Covid 19 notes October 2020
Contact sessions are temporarily suspended due to the lockdown. If you would like to be notified when massages start again, please join my mailing list here. Support for emotional issues is also available by phone. More details here.
Before coming to a session
Please don’t come to a session if you have experienced any of these during the last 10 days:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
- contact with anyone with the above symptoms
- a positive test for coronavirus
If the therapist experiences any of the above, sessions will also be cancelled for a minimum of 10 days.
Procedure for sessions
Sessions will take place in the therapist’s living area, which has been specially set up to accommodate client work at this time.
The front door leads straight into this space.
Directly inside the front door, hand sanitiser and a coat rack are provided, and clients are asked to use these.
The client will be offered a seat at least 1 metre from the therapist, for the initial consultation, with a table for personal objects.
The consultation will include time for any concerns, issues, anxieties or questions about the coronavirus to be discussed. Sessions, as before, may or may not include touch. Appropriate boundaries will be discussed and agreed at the beginning of each session.
The room will be kept ventilated between sessions and during sessions weather permitting.
After the session, the therapist and client will maintain social distance.
The toilet is upstairs. Liquid soap and paper towels are provided, and the therapist will remove personal items from the bathroom during client sessions.
Areas which clients are likely to touch or come into contact with will be cleaned thoroughly between sessions ie, door handles, toilet, bathroom sink, chair and side table. All couch coverings and towels will be washed and tumble dried after each client. Blankets, if used, will be washed and aired. The massage couch will be cleaned. Any rubbish will be safely disposed of. Clients are asked not to handle other objects in the room unless necessary for the session.
Therapist’s personal hygiene
The therapist will adhere to the guidelines for regular hand washing, and change all outer clothing between each client session. Items that the therapist handles during the session, such as pens, bottles and notebooks will be cleaned regularly.
Please note that the current government guidelines provide the following exceptions for the wearing of face coverings:
- people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- removal is permitted if required in order to receive treatment or services, for example when getting a facial or
- if you are undertaking exercise or an activity and it would negatively impact your ability to do so
Breathing and breath are integral to the practice of energy healing and massage and at times, the therapist may need to remove her face covering when suitably distanced from the client, for instance when working on the feet or providing healing from a safe distance. The therapist remains critically aware of the necessity for care and safety, and of the issues around droplet transmission and breath.
Please bring a covering to your session and wear it as appropriate. The current guides of coughing/sneezing into tissues and disposing of these properly, should be observed.
Client full names and phone numbers are collected as usual, and will be provided if the therapist is asked for these by contact tracers.