A few changes to tell you about!

As most of you know, we are up for sale. This is for many reasons but the main one being I want to take my foot off the pedal, slow down abit and do other things like training, expanding Helpmeorganics and looking after hedgehogs. I want to travel more.

As i get Simply relaxing ready for the big change coming our way, the gift vouchers will now only have a 6 month valid date and will be stopping fully on November 30th 2019. You can still pay for someone to have a treat but they must be booked an appointment at the time of purchase, i think this makes a more personal gift, maybe even arrange to bring them. From June 30th 2020, all vouchers will be void.

I have also withdrawn the course of 3 back, neck and shoulder massage and the 6 reflexology sessions, this has not worked and is causing lots of issues.

I am doing my best to keep things busy, this October 2019, we celebrate our 25 year in business. I have loved every minute and feel very lucky to have met so many lovely people. I am planning a celebration and more details will follow asap.

Linda x

The benefits of Ear Candles

During the winter months our sinuses can become active which can cause pressure to build leading to headaches.  For the last 20 years I have been promoting the use of Hopi ear candles as a natural therapy to clear any wax build up which can prevent the natural sinus drainage.
So how do they work?
Well it’s all down to physics really.  When the candle is lit, warm vapours of medicinal herbs of sage, St John’s wort and chamomile enter the ear, soften the wax so that the flame can provide a gentle suction to remove the wax,skin or hair.  This is trapped in the candle and solidifies when it cools.

After lymphatic face and scalp massage, your ears will feel clean, the pressure reduced.  However there are ocassions when you may need to repeat your treatment but I like to give your body ample opportunity to drain naturally .

Lymphatic drainage massage is an excellent therapy to have throughout winter as it really helps to keep you feeling healthy. Your lymph is not pumped round your body by your heart but by movement,  breathing  and massage so it really does help to clear a build up of toxins, boost your white  infection fighting blood cells.

Can anyone have the ear candles?
If you had grommets fitted or have a perforated ear drum, I would advise not having the candles but maybe consider reflexology instead.

If you are in the first and second trimester of your pregnancy, again I would prefer to use the Lymphatic facial massage to gently ease the pressure. In your third trimester you will be fine to have the candles.

If you have an ear infection, this must be cleared first as it will be painful.

What is the after care?
Just like a normal holistic therapy, drink water, don’t poke an ear bud into your ear as this forces the wax down into your ear canal, if they itch, 1-2 drops of olive oil will help soothe.

The Sinus Massage is our December Special Offer, it involves the wonderful ear candles, massage and reflexology for just £35.

Release your emotional side!!

Everybody has emotions, some are very good at holding them close, hidden away. Others wear their feelings on their chests, very vulnerable to upset.  But who is right??

 

Emotions can be happy, sad, frustrating, angry, jealous or on top of the World elated.  People hold their emotional state in various ways.  You can store worry in your stomachs, heads, chest, hormones, happiness tends to glow from your face (as does anger/frustration).  By allowing your emotional state to ease slowly, I mean if you are worried, your stomach hurts, try placing your hands on your tum, close your eyes and breathe, the action of moving your abdomen helps to release the anxiety thus making you feel better, lighter.

If you have a headache, there may be many reasons but sometimes if you have been storing your emotion in your head or thinking things through they can cause a build up of pressure.  In this case, try closing your eyes, concentrating on your breathing and try not to think of anything else but your breath.  The sheer motion of transferring your thoughts to the in and out of your breath actually stops your mind from worrying/over thinking and on most occasions , your pressure will have released and a clearer mind will show.

I have known people to show their emotional state through their skin, acne, excema  can (not always) be as a result of anxiety, it is therefore vital to find an outlet.  Some people like to run then go into a jog as they relax, others take a long soak to unwind. Whatever it takes try to release your emotions, come to terms that we all struggle at times but holding it in will only make things worse at the end.

So how can Holistic therapy help?

Essential oils are ideal to help counteract today’s busy lifestyle and life’s pressures.  Fill your home with the organic scent of aromatherapy, fill a bowl with water and drop 3-4 drops of a blend (we recommend Helpmeorganics Aromatherapy Blends), place your bowl in the hallway or landing so that the aroma gently diffuses around your house, relaxing, protecting or refreshing as they go.  Synthetic fragrance may smell nice but have no therapeutic benefits, you need pure organic aromatherapy for this.

