Covid measures for Alexander lessons

UPDATE: In line with the Scottish Government’s current timetable and their recent easing of Covid restrictions, in-person lessons resumed on 26th April 2021. See below for details of the Covid-protective measures that I have in place.

Covid-protective measures for in-person lessons
(available when Edinburgh is under Covid Protection Levels 0 to 3)

Because of Covid-19, we need to make some changes to the way that Alexander lessons are usually delivered. This means that I have put a number of measures in place for your safety, as well as for that of my household. In this, I am following the Scottish Government’s guidelines on Close Contact Services, together with guidance from the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

You need to be aware of how these changes affect you when you come for a lesson, so please take some time to read the following information and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Before a lesson:

  • If any of the following apply, you will need to cancel your appointment – there will be no charge for cancelled appointments due to illness or the need to self-isolate, even at very short notice:
    • you, or anyone in your household, develops (or has developed in the last 7 days) any symptoms that may be indicative of Covid-19 (high temperature, or persistent cough, or loss or change to sense of taste or smell)
    • NHS Test and Protect has asked you to self-isolate
    • within the last 14 days, you are aware that you have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, or who has any of the above symptoms
    • you are in quarantine (due to travel) or are subject to local lockdown measures. 
  • If you are in a moderate risk* category, I recommend that you to first seek advice from your GP/hospital consultant/midwife in case they have any concerns about you engaging in hands-on work with an Alexander teacher. I’m also very happy to have a discussion with you, to help you decide whether the benefits of lessons outweigh any increased risk of exposure.
  • I am not currently offering lessons to anyone who is in a high risk category (previously shielding), or to anyone who lives with somebody in this category. This is kept under review according to latest guidance, so please contact me to discuss if you are in this category and are in interested in pursuing lessons at some point (you should, in any case discuss your options with your GP/hospital consultant/midwife).

*Moderate risk’ groups include those who are 70 or older; pregnant; or who have any of the following: lung condition that’s not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis); heart disease (such as heart failure); diabetes; chronic kidney disease; liver disease (such as hepatitis); condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy); condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections; or those who are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids); are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above).

During a lesson:

  • Sanitise your hands on arrival and departure (also during the lesson if you touch your face)
    • Sanitiser and hand washing facilities are provided.
  • Wear a face covering throughout (unless you are exempt from this requirement)
    • I can provide a face mask if you forget to bring your own. A visor is also available if you would like to wear this in addition to your face covering (or instead of, if you are exempt from the general requirement).
  • Bring your own drink if you need one.
  • Remember to bring your diary (to avoid use of appointment cards).
  • If easy for you, please pay for your lesson by bank transfer, otherwise cash or cheque is fine.

After a lesson:

If you develop symptoms that may be Covid-related within 48 hours of your appointment you must inform me.

I will:

  • Monitor and review the relevant guidelines (in particular, the Scottish Government and CNHC Covid-related guidelines on Close Contact Services).
  • In line with these guidelines, keep updated my written risk assessment (copy available on request), and my teaching practice.
  • Check my temperature every morning before starting lessons. Note that, if either myself or my partner were to develop any symptoms that may be indicative of Covid-19, I will need to immediately cancel all lessons.
  • Ensure that there is only one client here at any one time to avoid any overlap.
  • Keep work area well ventilated (open window and hepa-filter).
  • Sanitise all work areas, bathroom and entrance (doorbell, doorknobs etc) between lessons.
  • Wear guideline-appropriate personal protective equipment (a Type II mask) and ensure I sanitise my hands.
  • Adapt my usual teaching practice as appropriate to minimise risk of exposure.
  • In the event that I am requested by NHS Test and Protect to do so, I would provide them with your contact details unless you have previously informed me in writing that you wish to opt out (while encouraged, there is no legal obligation to conform).

Note: I received my first Covid vaccination in March 2021 and am currently awaiting the second.

If there is anything that you are at all concerned about either before, during or after your lesson please do let me know so that I can make appropriate changes. We are all having to adapt and change to a new and fluid situation and your feedback will help keep everyone safe.

Finally, during the course of the lesson, I will be in close contact with you because of the hands-on nature of teaching the Alexander Technique. Hence, despite meeting very high standards of infection protection control, it is impossible to eliminate all risk of Covid-19 transmission. Please let me know that you have read and understood all the information here, and are happy to proceed with a lesson. By attending Alexander lesson(s) with me, you are agreeing to be personally responsible for any Covid-19-related injury or harm incurred during or as a result of your attendance.

Latest Scottish Government advice and information can be found at:

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/