In this dynamic reality, public health recommendations and indications are changing day to day.
We are working to continuously distill messages from public health officials, as well as NADA members and trainers in order to share suggestions on how to proceed as NADA-trained providers.
(As of March 2020) Our observations:
- NADA services are being canceled in order to support the effort of social distancing.
- Immune systems function better when we are calm and relaxed, so NADA can be helpful during this stressful time.
We currently recommend suspending in-person NADA protocol services.
We encourage our members to express social solidarity through physical distancing. Given what we know now, it is not safe to offer in-person NADA treatments for either the provider or the recipient because it is not possible to observe the recommended physical distancing required to slow the spread of COVID-19 (i.e. #flattenthecurve). There are not adequate screening tools or other precautionary measures (due to presence of asymptomatic carriers) to ensure the safe offering of the NADA protocol in person. From today’s vantage point, the risk of continuing to unintentionally spread COVID-19 is too high. We will continue to listen to the guidance of public health officials and update our membership as this situation continues to unfold.
From today’s vantage point, the risk of continuing to unintentionally spread COVID-19 is too high.
In addition to many clinical services being suspended, all NADA trainings for the remainder of this month, and a number scheduled for April, have either been canceled or put on hold until local health authorities deem it safe for people to gather again and have contact closer than 6 feet.
We recommend offering NADA virtually & facilitating self-treatment.
Having a concrete self-help tool to reduce stress levels, as well as other mental health and addiction-related issues, is a very beneficial way to use our NADA skills today. For example:
- As mentioned in the self-care section, give yourself a NADA treatment at home, with needles or seeds/beads;
- Teach people how to put a seed/bead themselves on Shenmen using handouts, videos, and virtual demonstrations;
- Teach people to find and massage Shenmen;
- Gather people to sit together remotely via platforms such as Zoom.
We invite you to get creative.
We are an adaptable, grassroots community. How can we continue to serve and share the spirit of NADA while expressing social solidarity and maintaining a safe physical distance? We’ve recently heard of DIY beads and seeds options as one option. Sleepmix tea is another self-treatment NADA tool which has a calming, anxiety-reducing effect. If you watch the March 18 Membership Cafe video, you will learn of current community efforts in Detroit, MI, involving dropping off beads/seeds to neighbors.
How can we continue to serve and share the spirit of NADA while expressing social solidarity and maintaining a safe physical distance?
What are you doing to share the spirit of NADA and facilitate self-treatment in order to bring the calming effect of the NADA protocol, wherever you may be?
Have more questions? Looking for further guidance?
You can reach the NADA office at (888) 765-6232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.