Coronavirus and Flourish Services
Update: Monday 23rd March 2020
On Tuesday 17th March I cancelled all in-person appointments at my practice at the Glasgow Osteopathic Centre, with the intention of reviewing this in 2 weeks time but naturally with the ongoing health concerns , in-person appointments will not resume at the centre for many weeks. The centre has over 100 individual patients attending with 5 practitioners, including myself, each week. I am relieved to note that, as of today, the Centre itself has now temporary closed for the foreseeable future.
In-person appointments will also not be available at my East Kilbride practice for many weeks. This practice is at my home, where my family and I are distancing and isolating. Many of my clients are vulnerable - in many different ways - or have family, friends, loved ones and partners depending on them. An incredibly privileged part of my work is to bear witness to the stories and experiences of my clients, and the people who are important to them in their lives, and sometimes loved ones who have passed are also spiritually present during sessions. My work is sacred - I am a healer and I would never endanger my clients or their families.
During this time I will be continuing to develop and tend my medicine gardens, growing organic herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers to use in my practice, something which has been part of my own therapy for many years with my involvement in therapeutic horticulture, allotments and communal growing spaces.
My remote healing sessions and Skype consultations have been an integral part in providing support and healing to clients who are geographically unable to attend in-person or experience physical, mental or emotional mobility restrictions or other limitations which prevent attendance. I will continue to offer these services and if you feel this is something that you feel is beneficial in ensuring continuity of therapy, counsel and support you can find out more about how these sessions are conducted, and the range of services available, here.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
In light of The Scottish Government's new recommended guidelines issued last night to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, it is important for me to outline how these changes will affect your appointments and Flourish services in the short term.
Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland's National Clinical Director, has summarised what the latest guidelines are and there are fundamentally four groups of people, with different advice for each:
Those people with symptoms - a new persistent cough or a fever - your whole household has to stay at home for 14 days. If you live alone it is 7 days
People at very high risk - undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis, etc - will be contacted directly by the NHS
For people over 70, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems and people who attend for the flu vaccine. serious measures to reduce social contact are strongly recommended. The advice is to not go to work, not to travel on public transport and not to attend group gatherings
The advice for everyone else is to limit social contact as much as you can. You can still work but the Scottish Government are asking as many people as possible to work from home. Don't use public transport unless you have to. Don't meet in big groups or socially in small groups in pubs, restaurants etc. Avoid situations where you will be amongst groups of people unless it is absolutely essential e.g. for food and pharmacy supplies. According to Professor Leitch, 'The virus seems to give us more danger in the smaller groups. That does not mean you cannot visit your mum and dad. You can as long as you are symptom free.'
How Will This Affect Appointments?
1. Glasgow Osteopathic Centre practice, Battlefield, Glasgow
I have spoken with the Glasgow Osteopathic Centre this morning, who are in the process of outlining what their response will be for the coming weeks. I feel that with the number of patients who attend the centre, it is important to ensure the exposure risks to my own clients are minimal. With this in mind, my Saturday practice at the Centre will not be available, initially for the next 2 weeks.
2. WytchWood practice, East Kilbride
As per the Government guidelines, I have personally begun to reduce my social contact and am self isolating as much as possible as a precautionary measure due to the intimate nature of my work. As the WytchWood practice is based at my home, all in-person bodywork appointments booked will be cancelled and all currently booked energetic, spiritual and shamanic healing sessions will be conducted remotely - please see the information below. This will initially be for the next 2 weeks.
In line with the Scottish Government Clinical Director's guidelines, the changes to my appointments at both my practices are:
Bodywork sessions - including Massage, Reflexology, Acupressure, Dien Chan - will be cancelled. This will initially be for the next 2 weeks, at which point I'll review on how to proceed in line with the ongoing, updated recommended guidelines. Rescheduling will not be possible at the moment until after the initial 2 week period and the newly issued guidelines at that time.
All Reiki courses, workshops and group events will be cancelled for the next 2 weeks and will be rescheduled to suitable dates after this period. Some of the content for my Reiki training courses can be conducted via Skype. If you have booked a Reiki Training course, including the Professional Practitioner Program, I will contact students directly with more information.
Existing appointments for all in-person Energy Therapy, Spiritual and Shamanic Healing sessions including Reiki, Chakra and Auric Medicine, ArchAngel Healing, Quantum Entanglement, Disentanglement, Cord Cutting and all Shamanic Healing Ceremonies - including Power Retrieval, Soul Retrieval, Karmic Healing, Ancestral Healing and Extraction - will now be conducted as remote (distance) appointments. Please visit the following links for more information on distance healing - Remote Reiki, Auric and Chakra Medicine, Shamanic Healing Ceremonies, Disentanglement, Archangel Healing, Cord Cutting. There is consultation time before and after the healing, just as with in-person appointments, and these are conducted via Skype. Before your first remote session, I email recommendations on how to prepare your own space for the session. With the nature of energetic, spiritual and shamanic healing sessions, distance healing is effective and can often be a little more intensively insightful, for both you and myself. For this reason I will be conducting no more than 3 distance healing sessions a day on the 4 days a week that I take appointments - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I will get in touch with individual clients about existing appointments. Please accept my apologies if there is a short term difficulty finding a mutually agreeable time for your sessions as I am also honouring existing distance healing bookings.
All in-person appointments for Support and Supervision, Life Coaching, Mentoring and Empowerment sessions booked for the next 2 weeks will be conducted via Skype and I will contact individual clients with the arrangements.
All existing bookings for distance healing sessions and Skype counsel and support sessions will continue to be honoured.
For details on bookings, cancellation and rescheduling of appointments, please visit the terms page for more information. I respectfully request a minimum 24 hours notice of cancellation of appointments.
What You Can Do To Ensure Continued Support
Continue with your ongoing treatments, support plans, healing sessions and holistic counsel via Skype and remote/distance appointments
Stay in touch - I am available via online chat function, phone and email (see below for details)
Visit the Flourish blog for information on how to support yourself at home - these include:
Going (Anti) Viral - I have outlined 8 essential oils that have been shown in laboratory studies to inhibit clinical strains of viruses with similar properties to Coronavirus, and the many ways to use these oils, from laundry, dishes and cutlery to personal care products and diffusing in rooms.
Counting Down To Calm - Simple exercises if you are feeling overwhelmed or experience panic attacks
Coronavirus And Children - this infographic helps explain Coronavirus to children. It is downloadable in 12 languages
Over the next 2 weeks, I will be available to contact online between appointments, at various points during the day, via the online chat function on my website and the chat function on my app to answer any questions you may have. My contact number is 07840180743.
I will update again in 2 weeks time so if you'd like to keep up to date, please subscribe to the newsletter (there is a link at the bottom of each webpage), keep an eye out for emails or visit my Flourish social media accounts - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube
Stay safe and be well!