Update 19 July 2020
As many of you will be aware, I have not been offering sessions since the lockdown began in March. Although some massage therapists are now returning to work, the health & safety precautions required for offering massage demand a way of working that I am not comfortable with at this time.
Therefore, I am still not offering sessions and have decided to not do so for the rest of this calendar year. I will be reviewing my business at the start of January 2021.
I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Update 20 March 2020
On 19/03/20 the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) issued advice that practitioners should cease hands-on therapies with immediate effect. The CNHC is an independent UK register of complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up by the government to protect the public. On 20/03/20 the Complimentary Therapists Association (CThA) followed CNHC's lead, issuing the same guidance. This is advice from two key professional bodywork organisations and it carries some weight. I feel both morally and professionally compelled to follow this advice.
Therefore, as of today and for the next several weeks I will no longer be offering hands-on sessions. Most of you have already been notified. I deeply regret that I am unable to offer you any type of bodywork to support you at this time, given the current circumstances. The decision was very unpleasant to have had to make. I know that human contact and touch provide many physical, psychological and emotional benefits, especially to those feeling anxious, afraid, vulnerable or isolated. Many of us are feeling these things acutely at this time and I find it sad that something which could provide so much good in these troubled times is now so problematic.
I will review the situation towards the end of April and keep you updated. A miracle could happen and I could be back at work sooner than that, but I don't feel it's likely. Perhaps I will be proven wrong - I certainly hope so! May you all stay well.
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