Hannah Mackay - Covid-secure shiatsu practice update 7th January 2021
I have been advised by the Shiatsu Society that it is possible to open my practice for those using shiatsu for healthcare, but that I should also consider the strong 'stay at home' message. I'm not able to see clients in Chorlton at the moment as my children are doing lessons from home.
So I have decided to close my hands-on practice until 22nd January. At that point I will consider whether it feels right to open up again at Bodywise, in central Manchester.
In the meantime, I'm still available for phone support, zoom self shiatsu and free online classes, and walk and talk sessions.
Shiatsu as healthcare
Government guidance states that personal care services such as 'massage parlours' must close; but that 'Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.' (section 47 of Part 3 of the Schedule of recent legislation) may stay open.
Some people may come to shiatsu for fun, interest, leisure purposes, to meet course requirements while studying shiatsu or just to relax. I welcome these clients! However, I can't offer shiatsu sessions for these purposes during lockdown or Tier 4 restrictions.
Some people use shiatsu as part of their healthcare, and I can offer sessions for these purposes. This could include
acute care sessions, eg after an injury, recovery from illness, mental health crisis
ongoing healthcare sessions, eg working through trauma, long-term recovery from injury, support with depression and anxiety, addressing long-term conditions like fibromyalgia or sciatica
health maintenance sessions, eg keeping stress and anxiety under control for people with a history of mental health issues, keeping the physical structure aligned to prevent a recurrence of back pain
If you aren't sure whether you use shiatsu as part of your healthcare, feel free to get in touch to discuss.
Please read before coming for a booked session!
I am offering hands-on shiatsu sessions from 13th July.
If you have covid symptoms (persistent cough, fever, loss of smell/taste) please cancel your session, no charge. I will ask you if you have these symptoms before we start.
If you need to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed covid, or because you live in an area with a local lockdown, please cancel your session, no charge.
I will also cancel if I have covid symptoms or need to self-isolate.
Minimising touching objects:
If you prefer you can text or phone when you arrive (so you don’t need to knock).
We will both use hand sanitiser at the start of the session.
Please bring water with you if you might want a drink.
Please pay by bank transfer if possible, if not, let me know and we will work something out.
I will clean before you come.
I will be using wipe-clean covers for mats, and a wipe-clean head cushion. I will disinfect between clients.
I won’t be offering you a blanket, so please bring your own to use, to keep warm. If you would like to lie on your own sheet or blanket you can bring it with you. If you like lots of cushions, please bring with you!
1.Please wear a face covering when you arrive. Let me know in advance if exemptions apply to you, and then you don't need to wear a mask. We may take off our masks during some parts of the session, at a distance.
2. In accordance with government regulations, I will wear a mask and visor whilst doing hands-on shiatsu. If you would like me to remove my mask at some points of the session while we are talking, please let me know.
Track and trace
Your contact information will be held for track and trace purposes for 21 days. If you test positive for covid-19 or develop symptoms in the 14 days after the session, please contact me and let me know. I will pass on information to NHS Track and Trace in the event that this is needed.
Indoor sessions at Bodywise
Additional information (read the general info above as well!)
1. Please arrive at the time of your session, rather than earlier. Give me a call or text when you get there and I will come down and let you in.
2. I will meet you at the door to the Manchester Buddhist centre and make sure you understand the one-way system through the building. You can use the lift (one person at a time) or the stairs.
3. If you need to change clothes, you can do that in the shiatsu treatment room. Please don't change in the toilets.
4. A face covering/mask must be worn in communal areas of the Buddhist Centre. Let me know in advance if exemptions apply to you, and then you don't need to wear a mask.
5. You need to use hand sanitiser on arrival (the one we provide or your own).
6. In the toilets, use paper towels rather than the hand driers.
7. The treatment room will be ventilated thoroughly between clients and we will have the window open during treatments.
8. There will be a gap of at least 15 minutes between clients.
9. I will wear a mask and visor during the treatment, and you will wear a mask (unless you are exempt).
10. I will minimise time spent working on your neck and head, and on the upper body in supine (lying on your back). I will mainly work these areas in side and prone (on your front) position, as this minimises us breathing near to each other's faces.
Indoor sessions in Chorlton
Additional information (read the general info above as well!)
.I have now finished working in my garden - outdoor sessions may be available next summer!
1. Please arrive at the time of your session, rather than earlier. Give me a call or text, or knock, when you arrive.
2. You need to use hand sanitiser on arrival (the one we provide or your own).
3. The treatment room will be ventilated thoroughly between clients and we will have the window open during treatments.
4. There will be a gap of at least 15 minutes between clients.
5. I will wear a mask and visor during the treatment, and you will wear a mask (unless you are exempt).
6. I will minimise time spent working on your neck and head, and on the upper body in supine (lying on your back). I will mainly work these areas in side and prone (on your front) position, as this minimises us breathing near to each other's faces.
7. I would like to minimise the use of bathroom facilities by clients, but you can use the toilet if necessary.
Options to reduce risk – shorter time in close contact
Government guidance suggests that shorter time in close contact reduces the risk of covid transmission. You can book a shorter session at a reduced price if you would like to – phone me to discuss. We can also spend more of the session at a distance, for example practicing qi gong or self-shiatsu together for part of the session, or having longer talking. We can also choose which areas of the body to spend more time on – working on the feet and legs means our faces are less close together.