Your treatment and the relevance of Covid-19

Updated 10 April 2020

As you all know, a month ago the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council have advised that all ‘hands on’ therapies must stop with immediate effect.  This was shortly followed by Government guidance that all hands-on therapies had to stop.

I am missing my lovely clinic space, and the wonderful clients I spend my working day with,  I am also missing being in the lovely Health Conscious with, usually, Joy, Helen and Lauren.

Fingers crossed things will begin to improve, soon, and we can all start getting back to our normal lives – perhaps more grateful than ever before for ‘normal’.  I hope that you are all managing to keep upbeat in these challenging times, and finding things to do which are helping you to remain resilient.  I have been practising my violin more than ever, and (I think!) I am improving …nevertheless I am enjoying having the time to play most days.

One exciting development …whilst gift vouchers have always been available in clinic, with the incredibly kind and fabulously creative support of Dan James Media I now have online gift vouchers which are then emailed directly to you, for sharing with the recipient!  I am so happy about this, and delighted with how they look!

I cannot wait to see you all again, very soon.

In the meantime, please do stay safe – we will get through this 🙂

Best wishes,

Candace Nicholson

Your treatment and the relevance of Covid-19

I look forward to seeing you all again, soon, once we’re out the other side – I know we will get there!

With very best wishes to you all,

Candace x

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Updated Wednesday 18 March 2020

For all my lovely clients, an update to my practice.

Currently, following guidance from my membership and registration bodies I’m still operating my clinic for clients who are well and have not visited at risk travel areas or been in contact with others with Covid-19.  Additionally, Public Health Wales has issued social distancing guidance (please see link below) which I would ask my more vulnerable clients (due to chronic health conditions and /or being over the age of 70) to read.

Please remember: there is NO late cancellation penalty or payment for having to last minute cancel your appointment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Social distancing and vulnerable groups 

I intend continuing to operate clinic for as long as I am allowed to, following the enhanced cleaning programme detailed below. Personally I consider, as treatments are a 1:1 interaction, if we are all sensible and avoid contact with others if we’re unwell or been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, as well as maintaining scrupulous hygiene, providing and receiving treatments are comparatively safe. I would also ask my more vulnerable clients to consider the social distancing guidance in the link above and if the guidance applies to them to cancel their treatment.

I feel that to stop all treatments, right now, and potentially have months of not giving / receiving treatments is an unbearable thought – so I will continue for as long as clients still want treatments and my membership/ registration bodies (following Government guidance) confirm I can.

I have always had a meticulous cleaning routine in clinic, and is why I have a 15 minute gap between treatments. Additionally though, I am now:

1. Using antiviral wipes on door handles / lights etc before clinic starts
2. Using antiviral disinfectant on face cradle / arm rest between clients
3. Asking clients to wash hands before entering the treatment room, and to use a clean flannel to dry their hands
4. Providing my special antiviral moisturising gel for them to use after washing their hands, and I had a separate bottle for application to the feet before reflexology
5. Diffusing essential oils, as usual, with antibacterial/antiviral properties, as usual.

I M P O R T A N T : If you are due to attend an appointment and have recently developed a persistent cough / high temperature, or have just returned from travel in a high risk area / been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 , please contact me before attending clinic, to rearrange your appointment. Any late cancellations due to these circumstances won’t incur any late cancellation charges. Please see below link to the NHS Wales site, for further information and a symptom checker.

NHS Direct Covid-19 Advice and Symptom Checker

Please stay safe and, remember, it’s very important to try to stay positive in these tricky times. I recommend looking up Dr Chatterjee’s podcasts / videos on self care, or ordering his books. He really is fantastic and has brilliant advice on how to optimise your physical and emotional health, particularly in these difficult times. If you’re self-isolating using things like Skype, Zoom or FaceTime to ‘virtually’ catch up with others can be really wonderful …some people are having big organised family / friend gatherings using these Apps and it’s such a good way to avoid total social isolation.

In the meantime the birds are still singing, and opening the windows to hear them lifts the beginning of every morning, for me.

See you soon,

Candace x

 

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Saturday 14 March 2020

With all the developments of the past week I wanted to reassure clients that I am closely following the guidance of the NHS, and the membership / regulatory bodies I belong to.

I’ve always had 15 minutes gap between clients in order to thoroughly wash my hands, clean the couch / area and change drapes, and my meticulous approach to hygiene will continue as usual both for your protection, and for mine.

I M P O R T A N T : If you are due to attend an appointment and have recently developed a persistent cough / high temperature, or have just returned from travel in a high risk area / been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 , please contact me before attending clinic, to rearrange your appointment. Any late cancellations due to these circumstances won’t incur any late cancellation charges. Please see below link to the NHS Wales site, for further information and a symptom checker.

NHS Direct Covid-19 Advice and Symptom Checker

This weekend I’m planning on doing some nice things …although all products I make (or have ever sold to clients) myself contain essential oils with antiviral properties, I’m making some new kick-ass moisturising hand gel, ideally for use after hand washing with soap, for clients to use in clinic. And some new diffusing blends 👍 I’ve probably bored many of you with saying again and again that in the almost three years I’ve held clinic I’ve never had a cold or bug – and I strongly believe it’s down to my use of essential oils. I diffuse them in clinic, and incorporate it into all the creams and oils I use in clinic. I won’t be selling my new blend, as regular hand washing with soap and not touching eyes/nose/mouth will always be the best protection. This is because, interesting fact, soap destroys the fatty acid chains in viruses, killing them! That’s also thought to be how antiviral properties in essential oils work – the lipophilic properties again damaging the fatty acid chains. It completely makes sense to me.

This is a time where, more than ever, we all need to keep doing things to keep our resilience high …as well as having my little apothecary session, I’m going to take cuttings off much loved shrubs and walk my dog. Doing things we enjoy lifts our mood and increases our resilience, so we feel more able to cope with life challenges. Spending time doing things we enjoy and which brings us happiness can contribute to optimising our immune system by helping to dampen our stress hormones.

You can follow Holly Tree Holistic Healthcare on Facebook @ #HollyTreeHH or on Instagram (less on Instagram as I haven’t quite grasped it!)

I will be keeping this page updated regularly, to reflect any changes in Government / NHS guidance.

Best wishes

Candace

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Monday 16 March 2020

Today I thoroughly enjoyed a lovely full day in clinic providing treatments to wonderful clients ♥️

As well as following Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council guidelines, including a link to the relevant page of my website in my appointment confirmation texts / emails …

Your treatment and the relevance of Covid-19

… I made small changes in clinic today …

1. I used antiviral wipes on door handles / lights etc before clinic started
2. I used antiviral disinfectant on face cradle / arm rest between clients
3. I asked clients to wash hands before entering the treatment room, and to use a clean flannel to dry their hands
4. I provided my special antiviral moisturising gel for them to use after washing their hands, and I had a separate bottle for application to the feet before reflexology
5. I diffused essential oils, as usual, with antibacterial/antiviral properties, as usual.

Ultimately I felt safer there than many places, right now 👍 I loved my day ♥️
I’m hoping to be in clinic as planned on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday – but I’ll be keeping a close eye on developments and adhere to the guidance.

Have a good Monday evening, stay safe and see you soon,

Candace x