How I’m managing social distancing in my hypnosis business

social distancing

Social distancing is a word that was not really considered until the advent of Covid-19. And it brought in new measures that we never really had to think about before.

Some of these measures include:

  • masks
  • face shields
  • keeping two meters apart
  • not seeing friends and family
  • using drive-throughs
  • more take-out, less dining in
  • paying with plastic instead of cash

It’s been trying for people on both the personal and business level.

2020 has ushered in a whole new world.

Changes I implemented during Covid

First social distancing challenge – online hypnosis

The pros and cons and suitability has been discussed by hypnotists for years. The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) gave it their blessing this year in the age of Covid.

I took an online course with Cal Banyan last Fall on the best practices to offer online hypnosis sessions expecting that it would come in handy during Southern Ontario winters.

And of course Covid hit. And social distancing caused EVERYONE to use Zoom for EVERYTHING:

  • birthday parties
  • business meetings
  • courses
  • training
  • virtual cocktail hours
  • visiting relatives
  • hypnosis sessions

And back in April or so, reports started appearing about how meetings were being “bombed” by unwanted and uninvited participants.

And that started making me nervous. This is a free service and with all free services, the old saying applies, “if you’re not the customer, you’re the product“. And I didn’t want myself or my clients being a product for Zoom.

So I started looking or an online platform to give my clients an optimal hypnosis session.

Through trial and error I found a secure, PIPEDA and HIPPA compliant online service. This service has been around for a while and was designed for counsellors to work with clients online.

Instead of having to download a program to run on their own computer, my clients receive an encrypted link to connect directly with me over the internet.

And so far, it has worked quite well.

Second social distancing challenge – in-office sessions

Social distancing in the office proved more of a challenge.

Again, this was something I gave a lot of thought too. Fortunately I have an office with two rooms. So here’s what I did:

  • the client’s recliner chair is in the second office in the suite at the far end
  • I had an acrylic shield made that can be put up in the doorway between the front office and second office

This allows me to have a distance of over seven feet between me and the client, with a three-foot acrylic shield between the two room.

The client is welcome to take off their mask or leave it on at their choice. I keep a mask on while delivering the session.

When the session is over, I remove the shield and then the client is welcome to leave the office.

I then clean the chair, surfaces that were touched by either of us and the shield with a hospital-grade disinfectant.

And so far social distancing has been working quite well

Clients who have chosen to have their sessions in-person have enjoyed the new set up in my office.

And the on-line option has been welcomed by clients. It has also provided me with the opportunity to expand my client range.

Since Covid hit, I have had the opportunity to work with clients in Toronto, Sarnia and Chatham. And yes, online is as effective as in-person hypnosis.

So, if you’re reading this and thinking that you would like to have hypnosis, you are invited to book a strategy call to discuss what you would like to achieve and whether hypnosis is the right way for you to achieve that goal.

I look forward to working with you.

And if you’re a business owner, please share in the comments how social distancing has impacted your business. I’d love to hear about your experiences.

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