Good news….I am ready to open my practice from the 12th August:

Please forgive this lengthy article but it is written with your safety in mind so please read and digest prior to booking a lesson.

I have the government’s go ahead to open my practice to clients and will be offering one to one lessons from 12th August, and group sessions from September, dates to be arranged. For groups, this will depend upon availability of venues and facilities.

For those not ready to return I will continue to offer one-to-one lessons on Zoom as well as my Wednesday group session, also on Zoom. These have been highly successful and whilst my 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 lesson click here.

IMPORTANT: Please check the  guidance  at the bottom of this article regarding your level of risk, prior to booking a lesson.  If you are in the high-risk category and are shielding then you are advised not to have lessons at this time.  If you are in the moderate-risk category then you must decide whether having a lesson outweighs the risk factor.

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 to ensure 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!

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. The windows will be open for ventilation so bring another layer in case you feel chilly. 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

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.

Fees

After 10 years with no price rise, I shall, reluctantly, be increasing 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-Thursday

9:15am-10:00am

10:30am- 11:15am (excluding Wednesday)

11:45-12:30pm

1:45pm-2:30pm

3:00pm-3:45pm

4:15pm- 5:00pm

I can also offer Friday and Saturday and a limited number of evening appointments if you are unable to attend the days/times above.

If you have been looking forward to one-to-one lessons and are happy with the safety guidelines I have explained above, I would love to hear from you.  It is a good idea to book in advance so that you get the time slot that you prefer.  Please note that I shall be taking a break from Tuesday 28th July until Tuesday 11th August.

Guidance Prior To Having Lessons

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

If you are in the High Risk category you will have been identified as being at extremely high clinical risk of infection and must avoid face to face contact with anyone outside your household for at least 12 weeks following any period of lockdown.

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. At present I am unable to treat you if you are in this high-risk group. I will keep up to date with Government guidance about when it is safe to see you.

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).

 

If you are in the moderate risk group, you are advised to stay at home and social distance, but you are not required to shield.  In these circumstances, we both need to decide if the potential benefits of treatment outweigh the risks, and you need to decide whether you are willing to accept the risks.

At the time of writing the NHS guidance for symptoms to look out for are as follows:

  • High temperature
  • Persistent cough
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

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.