Monday, 20 July 2020

Covid-19 secure: your treatment

So, this is my new work look!

This is what I will be wearing when I greet you on your arrival: clean clothes, a face visor that I clean between each client, a face covering, and a disposable apron that will go in the bin at the end of the session. I will be holding a non-contact thermometer to check your temperature, and will also have a health check sheet to go through with you. If you haven't brought your own clean face covering I will have a disposable one for you, and some hand sanitiser. 

The need for increased hygiene does unfortunately mean an increase in disposable items (I am also using disposable face rest covers) but I am trying to minimise this and will be using a washable face covering. I have replaced the bolsters and face rest with ones that I can wipe down with a suitable cleaning product after each treatment, and will also be cleaning the couch and changing the couch cover and towels after each treatment. I have removed all unnecessary items from the room and those that I still need are stored in the cupboards or containers so that I can clean all surfaces, including chairs, work tops, switches and handles, at the start of the day and after each treatment. The floor gets a good clean, too! 

The room is aired for at least fifteen minutes in between appointments; at present I am allowing thirty minutes to make sure I have enough time to do everything required by the new guidelines.

Please have a look at the Covid-19 page on my website for more information
To book an appointment or to ask a question contact me directly (details on my website,

Friday, 10 July 2020

Return to work!

Yesterday the massage industry was given the green light to resume work, as long as we follow strict guidelines to maintain as safe an environment as possible within the ongoing pandemic. This is great news, but caught me a little on the back foot as we were not expecting the next update until the 23rd July and my Professional Association had only just emailed out the latest update to the Guidance on Wednesday!

With all that in mind, I am hoping to be back at the 919 Clinic from the 21st July. Things will be different, including how to book in. I will give out more information on this once I have processed everything. You will need to book with me directly, by email, text or phone, and I will need to go through Covid-19 screening questions when you book and again when you come in for your appointment. Please do be patient with us whilst John and I get used to the new system! We may have to ask you to wait before moving between different areas of the Clinic to ensure only one client is in an area at a time.

At present, I will not be able to treat you until fourteen days have passed if:

- you have any symptoms of C-19: high temperature, new and continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of taste or smell.

- you have been in contact with someone experiencing these symptoms.

- you have been abroad within the last fourteen days, in particular to countries in lockdown or experiencing high numbers of Covid-19 cases.

If you have been treated for Covid-19, in particular if you were hospitalised, or if you are in a high risk group and was shielding you will need to check with your GP for approval for the treatment before booking an appointment.

Once I have been through all the paperwork I will create a Coronavirus page on my website with all the necessary information.

Check my website for my contact details:

Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Heaven and Earth stretch and balance (video)

This is a lovely stretch and balance to do to wake up your proprioception and feel a connection along your whole central longitudinal axis, from your foot all the way up to the hand stretched above your head. The aim is to centre yourself over your foot - so maybe do listening foot to prepare - and then lengthen and open up whilst remaining relaxed. The knee lift exercise from my earlier blog post may be helpful if you find floating your knee up challenging. 

I find it really helps to let your foot relax into the ground, and then really press your hands away from each other, so you feel connected and grounded from the foot even as you stretch up. Allow your head to float up as your spine lengthens. It's lovely to feel your hip joint opening up and that connection through the whole body.

If you find the above video does not fit your screen, you can click on it or on this link Heaven and Earth stretch to see it on Vimeo.