I developed this website to offer a wealth of complementary health advice, detailed information on the therapies I practice and many useful holistic health resources. I also regularly add self-help information/advice to the site for a number of conditions with which my patients suffer, including links, videos and documents. I hope you find it both interesting and useful:

Clinic operations during the COVID-19 pandemic & lockdown

As many of you are aware, I had to shut the clinic during the first lockdown from March. I was ineligible for the standard SEISS government grant, for the self employed, but luckily the council saw fit to award me the local council discretionary grant, to help with my income loss and rent during the first lockdown. After shutting for about a week in the second, November lockdown, I established that I could reopen, but strictly for the treatment of those with clinical need (moderate-severe pain/symptoms). I worked through the second lockdown and was relatively busy, helping local people with their pain conditions and health problems.

After taking time off for Xmas, with raising infection rates and the introduction of tier 4 in East Hants, I remained shut through December into January. With the implementation of lockdown 3 on Jan 4th, government close contact guidance stating ‘close contact services should close’ and my professional body advocating this, I assumed I would have to remain shut until the alert level dropped back to 4, or lockdown ended. It became clear that some therapists were able to work, treating those with clinical need, under the following legislation: “other…health services, including services relating to mental health” contained in Section 17(o), Schedule 3A of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020. My professional body still advised closure and I also made the personal decision I would not reopen till the soaring transmission rates started to drop again.

On the 29th of January I received my 1st (Pfizer) coronavirus vaccine, reducing both the infection risk to me and the transmission risk to clients. I had been informed by my professional body that registering with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) would allow me to work again, to treat those with clinical need. I decided the time was right to register with the CNHC, and reopen on the 16th February, strictly for the treatment of those with clinical need. I hope to remain open for the rest of the pandemic, though another surge in infection rates may necessitate a 4th closure.

See my Coronavirus webpage for more information on my clinic operation policies & procedures:

Alton Adb=vanced Bodywork Coronavirus webpage

CNHC: Working during COVID-19

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

Training Update (Tui Na, Scar tissue release and TMJ pain)

I’ve been doing allot of training in 2019-20, after reducing it for a while after my level 6 BTEC. I’m enjoying my ongoing Visceral Manipulation training with The Barral Institute UK (most recently completing ‘the Pelvis’) and have also completed the following CPDs/modules:

Tui Na: After the first lockdown postponed my exam/assessment and stopped me being able to finish my case studies, I am please to say I managed to complete these elements before the second lockdown commenced. I received my October 2020 Tui Na Chinese Massage diploma & On-Site Neck & Shoulder certificate just before lockdown 2, gaining a ‘distinction’ grade. I am very pleased to be able to offer this powerful, acupressure therapy in clinic.

Scar tissue release: I managed to get to my Jing scar tissue (myofascial release) course, just before lockdown 1. The course covered scar tissue treatment for pain & health problems, including for cesarean, hysterectomy & mastectomy operations.

TMJ pain: I finally got to attend my advanced clinical massage for TMJ pain course, which was cancelled due to lockdown 1. This course will give me a better understanding of the assessment & treatment of jaw issues (TMJ/TMD), teeth grinding (bruxism), headache/migraine and phantom tooth pain.

Refer a friend scheme

I have decided to introduce a ‘refer a friend scheme’ to encourage & reward existing clients who refer a friend/colleague for treatment. I receive most of my new clients by referral from existing clients, and it seemed prudent to reward this while encouraging further referrals. Simply let me know the name of the person you referred at your next treatment to receive your 20% discount.

Special Offers

Buy a course of 6 treatments to receive a 10% discount!

Refer a friend or colleague and get 20% off you next treatment (please state the person you have referred/were referred by at your next appointment).

40% discount for all NHS staff until June 2021

NHS 40% discount poster

Alton Advanced Bodywork is Kipp Clark, an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist and specialist in Chronic Pain Treatment, who practices in Alton on the Hampshire/Surrey borders.