Hi everyone, good news! Hope you are all well! It seems therapists in Wales are being allowed to practice from 27th July. It is my intention, unless things change, to start back the 2nd week in August in Crossroads Clinic and Align Therapies in the first instance. I am erring on the side of caution and will be postponing home visits until September after seeing how things have gone and if government guidelines haven’t changed, ie. restrictions haven’t been reimposed!
There will be some changes:
I will not be able to do any facial reflexology so only foot reflexology and reflexology lymph drainage will be allowed.
I will contact people by phone the day before the appointment to check on any changes in meds, conditions and ask the COVID questions. The questions will be posted under a different heading.
If you feel unwell on the day of your appointment or have been in contact with anyone with COVID please contact me to defer your appointment.
Also if I feel unwell or have been in contact with anyone with COVID I will be in touch to cancel your appointment.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include aches and pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discolouration of fingers or toes. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but only have very mild symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms call 111 for advice.
The reflexology environment as we know it will change too:
I will be wearing a visor, mask, and disposable pinny, gloves will be worn for the treatment, although FHT are looking in to this as wearing gloves for reflexology is not ideal, there will be thorough hand washing directly before and after the treatment.
There will be no blankets etc, wear layers if chilly, and all surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned in between clients. Not as cosy, more clinical!
If possible I would like clients to wear a mask, bring their own sanitiser, water bottle, and pen and I will ask you to sanitise your hands when you enter and leave the room. (If you don’t have a mask or sanitiser I will have some for you).
The aim is to touch as little as possible.
If you are shielding you will have wait until it is deemed the right time by the government to allow anyone into your home or be allowed outside with other people then get GP consent before a treatment.
If you are classed as vulnerable you must also get GP consent before a treatment.
I will only be taking card payments.
Could I ask that you arrive in time for your appointment, not early, to avoid sitting in the waiting area, also to come alone and bring as little with you as possible.
These are all very strange times and it seems nothing will be back to normal for a long time to come! These changes are following government guidelines and the advice of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, my governing body https://www.fht.org.uk/coronavirus-policy-template
I will still endeavour to make your treatment as lovely as possible but will always have our safety at the forefront of my mind, I am sure we will soon get used to the new norm!
I have completed the Health, Safety and Hygiene Returning to Work COVID 19 Course and am as prepared as I can be. I thank you so much for your patience and understanding and am looking forward to seeing you all soon!
If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch.