Coronavirus and Reiki – A Helpful Guide for Reiki Practitioners
Stop trying to calm the storm, calm yourself, the storm will pass.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses common across the world in animals and humans. Certain types cause illnesses in people. For example, some coronaviruses cause the common cold; others cause diseases which are much more severe such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), both of which often lead to pneumonia. COVID-19 is the illness seen in people infected with a new strain of coronavirus not previously seen in humans.
On 31 December 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, which was later classified as a new disease: COVID-19. On 30 January 2020, WHO declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC). The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, presents a significant challenge for the entire world. As it is a new virus, the lack of immunity in the population (and the absence as yet of an effective vaccine) means that COVID-19 has the potential to spread extensively.
Based on current evidence, the main symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, a high temperature and, in severe cases, shortness of breath. Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets, however.
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus although scientists are working on this across the globe. Treatment currently aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness, with those affected needing to stay in isolation from other people until they have recovered. People who are affected have been advised to first call their medical providers and seek medical attention in line with their advice.
Obviously, a lot is still unknown, and the world is figuring out how to move forward each day as new information develops, but there are some immediate measures we can all adopt to keep ourselves, our clients, staff and our students safe. We wanted to summarize some of these here just to try and help our community of Reiki Practitioners.
We all should already be working to best practice guidelines which ensure we provide a safe and hygienic space for our clients, staff and students, but we need to step it up a gear to protect ourselves and the people in our care. As practitioners of a relaxing energy therapy that can naturally boost immunity, we are in an incredible position to help provide positive love and light to the world in a time of confusion, illness and stress.
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STAY INFORMED AND FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF YOUR NATIONAL AND LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES
It is important that we stay informed and up to date with the latest advice and guidance from national and local health authorities. At times like these, we all need to follow this advice to protect our own safety and the safety of our clients and students.Different countries will have different advice and recommendations depending on the state of the disease crisis in your area – this may include quarantine or self-isolation, so it is your responsibly to stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19.
Follow your local news, government sites and health authority channels for the facts. Find sources you can trust that are credible, like The World Health Organization (WHO), your healthcare provider, or your local or national public health authority website.National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Some links below will be helpful:
Your government will also be providing information about how businesses will be affected by coronavirus and the steps you may need to take as a business owner or employer/employee, so make sure you stay informed about this information and take the actions they advise. Speak to your employer for further guidance.
CORONAVIRUS AND REIKI: LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
The most important thing, is if you do feel unwell and have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. The same applies to anyone who has visited at risk areas affected by COVD-19. Follow the directions of your national and local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Many health authorities across the world are advising people to stay at home if they begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
Obviously, this means that you should not go to work or treat any clients with Reiki or perform Reiki classes if you are unwell yourself. Cancel or rearrange any appointments until you are better and follow the quarantine and medical requirements advised by your local authorities and health providers.
If you need any more information on how to protect yourself check the WHO website at: www.who.int/
RESCHEDULE CLIENTS OR OFFER DISTANT HEALING
Just as we need to look after ourselves, we need to respect other people’s need to the same. If you or any of your clients or students has a cold, cough or fever or any symptoms of feeling unwell they shouldn’t be attending any appointments in person. The same goes for any staff you have.
We advise that you temporary modify your cancellation policy to give people affected by the virus, or those who have recently travelled back from high-risk areas, the ability to cancel appointments or postpone the session without any fees. If your students or clients haven’t already reached out, get in contact with them via phone or email at least 24-48hrs ahead of any sessions to touch base and confirm or postpone workshops or appointments based on the advice you have been given by your local and national authorities.
You do of course have the option to provide distant healing to clients across the globe which is just as powerful! It might be worth providing some information to your clients about how distant Reiki works so they know they have the option to keep an appointment booked. Keeping your clients, staff and students in the loop at all times is crucial – be flexible to the needs of your staff, clients and students to make sure everyone is safe.
We are really in uncharted territory at the moment, and it’s very normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, scared and really confused about the future with everything that is going on. There will be a lot of news out there which will be anxiety-triggering, so try to limit any news coverage that you find upsetting – once you get the facts from the right government and health sources like the WHO, try not to get caught up in the panic. We all know how detrimental stress is to health and immunity and right now we need to keep our natural protection as strong as possible.
