Its been a long winter and from listening to many customers, this winter seems to have had caused many problems, physical and emotional. Its so lovely that I have seen people for the third time now and the difference is wonderful. It may be the arrival of summer and the chance to get out and meet friends and family but I also believe that having that “me-time” gives you a chance to lower your shoulders and also your guard. Once inside the salon, no one can ask you anything, expect anything of you and, i hope, the smells and sounds of the salon get to work.
Summer is a time to be outside as much as possible, absorb the vitamin D, fill your body with summer air and enjoy the sunshine. I tell lots of customers to hug a tree. A tree has its roots in the earth, this is the Life Blood of all of us, it has the earths energy running through it and we harness the energy by wrapping our arms around the trunk. Basically you are having Reiki, an energy treatment. But dont forget to say thank you.
Summer is also a time for hayfever but there are many ways to help. Obviously an antihistamine is good but also placing bowls of water onto windowsills to catch the pollen granules. Do this after you have closed the window. Adding one to two drops of essential oils will add an additonal layer of therapy. We like Helpmeorganics “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” organic essential oil blend. Made with head clearing, sinus clearing oils, they will diffuse around your room without any need of heat. Some people recommend adding a small layer of balm to your nostrils to again capture the pollen granules.
Treatments which are good to help with hayfever are:
Sinus Massage involves an ear candle, lymphatic facial, scalp and shoulder massage and reflexology lymph drainage – by removing excess wax from the ears and sinuses, you allow your sinuses to naturally drain. The massage helps with this too. Reflexology is very helpful to soothe and calm the body as constantly sneezing, itchy sore eyes is not relaxing.
Eyezone Therapy is really good to calm and soothe your eyes, it is a facial which concentrates on the eye area. We end the treatment with reflexology, this has a soothing effect on your lymphatic system.
With all the restrictions easing a little, I have given this alot of thought and have decided to keep everything as normal in the salon. Please keep wearing your mask into the shop, apply hand santizer on entry and I will still keep asking my questions the day before you come. This has not gone but hopefully as more age groups get vaccinated, we will gain control of it.
Have a lovely summer and I look forward to seeing you soon, Linda xx
I am so happy that my little salon will be open again from the 12th April but there are strict rules I have to adhere to, as set out by the FHT:
1 – Maximum of 4 customers per day to allow for an hour’s ventilation between appointments. This changes if customers from the same household are having appointments on the same day/time period. This allows for the salon to be cleaned and ventilated for you.
2 – Please wear your face mask into the shop as this is an area when posties, delivery people come into. Once inside the salon, it is your choice if you keep your face mask on, the salon is cleaned, ventilated and only myself has access. I will be wearing both a face mask and shield along with an apron which is changed between customers.
3 – Gift vouchers will be valid until the 31st December 2021 regardless of when you received them but I am not issuing vouchers for now while I get through some of the vouchers in circulation.
4 – One thing I have learnt from this whole thing that it is important for me, as a therapist, to take time out for a daily walk, enjoy being outside so I will be taking “self care” breaks each week to boost my energy levels. This way I will be calm, energised for your treatments…hopefully!!
I have been contacting everyone who had their appointments cancelled and also the customers asking for an appointment but if you would like to book, please get in touch and I will do my best to get you in as soon as possible. I am very excited to see you and smell my oils again, the salon is cleaned and ready to welcome you back as I am xx
Here we are again in lockdown yet this time it feels different, or maybe thats just me. The first lockdown happened in spring so we could all enjoy the warm sunshine and potter about our gardens, keeping away from contact.
The second lockdown was in November, much harder as we were worrying about arrangements for Christmas but it was short so we coped.
This lockdown, open ended in January, feels much harder. Maybe we are aware of the severity more this time, maybe we are emotionally tired and maybe we are aware that the fabulous key workers are at their end too. Yet this time there is a vaccine, not just one but three coming to our aid. Then why does this feel much harder.
January is the darkest month of the year, the days are shorter, nights longer and its cold. But try and look around, have you noticed the bulbs are poking their heads out, it wont be long before we notice aconites, snowdrops, early crocus. Bumblebees will emerge desperate for food. Life begins to feel positive again, a new beginning and we must grab it with both sanitised hands!
If you are struggling with whats going on, spend time noticing how nature is once again trying to help. If you go for a walk, stop and listen, notice the buds on the trees are swelling. Signs are all around us that Spring is coming.
We must adhere to the rules, im sure everyone who reads this post is, Use essential oils in your home and workplace to protect, inspire, relax and calm you, they are little pockets of therapy and can be used in bowls of water, on tissues and in diffusers. Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy a soak in the bath, close your curtains and snuggle down to watch a good movie. Winter is a time to plan your garden, clear those cupboards now so you can enjoy spring and summer without worrying that is a job still to do.
Go over to www.helpmeorganics.com and download the visionboard (its free) and start adding images which make you happy, images of places to visit, hobbies to learn, flowers to grow and people to see.
Afterall “spring will want to know what we did all winter”
It wont be the same but it can still be enjoyable so lets embrace Christmas for its true meaning. Reflect on the good things, the positives as Christmas is all about a wonderful “Light”, the birth of our saviour. It is also a time for family, the look in a childs face is priceless, this year I think we should all forget what we cant have or do and enjoy the bits we can, spending time with people we love. After this year, our families and friends are worth celebrating, I am so sorry if you cannot be with people you love, it will be tough but good times are on the horizon i am sure.
It is important to keep healthy. Keep a 2m distance, wash hands, wear our masks. Using essential oils within the home can help to fight bacteria, viruses. Tea tree, eucalyptus, Lavender, peppermint are the four most powerful essential oils around and Helpmeorganics has combined them in “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” products. Use them in bowls of water placed around your home, room sprays to spray in the hallway, car and kitchen. Candles to burn after cooking. Fill your home with this antibacterial scent, my home does so consider using these powerhouses too
Saturday 5TH DECEMBER IS “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” and this year it is more important than ever to support local small business/shops. Instead of filling Mr Amazons pockets, lets consider our own nations businesses and our local economy. There are marvellous makers & independent shops that source their gifts away from China. When you buy from a small business, you make someones day with your purchase! I know as it puts a smile on my face x
Simply Relaxing will be open 9am until 12 midday
Saturday 12th December – we are open 9am until 12 midday
Saturday 19th December – we are open 9am until 12 midday
Christmas Eve – we are open 9am until 1pm
Tuesday 29th – 10am until 6pm
Wednesday 30th – 10am until 4pm
We are then closed until Tuesday 5th January 2021
If you want to buy a gift voucher, please arrange a day/time as we are operating a “one customer at a time” system to keep it all simple and safe
I am writing this with the rain hitting the window, I think i can definately say that summer has ended and we are in autumn. Some may think this is a sad time but autumn is a beautiful vibrant season which often gets overlooked as we get busy for Christmas. So lets revel in Autumn.
If it important to get prepare, spend as much time as possible in the daylight to stock up on vitamin D, this helps with your mood and general health.
Being outside is very beneficial for our lymphatic system too, we are more active which means that lymph is pumped around our body clearing toxins and bringing fresh lymphocytes to fight infections.
There are many ways to boost your lymphatic system
1… be active even if thats dancing, running, gardening, just moving
2… drink water. If you are hydrated, your body is more efficient. I am a fan of hot water as this is kinder to your digestive system and flushes away toxins better
3… skin brush. You can do this by hand in the morning on dry skin before your shower. Begin at your ankles and with a sweeping motion, move up to your head. This is stimulating your circulation which again helps to fight infections as it brings fresh nutritious blood to your organs and joints
4… Use aromatherapy in your home and workplace. Make it organic aromatherapy too as this is more therapeutic and grown without pesticides
Here are our suggestions:
“help me, i’m feeling under the weather” essential oil blend
Powerful antibacterial essential oils of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lavender and Tangerine will help clear sinuses, ease headaches and help to fight autumns coughs and colds
We like to add 2-3 drops in bowls of water and place around your home and home office to create a wonderful scent
5… The best treatments for autumn are:
Hopi ear candles which help to remove wax plugs which prevent your sinuses clearing naturally. You can also have the Sinus Massage which involves the ear candles, reflexology and a lymphatic facial massage
Warm Bamboo massage warms your muscles and eases toxins which make you feel achy so you move less. See our offer for October
Holistic Facial nourishes your skin plus we use “meridian tapping” to boost your energy.
