6th August 2020
It's great to be open again & seeing so many of my lovely regular clients, even a few new faces. I'm still working through my existing client list, so thanks for bearing with me. This statement is to include new Government advice that a Face Covering is now Mandatory (from 08.08.20)when attending the clinic. I will of course still be wearing my full face visor 👌
Vicci @ Smoothing Knots sport & clinical massage
13th July 2020
Return to Work!
Following on from Thursday's late Government announcement, I can officially announce that I will be once again opening the clinic doors!!
Thank you to everyone who has been in contact over the last 110 long days & for your continuing support. You've all been brilliant & its been good to hear that you have stayed well & Covid free during this time.
So I can announce that from Wednesday 15th July, I will be re-opening & would ask that you give me this week to get in contact with you all individually & book you a session if you need me.
Please bear in mind that under the new guidance & to keep everyone safe, I will only be able to see a maximum of 5 clients a day & there are currently 115 of you on my urgent list so please be patient & kind as I make a priority those with urgent needs first.
Vicci @Smoothing Knots sport & clinical massage
23rd June 2020
Hope you are well and apologies for the blanket message.
Following the government announcement today it has been clear that my services are categorised in their simplest term as a ‘massage parlour’ (so hate that term 😡) & therefore I won’t be allowed to reopen (as hinted in the governments previous plan) on 4th July.
There’s a whole movement by our industry standards & professional bodies to contend this categorisation as Physios and Osteo’s can currently work as Healthcare professionals (although face-to-face not advised) but currently, we are Complimentary healthcare & our insurance won’t be valid until this clarity has been sought. It’s a matter of regulation and categorisation & I guess they can’t look at each business individually.
So sadly, I'm still closed & if you have an appointment pre-booked with me then I will have to postpone it (I will be in touch individually). I have no idea when when we will be allowed to reopen again, August earliest but I think the hint is September, let’s hope we don’t have a second wave upon us by then 😳
Pretty gutted, especially as I’ve done comprehensive risk assessments to minimise risk for everyone, upgraded areas where I've thought we can improve safety, including investing heavily in new equipment for the room & copious amounts of PPE 😬
I’ll be in touch when I know more & am taking bookings once more, apologies for messing some of you about & thanks for bearing with me. This page will be updated as soon as I get the green light....I'm thankful that I have a waiting list of over 100 clients waiting for me to get back to work!
Vicci @ Smoothing Knots Sport & Clinical Massage
13th May 2020
Having now read the governments 'Covid-19 - Our plan to rebuild Strategy' it is clear that soft tissue therapy & massage is part of the Step 3 phase. This indicates that at the earliest, providing the '5-Steps' are met, that 'Personal-Care' services may re-open from 4th July 2020. During June I will be drawing up a risk assessment of the clinic, which will identify any changes required to working practices. This will reflect some changes in appointments & I will be communicating changes to all my clients individually with an updated statement issued on this page.
Again, thank you for bearing with me & keeping yourselves safe in the interim. Let's not do anything to cause a second wave of this pandemic in this country. Of course, you can always e-mail me for advice if you are struggling with pain or mobility.
Vicci @ Smoothing Knots, Sport & Remedial Massage
11th May 2020
So, yesterday the government migrated its message from 'Stay At Home' to 'Stay Alert' & currently we are still closed. I am waiting for more information on the governments detailed plan this week & advice from my industry body before I make a decision to re-open & how this can be done safely.
I already have a plan in preparation to make my clinic environment as safe as possible when we can all return to the 'new normal' & will be publishing more detail on this over the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for bearing with me & keep yourselves safe in the interim. Let's not do anything to cause a second wave of this pandemic in this country, I will be in touch. Thanks for bearing with & of course you can always e-mail me for advice if you are struggling with pain or mobility.
Vicci @ Smoothing Knots Sport & Remedial Massage
27th March 2020
A note of re-assurance? Perhaps to myself but I also hope it helps you too
The draft I started at the beginning of March sang of spring, optimism & new beginnings. It felt fresh, hopeful, & full of excitement. Alas, it wasn't a something that could be edited to make fit with where we are now.
In all honesty, I'm completely heartbroken. Heartbroken for the families who have lost a loved one. Heartbroken for all my customers struggling to find ways to generate business & keep themselves & their families in employment. Heartbroken for all the vulnerable clients of my clinic, whose visits are often a physical retreat but also a way to mentally dump all the noise in their minds & leave feeling refreshed & ‘lightened’. Heartbroken for my partners who supply my products & the impact to them, if we aren't here in the future to buy from them. And for my family who all self employed & suffering the devastating effects on their businesses as the virus grinds the global economy to a halt.
