Acupuncture during Lockdown

Acupuncture during lockdown IS available in our Glasgow City Centre clinic during this pandemic, providing a natural way to care for you and your body and mind. Both in person and online treatments available. Please note as of 26th Feb 2021, despite being an accredited Health Care Professional the Scottish Government released new guidance that we must have a referral from a GP, osteopath, physiotherapy, psychologist or other Allied Health Care Professional.

Reflections from the 1st Lockdown

Lockdown has been such an interesting time. A time of watching the world from the safety of my home, of watching interactions on line. I have felt sadness at watching what seems a further polarising of us, with all the judgements around what is and isn’t essential, what is acceptable behaviour and what isn’t.

It has been an interesting time to also my own judgements to.

I enjoyed having time off. Normally, I don’t take much more than 7 days off at a time and I am lucky to have a lovely home with a great garden. I got to spend loads of time at home (didn’t we all!) . Thanks to the good weather, of March 2020 through to May 2020 Michelle and I have been getting stuff done in our garden including some ‘upcycling’ projects: tires and old fence turned into seating and a flower bed, a shed refloored with the same old fencing. The shed was turned into my wee outdoor sanctuary – a space to reflect, meditate and exercise. We have even created our own paint colours to finally decorate our wee flat!

I’ve had the time to complete courses I’ve had my eye on for a while, Ive completed additional training around Covid-19 and even read a novel or two!

Ive had the time to create my online membership, offering you a wealth of knowledge that I have gained in my 15 plus years as a therapist, sharing with you a way to learn to live a vibrant, energised long, healthy life

. A membership where ALL training & information is available at once – you are not drip fed, its all there for you to access all at once, giving you the option to focus on the areas you need to. It is there to help you find the Wu Wei for you, show you where you can make adjustments to your life, be that food, handling your emotions, the quality and frequency of resting and movement, all with the aim of finding your most vibrant self.

Lockdown 3.0: HOW has it been almost a year!

We are NOW in our 3rd lockdown in Scotland – and I think we are just about about at the end of our patience – but all we can do is keep going, be like the Ox, and know, trust that this too will end – EVERYTHING does.

Lunar new year (12th Feb 2021) marked the start of the Metal Ox year: the Ox symbolises diligence and steadfastness and is highly regarded.

Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work. They believe that everyone should do what’s asked for them and stay within their bounds. Though they are kind, it’s difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. Rarely losing your temper, they think logically and make great leaders.

Taken from https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/ox/

Returning to Acupuncture during Lockdown

During this pandemic acupuncture treatments are are understandably a little different, but I think it is essential that people are still able to access the support and healing we, accredited acupuncturists, can offer, helping your body and mind heal. It is an ever changing terrain and I am updating and modifying my protocols in response. Currently, an additional step of a referral is required.

Whats Different about Acupuncture during Lockdown

Things I have done to minimise risk: I have completed several covid-19 specific courses and attended numerous online meetings with my regulatory body, I have completed a fresh risk assessment and made a few modifications to how the clinic will look, basically it looks and feels more clinical! less pretty stuff that would be difficult to clean!

Your Acupuncture Treatment Time.

There will be some changes to your acupuncture treatments during the pandemic, with a pre screening, chat to discuss if treatment IS right for you at this moment.

If we agree it is – and I havent worked with you before, we will do an online consultation to discuss your medical history, presenting condition and lots of general health question. This will follow with an in person session, which includes a normal treatment session: acupuncture cupping etc all performed as needed.

Have you seen the TV show Dexter?

That’s how it feels… everything in the rooms have been stored behind plastic sheeting, I am dressed like I am prepared for LOTS of mess..

I wear full PPE in the form of a FFP2 mask, a visor and an apron. My clothing and shoes do not get worn outside the clinic (I bring fresh clothes with me!). As of January 2021 I am also requiring a FFP2 grade mask as recent research is showing HUGE variation in the filtration on home made/cloth masks

Each treatment room has a UV-C light to sterilise the space, allowing 30 minutes between each session so room can be cleaned down using appropriate disinfectant before being left to be sterilised with the equipment. uvc sterlisation

I have worked since June of 2020, with great success, and patients have felt nothing but safe and secure with me, receiving acupuncture to support good health, alleviate pain, anxiety, lift depression and generally help you become a healthier version of yourself. Using acupuncture during lockdown to ease what ails you, be that pain, fertility, anxiety or depression. By offering care in this way we are helping to reduce the burden on the NHS – freeing them to focus their care on those suffering more directly from the pandemic.

As things change THIS page will be updated with current guidance.

last updated 16th March 2021

About Paula

Paula is a degree qualified accredited acupuncturist, and full member of the British Acupuncture Council. As well as providing acupuncture, cupping, pregnancy and abdominal massage, she also manages Health Rediscovered and writes for our blog.

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