Coronavirus Update - 28th August 2020

Happy Friday! I hope that you are doing well.

We've somehow already arrived at the August bank holiday, and it's quite comforting to see that our wonderful British weather is at least being consistently unsettled for this weekend.

I've been quite busy behind the scenes here trying to work through the reams of paperwork that goes with doing close contact work in a post covid-19 world. I wanted to make sure that I'm fully compliant in every way with training, PPE and risk assessments running in line with the Government guidelines, my insurance and my professional associations.

It's all done and I'm delighted to say that I resumed my clinic at Moorgate on 20th August, and how wonderful it was to be back even with all this extra stuff to wear and the constant sterilising (see photo below taken in clinic).

I have now got a few hours once a week at Moorgate, and hopefully if all goes well with Neal's Yard Remedies, I should be ready to start at Covent Garden from Monday 7th September. I'm just waiting to hear back from them with the new times that I'll be able to be there.

Further details and more information can be found below with regards to the treatments on offer, how to book and new procedures.

 

For those unable to attend clinic in person for face to face treatments I do still offer virtual appointments should you wish to have these.

Clinic news

Appointments

I have resumed face to face treatments, but the appointment times are different to before and will vary from week to week.

 

  • Moorgate clinic is now open for bookings.
  • Covent Garden hopefully will resume from 7th September

I hope to be able to offer online bookings for these clinics in the next week or two. In the meantime please email or call me to book a session.

 

Treatments available

For the time being only the following treatments are available for face to face sessions:

  • Reflexology - including fertility, maternity and lymph drainage
  • Facial rejuvenation
  • MLD for the face

 

 

Training

I've undergone several certified courses in being Covid secure with the WHO and Barbicide. Where I've been shown about how to correctly wear and remove PPE and also sterlising the workplace.

 

New Covid Secure Procedures

There are a lot of changes to keeping the treatments Covid Secure, and I've developed a new procedure list/terms for you to read about how these changes will affect you and your treatment.
Consultations for first appointments and follow-up sessions are now done on the phone prior to the face to face session to limit direct contact. There is also a necessary risk assessment done on the phone the day before your treatment.
This information and new procedures can be found on my website.

 

Monitoring Infection Rates

As I've also mentioned in my previous emails, I’m carefully watching the official figures – especially the magic ‘R’ number. The data is published every Friday and at present for London it's around the 1 mark (highest being 1.1). However, this isn't broken down by boroughs and some are well below this level.

I'm also looking at the Track and trace service as this is crucial to see patterns of where there are more or less infections.

If levels increase too high then I may need to postpone treatments.

 

Online appointments

 

I'm still offering online appointments for anyone who wishes to book these - you can book via my online appointment system on the website.
This can include appointments for help with anxiety/stress, sleep issues, hormonal support, aromatherapy at home, skincare advice, guided visualisations, facial exercises, diy facials etc.

 

The Light Centre yoga and Pilates classes offer

I'm delighted to say that the Light Centre are offering my clients a special offer on their classes at the centre available to those who book an appointment with me. Details for this offer with the discount code can be passed to you upon booking your appointment.

 

The Light Centre would like to offer you 50% off our Intro Offer for in-centre classes in partnership with your treatment from Rima Shah.

Unlimited classes for 14 days usually £30 ––> Now £15

 

 

Neal's Yard Remedies - free delivery

If you shop via my Neal's Yard Remedies affiliate link* you will receive free standard delivery for the bank holiday from today until 9am on Tuesday.
* As an affiliate I do earn a small amount when this link is used.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy your bank holiday weekend, we may possibly get a break from the rain. I’ll be in touch again very soon.
Stay well, stay safe.

With warm regards
Rima

Coronavirus Update - 10th July 2020

Today I should have been at an all day music festival in Hyde Park, sadly like all other similar events this one has been postponed until who knows when. I’m comforting myself with the thought that the weather wasn’t on our side today and listening to the bands who would have been playing.

