Amanda Clegg M as­sage and aro­mather­apy clinic owner

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I have been run­ning my mas­sage and aro­mather­apy clinic from home and as a mo­bile ther­a­pist since 2001. My busi­ness is closed with no ap­point­ments. I have made a very small num­ber of re­tail sales from my client base, but not enough to make any sort of liv­ing. I have clients that I visit who can­not come to me as they are el­derly or dis­abled. They will suf­fer (are suf­fer­ing) hugely through miss­ing out on their reg­u­lar mas­sage. These are peo­ple that I can’t re­ally help us­ing Zoom con­sul­ta­tions to work out stretches and self-help, as I can with my younger clients. Sadly, the very small num­ber of on­line con­sul­ta­tions will not earn me a liv­ing. I am des­per­ately wad­ing through the Gov­ern­ment guide­lines on PPE, try­ing to work out what I will be able to do when I am al­lowed to re­open. It is look­ing more and more likely there will be a huge in­crease in op­er­at­ing costs, which I will not be able to pass on to clients.

I love my work, and I don’t want to lose it. I have in­vested a lot – both time and money – in train­ing and on­go­ing CPD. It’s hugely re­ward­ing on a job sat­is­fac­tion level. I am 60 and so the prospect of fund­ing any re­train­ing and then hav­ing enough work­ing time left to re­coup the cost is a bit daunt­ing.

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