FHT Vice President, Judith Hadley, has recently returned to work and wanted to share her experience of opening up her doors again for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Judith said, ‘These are pictures from my first reflexology treatment! I found my client felt confident to come for a treatment, which is something that has been built through ‘a mutual trust’ between myself and my client over time.
My client’s comments afterwards were, ‘I’d forgotten how much better these treatments make me feel, the relaxation benefits are immediate and I know I’ll sleep better tonight than I have since my last appointment in March’’.
He subsequently booked weekly treatments for the next four weeks, as opposed to his usual once a month treatment prior to COVID-19.
Please note: In England, government guidance on wearing PPE currently states, “unless crucial for the treatment, avoid skin to skin contact and use gloves where possible”. If you believe it is not possible to perform a particular treatment with gloves on, or that skin to skin contact is crucial for that treatment, then it is important that you highlight this within your risk assessment, along with what other measures you have put in place to mitigate the risk of cross-infection. The guidance also goes on to state, “When providing close contact services, it often may not be possible to maintain social distancing guidelines (2m, or 1m apart with risk mitigation, is acceptable). As a result, personal protective equipment in the form of a visor will be required to mitigate the risk.” Therapists may choose to wear a mask underneath their visor if they wish.
Read our full Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement and FAQs at fht.org.uk/coronavirus, where you will also find updates for other countries in the UK, as and when we learn new information.