A great big thank you to all of you who responded to my previous email with the different ways to support me and my business during the closure – I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

There has been an online campaign with the hashtag #whycantiwork run mainly by the Telegraph beauty team. This was in response to the government moving complementary therapies and beauty into a new category and not allowing the industry to open again despite allowing pubs and restaurants to open. Anyone who follows me on social media will have seen the following image where I put on my full PPE that I plan to wear during treatments to show that I am prepared and will be taking on all hygiene protocols.

Clinic news

You may have heard in the government announcement yesterday, Thursday 9th July, about the much awaited announcement that they are officially allowing spas, gyms and beauty salons to re-open from Monday 13th July in England. This also includes some complementary therapies treatments, which is excellent news.

However, there are a few restrictions which includes no work on the face – I’m still reviewing the other restrictions and guidelines but don’t believe they apply for me.
There is quite a lot to prepare in readiness for re-opening and we’re waiting for the confirmed guidelines from the government to ensure we are fully in line with the regulations.

To add to that I also have to make sure that both Neal’s Yard Remedies and The Light Centre are both prepared too, as they will also have been unable to finalise getting the buildings ready without these final guidelines.

As you will be aware all 3 of the centres I work from can become very busy and social distancing etc could be difficult so we need to work to minimise any problems.

Hair salons and barbers were given 2 weeks notice to prepare fully, we’ve had 3 days notice so it’s quite likely that this may delay things a bit.

I’m in discussions with both Neal’s Yard Remedies and The Light Centre to see how things are progressing and I’ll keep you posted about this, but it’s possible that I may not be able to re-start my clinics until early August.

This morning Neal’s Yard Remedies told me that they don’t have a start date yet for when I can start to hire and use their rooms again, but I’d think this would be August. The Light Centre is also looking at the start of August to give them time to finalise all the sanitation stations and get the centres covid secure.

As I also mentioned in my messages from a few months ago, I’m watching the official figures – especially the magic ‘R’ number. This really needs to be well below 1 for it to be safe. The data is published every Friday and between 2 weeks ago and last Friday the numbers for London had increased up to it being over an R number of 1. So for me that isn’t quite safe enough yet.

I've just looked at the figures published today and for London it has dropped by 0.1 so is at at figure of 1 rather than 1.1. The growth rate has also dropped from 2.2 to 1. This is definitely positive news and I'll keep an eye on this going forward.

I'm also looking at the Track and trace service as this is crucial to see patterns of where there are more or less infections.

When my clinics do recommence I’ll also only be starting with reflexology and no other treatments.
I cannot do the facial rejuvenation or MLD face treatments yet due to the government restrictions but think that will be lifted in time.

With all the new procedures and restrictions I won’t be able to see as many people in the week as I did previously, so I apologise from now if this means a longer wait.

Once I have a firm start date planned I will be in touch with you directly to rebook those whose appointments were cancelled between March and now, then those who are on courses and on the waiting list.

Things will need to work quite differently unfortunately for all therapists and clinics and I’ll send out a more detailed version of this once I have a restart date.

If you were booked for something other than reflexology then you can either swap your treatment or I’ll add you to the waiting list for when I’m able to restart the other treatments.

Online appointments

I'm still offering online appointments for anyone who wishes to book these - you can book via my online appointment system on the website.

This can include appointments for help with anxiety/stress, sleep issues, hormonal support, aromatherapy at home, skincare advice, guided visualisations, facial exercises, diy facials etc.
 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy your weekend, we may possibly get a break from the rain. I’ll be in touch again very soon.

 

Stay well, stay safe.

With warm regards

Rima

Coronavirus Update - 29th June 2020

We're going into July this week after a wonderful mini heatwave last week. I'm coming very close to 4 months of shielding/isolation already, and I won't lie in some ways it feels like forever and in other ways it feels extremely fast.

 

Below I’m outlining a few things related to the clinics as so much is changing every day with the lockdown regulations. Last time I outlined so many of the things that I need to consider about re-opening and I'm not going to put this all on here again, I'm just summarising where I am with it all currently.

 

Secondly, I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who used the information on the last newsletter to support me and my business. Some of you asked if I could resend this so it's at the bottom of this message.

 

Life is slowly getting back to some sort of normal for most people, with majority of shops and venues re-opening.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I'll be in touch again soon.

