Staying Safe During The Current COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has now affected a lot of countries in the world and to date no cure has been found. While there is no need to panic, it is always prudent to take any form of viral infection seriously. We have compiled a resource for everyone, including complementary health practitioners, clients and students with helpful information and actionable steps to mitigate the COVID-19 threat and to address best practices to keep you safe during this time.

With almost 100,000 people infected and more than 3,300 deaths worldwide, the worst seems to be over as infection and death rates decline especially in its epicentre in China. This, however, doesn’t mean that we should be lax about the current and unknown future trajectory of the disease. It is important to remain vigilant and have best practices in place as per your countries’ health advisories.

Best Practices for Complementary Health Practitioners

  • Frequent Hand Washing
     
    Wash your hands regularly throughout the day thoroughly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.

    Wash up upon arriving at your practice, office or place of business and before and after client sessions or classes, and anytime you feel it necessary. Also wash throughout the day during your daily travels and contact.

  • Use An Alcohol-based Sanitiser
     
    Have an alcohol-based sanitiser available to use throughout the day and before and after contact with the public, clients, students, colleagues and others. Have one available for your clients or students as well to use upon arrival and leaving and throughout a class day.
  • Avoid Touching Your Ear, Nose & Mouth
     
    Follow good respiratory hygiene. Avoid the reflex or temptation to touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth. COVID-19 can be spread through droplets and you want to avoid direct exposure to your face.
  • Maintain Social Distance
     
    When out and about or if around anyone who is coughing and sneezing try to keep at least 1 to 2 metres away if possible.
  • If You Develop Flu-Like Symptoms
     
    If you need to sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or fully with a tissue. Then dispose properly of the used tissue promptly.

    Stay home if you do not feel well. Seek medical attention. Cancel any upcoming sessions or classes if you feel ill or develop any symptoms. Follow directions of your local health authority.

  • Do’s and Don’ts
     
    Do

    • Stay informed. Get the facts and updates from the appropriate health and public safety authorities.
       
    • Protect yourself, your family and your clients and students with best practices and hygiene.
       
    • Apply your complementary health practice on yourself. For example, if you are a Reiki practitioner, give yourself and your immediate family Reiki. Reiki can help soothe, relax and aid in stress reduction so as to potentially help provide your body with a stronger foundation to fight illness as opposed to if it is stressed in fight or flight mode.
       

    Don’t

    • Do not panic. Follow recommendations and do your part to keep yourself and those around you safe. Stay strong in your commitment to your health and well being as well as those around you and to those whom you serve.
       
    • Do not succumb to stress. It is natural to feel stressed or confused during a virus epidemic such as COVID-19.
       
      As of this date it appears new cases in China have been declining and although no one knows the outcome or trajectory of the virus there is hope that the virus will decline. But stay vigilant.

      Now is a good time to take extra self-care measures such as healthy eating habits, enhanced hygiene, extra self-healing, healing for your family, plus being present and staying centered.

Best Practices For Clients

  • Stay Informed
     
    Stay informed about COVID-19 with reliable updates from your local health authorities and follow recommendations.
  • If You Develop Flu-Like Symptoms
     
    If you are feeling ill or develop any symptoms seek medical attention immediately and it is your responsibility to cancel any upcoming complementary treatment sessions or classes to avoid potentially spreading an illness.
  • Frequent Hand Washing
     
    Wash your hands with hot water and soap before and after your treatment session or class.
  • Be Aware & Mindful
     
    There is an incubation period for symptoms for symptoms of COVID-19 to appear and current estimates are within 2 to 14 days after exposure.

    If you are at a treatment session or class and suddenly begin to feel ill or feel any other symptoms please stop your session or excuse yourself from class and ask if the remainder of your session may be rescheduled for a later date when you are fully well.

    Or ask if you may attend the next class available when you are fully well. If you need to sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth fully with your bent elbow or fully with a tissue then dispose properly of the used tissue promptly.

  • If You Have Traveled Recently
     
    If you have traveled on a cruise or by plane to any known infected areas within the 2-3 weeks prior to your session or class please discuss this with your complementary health therapist. Consider cancelling or postponing your session or class to a date in the future.
  • If You Are Healthy, Be A Blessing
     
    If you have not been exposed and are not symptomatic and are healthy, enjoy your treatment session and enjoy the stress-reducing benefits of the various complementary health modalities to help your body and mind relax and de-stress, especially during this time.
     
    If you are fully healthy an have not been exposed consider taking a Reiki Level 1 class so that you can utilise self-Reiki and share Reiki with your family. You can have a look at our Events Schedule for the next available class.

Closing Thoughts

Please use best practices, follow your local authorities’ guidance and recommendations, and continue to safely and with best practices utilize complementary health treatments as the comforting and wellness enhancing resource that it is. As a Reiki practitioners myself, I am fortunate to have this beneficial treatment modality for myself and to share.