Lymphatic drainage massage (and reflexology lymph drainage) is the perfect treatment to get your immune system at its best. If you struggle with seasonal coughs and colds, this is definately one for you. See our November offer
If you struggle with SAD, there are plenty of things to do now
1… make the most of getting outside
2…make a mood board for what you want to do in 2021
3…use aromatherapy to help relax you
“help me have mindful of calm” essential oil blend uses organic essential oils of Frankincense, Geranium Bourbon and Lavender to ease feelings of anxiety, stress and being over whelmed
So lets make this Autumn as vibrant as the colours and as scented as we can.
Have a look at our Christmas treatments available on our website
This year we are not issuing gift vouchers whilst everyone enjoys the vouchers still outstanding. They are valid up to 31.1.21
Here we are saying hello to September and the change from summer to autumn which, can be, a real shift in how we feel. We must take extra care of our immune system and eat extra healthily to boost our lymphatic system so that our body can fight off viruses, coughs and colds. you can help by doing these suggestions:
1… Eat more vegetables and fruits/salads as these contain minerals which are highly nutritious, thankfully they are in abundance. Blackberries are coming into season now and are packed full of iron and vitamin C. Have you tried smoothies? They are an excellent way of getting lots of different food groups, grains into a filling snack.
2…September is “Sourdough Month”. Sourdough is an excellent way to get extra iron into your diet and the healthy bacteria used to make sourdough really helps your digestion. A healthy gut will help to fight off infections.
3..Use essential oils within your home and workplace. With schools and colleges returning, it is essential to create a protective bubble around our families. Try Helpmeorganics “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” blend, a powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic blend of organic essential oils have been combined to create a range of products for you to use. With alot of us working from home, there is no reason why you cant incorporate scent into your homelife easier.
4.. September is also Organic month. I am a great believer is eating organic foods, they retain maximum nutrients , are not grown with pesticides and have no impact on nature. The farmers protect the soil structure and welcome insects to help keep the crops healthy. Lets support all organic farmers by buying organic. Its not only eating organic food, using organic products within our home, office and garden is vital to protect insects, wildlife, soil and our waterways. There are many businesses who produce organic products and they tend to be smaller businesses so why not investigate them. Speaking from someone who creates her own organic aromatherapy products, it makes my day when someone buys a candle, room spray, blend, massage oil or gift.
5…Getting out for a long walk is very healthy for our vitamin D levels, our body makes it from sunshine and theres no nicer sunshine than an autumn day. The leaves are changing colour to rich russets, spicy orange, yellows, greens and browns, if you are feeling stressed, spend time connecting in nature. There is no lovelier light than the autumnal light…enjoy it!!
The special offer for September is the Balinese massage with reflexology (£50), this begins with an exfoliation, balinese massage which boosts your energy and helps you to relax. Then after reflexology we apply a hydrating body lotion to seal in the moisture. All this is done without you moving a muscle.
Do you born in Autumn? Here are my observations:
Autumn, season of mists, the garden is at its bountiful peak, flowers are getting ready for their last hurrah and there is a feeling of exuberance and productivity. Colours are bold, intense, muted and very beautiful. Leaves turn an intense shades of red, copper, gold and yellow before fluttering to the ground and leaving a very different landscape at the end of season to the one we started with. The gentle pace of summer is over, autumn runs at a pace.
Passionate, energetic, enthusiastic and highly independent, autumn personalities love to challenge established norms. They are great campaigners and have a strong sense of justice. Warm, friendly, loyal and earthy people, they have a great love and respect for the natural world.
An autumn person often takes on too much, but their organisation, practicality and strong work ethic means that they will rarely let you down. Integrity is very important to them. Whilst family and friends are at the heart of an autumn personality, so is personal achievement. They are lifelong learners and their professional status is very important to them.
An autumn person finds it difficult to see things from others perspectives and can be stubborn when challenged. Whilst they can be bossy, they will be loyal.
An autumn persons loves the past and is often fascinated by history, they can be collectors.