 

Stay well, stay safe.

 

With warm regards

Rima

 

Clinic update

Last week the covid-19 government briefing laid out the plans to re-open most things, and included how shielding would stop from early August. The daily briefings have stopped, but there is still news every day.

We were expecting to hear more last week about what would happen with clinics like mine, and the news was that there is no news - we are not permitted to re-open just yet.

It was only hair salons which are starting again from 4th July. As time has gone on the original document that outlined the different phase of easing lockdown has altered as things have opened at different times to what was first stated.

The alert system is now reduced to level 3, which is good news - let's hope it doesn't rise again.

I do understand why they are holding off allowing us to resume business (even if does feel like everything else is starting again) and safety does come first. It would be a greater comfort to have an actual date, but that will come soon I'm sure. With work like mine there are many things the government need to consider when putting together the guidelines and I do think that is what is taking longer.

I continue to be led by the Government guidance, my professional associations and insurance company. It is quite possible that we're now looking at August for a restart.

And then there are other things that also apply to how and when my clinics can re-start, some of this will be down to the clinic space that I hire the rooms from (Neal’s Yard Remedies and The Light Centre) as they will need to organise things for safe working – and I’m in discussions with them about how this will work going forward.

My associations have sent safe working practice guidance too, which I'm working on.

I’ll email you again once I have a better idea of start times/dates and what changes this may require for your treatments. This could be as long as mid/late August.

 

Appointments

Online appointments are still available to book on my website if you would like some one to one advice. I can do this either via zoom or phone and will include specific follow up advice for you depending on your needs.
This can include help with anxiety/stress, sleep issues, hormonal support, aromatherapy at home, skincare advice, guided visualisations, facial exercises etc.

Book now

Business Support

This information below is a repeat of what I sent out a few weeks ago, I'm resending this as some of you asked me to.

Thank you so much for your support and wanting to help me during this period where I’ve been unable to work. The Government grant does apply to me and has helped ease some of the worry which is great.

A few of you asked what else you could do and these are some things that came to mind, but please only do this if you wish too – there is absolutely no pressure.

 

Here are a few ideas:

Reviews

I know we all get so bombarded with requests to review purchases and businesses almost immediately after we’ve bought anything online. I’ve never done this to clients and have left it to you to do. But it’s a fact that in this day and age all businesses need online reviews and it does sway customers one way or the other. So this may be a great (free) way to support my business if you are able to.

Reviews can be left on my Google page, Facebook page, with details of how to do this below.

 

Facebook

log into Facebook and go to my page Calm and Clear Complementary Therapies. Click on the "Review" section in the menu on my page. Once in this page it will ask you "Would you recommend Calm and Clear Complementary Therapies - Yes or No". Click on whichever applies to you.

Google

I have different listings for each of my clinic locations, so one for Covent Garden, Moorgate and Monument. Below is a link to each one to leave a review, please select whichever is best for you (especially as some of you come to all locations). You will need to sign in with a Google account to review.

 

Gift Vouchers/advance payment on treatments

Gift voucher purchases towards your future treatments or as a gift is another way – these are normally valid for 1 year from purchase but start date wouldn’t commence until my clinics re-open. Purchase them online and I will send you an e-voucher by email. Payment can be done by PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account).

Buy now

 

Neal's Yard Remedies products

If you use Neal’s Yard Remedies products and order online then if you use this link I will get a small commission for each purchase (the company refers to us as Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic independent consultants).

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Social Media

Links are below (at the footer of the website) to follow on various social media. Reading, liking, commenting and sharing is all greatly appreciated too and adds to the engagement and influences the algorithm which helps promote my business.

Coronavirus Update - 5th June 2020

Hello and welcome to a slightly blustery and damp June – quite how we’ve got here I’m unsure. But if you are anything like me you’ve probably totally lost track of which day of the week it is let alone the date.

I wanted to say a great big thank you to you all, after my last email I was so touched by the support and kindness shown by so many of you. It means so much at this time and I’m deeply grateful.

Below I’m outlining a few things related to the clinics as so much is changing every day with the lockdown regulations. First bit of information is clinic related and how this may affect your appointments and treatments.

