Some Covid-19 Security will remain in place for the foreseeable future
The pandemic brought us new ways of working and we all had to adapt. A lot of time and preparation went in to making Covid-19 Secure Alexander Technique lessons. Thankfully however, the legal Covid security measures have been ended and my protocols are more relaxed. I am fully vaccinated and will take antigen Covid-19 Tests while they are still available.
When pupils arrive at my teaching studio, we sanitise our hands and wear masks in the lessons.
Outdoor Alexander lessons up my garden, with masks
Weather permitting, we have the first part of the lesson up my secluded garden. This usually involves sitting, standing and walking around. It is easier to be socially distanced outdoors but we may need to wrap up warm (or use suntan lotion). One bonus is that we’re often entertained by birds, squirrels and even foxes as we work, which is great.
Semi supine Lying Down Procedure – with Covid mask and the doors open
We usually end lessons with clients practising the lying down procedure inside. Windows and often the doors are kept open, to ensure a good airflow. This does mean that extra clothing is essential, to make sure we are warm enough! I’ve installed a porch over the French doors, which gives us some added protection.
Masks, Visors and lots of Sanitiser
The Alexander table and other surfaces are regularly wiped with sanitiser. In the picture above, Rosanne brought her own towel. However the Covid 19 rules changed after this photo was taken and this was no longer advised. These days, only disposable paper covers are used on the table and on the books which support the head. We both wear masks but they tend to make my glasses steam up! In a way this is good, because this challenges my habit of wearing glasses all the time, even when I don’t really need to.
Wipe, Wipe and Wipe again!
After the Alexander lesson, I bin the paper covers and sanitise the table and books. Previously I then wiped the door handles, coat stand, front door bell and even the gate. Now, these may get sanitised less frequently but I still wash my hands before and after each lesson. So you can see why I have spaced out my lessons wider apart than they used to be, in order to allow time for everything to be clean – and dry – before the next pupil arrives!
Hopefully these measures can be reduced even more but if necessary, a return to stricter Covid-19 secure Alexander lessons is always possible. So far, I am pleased to say that no-one has contracted Covid through coming to have lessons with me.
Online lessons by Zoom are always available for clients who live at a distance, or who prefer online classes.