Last update: 4th September 2021
Bodyology Massage School is fully open to all classes.
• Course sizes have been reduced 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 the following 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 Approach during Covid-19 plan below
• We are continuously assessing all the risks associated with Covid-19 virus. This document shows our plan in full details (Risk Assessment)
The safety of our students & 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 summer 2022. 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, and organisations, need to develop new ways of getting together for the purpose of learning. We cannot allow this pandemic to prevent us from our social beings and thrive. The alternative, of just stopping and waiting for the situation to pass, is by far worse.
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. We reopen our classes from September 2020 till January 2021 for normal classes. We close again from January to March 2021 and reopen on March 12th 2021 with the rest of the country's schools and universities. From September 2021, based on the government and the Massage Training Institute new regulation, we have change the Code of Practice to the current one (see below)
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.
This document will give you all the details about how Bodyology will teach its courses during Covid-19.
Outline of teaching in Bodyology
All the Introduction courses, Advanced Massage Courses, clinic days & final theory/practical exams will be taught entirely using F2F (Face to Face). See more details below.
The Professional Diploma Course will be taught in two different ways: • Massage techniques & practical massage will be conducted entirely by using F2F (see more details below) • Anatomy, physiology & pathology (and the rest of the theory) will be taught in the 'blended learning' approach: a combination of online and F2F learning that will bring to life the 'feeling of anatomy' from the 'learnings from the textbooks'.
Online Teaching procedure
As said above, only some of the theory lessons will be taught online. This will be done using Zoom webinar sessions, online one to one support, our Virtual Campus online & social networking platform and more.
Face to face teaching procedure All the massage lessons (of all Bodyology's courses), clinic days, final practical/theory exams, and some theory lessons will be taught using the face-to-face approach. Outline: • Assess each participant to their infection and developing severe Covid-19 symptoms' risk by sending all participants an online form before each F2F teaching day. • Based on the risk assessment done above, 'tailor' an appropriate procedure- PPE, pairing, and other classroom procedures. This will be done by the classroom tutor using professional judgement. • Participants will be paired up and stay in those pairs for each teaching day. This will reduce the mixing amongst participants. • There is enough space between the pairs to keep 1+ meters for up to 24 students. • Reduce moving massage equipment, teaching models, skeletons, posters or handout papers between pairs • Minimum PPE required: using masks when giving a massage (unless except) or if students are getting closer to each other in the pair. While supine, students/clients will also wear a mask.
Participants' C19 risks assessment Each participants' C19 risks will be assessed before each F2F meeting. This will be done via an online form sent a day before each session.
The outcome of the assessment can be one of the following:
Lower risk. The participant can attend the F2F meeting using the standard procedure.
Moderate risk: there are some concerns about the participant's risk. The participant can still attend the F2F meeting but would need to apply extra caution by using more of the PPE kit, tightening the classroom procedure, and/or paired up accordingly. This will be done by the class tutor, using professional judgement.
High risk. It's too dangerous for the participants to attend a F2F lesson.
The risk assessment outcome will be done by the main Bodyology's tutor of each F2F using clinical reasoning.
While pairing, each pair will need to use the procedure of the student carrying the highest risk from the list above.
Before the day Bodyology will email all the participants before each F2F meeting with the following information: • Online form: C19 signs and symptoms • A lateral flow test will be offered at Bodyology for those who wish to be tested. (non-mandatory, but strongly recommended) • What to bring to class: Bring as little as possible, all in one bag: pen, notebooks, water bottle, coffee/tea in a thermos, packed lunch (no kitchen facility), set of clothes to practice in class, extra socks/shoes as will practice without street shoes. • Remind students & staff of the classroom procedure. • Plan for the day • The usual reminders: social distancing, washing hands, not touching eyes, nose and mouth • Ask students to check and plan public transport. Travel early.
Staff members • Arrive 30 minutes before class to set and inspect the venue and room. • Set chairs and tables while giving space between the pairs • Open all doors and windows • Set the lateral flow test and checking temperature and offer it to students. Divide students into pairs by looking at their risks. • 9.30 am: one tutor waiting outside and 'drip' students into the room. The second tutor helps the student to set in the room. • Responsible for enforcing all procedures • Give students feedback about C19 procedures • Remind students to wash their hands, social distance and more.
