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COVID-19 Rules

Dear Clients,

Thank you all for your love and support throughout this time. It has not been easy for anyone and I cannot thank you enough for the lovely messages I have received throughout Lockdown.

Sadly, I cannot give you a specific opening date yet, but it is coming! I just wanted to let you all know the protocol that I will be following when the Clinic does reopen. Things may change as we go along to adapt to the situation so I would ask you to be as patient as possible.

What I have done:

  • Completed two online COVID-19 training courses
  • Learnt about PPE, how to use it and ordered stock

What I will be doing:

  • Deep clean the treatment room (when I can gain access before I reopen)
  • Remove all soft furnishings – no towels will be provided
  • Wearing PPE – I will be wearing a mask and visor.
  • Washing my hands before and after each client
  • Leaving 30-minute gaps between client to allow me to clean the room and prevent clients coming into contact with others on the way out/in. NEW clinic hours will be published soon to allow for this.
  • Cleaning the room thoroughly between clients with Anti-bacterial sprays and wipes
  • Deep cleaning the room at the end of the day on top of the above

What I need you to do:

  • Arrive on time, if you are early please wait in the car and message me you are here, if you are late despite the 30-minute gap I cannot go over your treatment time, this will have a knock on for my cleaning routine and could impact other clients
  • Please wear a face mask
  • As I cannot provide towels to cover you at this time, please wear appropriate clothing for a massage and to protect the surfaces for others e.g. sports shorts, lose fitting clothing 
  • I will be asking you to wash your hands when you arrive and there will be hand sanitisers available to use too
  • Contactless payment is preferable. When you book appointments, I will send you my bank details or you can pay via Contactless pay at the clinic. I will accept card or cash, but the other methods are preferred.

Illness:

  • If you or anyone in your household is unwell, please cancel your appointment and follow the Governments Guidelines
  • If you become unwell after seeing me, please let me know as soon as possible

I am sorry that there is such a long list, but it is mandatory that we all play our part in preventing the spread of the virus as best we can. Things may change before I reopen as the guidelines seem to be constantly updating so please keep that in mind, I will communicate this to you as best as I can.
Please keep an eye on my Instagram, Facebook and Website as these will be where most of the updates will go first.

I cannot wait to see you all again soon! I do have a waiting list open, so if you wish to be added then please let me know.

Many thanks,

Molly

Can Insect Repellent Protect You From COVID-19?

I know what you’re thinking…10 plus weeks of lockdown, she has officially lost it, bug spray vs COVID-19! However, there has been a lot of research into weather Citriodiol ® (PMD) based sprays could help to protect you against COVID-19.

The British Military have been given the product as it has been proven to form a “barrier on the skin” and has been found to protect against “variants of the SARS virus” which is similar to the COVID-19 virus. (Defence Secretary) The spray is being used alongside other measures such as social distancing, washing of hands and wearing PPE.

What is Citriodiol® (PMD)?

It is the oil you get from the leaves of Eucalyptus Citriodora trees also known as Lemon Eucalyptus; the product does dissolve over time, but it provides a layer of protection over the skin.

Can it protect against COVID-19?

It is known that Citriodiol ® (PMD) does have antiviral properties and has been used in the past to protect against SARS 1 which is another strain of coronavirus.

Research is still ongoing as to whether or not it can be used against COVID-19, as its full effectiveness is not known yet.

Doctors are saying that more studies need to be done however, “it has been hypothesised that it may have antiviral or antibacterial properties in previous studies” Dr Louise Wiseman, netdoctor.com 

My Opinion

I feel, especially when I am allowed to return to work that I want to do everything possible to a) protect myself and b) protect my clients. So, if they think Citriodiol ®(PMD) may have some effect on preventing the virus then yes please, I will be using that!

There are a lot of products on the market that have this ingredient in them, but I would recommend the following product that contains Lemon Eucalyptus. I have been using it every time I leave the house to go to the shops etc. as an extra barrier of defence, plus it is just a nice product to use. It is non-greasy, easy to apply and you don’t need too much to feel you’ve got full coverage.

https://theoilhut.co.uk/product/lemongrass-eucalyptus-natural-room-spray-for-bugs-200ml/

If you want more information- they have also produced a blog explaining everything and have links to articles at the bottom for you to read. This is not a paid ad, this is just a product I really like and want to share with you all.

New Runners – Stretch guide

In this lockdown I have seen more people getting active and trying new things, one being more running. Therefore, I thought I would put a blog together to help new runners with stretches and mobility exercises that will help them stay injury free while they cannot get a sports massage.

