COVIC-19 Rules and regulations for Massage.

I would like to inform you on this page about the measures I am taking and the protocol that Rich Sport Massage uses. These are broadly drawn up by the Dutch Society for Sports Masseurs (NGS) in accordance with the government and the RIVM (Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment). With this I can say that you can be assured of minimal risk while receiving a massage. In order to ensure safety as much as possible and to minimize the risk, I also ask you to adhere to certain guidelines so that the massage practice is a place where everyone who is healthy can go with peace of mind.

Is it safe to get massaged?

The measures are only just loosened and I imagine you're wondering if it's safe to get massaged. If certain measures and protocols are complied with, this is certainly the case. All guidelines from the RIVM have been converted into a protocol. And if you need a massage but you still have doubts or want an extra safety measure, then you can choose to wear a mouth cap yourself. I’m wearing a mouth cap myself.

If you're one of the vulnerable people, I recommend you wait a few more weeks to make an appointment. Of course, the Corona virus has a bigger impact, should you still become infected. So it may give peace to see how the course will be after the easing of the measures. If you want to take the risk and still like to make an appointment, this is of course possible. I will always wear a mouth cap and schedule extra time around the appointment.

Protocol around massage and appointment.

Telephone contact on the day of the appointment On the day of the appointment we are in contact by telephone to ensure that we are both healthy and can continue the appointment, or that we are moving the appointment to a later date.

Measures in the practice.

We both make sure we keep as much as possible 1.5 meters away, No hands are shaken, you are requested to wash/disinfect your hands with hand sanitizer . Disinfection and disposable towels will be available.

As a masseur, I will ensure that hand washing is done in the right way.

Previous rules to stay at home if you, someone in your household, a close colleague or someone you have contacted in any other way, airway complaints, also remain valid, even if you have travelled less than 2 weeks ago or have been to a large meeting (also a nightclub or large café etc.). I urge you to take that seriously.

What is expected of you as a customer?

Of course, in practice I take the necessary measures to work as hygienically as possible and let the appointment only go ahead if I have felt fully fit for the last 24 hours and I have not been in contact with people with complaints. To minimize infection and also ensure my own health, I expect the same from you.

Cancel or move an appointment.

If you've had one of the symptoms below in the last 24 hours, I'd like to ask you to move the massage appointment. Given the situation surrounding the Corona virus, this can be done free of charge (safety is prior)

Disease symptoms:

a. (nasal) cold
b. cough, hack or sneeze
c. runny nose
d. sore throat
e. elevation  to 38 degrees) or fever (> 38 degrees)
f. shortness of breath
g. headache
h. burning eyes
i. fatigue
j. feeling sick
k. diarrhea

Your preparation for the appointment.

On the day of the appointment we are in contact by telephone to ensure that we are both healthy and can continue the appointment, or that we are moving the appointment to a later date.  

You will be asked further:  

only to appear at the appointment, please follow the RIVM's common guidelines: no shaking hands, regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing in the elbow and using paper handkerchiefs.

When do you belong to the group of vulnerable people for the Corona virus as defined by the RIVM?

Vulnerable people or people with poor health are people aged 70 and over and/or people who have one of the following conditions:

-abnormalities and function disorders of the airways and lungs;
-chronic heart disease;
-diabetes mellitus (diabetes);
-serious kidney diseases leading to dialysis or kidney
  transplantation;
-reduced resistance to infections:
- by medication for autoimmune diseases,
- after organ transplantation,
- in hematological diseases (blood diseases),
- in congenital or later life, immune disorders for which treatment is
   needed,
- in the case of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment of cancer patients,
- an HIV infection (in consultation with practitioner)

Preliminary advice: postponement of treatment

I hope that this exciting time is limited and that we will all get through it as healthily as possible. Let's take good care of ourselves and with that. It is not only about whether you can withstand an infection yourself, but also whether you can infect a vulnerable other.

Thanks you for understanding and see you soon, Richard