Entering procedure • Students are entering the Platform building while keeping their distance. • The temperature will be taken and registered by the tutor • Lateral flow tests will be offered (administrated by the assistant) • The pair: Enter the building Go down to the toilette and change to clinic clothes and wash hands Take off shoes in the waiting area, put extra socks Get into the teaching room. A staff member will show each pair to their massage table 'station'. Put ALL your stuff (shoes, coat, etc.) under the massage table. Get ready for massage: clean the massage tables Each table will have a 'station' box with PPE, oils and cleaning equipment. • Mobile phones should be shut and put inside the bags.
• Students will work in pairs throughout the day.
• Masks are mandatory for the student who give massage (standard procedure). Further, PPE will be used for participants carrying a moderate risk. Mask is required for the receiver when supine.
• Each pair will have a station with gloves, masks, aprons, visor, cleaning spray, couch roll, massage oil. Students advise not to mix equipment between the pairs. Chairs will be set with social distancing.
• When getting rid of used PPE, gloves stay last. Put all in the bin provided.
• If warned, change gloves and apron between sessions, wipe visor frequently (if used)
• face cradle (especially), massage table, massage oil bottles will be cleaned between sessions
• Recommend to have a mask when not giving a massage, but this is not mandatory.
• The tutor will demonstrate the massage techniques while students keep 1+ meter social distance and using a mask. • Once students practise, teachers will observe and help while wearing a mask and use a hand sanitiser. • Printed handout will be given to students after tutors sanitising their hands • Any teaching models, skeletons or posters will be minimally moved between pairs
Teaching venue & rooms The venue we are using, Platform, has big rooms (107M2 and 172M2), ventilated, with a hard floor and good lighting. It has three big windows Each room occupies the whole floor, so not sharing a toilet with other groups Minimal equipment Private storage of equipment just for Bodyology There is a place to eat, yet the canteen is closed Good toilet facilities for washing hands All possible equipment will be taken off the room at the end of each day Doors will be kept by tutors open as much as possible to keep the room well ventilated Each student will have their chair for the rest of the day
Toilette • Students can use the toilette one by one. It will be encouraged to do that in spaces of time • breaks will be spread to avoid congestion at the toilettes • If there are two groups, each group will have their toilette if possible. Break time will be spread between the groups Outside the teaching room • The kitchen is closed—students are advised to bring their food and drink. Break time will be altered between groups. Food can also be consumed in the teaching room. • Keep social distance as much as possible.
Exiting procedure • Clean all equipment by students & staff • Students get rid of PPE into a bin bag and leave, keeping social distancing • Students to check journey if using public transport and any service disruption • once students are out, dispose of the bin bag • Store all equipment
Publishing our procedures Bodyology risk assessment, in-class and home massage procedures are now uploaded to the website.
Clinic days will follow the same teaching procedures above.
To that, we will add the following:
• Assess the C19 risks of volunteers by sending them the online form a day before each clinic day.
• Check volunteers' temperature and offer a lateral flow test before entering the treatment room.
• Ensure each student know their volunteer C19 risk, so they can 'tailor' the appropriate procedure with the help of tutors.
• Inform volunteers about the 'flow of the day'
• Keep the data of the pairing between student and volunteer for 21 days.
Will follow the Face to Face teaching and Clinic day procedures.
To that, we will add the following:
• Assess the C19 risk of the examiners by sending them the online form a day before the practical exam.
• Offer assessor the lateral flow test, take their temperature and check for any C19 symptoms on the day.
• Ensure there is enough space in all the exams and feedback rooms.
• Ensure students will clean the room before each exam
• Ensure the massage journal and the rest of the paperwork will be in 2 days of 'quarantine' and will be given to each examiner
• Students will have a mock practical exam, where they will know all the Covid related procedures that they will be assessed on.
Final theory exam
Will follow all the face to face teaching procedures above.
To that, we will add the following:
• Send the invigilator the C19 symptoms online form a day before the exam. Check on the day that the invigilator is symptom-free, check the temperature and offer the lateral flow test.
• Ensure exams will be given to students only after using a hand sanitiser.
For any issue you would like to discuss, please get in touch with Dror Steiner at [email protected] as soon as possible
For our diploma course students, we have created a comprehensive Code of Practice. This will be presented to our diploma course students at the beginning of their diploma course.