You have probably heard by now that The Ontario Government has updated the order of Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Directive #2 for Regulated Health Professionals. Massage Therapists (RMTs) are now permitted to gradually restart Massage Therapy services. This will be carried out with adherence to the guidance from The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Although we are excited to welcome clients back to Therapeutic Grace, it is important to understand that the process of reopening and accepting clients at this time is still not ideal.
The requirements that need to be put in place are extensive, and at such time, we are unprepared to re-open our doors. We still need to secure appropriate PPE for staff and clients, reconfigure our treatment space, implement new charting protocols and screening measures. This will take time, funding and patience.
Our regulating body, CMTO has issued this statement:
“In-person Massage therapy treatment will only be provided when the anticipated benefits of treatment outweigh the risks to the client and the RMT.”
In essence, CMTO has laid out extensive guidelines that must be adhered to should we as RMT’s feel it is appropriate to open our doors and yet, at the same time, is advising that the only treatment offered be absolutely essential as the risks of COVID-19 are still high.
All that said, taking into consideration that I am immune compromised, my children are still schooling from home, my husband is working from home full time and I have yet to secure enough approved (by the Government) PPE, I am NOT prepared to open our doors to resume practice at this time.
I ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new territory. There are changes ahead for both RMT’s and clients and unfortunately your Massage Therapy sessions will look very different as we move forward. These changes will be communicated clearly as we prepare to reopen our doors.
Thank you for your patience and I look forward to seeing you all again soon and safely!
Juli Conard, RMT