Secondly, a few of you were kindly asking how you can support me during this time so I’ve put a few things on there that could support my business currently.

I truly hope you are all managing ok and I hope that it won’t be too long before we meet again.
Thank you for taking the time to read this longer than intended message and I'll be in touch again soon about the clinics.

Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

With warm regards

Rima

 

Clinic update

With the lockdown easing now the government published guidance on 10th May about how they are doing a phased release. Some of these phases have been adhered to, some have been jumped forward – but as it stands for my industry, and other colleagues in a similar situation who work directly in contact with people, we’re looking at 4th July at the very earliest that we would be allowed to resume seeing clients in person.

This, of course, is not a confirmed date and is bound by many things and we’re led by the Government guidance. Currently all of my professional associations and insurance have advised we are not to see any clients in person.

Over the past few weeks the government has slowly eased the lockdown restrictions here in England, and more and more people seem to be out and about. Families can visit each other in their gardens or parks (with social distancing) and even those in the highest risk group have been told they may leave their homes now. Some children are also back to school. But, just because people are allowed to do these things they are not still necessarily doing them.

There are so many factors in place which decides how our Government decides which restrictions are lifted, but also in my case I’m looking at this alert system that the Government has put in place. There is a good explanation of it here on the BBC website.

We are apparently still in level 4 and some restrictions which were not supposed to be lifted until at least lower end of 3 have already been done. For me personally to be seeing clients for your safety and mine I’d be looking for this alert system to be around low 3 into 2.

This alert system includes this all import reproduction number (the R number). In London this number was very good during lockdown and had dropped to 0.4. Since restrictions were lifted it has risen as expected, but is still under 1. As of yesterday this was at 0.9 from the data I have read. I will keep an eye on this for the next 2 weeks to see what’s happening with more people travelling and congregating in Central London as the numbers are generally expected to rise again in the next few weeks.
And then there are other things that also apply to how and when my clinics can re-start, some of this will be down to the clinic space that I hire the rooms from (Neal’s Yard Remedies and The Light Centre) as they will need to organise things for safe working – and I’m in discussions with them about how this will work going forward.

My associations have sent safe working practice guidance and it looks like this may include the following.

  • Clinic days and times will change at the start.
  • Seeing less clients daily as I won’t be able to do back-to-back clients to allow for cleaning the rooms between clients and also to allow more social distancing between clients.
  • Wearing of face covering/masks by me and clients (for me there is a question about how much PPE I would need to wear and this will be clarified fully before I start clinics).
  • Changes to treatments on offer – at present the associations are advising that I do not do any face treatments and limit body massages. So it may be that it’s only reflexology on offer for the starting times.
  • Public transport – we would all need to use this to get to the clinics, so I’d need to review safe travel and times too and now we all must wear face covers on public transport too.
  • Booking appointments in advance online – this remains the same as this is what you have been doing.
  • Payments – this would need to change and I’d ask for payments to be made remotely – so PayPal at the time of booking online or BACs payments.
  • Drinking water – this will not be supplied in jugs and glasses and you’re advised to bring your own water with you.
  • Toilets/bathrooms – this is being reviewed by the clinics as to how these facilities can be safely and hygienically used.
  • Trace and track system by the Government – unfortunately this isn’t working yet and the app is almost ready from the sounds of it. Once ready it’s advisable for everyone to download this.
  • Symptoms – I’ll be asking everyone to complete a questionnaire/risk assessment in the day or 2 before their appointment re symptoms and if you may have been in contact with someone contaminated.
  • Risk groups – the associations are advising that I do not treat anyone in the highest risk groups at present and possibly do not treat those in moderate groups too. I’ll update exactly who this will be once I know when I’m restarting clinics.
  • My own health – I’ll be noting my own symptoms and exposure too and would change clinics and appointments if it turns out that I need to then isolate again.

 

I’ll email you again once I have a better idea of start times/dates and what changes this may require for your treatments. This could be as long as mid/late July, even possibly into August depending on circumstances.

 

Business Support

Thank you so much for your support and wanting to help me during this period where I’ve been unable to work. The Government grant does apply to me and has helped ease some of the worry which is great.

