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Christmas Vouchers

Wow, I cannot believe its nearly NOVEMBER! Where has this year gone?

I feel incredible lucky to still be able to work and help people again. Since coming back post lockdown I cannot thank everyone who has booked appointments, likes my posts and sent lovely messages of support! You are why I love doing what I do 🙂

SO – some of you have been asking already (super organised) if I am selling vouchers for Christmas and the answer is YES!

I am selling both Pregnancy and Sports/Deep Tissue Massage vouchers, all the prices are the same as clinic prices and will all be available to purchase up until 24th December 2020.

To purchase a voucher please email: mollysportsmassage@gmail.com and I will explain prices and how to pay.

Open Monday 13th

I am so pleased to announce that I will be reopening from Monday 13th July 2020!

It is a very exciting time for me and I have been inundated with clients messaging me asking for appointments. Everyone on my waiting list has now been contacted so the online system is open to everyone now so please feel free to book yourself in. The rules that must be followed can be found on my last blog post so please read that before you attend the appointment. Sadly this will be the new ‘normal’ for a while now until we are told otherwise.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of my amazing clients who have messaged me, liked my posts and stories, purchased vouchers etc. I honestly cannot tell you how much that all meant to me and how needed it was to keep me going over what was the most difficult time for my little business.

I also want to mention my amazing boyfriend, Ben, and my supportive family who have put up with me, hugged me when I cried and told me that I would get through it even when I thought I couldn’t. They truly are the best and I do not think I will ever be able to say thank you enough!

Okay, enough of the soppy stuff!

I cannot wait to see you all and thank you all for your patience.

Molly xxx

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.