Policies and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 SCREENING

All patients, visitors, and staff must answer NO to ALL of the following questions to be allowed into the clinic:

  1. Do you have a fever, cough, or any flu/cold-like symptoms, or generally feeling unwell?
  2. Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  3. Is there any chance you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19 orany flu/cold-like symptoms?
  4. Has anyone in your household or who you’ve had close contact with travelledanywhere outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

If YES is answered to any of the above questions, that individual cannot come to the clinic for a minimum of 14 days.


PATIENT GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES

  1. Patients are to wait outside the clinic and will be allowed access only during their scheduled appointment times. Patients are to arrive on time to their appointments. Christopher will come out and let you know it is time to come into the clinic for your appointment.
  2. Patients are asked to wear their own masks. If they do not have access to a mask, one will be provided.
  3. Patients only will be allowed access to the clinic. If someone has accompanied them they will need to wait outside of the clinic. No one will be allowed to wait in the reception area.
  4. Patients should limit the number of items brought into the clinic to bare minimums.
  5. Patients will be screened over the phone and will be required to review and sign a specialized consent form that verifies the answer to all COVID-19 screening questions is NO.
  6. Patients must take their temperature prior to each appointment. This temperature must be within accepted range in order to be treated that day. If a patient’s temperature is above 100.4 F, they will contact the clinic to confirm their temperature and cancel their appointment. They will not be able to return for 14 days.
  7. Patients will be required to use hand sanitizer on all areas of hands and wrist before being moved to the treatment room.
  8. Patients should avoid touching their faces during their appointments and time in the clinic.
  9. If patients need to cough or sneeze at any point, they are to advise the practitioner as soon as possible and direct it into a tissue or their sleeve at the elbow. They will then be required to sanitize again.
  10. Unless it is an absolute emergency, we ask patients not to use our washroom facilities.

CLINIC & STAFF GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES

Balanced Way is committed to assuring the highest standards of safety at all times, but even more so during COVID-19.

  1. Our goal for every staff member and practitioner is to feel in control of their own health and feel safe at work.
  2. Appointments for existing patients will be booked, but must follow a telephone screen and the COVID-19 screening questions procedure, as stated above.
  3. New patients need to call the clinic and be screened appropriately.
  4. Time allocated to assure proper sanitization procedures between patients (see below).
  5. Patients will be directed to wait in their vehicles until they are invited into the clinic. No patient is to wait in the waiting room.
  6. Patients have been instructed to come alone to appointments. If someone has accompanied them, that individual is NOT allowed in the clinic and must wait for them outside the clinic.
  7. Every person entering the clinic must sanitize their hands upon entry.
  8. Practitioners will not shake hands with patients.
  9. Practitioners will have available to them gloves and surgical masks to be used at their discretion.

This is happening! Starting in February…

Starting in February I will resume offering community acupuncture clinics, teaching a meditation and qigong class, AND performing a monthly Gong meditation. And it went really well up to the pandemic. We will resume once it is safe to do so. Be safe and care for each other…

All at IN POWER YOGA .

email me@inpoweryoga.com
phone (289) 880-3569
address 12 Elizabeth St, 2nd Floor, Grimsby, ON L3M 3K3

And the space for all of the events is beautiful, big, and warm.

Here is the sign up link for all classes/clinics/performances: https://www.inpoweryoga.com/meet-our-teachers.html

Nothing changes for the style and structure of qigong/meditation classes. ($10 tax included.)

Community clinic will differ only in that we will all sit on the floor or lie down on mats (provided or bring your own, blankets optional but remember I did mention it is nice and warm.) If you snore I will gently wake you up. (Still $5 that covers the needles and the difference goes to charity)

As for gong meditation, imagine yourself lying on a fabulous beach and giant waves of beautiful sound are washing over you. Really. That’s what it’s like. Participants lay on a Yoga mat/blanket and I play all the wonderful sounds of the Gongs, Singing Bowls, and Bells for an hour. I bring all of my skill as a healer and my purest intent to benefit everyone, to this hour. The effect is therapeutic: you feel more balanced and aligned on all levels, you leave feeling refreshed and awakened. You may also experience an energy release that clears up past traumas and dis-eases. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done, and I am honoured to be able to present it to people. ($25 tax included.)

The Schedule will be posted once performances and classes are safe:

More to follow…

2020 Gong Meditations + Community Clinics + Qigong & Meditation Class

I have found a tremendous place to offer my favourite community events:

1) Community Acupuncture Clinics (biweekly)

2) Meditation & Qigong Class (bi-weekly)

3) Gong Meditation (monthly)

Looks like it will be Saturdays at 2 pm starting in March/April. Closer to an official date I will update this blog with the venue location and schedule.

I am so pleased for this development. Stray tuned. I will also post this to facebook and my meetup group.

Teaching Done Performing Begins…

My qigong and meditation class and community acupuncture clinic Thursday nights have finally wound down. Next year I want to share a different part of my healing skills with my patients and neighbours. Sound therapy. I have been using sound in my clinic space for years and leading qi gong students in toning for healing for the last 2 years of classes. It is time to take this balance of performance, gongs and bowls, and group communal sound healing, into a public shared venue. I’ll do this monthly, but where?