If you love having long soaks in the bath, set the scene. Light your candle (we recommend Helpmeorganics Soy Candles infused with organic essential oils), fill your bath then just before you step in, pour in your cup of milk infused with 2 drops of our aromatherapy blend.  Spend your time inhaling the aroma. Afterwards apply our massage oils, pop on your pj’s and either watch a “easy watching programme”, read a good book or simply listen to some music.  You will sleep better and be ready for the next day.

Treatment wise, massage therapy is ideal to help you switch off, most massage techniques mimic the ebb & flow of the sea to allow you to relax.  By combining massage, soft lighting, gentle music and lovely aromas, we can help you to release any pressures.  Sometimes if you have had an operation, emotions connected with the illness or operation can become stuck, by using Navel candles, we can release your emotional state.  Reflexology is also brilliant at gently releasing any anxiety or upset within your body.

Give it a try, if you persistently struggle with headaches, IBS, PMS, skin outbreaks, we wholeheartedly recommend you embrace the wonderful world of aromatherapy.

 

Get ready for the Season change to Autumn

Here we are in August, just a couple of weeks to the August Bank holiday and it has been a gorgeous summer so far but Autumn is coming .  When we have a change in the season, your body can take time to adjust due to the changes in daylight amounts, am I the only one who feels the nights are a little longer. But before we find our jumpers there is a hopeful chance of an “Indian Summer” to come with those fabulous cool mornings, hot days but nippy evenings, I love them!

 

So what can we do to help ease our body into the new season?  There are many ways to gently boost your immunity,

  • make sure you are eating lots of fresh foods, not processed, just good wholesome veg, fruits and fish/chicken
  • start using essential oils in your home. try “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” blend from Helpmeorganics to provide a protective environment at home and work.  With the children returning to school in the following few weeks, they can bring home coughs & colds as they adjust to school life again. We can return to full time lives after the fun of summer so take a tissue with you to work to place at your work area to fight off the office bugs.
  • If you find the change in season causes a shift in your “happiness” level, Bach Flower remedy “Walnut” helps you to adjust to change, this added with using aromatherapy will protect you whilst you get used to Autumn.
  • Getting outside as much as possible enjoying fresh air and daylight to get a good dose of Vitamin D, otherwise known as the “sunshine vitamin”.
  • Enjoy holistic treatments, all will boost your serotonin levels, ease achy muscles and keep your sinuses clear. Reflexology is a brilliant therapy to create a balance within your body and on an emotional level too, it has been a beautiful summer so far and there can be a sadness that “it has gone now, just winter to come” feeling. Embrace Autumn, think hot chocolate, great piles of leaves, the fantastic colour show by the trees, all this is to be enjoyed.
  • In Mindfullness, we are encouraged to enjoy the “here and now”, not to worry about the past or the future, it is a wonderful way to control your feelings.  Simply get comfy, place your hands on your stomach and notice your breathing without the need to change anything, just allow your breathing to slow in its own pace, your mind will calm and you will feel relaxed.  If you struggle with anxiety, try using “help me have a Mindful of calm” blend by Helpmeorganics. It is a blend of Frankincense, Lavender and Geranium essential oils and will help ease your thoughts.
  • Make a mood board of all the things you enjoyed during summer and what you have planned for Autumn and Winter.  Pack it full of all sorts, the fuller the better and the colourful the better so that on a cold frosty winters day, you will have your own patch of summer in your kitchen.