It is important not to stretch cold, you can do a bit of skipping or do a gentle jog before starting your warmup. Mobility and stretching before your run:

  • Calf/achilleas stretch – use the curb to put your toe on the edge and drop your heel down
  • Side lunge and/or lunge 
  • Quad stretch – Stand on your left leg, one knee touching the other. Grab your right foot, using your right hand, and pull it towards your glute
  • Fire hydrant circles – these focus on the hips, 5 forward 5 backwards on each side
  • Hamstring stretch – simple hamstring scoop works well, or you can lie on your back and raise your leg up straight in the air

It is just as important to stretch after your run, some like to do it straight away, others like to do it post shower while their muscles are still warm.

  • Lying hamstring stretch – same as number 4 above but you can add a dressing gown cord or a therapy band around your foot to get a stronger stretch
  • Lying glute stretch – Lie on floor or mat. Bend knees with feet on floor, cross lower leg over thigh of other leg. Grasp back of thigh of lower leg with both hands and pull leg toward torso.
  • Couch stretch – this targets the hip flexor. Bend your left knee and place your shin along the back cushion of a couch with your toes pointed upward, keep your left thigh in line with your body. Place your right foot in front, aligning your knee above your ankle.
  • Upper calf stretches – Stand with one foot in front of the other, front knee slightly bent. Keep your back knee straight, your heel on the ground, and lean forward
  • Lower calf stretches – Stand with one foot in front of the other, front knee slightly bent, bend your back knee, keeping your heel on the ground (if struggling look up soleus stretch on YouTube)
  • Forward bend – feet shoulder width apart, keep your legs straight (knees soft) and bend forwards from the hips, relax into the stretch

There are so many more that you can do but here are some to start you off. Foam rolling is also a brilliant tool to use so I would highly recommend investing in one if you haven’t already.

Lockdown Workspace

Week 2 of lockdown has started, meaning many of you are still working from home and not in the office where your desk should be setup up support a good posture. Not everyone has a home office or a desk that is set up correctly with their computer equipment, so here are some simple tips that could help you improve your new workspace.

  1. Work at a desk or table with adequate knee clearance so that you can sit close to your laptop.
  2. Use a separate keyboard and mouse – this will help prevent you from ‘hunching’ over your laptop.
  3. Position the keyboard directly in front of you within easy reach, the mouse can be moved to various position, even swap hands to prevent sitting in one position the whole time.
  4. Position your laptop so that the top of the screen is level with your eye height. If you don’t have a laptop riser, use a box file or some books to adjust your laptop to the correct height.
  5. Try and use an adjustable chair while sitting, if this isn’t possible then rolled up towels can be used to support your lower back or use a cushion to raise the height of the seat.
  6. Maintain a good posture; if sitting, try to ensure that the small of your back is supported (this is where the towel can be used) and relax your shoulders
  7. If you want to stand and work, then a kitchen work top is often a good height or a chest of draws. Remember to raise your laptop using books etc. it is important to keep your legs, torso, neck and head approximately in line and vertical – try not to slouch, twist to the side or lean on the worktop.
  8. Don’t sit or stand for too long – change your posture every 5-10 minutes and take regular small breaks from your laptop.
  9. Take a longer break every 30 minutes

Please do not work on your sofa, I know it is really tempting to slouch onto the sofa because it is comfy, but it will cause all sorts of postural issues in the future. It is important to have a designated workspace and a chill out space so that you can have a change of scene.

I have posted some good stretches and exercises on my instagram (@mollysportsmassage) to help you keep mobile during lockdown.

Closed Until Further Notice

I am very sad to say that I have had to stop all trade due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The safety of my clients is the most important thing to me and it would not be fair to risk spreading the virus if I was to continue massaging at this time.

For those of you who don’t know, I set my business up when I left University nearly 4 years ago now. I worked very hard to build the amazing client base I now have and I cannot thank them enough for their continues support and well wishes at this time. This is not the end for Molly Sports Massage, if anything I am viewing it as a time to reflect and grow my business so that I can come back stronger than ever once all of this has passed.

What can you do to help small businesses?

  1. Buy Gift Vouchers to use when this is over – please email me and I will explain how to purchase one of mine (mollysportsmassage@gmail.com)
  2. If you can afford it keep paying your memberships to Gyms etc.
  3. Like and Share their posts on social media – help them grow their following
  4. Write a review on Google or Facebook
  5. Share your experience with the business on your Social Media – e.g. try my stretches / exercises and share the results on your instagram stories

 

Stay safe everyone, I cannot wait to see you all on the other side!