A few of you asked what else you could do and these are some things that came to mind, but please only do this if you wish too – there is absolutely no pressure.

Here are a few ideas:

Reviews

I know we all get so bombarded with requests to review purchases and businesses almost immediately after we’ve bought anything online. I’ve never done this to clients and have left it to you to do. But it’s a fact that in this day and age all businesses need online reviews and it does sway customers one way or the other. So this may be a great (free) way to support my business if you are able to. Reviews can be left on my Google page, Facebook page, with details of how to do this below.
Facebook - log into Facebook and go to my page Calm and Clear Complementary Therapies. Click on the "Review" section in the menu on my page. Once in this page it will ask you "Would you recommend Calm and Clear Complementary Therapies - Yes or No". Click on whichever applies to you.

Google - I have different listings for each of my clinic locations, so one for Covent Garden, Moorgate and Monument. Below is a link to each one to leave a review, please select whichever is best for you (especially as some of you come to all locations). You will need to sign in with a Google account to review.

Gift Vouchers/advance payment on treatments

Gift voucher purchases towards your future treatments or as a gift is another way – these are normally valid for 1 year from purchase but start date wouldn’t commence until my clinics re-open. Purchase them online and I will send you an e-voucher by email. Payment can be done by PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account).
Buy now

Neal's Yard Remedies products

If you use Neal’s Yard Remedies products and order online then if you use this link I will get a small commission for each purchase (the company refers to us as Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic independent consultants).

Buy now

Social Media

Links are below and on my website to follow on various social media. Reading, liking, commenting and sharing is all greatly appreciated too and adds to the engagement and influences the algorithm which helps promote my business.

Coronavirus update - 28th April 2020

 

I hope that you are all safe and at home, I'm just checking in to see how you are all doing as it's been 4 weeks since my last update to you.

I hope that if any of you or your loved ones did get Covid-19 that it was quick, short and everyone is now recovered or recovering well. I know several of my family and friends who have had the virus, with varying symptoms and recovery - even those in their 40s have been hit quite hard. I also have immediate family working in the frontline of the NHS and hear just how difficult life is at times and I'm so proud of them for putting others before themselves at all times.

I know that for many of you life over the past few weeks has not been easy. Rethinking day to day life and how we manage with everything isn't easy whether you are living alone or with a lot of people. For some trying to juggle working from home, young children (home schooling, meals, play etc) as well as normal cleaning, washing etc is really complicated and can raise anxiety and stress through the roof. For others the loneliness and lack of personal contact or open space is the major stressor. I think that the lockdown has brought challenges for every person that I know unique to their own circumstances.

For me, I went into self imposed lockdown prior to the government notice as I have my mother living with me. This week will mark us going into our 7th week of lockdown and no work for me. Due to mum it does mean that I am also limited to how much I'm able to get out of the house as carrying the virus home isn't ideal. I'm fortunate enough to have a good sized garden and I really enjoy gardening so these few weeks of sunshine have been a blessing. Normally I'd be squeezing in the gardening into 1 day of the weekend and now I can spread the load out without worry. My home to-do list is quite long as well and slowly I'm going through things.

Like everyone I am having roller-coasters of emotions. Initially I was quite enjoying the sitting around and chilling, then got productive, then was anxious (about everything including work and the world!), then relaxed and felt appreciative, last week apathy kicked in big time. This has now passed and I'm back to slight anxiety and being irritable and quite sad at times. I miss people, particularly my niece and nephew (who I've spoken about to many of you over the years) and it was my niece's birthday last week so I think that kicked in some of the apathy as I've never missed her birthday and always make her cake. We also lost a beloved family member to Covid-19, and that loss at such a distance is enormous. At the start of the lockdown we were desperately sad about my brother and his other half having to cancel their wedding in Scotland as we were all really excited about it. The celebrations have been postponed but we convinced them to go and get a civil ceremony without us and they video patched us in - and thankfully they did it! It was all done with correct social distancing and was beautiful. That then changed our sadness to utter love and joy.