Oh, for a venue. It needs to be big enough for 10-20 people to lie down for the performance, and it should feel open and welcoming for the group sound work. I welcome suggestions. I’m looking. When I finalize a place with dates and times, I’ll post an update here. Stay tuned.

RESILENCE — Less Stress Clinic

STRESS   ANXIETY  PTSD   ADDICTIONS
$5 Community Acupuncture Clinic     
6-7 PM    Every Thursday

Carnegie Building, 25 Adelaide Street, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M1X2

Christopher’s contact information:

phone/text 905-317-8899

e-mail healthyme@balancedway.ca

Classes are held upstairs and there is an elevator and public washroom.

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Community acupuncture is the practice of providing acupuncture in a community setting. We all benefit when one of us feels better. In the clinic we use the NADA protocol.
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You walk in. You sign a waiver. You sit down. You are in a big quiet room with other people just like you. You all sit in a circle. Your acupuncturist,  Christopher Cole, will put 5 needles in each of your ears. You sit quietly for up to 45 minutes. He takes out the needles. You feel better. 
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$5 Payments cover the cost of needles and the room rental.
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What is the “NADA protocol”?
At five designated ear points in each auricle (outer ear), clinicians apply fine gauge, sterilized, one-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin, where they remain for up to a 45 minutes while the client relaxes quietly in a comfortable chair. Ordinarily, groups of clients sit together while undergoing the treatment. The procedure functions as an adjunct to a comprehensive treatment program offering the basic therapeutic elements of counselling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, supportive health care of a general nature. Clients in all types of treatment settings can utilize this treatment. Among the benefits reported by clients and clinicians are improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals. The NADA protocol is also known commonly referred to as: acu detox, acupuncture detoxification, five point ear acupuncture protocol, five point protocol, 5NP.
Please see:
https://acudetox.com
https://www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/nadaprotocol.php
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5153313/
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Christopher W C Cole  MA  R.TCMP  R.Ac  MQT
healthyme@balancedway.ca   905-317-8899 Www.balancedway.ca   www.facebook.com/BalancedWay   44 Palmer Road Grimsby Ontario L3M5L5
Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Herbal Medicine, Qigong Healing  
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario member # 2476
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Qigong & Meditation at the Carnegie Building

My Thursday evening Qigong classes at the Art Gallery and Public Library building, downtown Grimsby, have found a permanent home at the Carnegie Commons Building (aka the old Public Library Building) right beside the new Public Library! Gratitude to the town of Grimsby for kindly letting me use the building for the course.
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Qi is the life energy. Gong is a practice. Together they refer to a practice of working with the life energy that is everywhere.
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Qigong is a wholistic system of self-healing exercise and meditation, an ancient, evolving practice that includes healing postures, movement, self-massage, breathing techniques, visualization and meditation.
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This course offers a simple routine and meditation that is easily learned and practised.
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Classes focus on maintaining health through a variety of gentle movements and visualizations.
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Carnegie Building, 25 Adelaide Street, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M1X2

Christopher’s contact information:

phone/text 905-317-8899

e-mail healthyme@balancedway.ca

Classes are held upstairs and there is an elevator.

7:15 pm Thursday classes from November 22, 2018 to December 31, 2019

Donations suggested $3/session

Traditional Chinese health tea is often served before and after class.

Announcements for the class are made through my facebook page Balanced Way Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, the meet up group Qigong for Healing and Health, and my web page: http://www.balancedway.ca

Qigong & Meditaion @ GPAG (Grimsby Public Art Gallery)

I am very excited to announce that my Saturday morning classes at my private clinic are moving to a much bigger space Thursday evenings at the Art Gallery and Public Library building, downtown Grimsby!
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Qi is the life energy. Gong is a practice. Together they refer to a practice of working with the life energy that is everywhere.
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Qigong is a wholistic system of self-healing exercise and meditation, an ancient, evolving practice that includes healing postures, movement, self-massage, breathing techniques, visualization and meditation.
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This course offers a simple routine and meditation that is easily learned and practised.
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Classes focus on maintaining health through a variety of gentle movements and visualizations.
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GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M1Y1 (905) 945-3246

Classes held in a large room between the Gallery offices and the public library.

6 sessions Thursdays 7-8pm 

July 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4

Donations to gallery suggested $3/session or $18/6 sessions

TCM Thursdays @ Cruise Chiropractic & Associates in Grimsby

Four weeks ago I started seeing patients at a great chiropractic clinic in Grimsby called Cruise Chiropractic & Associates (9 Livingston Avenue). I am thrilled in so many ways by this clinic. They have a team of health practitioners including RMTs, Therapists, ND, PT, OT, Osteopath, and 2 great Chiropractors. They just needed a TCM Dr. which I will be, most likely next year (my college, the CTCMPAO, is in the process of letting doctors call themselves doctors once approved). We share strategies between practitioners for improved patient outcomes. The location is beautiful. And I am impressed by my colleagues there. Please drop by. You are in good hands with our team. For an appointment call (905) 945-4481 and tell them I sent you.

cruise c and a front

For more please see: http://www.cruisechiropracticassociates.com/