I could go on. However, already, I do see hope in amongst the sadness. Community, compassion, support. Over the last week, I have seen it flooding out of people. I am also encouraged that the UK government has chosen to support the majority of people during these financial & emotionally hard times.
Offers of shopping to be delivered. The promise of seedlings to share. Of recipes swapped. Fierce support for local businesses. Quips & jokes bouncing merrily through cyberspace. Songs of hope recommended. Good reads to enjoy. Memories provoked, photos of summer & sunnier times brought to the surface. Smiling faces on screens in front of us. People happily volunteering to help wherever however they can. People looking out for their neighbour's and asking, with full hearts, "Are you OK?"
That's what motivates us to keep ongoing. So, for the time being, I will be here, doing what I can to help, mostly in the form of being at the end of a phone & also discovering the new technology of Zoom, where I can set up a chat & consult if you are in pain & want some advice (or just a chat?). Just contact me if you think I may be able to help….I can give you some stretches & some advice around self-massage that may help to get you through. Keep yourselves as active and communicative as possible, our little daily rituals will help each day pass, each one another precious memory in these times of great uncertainty & when we all feel scared & frightened.
I will of course be in contact as soon as circumstances change, be assured, in the interim….
Wishing you all good health & the ability to stay positive - we can get through this. Please follow the advice & protect our most vulnerable....Stay at Home, Protect the NHS & Save Lives
Kind regards & hope
Vicci @ Smoothing Knots Sport & Remedial Massage
22nd March 2020
Updated response in line with Government Guidelines on Social Distancing on Covid-19
So, no surprise to say that I'm totally gutted for my clients, my fellow colleagues that will also be unable to keep trading for the current period & of course for myself. My interpretation of this is that Smoothing Knots is classed as a 'massage parlour', personally I hate that term & believe we do such more than that, but I must comply & postpone trading until these Government restrictions are lifted
I still maintain that here at Smoothing Knots we are a 'low-risk' environment, I don't share my clinic space with anyone else, all contact surfaces are wiped between each client & towels & bedding changed
So, if you are in pain & can't work, please drop me an e-mail on my Contact Me Form or a text & I'll respond with 'virtual' advice to get you through this tricky period for us all
Stay Well everyone, lets hope we can all get through this quickly & safely
Regards Vicci @ Smoothing Knots
17th March 2020
It goes without saying that here at Smoothing Knots we always take our hygiene & your health as a priority
I'm happy to say that we are currently a Covid-19 virus free zone, but to re-assure new & existing loyal clients, we have stepped up routine hygiene in order to further protect everyone. I have a particular concern to ensure the protection of my higher risk group of clients that attend the clinic, those over 70 and/or with complex health conditions & those with underlying compromised immune systems. This will also enable me (hopefully!) to stay fighting fit to continue treating everyone at Smoothing Knots
Therefore in these unprecedented times, I'd like everyone to be honest & to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation, the British Government & the Foreign & Commonwealth Office . Therefore, please ask yourself the following before you attend for your appointment:
a) am I feeling unwell, recent new cough or have a high temperature
b) have I returned from a trip from a high risk country in the past 14 days or been in 'significant' contact with someone that has recently returned to the UK from a high risk country (that may or may not be self isolating)
c) is anyone else in my household unwell & been advised by the Government to self isolate
If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then please get in contact to postpone your visit
I will not be charging any cancellation fees if you need to postpone last minute due to change in health. I would prefer that if you feel unwell or think you may be 'at risk' that you postpone rather than take the risk of transmitting on any virus to someone attending later that day or week
I see my clinic as a low risk environment for the ongoing transmission of Covid-19, whilst bodily contact between therapist & client is close, all contact surfaces are being regularly sanitised between clients, hand washing is frequent & standards are in-line with clinical advice. Whilst we can't avoid risk, these measures, I hope, will help minimise the risk of ongoing transmission
Thank you for your consideration of others...so strange that such a nasty virus could distract us so much from the usual politics & climate change crisis that previously dominated our world! Let's hope we can contain & minimise risk in the UK (& wider world) so we can all get back to living our lives 'normally' again
This page will be updated regularly but if in doubt follow the recommended Government advice for Covid-19
Vicci Simpson (owner & therapist)