And of course a big worry for me is that I'm self employed and my income comes from doing treatments, which has not happened since mid March and there's currently no restart date (see below). We do have some relief from the government, which would pay bills etc but it's not the same as what would have been earned. This is not really the sort of thing I can do fully remotely.

I do feel guilt when I think of my own circumstances and sadness when I know others are going through so much worse, and I do appreciate my own situation for the benefits I have. However, as I mentioned earlier, we are all in our own personal situations at our own homes and we are allowed to feel sad, happy, lazy, productive, scared, anxious, exhilarated, energetic, apathetic, grief, lonely etc - there are no rules in this.

 

Now for my clinic news.....

 

As you are aware, all of my clinics are closed for the foreseeable future, as both The Light Centre and Neal's Yard Remedies remain closed. If you have any booked appointments coming up, please note these will not go ahead.

I do miss seeing my clients and doing the treatments, but I’m also aware that being careful and cautious will mean that we all remain healthy and well.

Some people have been asking me about booking appointments in June and onwards and should they do that now. My answer is no, sorry.

Listening to government and medical advice it seems that currently we have no way of knowing when the restrictions will be lifted, and when they do there will still be complications related to continued social distancing and hygiene that the centres need to work through. For example, if we have 9 practitioners working at the same time we cannot have 9 clients in the waiting areas at the same time as the space is too small and correct social distancing cannot work in this case. Also each clinic room/therapy couch would need to be disinfected between clients and that would mean treatments cannot be back to back as usual so perhaps less people seen per shift. And no-one yet knows if we should wear some level of PPE, and if we do need it then would that be morally correct if the NHS needs it more. And then there's the bathrooms.... I've also been looking at what I'd do when I do restart and my thinking at the moment are that I'd probably only offer reflexology to begin with and no other face treatments or massages, just to protect you and me. My insurance company and professional associations are also not advising us to start clinics any time soon either.

Also, on a personal level, I have to consider my mum in this. Using the underground and doing the work that I do means exposing myself to the virus and possibly taking it home even if I'm extremely careful. So bearing in mind everything about the social distancing, risk, hygiene, health centre closures I think it's quite possible that my clinics may not be able to re-open before the end of July. Obviously I'll be constantly reviewing this and all the information and advice coming through and will update you as and when I can. This isn't ideal as I really wanted to be able to offer treatments sooner, but in many ways this is out of my hands - but I'm really sorry if this disappoints anyone.

A few of you have been in touch with me recently, and it's so nice to hear from you. I know that you miss your treatments and I miss seeing you. I want to be able to offer you some support and guidance in some way so I'm thinking to offer 15 minutes and 30 minutes video or phone consultations, after which I can offer personalised information to help you with your situation. This would be chargeable (at minimum cost) so would help me gain a small income too, I've got PayPal on the appointment system to pay at time of booking. I'll update my online appointment system with these new slots by the end of this week and you can book in if you would like them. I'll do relaxation techniques, self treatments, aromatherapy help, guided visualisations etc. Let me know if you would be interested in these.

I mentioned previously about the online videos and education. I was working on it (apart from last week when I had my apathy!) but I hit technical glitches. The one thing about everyone working from home and homeschooling is that the broadband speed is stretched quite a bit and this makes for difficult live video feeds or uploads. I'm still working to find the best solution and will let you know once it's done.

I’ve got a page on my website where I’ll be posting all Coronavirus updates like this one. The link to that page is also on my homepage.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this longer than intended message and I'll be in touch again soon if I hear any more about the clinics and online videos.

 

Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

With warm regards

 

Rima

Coronavirus update - 30th March 2020

 

Hello to everyone

 

I hope that you are all safe and at home.

This lockdown brings with it many emotions, and I know that for some the anxieties and stress of the current situation is extremely difficult.  Plus then the home situation adds to this, some are living alone, others are trying to juggle working from home around children/home schooling and everyday home life.  None of this is easy and we’re all having to learn to adapt as we can.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of community spirit though, and the support from everywhere is quite amazing and a lovely contrast to some of the horrors we’re hearing about regarding the behaviour of some in supermarkets and pharmacies.  Also there is a great deal of online support from a number of celebrities who are running activities for adults and children.  I will post some of these on my social media pages and website where I can.

