Bodyology Massage School during COVID-19 epidemic

Great news, Bodyology Massage School has now re-opened, and we are excited to welcome you back!

What’s new?

• Course sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 12 students to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe.

• The introduction and advance courses will run as usual, but with some protective measurements carried out to keep students and staff safe.

• The professional diploma courses: following UK schools & universities, we have adopted their ‘Blended Learning’ approach: All practical massage classes will be taught face to face. Some theory classes will be taught online, and some face to face. Students & staff alike will be required to use PPE kit.

• You can see the full Learning Massage During Covid-19 plan here

• We are continuously assessing all the risks associated with Covid-19 virus. This document shows our plan in full details (Risk Assessment)

Outline

Your safety, and that of our staff, is our top priority. In line with government and industry guidelines, Bodyology Massage School has implemented various measures and changes aiming to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19 whilst teaching our courses. Whilst there is no risk-free environment, this is Bodyology’s effort to reduce the risk to a minimum, yet Bodyology does not guarantee or warrant against the risk of infection.

It is estimated that the Covid-19 social distancing, the usage of masks and other UK regulations will remain in place until at least spring 2021. Hence, we need to adapt to this new situation and way of living. Worldwide, Covid-19 has reshaped all aspects of life: travelling, holidays, meeting friends, leisure time, working, learning and more. Each one of us, including organisations, need to develop new ways of ‘getting together’ and socialising. We cannot allow this pandemic to prevent us from being social beings and thrive. The alternative, of just stopping and waiting for the situation to pass, is not an alternative.

The past & future at Bodyology

We postponed all our courses as of March 15th 2020 till late August 2020 (including all the introduction, professional diploma and advanced courses). However, we continued teaching the professional diploma courses (those who started before the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic) via Zoom and webinars, ‘to keep the momentum’ of studying going.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought worldwide changes, the educational sector being no exception. Methods that were previously not widely used, such as online learning, are today taking the central stage at universities and within higher education. Bodyology’s plan includes those changes whilst ensuring they are reasonable and effective. Bodyology is committed to the highest standards when it comes to teaching during this pandemic, to allow our students to complete their massage courses, with the knowledge and experience similar to any previous courses.

New Teaching Approach

Introduction & Advanced Massage Courses

These courses will be taught as per usual (face to face full teaching). For further information, please refer to the Teaching Massage section below.

The Professional Diploma Course

To simplify things, we have divided the learning into two separates sections:

• Anatomy, physiology & pathology (and the rest of the theory) • Massage techniques & practical massage

The primary new learning approach is to teach the practical massage sessions as usual (in small groups), whilst teaching the theory in the ‘blended learning’ approach: a combination of online and face to face learning in smaller groups. The ‘blended learning’ is the new educational standard in the UK (including schools & universities)

Teaching theory

This includes anatomy, physiology and pathology, marketing, the theory of massage, consultation, case history and aftercare.

The aim is to teach the theory using the ‘blended learning’. Some course material will be taught by using the online theory learning method (see below). The ‘experiential anatomy and physiology’ will be taught as usual in smaller groups using the face to face theory learning (see below).

Online theory learning

Bodyology is not new to online learning: in fact, we have supported our diploma students since 2008 using our online facilities (using Moodle, Elgg and other programs). Our Virtual Campus platform is available free to all our diploma students. In the Virtual Campus, we have developed a learning strategy that blends social learning with online learning facilities. This echoes the pedagogical approach of ‘social learning’. We have videoed the whole theory section of the course (a total of 30 hours). This has allowed students to learn and revise any course material at any time from any device. The Virtual Campus holds about 200 videos.

In addition to the Virtual Campus, we have added zoom webinars, zoom one-to-ones and zoom meetings in smaller groups with the teachers' support.

Our YouTube channel, with 15.3 million views (September 2020), has won a few international prizes and is an excellent example of our expertise when it comes to online teaching.

We are aware of the difficulties some students are facing with regards to online learning, so we have made all efforts to make it entertaining, simple to follow and easy to navigate.

Face to face theory learning

The main aim in teaching the theory using the face to face approach is to be able to bring to life the ‘feeling of anatomy’ from the ‘learning from the textbooks’. This is one of Bodyology’s central teaching ethos, and we are not about to change that now. We have made some simple modifications to allow that approach to continue whilst remaining safe. For more information on the face to face theory learning, please refer to the Teaching massage section below.

Teaching massage

All the massage lessons will be using the face to face approach.

This will be done in smaller groups, ensuring the following:

  • social distancing
  • working in a small group bubble
  • personal hygiene

We have in place classroom procedures, including personal hygiene, toilet breaks, lunch breaks, the cleaning of massage tables, the usage of PPE and more. This document gives you examples of those procedures.

• Students will be monitored for any potential Covid-19 symptoms before arriving at classes each day.

• Our teaching room has a one-way walking system (similar to shops).

• Group structure: 3 pairs of students and a tutor will construct one ‘learning bubble’ of a maximum of 6 students. ‘Bubbles’ will not be mixed during the day.

• Each pair of students will have a station with all their equipment, including massage oils, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), (gloves, masks and visors), bolster and cleaning equipment. This will stop the mixing of equipment.

• If needed, the massage demonstration will be videoed and posted on the Virtual Campus for revision (we already have 200 videos on the Virtual Campus).

• Each teacher will demonstrate the massage techniques and will ‘look after’ only their ‘learning bubble’ of 6 students.

• Breaks: we will alter between the bubbles to prevent congestion on commonly used areas such as the kitchen and the toilets.

• Wash hands before & after each session

• End of day: cleaning of all massage equipment. All touching surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned before, between and after the teaching session.

• PPE kit while giving massage in class. We have developed two procedures: (i) regular procedure (Green): students are at low risk. Students to use visors and gloves. (ii) higher risk procedure (Red): students who are at higher risk (we have a list of medical problems to considered higher risk): students use visor, mask, gloves and apron.

PPE kits will be provided to students at no cost to use in class.

• Massage tables will be at least 2 meters apart.

• Toilet: the venue we will be using, Platform, has a strict Covid-19 procedure with regards to the cleaning of the toilet.

• Food & drink; there will be no kitchen facilities. Students & staff will be asked to bring their own food & beverage and not to go out during breaks.

Teaching venue & room

Based on the government’s regulations, we have moved to a new venue: Platform, near Finsbury Park. Rooms are big (107M2 and 172M2), ventilated, with a hard floor and good lighting.

Guidance supporting Bodyology’s plan • This guidance and policies were written based on Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19). Guideline for close contact services • MTI returning to massage guidelines and PPE advice • The universities and higher education recommendation for coming back to normal

This plan might be changing, depending on the UK government, Massage Training Institute and other agencies.

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