My practice since lockdown  has now been running successfully for nearly a month and my clients have been satisfied with the safety precautions that I have put in place.

The lengthy article but necessary article below has been  written with your safety in mind so please read and digest prior to booking a lesson.

I am offering one to one lessons and hope to start group sessions from October, dates to be arranged.  For groups, this will depend upon availability of venues and facilities.

For those not ready to return to ‘hands on’, I will continue to offer one-to-one lessons on Zoom as well as my Wednesday group session, which restarts on 7th October from 10am to 11am, also on Zoom. These have been highly successful and whilst clients have missed the hands-on, they have found that they have learned to be more independent, as well as responsible, in their practice between lessons. For more information about online lessons please visit my website. Important: Please check the guidance below regarding your level risk, prior to booking a lesson.

Guidance Prior To Having Lessons

Please check the guidance below prior to making a decision to come back to lessons at this time.

YOU have Moderate risk if you:

  • are 70 years of age or older.
  • are pregnant.
  • have a lung condition that’s not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis).
  • have heart disease (such as heart failure), diabetes, chronic kidney disease or liver disease (such as hepatitis)
  • have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy).
  • have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections and/or are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids).
  • are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above).

From 1st August if you are in the moderate-risk category then you must decide whether having a lesson outweighs the risk factor.

 

The following updated guidance for those in the HIGH RISK category, is taken from the NHS website:

“This advice is for people who have received a letter from the NHS saying they’re at high risk from coronavirus.

If you’re at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), you were advised to take extra steps to protect yourself until 1 August 2020. This was called shielding.

In England, the risk of getting coronavirus is now low enough that you’re no longer advised to shield.

You have High Risk if you:

  • have had an organ transplant;
  • are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy.
  • are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer.
  • are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system.
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma).
  • have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past six months or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine.
  • have been told by a doctor that you have a severe lung condition such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, or severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  • have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections such as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) or sickle cell.
  • are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids).
  • have a serious heart condition and are pregnant.

For more information, see guidance from the NHS Who’s At Higher Risk from Coronavirus.”

Check daily if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. This could include taking your temperature each day. If you become aware of any COVID-19 symptoms you should immediately cancel any booked appointments and follow government guidance about self-isolation.

Check Your household: check daily if anyone in your household is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, which could include temperature checks. If anyone in your household experiences COVID-19 symptoms you must cancel all appointments and put yourself in quarantine for 14 days, as per government advice.

 

Government Guidelines

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique have stated that I must follow the government guidelines for your protection and safety and please note that I am covered by insurance.

There will be procedures in place that we both need to adhere to and I apologise for all the Rules and Regulations, but it is for your safety.  I have to leave 30 minutes between clients for sanitising the area and changing my mask/tunic between clients, so appointments will be strictly limited to 45mins – no real change except that I have generally run over the allotted time in the past!

 

You will need to consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks prior to booking a lesson.

Lessons

I will wear a shield and mask.  Between each client, I will change my tunic and sanitise the area.

For your comfort, please wear cool loose trousers and long-sleeved top and a mask.  I have invested in an air purifier which means that as Autumn progresses, I can close the windows. The windows will be open for ventilation between clients.

Please do bring another layer as you will be lying on a ‘wipe clean’ surface and not a blanket (so that I can sanitise the surface between clients easily.

Head rests will have a cotton cover so they can be changed between clients.

 

Preparation for lessons

If you are happy with the safety guidelines I have explained above, I would be pleased to offer you lessons.  It is a good idea to book in advance so that you get the time slot that you prefer.

Please bring your own water bottle and a pen.

On arrival your temperature will be taken using a non-contact thermometer and you will be asked to wash your hands and then to complete a questionnaire.

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After 10 years with no price rise, I have reluctantly increased the fees to cover costs incurred by PPE and preparation for re-opening.

Single lessons:  £40 /45mins

or, six lessons for the price of 5 (£200), to be taken within three months of purchasing.

N.B. If a second wave of Covid19, or an illness out of your control prevents these lessons to be taken within three months, this restriction will be waived.

One to one lessons on Zoom will remain at £35 per lesson and pay-as-you-go and Wednesday Zoom group session will remain at £7.50 per one-hour session.

 

Appointment times

Monday-

9:15am-10:00am

10:30am- 11:15am

11:45-12:30pm

1:45pm-2:30pm

3:00pm-3:45pm

4:15pm- 5:00pm

6.15pm – 7.00pm

Tuesday

9:15am-10:00am

10:30am- 11:15am

11:45-12:30pm

1:45pm-2:30pm

3:00pm-3:45pm

5:00pm -5.45pm

Wednesday

8.45am-9.30am

11.30am-12.15pm

1.15pm-200pm

2.30pm-3.15pm

3.45pm-4.30pm

Thursday

9:15am-10:00am

10:30am- 11:15am

11:45-12:30pm

1:45pm-2:30pm

3:00pm-3:45pm

4:15pm- 5:00pm

6.15pm -7pm

Friday

9:15am-10:00am

10:30am- 11:15am

11:45-12:30pm

1:45pm-2:30pm

3:00pm-3:45pm

4:15pm- 5:00pm

 

Saturday mornings available on request Wednesday online zoom session

10am -11.00am –