 

As you are aware, all of my clinics are closed for the foreseeable future, and definitely throughout April and most likely all of May too.  If you have an appointment during these months please note that the appointments will not proceed, sorry.  I do miss seeing my clients and doing the treatments, but I’m also aware that a few months of being careful and cautious will mean that we all remain healthy and well.

 

I’m still working on doing some online material for you all.  Do you have any preferences? contact me

There’s aromatherapy blending, aromatherapy basics, make your own cream/balm (I need to check I can get my ingredients to do this), how to do facial exercises, face massage, coconut oil hair mask.  Anything else?  I can also do a quick 10 minute how to massage someone’s head/shoulders (if I can get a decent recording on my tablet).

 

I’ve been keeping myself very busy in isolation, my to-do list for home chores was already quite long and now I have time to tackle it.  The garden will also need my attention, although the weather these last few days hasn’t been ideal for this.  I’ve also got a lot of things I enjoy that don’t always have enough time to do, like baking, cooking, jigsaws, sewing/making clothes.  I do miss being able to just pop out whenever, seeing people in person or just being able to touch someone – be it a handshake, a hug or just a hand on their arm.  But, this will pass and we will all be able to slowly get back to normal – even if that does take time and it’s a slightly altered normal.

Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

 

With warm regards

 

Rima

 

Coronavirus - Clinic update 21 March 2020

 

This is an update on how things are with me and my clinics in relation the coronavirus issues.

After the Government briefing yesterday (20th March) all healthcare centres, like the ones I run my clinics from, are to close indefinitely.

As such both Neal’s Yard Remedies and The Light Centre where I have my clinics have closed their doors from today or will do tomorrow. And as is the case with this, there isn’t a fixed time scale that I can give you about this.

I had in fact stopped all my clinics last Tuesday 17th March, as I wanted to conform to the Government social distancing recommendations and because I have people in my house who fall into the higher risk group. And on 19th March the CNHC, one of my regulatory boards, informed all hands-on practitioners that they recommend we cease work to fall within these recommendations – so I’d done the correct thing just before the professional boards advised.

For all of you who have treatments booked in April (and possibly May) – I’ll be in touch with you personally closer to the time to advise you about what’s happening. As you all know, this whole situation is moving constantly, and as such so will be my actions.

I do hope that a safe resolution comes sooner rather than later, but it does look like we may be in this for the long haul.

I’m going to be stopping my online appointment bookings for the time being (you’ll still be able to cancel existing sessions if you need to by using the cancel link on your original appointment email).

And also, I was due to have a price increase from 6th April, but I’ve chosen to delay this for the time being and prices will remain as they are now.

I’ve got a page on my website where I’ll be posting all Coronavirus updates like this one. The link to that page is also on my homepage.

I'm looking to do some online workshops, talks or courses on aromatherapy, reflexology and relaxation. If you are interested in something like this then please let me know and I'll put something together and send you details. Please mark on there what topics you'd be interested in.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and I hope you stay well.

With warm regards

Rima

 

 

Special resources while in isolation

 

For adults

  • Free hypnosis relaxation recording - from Laurie Harvey
  • Online yoga/pilates classes - at Light Centre - this is chargeable but free to NHS staff
  • Home Festival - Free dance classes plus much more on Instagram live - check out some of the Strictly come dancing instructors who are all doing live dance classes or exercise classes plus many very special guests doing other creative classes such as cooking/baking, sewing etc.
  • Joe Wicks - see below for children's PE classes, which are good for adults too.  His YouTube channel also has excellent instructions for more advanced workouts too.
  • Thrifty Stitcher - Run and owned by Claire-Louise Hardie who is the top of the sewing game and someone I've known for a number of years.  Claire-Louise is also the original mastermind and Sewing Producer on the BBC Great British Sewing Bee.  She has lots of online sewing courses for everyone from beginners to the more advanced.
  • Gardening - if you're new to gardening then the Gardener's World website is a good starting point for general advice.

