ARC’s recommendations to Reiki Teachers and Practitioners in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (22/03/2020)
In response to queries raised by ARC Professional members, the Committee of Management of the Australian Reiki Connection has discussed the risks surrounding physical contact and other connections as outlined by the National Department of Health and Government’s agencies.
Committee recommendations below, consider the current Government and Health Departments advice (and this is subject to change on a daily basis), however, it is ultimately a practitioner's and teacher’s personal responsibility to choose what they do.
While we know that Reiki can do no harm and helps boost our wellbeing Reiki practitioners and teachers are asked to be aware of the following recommendations.
- Always keep informed about virus updates and follow all the instructions and guidelines.
- Due to the nature and risks of COVID -19 transmission, it is advisable to postpone any direct contact with clients until the situation resolves. Hands-on techniques should be avoided. Distant healing should be used instead.
- Unless you have training in infection control and hygiene, and your room meets the 2 square metre space rule and the space to keep the proximity of students at the 1.5 to 2m distance, when there is no sharing of items such as pens, and where there are handbasins/toilets with antiseptic commodities available etc., then the advice for teachers would be not to run a class/workshop.
- If you can meet the rules and decide to see clients or run a class, it would be advisable to make infection control protocols a document, attached to the conditions of enrolment which should also include a waiver to be signed by both practitioner/teacher and clients/students.
- Hands should be clean – wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds; do not place hands directly on bare skin; use clean linen on treatment tables for every client. Wipe down exposed surfaces between clients using a mild disinfectant as well. If you or your client are feeling unwell, cancel or postpone the session. Offer distant healing sessions.
For the latest advice, information and resources, go to the Australia Government Department of Health website: www.health.gov.au.
You can call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available at: www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts.
Visit the ARC website page to read: https://www.australianreikiconnection.com.au/reiki-in-the-age-of-the-pandemic
As always, if you have concerns about your health, speak to your health care provider.
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