Martin has completed the Infection control training in relation to COVID-19 and has a Certificate of acknowledgement.
My massage clinic is using an Air Purifier with a microbe Shield that uses shortwave light to help target bacteria and viruses.
At my massage clinic all clients will be screened before booking and treatment, first over the phone and then in person. All effort is being made to maintain absolute hygiene in the clinic. To ensure this, new practices are now implemented for the clinic and clients.
Hand sanitizer is at the reception desk and must be used by the client upon entry and I will be washing hands before and after every client as I normally do. There will also be a 30 minute gap between clients. This will be for cleaning and to reduce contact between clients. There will be only one chair at reception.
Information taken from the NSW Government website:
Statement from The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society -What you can and can’t do under the rules
The individual decision to practice remedial and therapeutic massage services is now a personal risk assessment. The personal risk assessment must follow all social distance requirements as far as practicable, infection control procedures and individual client screening. There are some premises, for example gyms, health studios, beauty salons and massage parlours that must stay closed. It follows therefore that remedial and therapeutic massage services have been relaxed when delivered in a clinic setting.
The personal risk assessment for remedial and therapeutic massage services should also be guided by the sensible restrictions in place for hairdressers: the 4 square metre rule applies within the premises and personal contact with the client should be minimised. A client should attend the clinic alone or with one other person.
ATMS also reads these new guidelines as relaxing ingestive practice in a clinic
setting. Audio-visual consultations can be offered, with consultations now within the same personal risk assessment for ingestive practice.
The relevant extracts for NSW practitioners are as follows.
Healthcare is OPEN
Clients / patients should call ahead if they are experiencing any COVID-19
symptoms or are feeling unwell.
• Doctors and medical centres
• Remedial or therapeutic massage services
Personal services are CLOSED
• Massage parlours
• Nail, beauty, waxing and tanning salons
• Spas (including where they are part of a hotel)
• Tattoo parlours
• Strip clubs and sex services premises
Sport and recreation are CLOSED
• Indoor sporting events
• Local sporting competitions
• Public swimming pools
• Indoor recreation facilities (squash courts, indoor swimming pools, gyms,
table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks)
• Outside gym equipment in public places
• Outdoor playgrounds
• Skate parks