Now is a time for self-care:
• Get enough sleep and rest
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle – drinks plenty of water, exercise and eat a nutritious diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables
• Avoid smoking and consuming too much alcohol
• Try to reduce stress – stay busy with activities that help you relax and remain calm – cooking, meditation, laughing, nature, reading etc.
• Stay in touch with loved ones at home or via phone or email (of course avoiding close contact if anyone is unwell) so you still feel connected in this time of uncertainty, and equally help support those you love
• Be kind and patient with yourself, we are all doing the best we can in a very difficult time.
• Practice positive health affirmations each day
• Reiki Self-Treatment – it’s the perfect time to step up the daily self-practice and boost your immune system.
Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly is crucial during this health crisis to stop the spread of the virus. You should regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-abased hand rubs if you don’t have access to soap and water. Always wash your hands when you get home or into work. You should avoid touching your clients and students directly during your sessions – to avoid skin to skin contact.
As well as promoting regular and thorough hand washing by employees and clients, other advice to follow includes:
• Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then dispose of the used tissue immediately – make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene
• Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Put an alcohol-based hand gel in your treatment space for clients to use.
• Use alcohol-based hand rub before and after any treatment sessions, workshops, meetings or classes
• Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects and equipment using disinfectants
• Keep treatment rooms and rooms ventilated
• Regularly clean your treatment rooms and workspaces
• Regularly clean uniforms and clothes
• Display posters promoting handwashing and hygiene – look on www.WHO.int.
The government and health authorities will be able to provide more detailed advice on how to get your workplace ready for COVID-19. If you are an employer, many government authorities have advised that you should develop a response plan in line with advice, in case someone at your practice becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19. Investigate this further to make sure you are prepared.
MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCE
The WHO are advising that we all try to maintain a distance of at least 1-meter (3 feet) between ourselves and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Be aware of this advice in your work and practice, when in close contact with other staff and clients.
When you meet and greet anyone, use a waved hand, an elbow bump, or a bow instead of hugging or shaking hands to avoid direct contact.
Certain countries are setting restrictions on social events, large gatherings and activities – so be aware of the need to cancel any group sessions, classes or events you have planned as things unfold. There is a risk that people attending your meetings or event might be unwittingly bringing the COVID-19 virus to the meeting. Others might be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. While COVID-19 is a mild disease for most people, it can make some very ill.
Check the advice from the authorities in the community where you plan to hold the meeting or event and always follow their advice. Consider whether a face-to-face meeting could it be replaced by a teleconference or online event. The advice is to avoid close contact with anyone who is experiencing a cough or fever.
We hope you have found this short e-book useful and helpful. The main advice here is to stay safe and stay informed! Each of us has the power to boost our own immunity with Reiki self-treatments and also help send healing distantly to those affected across the global. We wish you and your family health. Love and Light.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE READER ABOUT THIS BLOG ‘Coronavirus and Reiki’
This blog and PDF download summarizes and collates information available online and does not constitute medical, business or legal advice – the authors accept no responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the reader and their students, staff or clients. It is the reader’s own responsibility to research the advice from their own local authorities and health providers and ensure that they act in accordance with all legal and medical advice from their own Government, National and local Health Authorities and insurance providers, checking regularly for the most up to date advice as the situation is constantly changing. Always follow the advice given by the WHO and your local and national health authorities over any advice in this book. This is by no means an extensive or full summary of the advice out there and does not cover everything you may need to know – stay informed and follow accurate and credible health advice and news channels. Every country will have its own advice to follow.
We do not accept any responsibility for your business decisions and any changes in your practice, sessions or events which may result in loss of income – check in with your local authorities, insurers and employers for business advice and recommendations.
This information was update on 14th of March 2020 – be aware that the situation is changing daily, and you need to stay informed of any changes to this advice.
This blog/book is a free resource that we have created to help people in the Reiki community using the information provided by The World health Organization – if you need any more information on how to protect yourself check the WHO website at: www.who.int/ This book is not for any profit or gain. Please share the link with anyone you think will find this helpful but encourage everyone to do their own research and stay informed with the correct information channels.