These are challenging times for everyone, particularly for those in the ‘hands-on’ therapies such as reflexology. My thoughts go to colleagues throughout the world, particularly those in Italy who are suffering so badly from the Covid-19 virus.
I have been receiving communications not only from members and students of A.R.T. but from reflexologists across the spectrum questioning whether they should continue practising in these times?
The professional, physical therapy organisation to which I belong issued a notice which has to be placed, at the entrance to the treatment room.
It asked patients to inform the therapist if they have recently returned from various countries which are effected by Covid-19.
It also gave instructions that each patient has to apply professional hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the treatment room.
The treatment room also has to be really deep cleaned using antiviral products on all surfaces door, door handles, treatment couch, chairs, mirrors , etc. Please note that evidentially, the virus remains on metallic surfaces for up to nine days!
People are becoming increasingly nervous about the situation and even if they did want a treatment, having to read the directives above, would make them even more concerned.
It was because of this, and the fact that we can never be too careful I decided to cease treating. Yesterday I cancelled a busy week of clients, and all future treatments until the emergency is over.
I know theses times are financially challenging for all of us. It is something which will affect millions of people across the world. We are health professionals and cannot chance passing the virus on to our clients or visa versa.
I shall be posting regular blogs over the coming days and weeks.
Despite all the tragedies throughout the world from Covid-19, there are positives which I shall highlight in my next blog.
All things pass, and Covid-19 is no exception.
Things will gradually get back to normal, although, perhaps a different and better type of normality.
Until then, we need to maintain a steadfastly, positive outlook.
I wish you all well
My Very Best Wishes