April’s Update –

September 11, 2020

I will rest my hands a little longer. 

As tired as we may be of Covid-19, it is still a significant threat and experts are warning of a fall spike. Combine this with reduced safety measures (I have seen a lot of people without masks in congested areas) and the arrival of the fall allergy, cold, and flu season, I feel it is still not safe for me to touch.

I will continue to meet clients online for personalized consultations, nutritional and herbal recommendations, and I will continue broadening my educational offerings. These past few months have been challenging for many, and I’m grateful for the technology and tools that have allowed me to meet clients and help and address their concerns, whether that is with nutrition and herbs or perhaps they simply need help in grounding and focusing on what is important for them right now. I now have clients and students here and across the world, and it’s a wonderful, exciting and growing experience. I am learning so much! 

While I would love to be able to touch, and teach the Amma technique, the logistics and risks involved in trying to do so safely without spreading Covid-19 outweigh the benefits – my conscience steers me away from it. As many of you know that I have at-risk family members and clientele. I will remain hands off at least through the end of 2020.  I believe it is best for the safety of my clients and community. I’ve been watching and researching diligently since Covid-19 reared its head last winter and especially as it started moving into the US, I will continue to do so. 

Clara is safely in Dublin

She and her flatmate are almost done with quarantine- yay! They are taking it easy and getting settled in. They check in daily with health services to report any symptoms, etc. Classes don’t begin until September 28th, a full two weeks after their normal start. She’s mentioned that restrictions brought about by Covid-19 may actually be a good thing as she expects her Jr year to be demanding and difficult – a bright side. Most classes will be online, except for labs that will be staggered and infrequent.  The Trinity campus, usually open to visitors all the time and bustling (gotta see the Book of Kells, ya know) will remain closed to the public. Only students and faculty will be on campus. 

I am available online or by phone

I am so grateful that we have the technology to be able to connect with friends, family and our clients. I’ve been very impressed with the avenues that have opened up to offer online care and education to clients, old and new.  My sessions are still highly personalized, one person may need an hour consultation care and connection. Booking for online sessions are available through my Square appointments, and feel free to call or message me if you have questions at aprilfcrowell@gmail.com.  I have new business phone number 208-918-1895. I will answer it during regular business hours unless I am unavailable. You can also easily reach me via email or Facebook. Onward. 

Thank you all for your understanding and support. I am blessed and grateful and hope this storm will settle soon.

Be safe, be well – April

Historical Updates

July 13, 2020

Hands off is safest!

Idaho (and much of the US) has seen a huge surge in coronavirus cases. Hospitalizations are increasing, burdening the healthcare systems, a and hospitals are starting to make tests available to only those who are ill. Nurses and doctors are begging people to social distance and wear masks. With everyday, we are learning more and more about the virus. It is true that not everyone who catches the virus will die, however it is becoming painfully clear that those who do catch it and survive will likely live with irreparable damage to their body. We also know that it spread frequently by those who are asymptomatic – and even they are showing visceral damage in the long run.

My mother asked the other day if I knew how long the virus lived on surfaces. I realized I didn’t have the answer (even if that answer was “we still don’t know”). This question along with a number of others from clients made me realize it was time for me to get updated again. By request – I have created a page where I will add links for these sites and articles that I have found to be beneficial in understanding the coronavirus and its impact on all aspects of our lives. These are reputable stats and graphs and scholarly studies.  This page is a work in progress and will take me a little time to populate it. It is not intended to overwhelm and has no political agenda. I am interested in keeping informed and helping them to not getting sick.

I take my role as a healthcare provider very seriously, always trying to work from a place of “first do no harm” – weighing the risks and benefits to make informed choices. I know we are all tired of the coronavirus, and I miss treating and teaching hands-on, I’ve been doing so for 26+ years. Unfortunately, the virus doesn’t seem to be sentient enough to consider our personal feelings.  Heck, I try my damnedest to not expose others to a cold! If I can help protect us all by not touching, I will not touch. 

Here is what I am doing!

Hands-on is only a small part of my career and knowledge. I can do a lot with online and phone consultations. I can’t feel your pulse, but you can still stick your tongue out at me – which might be medicine in and of itself.  I am actively engaging with clients, new and old, near or far. I am mentoring practitioners and teaching self-Amma technique classes, like cupping and gua sha. On occasion Penelope Panda has made an appearance to amuse a restless toddler during a session.  I am also getting ready to launch my newest nutrition and herbal program – which I am very excited about.  The tools and means of engagement are different but the knowledge is the same. So, rest assured. I am still here, I am still practicing the medicine that I so love, but I have to follow my conscious that it is safest for us all to not touch you. 

I am available online or by phone for 1/2 hour and hour consultations for new and existing clients. Booking for online sessions are available through my Square appointments, and feel free to call or message me if you have questions at aprilfcrowell@gmail.com

 I am building a small herbal closet and setting in place systems that will allow my clients to order and have herbs shipped directly to them. When I do return to treating in person, I will be in a new location, somewhere downtown or in the Northend. I am no longer affiliated with Pulse. My schedule and availability will likely shift due to safety protocols and practices.

I have new business phone number 208-918-1895. I will answer it during regular business hours unless I am unavailable. You can also easily reach me via email or Facebook. Onward. 

Thank you all for your understanding and support. I am blessed and grateful and hope this storm will settle soon.

Be safe, be well – April