 

For children

Someone sent me this as a timetable that they have worked out themselves (sorry if some of these are no longer in action as things change frequently):

 

For those of you who like a bit of structure in your lives; here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks - https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro

10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman - www.themathsfactor.com

11.00am - English with David Walliams - https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)- https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/

1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel - https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065

2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) - https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package

4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) - https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

 

Non-daily events include:

Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule

9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBackshall/status/1242058846941712385

For your older kids, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels:

http://www.eparenting.co.uk/education/50_free_revision_resources_for_gcse_a_level_11_plus_and_sats.php

Calm and Clear - Covid-19 update - 17th March 2020

 

Yesterday evening the Prime Minister laid out some new recommendations, which I have been looking into that are a number of social distance measures to reduce the risk of infection from the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  These include the following (taken from the Gov.uk website):

 

The main points are for those who are well and under 70 with no underlying health conditions:

  • limit social contact where possible
  • Use less public transport
  • Work at home where possible
  • Consider not going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and bars

 

Main points for those over 70, and/or have underlying health conditions or are pregnant:

  • Strongly advised against all of the activities above
  • Significantly limit face-to-fact interaction with friends and family if possible

 

Most importantly is to continue to follow the advice of washing your hands properly more often with soap and water.  If you cough either do this into a tissue which you bin immediately and then wash your hands - or if you don't have a tissue cough into the crook of your elbow not your hand.

 

I am reviewing clinics accordingly due to the reduction of use of public transport and the necessity of many of my clients to work from home.  Also, taking into account that I have in my home someone over the age of 70 who I need to consider too.

 

 

Calm and Clear Covid-19 update email sent 14th March 2020

I’m sure you’ve all received several similar emails to this over the past few days. I started this email many days ago, but every time I was ready to send it the advice and information changed. However, as many others are sending the emails I’ve decided that the time has come to send this out. I’m sorry to clog your inbox further if this isn’t wanted.
These are anxious and unknown times with the outbreak of COVID-19 globally – and now listed as a pandemic by the WHO. I know that many of you are concerned about the unknown and also more for those in the higher risk group.

The UK Government is monitoring the situation daily and their website has the most up to date advice and precautions.
I wanted to let you know about some information about how I’m dealing with the situation at my clinics, in line with all the information out there and to put your minds at rest as best as I can.

I always try to maintain the highest hygiene standards in clinic, but have put more time into extra cleaning of the rooms before I start (each treatment room is rented out so other practitioners and their clients will have been in there before me).
I only use my own equipment, which I ensure is properly cleaned at all times. I also disinfect all surfaces in the treatment rooms, including door handles, chairs, light switches, taps, couches etc and as always I wash my hands thoroughly and the start and end of the treatment.

And no hand to hand contact – so apologies if I don’t shake hands with you on arrival and leaving.

I am of course working directly on your skin – either feet, face or abdomen. As such most of the recommended hygiene methods are already in place.

I also ask if each of you could please wash your hands on arrival to the clinic (each clinic has soap and sinks with paper towels or hand driers). Some of the clinics have anti bacterial gel too where they’ve been able to get any.

Also, if you think you may be coming down with an illness, however mild, or if anyone at your home is in self isolation then please let me know in advance of your booked treatment.

If you have a new continuous cough and/or a fever of 37.8 degrees or higher then please stay at home and follow the self-isolation guidelines for 7 days. Same if you think you have been around someone with the coronavirus or if you have recently travelled abroad – please let me know in advance.

This will help reduce the spreading of the virus, and will benefit all of the clinics, clients and me too.

If you are booked in for a treatment and have a question or if you wish to reschedule for another time then please contact me at info@calmandclear.co.uk.
I will be reviewing this advice constantly as the expert knowledge and advice coming through is fluid, and this may mean having to change or even cancel certain appointments or clinics. I will do everything possible to not do this, but safety comes first and will do everything to protect all of you as well as me and my family.
I will post this plus some other information on my website and will try to update this as and when things change.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and I hope you stay well.

With warm regards
Rima

Pregnancy and Covid-19

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)  has published guidance on it's website - here

You can find updates from my clinic The Light Centre (for Monument and Moorgate) here.