COVID-19 (Corona) Security Guidelines

Security guidelines at the European Rolfing® Association e.V. (07.09.2021)

All individuals are responsible for observing the hygiene procedures in place by Bavarian health authorities. Following these practices while away from ERA will minimize risk to everyone. We all share responsibility for the well-being of each other and must act accordingly.

In order to ensure the safety of students, instructors, models and employees in the immediate vicinity, the following measures are mandatory, in addition to the usual hygiene practices.

General preparation
  • If you are already vaccinated twice, and this is about 14 days ago, please bring your vaccination card. Being part of a training still needs PCR tests at the moment.
  • A PCR test or an antigen test is required for students, instructors and assistants for all courses. Please bring your result with you or send it by email to:
  • A rapid test is then required every third day of a course/module or training. If you are vaccinated twice, you wont need a second test.
  • Wearing a medical mask is required at the ERA and needs to be changed daily.
  • We will measure your temperature with the infrared thermometer every morning.
  • Please wash and disinfect your hands and lower arms as often as possible. After all body exchanges, after your lunch break, after using electronic devices etc.
  • The distance of 1.5 meters between individuals should be maintained in all common areas.
  • No visitors may accompany individuals attending ERA for lessons.
  • Please take off shoes in the entrance area, always wear socks or slippers.
  • All physical contact within ERA shall be restricted to physical contact during the lessons.
  • A maximum of two people can be in the bathroom facility at the same time.
  • Limited number of persons in common areas – 3 in kitchen area, 4 in meeting room, max 2 in waiting area, 2 in each bathroom, 1 in the entrance.
  • mall islands, with a chair etc. for the change of clothes and to keep students’ personal belongings, will be created in the small training room. Change your clothes immediately upon entering the building. Please be aware, that you wear clothes that can be washed at 60°C.
  • Make sure your hair is tied up and cannot brush freely on the objects around you.
  • Address all personal hygiene and care while at home (tooth brushing / nail clipping / similar).
  • An air sterilising device will be turned on during breaks in the community room.
  • Instructors get a personal bag with flipchart markers, only to use for them.
Before/After class
  • Minimize unnecessary physical contact throughout the building - common access areas to have door open at all times; classroom/office doors to be handled exclusively by instructors or office employees.
  • Instructors are encouraged to teach techniques in prone, side-lying or seated positions where the direct face-to-face contact between individuals is minimized.
  • Restrooms, changing and teaching areas will be cleaned thoroughly and disinfected.
While at the training centre
  • Individuals who want to wear a hygiene mask or gloves during lessons are encouraged to do so. The individual is responsible for supplying their masks for personal use.
  • Individuals who want to wear eye goggles can do so. The individual is responsible for supplying their personal use equipment.
During the lesson
  • Wearing a medical mask is mandatory for all people in class, also for the models, if working on each other.
  • Air sterilising devices are turned on all time. Ventilate the class room with fresh air as often as possible.
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 meters during all non-touch portions of the lesson day.
  • Depending on bodywork performed, use separate pads for each client. The sheets may only be used with one partner.
  • For models: models bring their own blanket and bathrobe. Changing clothes for models will take place in the small training room.
  • During exchanges, limited physical contact to the techniques and bodywork being taught; do not touch your face or mask if using one.
  • Work with only one partner during any exchange; if changing partners make sure all parties involved wash hands thoroughly and clean the equipment used before proceeding; make sure to change the sheets/pillows in use if working with a new partner. Limit partners during a lesson day to 2 people.
  • Only two people are allowed at any table at one time; if providing clarification, the instructor must comply by allowing the 2nd student to observe from the designated 1.5m distance.
  • Working surfaces (tables, stools, chairs) will be set up to ensure 1.5m distance between students while performing bodywork; if necessary, screens may be used to further separate and divide the working area to improve distancing while working.
After the lesson
  • Above all, disinfect all smooth surfaces that were touched or used including tables, stools, pads, etc.
  • Similarly clean any physical tools, or teaching materials used on sight.
  • At home, clean any physical items used during a lesson, including notebooks and writing materials. Wash all clothing etc. used during a lesson immediately upon arrival as hot as possible, preferably at 60°C.