If you have a child off to uni for the first time or returning after Covid
Maybe your child is off to live in accomodation for the first time being away from home, you can help to fight off Freshers flu by giving them a room spray from helpmeorganics “help me, I’m feeling under the weather”. 1-2 bursts in 2 corners will create a protective bubble. If they are feeling homesick, there’s plenty to help:
1… Headspace or the calm app are excellent as they are apps for their phones. Simply pop your headphones in and do some mindful breathing.
2… Rescue remedy is perfect. They are flower essences which help to remedy emotional states of mind. 4 drops in a cold drink will help bring them back into control.
3.. Use “help me have a mindful of calm” room spray at night to help with sleep
What treatments will help me feel healthy during Autumn
1… Try our september offer, massage helps to pump your lymph around and brings fresh nutritious blood to your muscles and organs
2…Ear candles and Sinus Massage helps to clear wax plugs so that your sinuses can drain naturally
3…Look out for our offer in October….The Warm Bamboo massage. Autumn is perfect to enjoy a warming massage
The transition from summer to autumn can be a test for how healthy you are but by eating well, lots of fresh air and using organic essential oils, you will beable to enjoy this most colourful time of the year
We have been told that we can restart Facial treatments, Hopi Ear Candles and Sinus Massage from August 1st 2020, if you would like to book in please let me know.
If you are nervous about coming for a treatment, I have answered some questions to help;
We have been able to reopen but with strict guidelines:
What do I have to do before my appointment:
I will contact you the day before you are due to come to ask 2 health questions:
“Have you been in contact with anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19?”
“Are you showing any symptoms of Covid-19?”
You need to reply yes/no. If YES, we may need to move your appointment forward 7 days to be safe, if NO, then brilliant I will look forward to seeing you the next day.
Please do not bring any food/drink with you for your treatment, I am unable to give you water so maybe have a drink before you leave you car.
Please do not bring anyone with you as there are no chairs in reception.
Please do arrive on time, if you have a problem, contact me
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival, I will take your temperature and note it, then ask for a contact number for NHS Test and Trace service. After you have applied hand sanitizer, I will take you through to the salon for you to enjoy your treatment.
Do I have to wear a mask?
It is good practise to wear a facial mask to come to the salon however I would suggest removing it for your treatment for comfort reasons. I will be wearing a visor and mask. If you would like to wear your mask for your treatment, this is perfectly fine too.
What precautions are in place?
I have removed all soft furnishings as they can harbour the virus, I have replaced them with “wipeable” chairs/tables
I have removed the gowns
I have replaced the hand towels with paper towels in the WC and again added a further hand sanitizer “no contact” dispenser along with a “no contact” soap dispenser
There is a diffuser in the shop pumping out an antibacterial blend between appointments
After every client, the premises are closed for cleaning and ventilation
I will wear both a visor and face mask
All products in the shop are in clear boxes, please do not open the boxes yourself, as this will mean a possible contamination
What happens to the information taken on my arrival?
I have to take personal contact and health information for the purposes of the NHS Test and Trace only. After 21 days, this information is shredded.
I will NOT use this information for marketing purposes and will NOT share it with anyone without your consent
If there is an occasion when I am asked by NHS Test and Trace for information regarding clients for a particular day, I will first ask you for your permission and also to make you aware that they will be in touch.
By arranging an appointment, you are confirming that you are happy with the precautions put in place and that all the information given is correct.
What happens when I pay for my treatment?
Please pay by debit/credit card. I am unable to accept cash
I am also unable to print a card receipt, however my machine can send you a receipt via text or email which can be arranged whilst you are in the shop.
I would like to buy a gift voucher?
At the moment, I am not able to sell gift vouchers, I will reassess this from time to time and will reintroduce vouchers when advised to do so. The guidelines state that I cannot issue any paper items, vouchers, receipts, price lists and appointment cards.
How will I make a note of my next appointment?
I will text, email or facebook message you with your next appointment
What is the aftercare following my treatment?
Please make sure you drink water
Spend time relaxing
If you begin to show symptoms of Covid-19 within 7 days, I need to know
Look forward to your next visit to Simply Relaxing
Tell your friends how lovely, safe and professional we are!!