At Simply Relaxing, we are busy getting ready for Autumn, I love this time of year its so busy.  To help you embrace Autumn, we have devised our special Autumnal Offer……

MALAY NAVAL CANDLING AND ABDOMINAL DETOX MASSAGE

WITH REFLEXOLOGY

Malay (Indonesian) Navel Candling & Abdomen Detox Therapy is an extremely effective treatment. This abdominal and navel therapy belongs to the oldest form of therapy within the traditional Malay Medicine. The aim is to work the entire body by combining different  manual techniques such as Urut (massage) , herbs (applied externally) to abdomen, and navel candling in order to achieve a flow of Qi and blood along the meridians and organs and regulating them. By the help of this stimulation and regulation the functioning of the 4 elements (Malay organic system) is being restored

Traditional Malay Massage helps rid the body of excess ‘onion’ or wind helping to release negative energy.  The abdomen houses vital organs and is a very important part of the body. The abdominal cavity comprises of the stomach, diaphragm, colon, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. The health of the abdomen lies with the stomach, the digestion process and reproductive organs.

  • Abdominal massage is best for problems related to constipation.
  • It promotes elimination, and secretion of hormones.
  • It stimulates liver and gall-bladder.
  • It strengthens weak and relaxed abdominal muscles.
  • It breaks down adhesion’s.
  • It helps in aligning the pelvic bones.
  • It adjusts the uterus to its proper position in case of problems.
  • It releases muscular armoring in the trunk and enhance circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids.
  • It releases deep muscle tissue spasms in the entire abdominal area
  • Abdomen massage produces heat, which melts adipose tissue or fat.
  • It releases deep muscle tissue spasms in the entire abdominal area
  • Abdomen massage produces heat, which melts adipose tissue or fat.
  • General improvement in blood circulation benefits the blood vessels in the abdominal cavity.
  • The liver, the gall-bladder, and the pancreas receive a large share of oxygen and nutrients and release their metabolic waste products.
  • Abdomen massage helps open the abdominal cavity and release the fascia so the organs can lay unrestricted in their natural positions in the abdominal cavity.
  • Can lift the spirits and increase the energy of the receiver by stimulating the nerve endings in the abdominal plexus
  • Improves immune system & Metabolism
  • Improves irregular menstruation & Pain
  • Reduces Water Retention
  • Helps in gastric problem
  • Helps in Bloated Stomach
  • Improve Blood pressure
  • Helps Constipation

We have added reflexology to complete this immune boosting treatment, perfect to bring balance and a deep level of detox.

Just £45

 

 

June – the month to really celebrate summer

Today is the 1st of June, we are nearly half way through 2018, it seems to be going really fast or maybe thats just me!

The days are alot longer than the evenings which is excellent for our moods and feel good factor, make the most of the outdoors if you can, feel your body with vitamin D, fresh air and movement.  June is the perfect month to eat fresh foods, drink water and get active.  Walking is the best way to build a strong body without putting too much pressure on joints but the experts recommend weight bearing exercises to build strong bones.

In the salon, we are excited to offer you the fantastic Tibetan Acupressure Head massage with Express Facial this month, perfect if you struggle with hayfever, headaches, anxiety, back ache but it is also a lovely way to give yourself a treat.  If the weather is hot, this is the perfect treatment to have as there is minimal contact from me so that you do not overheat!!!  We have added an Express facial as your skin can become dry in the sunshine, all this for just £38.

As this June is the Football World Cup, we are having abit of fun, simply pop into the shop and draw a raffle ticket and if your team wins, you win the Tibetan massage, Just £1 and all proceeds go the The Donkey Sanctuary.

We have changed the Gift Vouchers.  We have noticed that alot of vouchers go unused which we feel is a shame.  From now on, you can still buy a voucher but also book them in too, they can change their appointment as long as it is within 30 days of your purchase.

Our shop/salon is “upforsale” but Simply and Helpmeorganics are moving.  I want to reduce my hours to 2/3 days per week with 2 maximum evenings, the reason being I am getting older and really want to work less.  Helpmeorganics was born from the recipes I have developed over nearly 30 years of holistic therapy and I would like to build on the last 2 years.  I also plan to teach therapists all the wonderful treatments that i have learnt over the years.  There are new therapies I plan to learn to so its not the end of Simply Relaxing, infact i will have more energy.  I will keep you informed as it goes through to moving day but i will be closing for 3-4 weeks once moved to get the new therapy room set up and for me to have a holiday.

Enjoy June, it is a wonderful month xx

News from the salon…. Hello May!

It has been a very busy time at Simply Relaxing, we have been spring cleaning our price list, updating our email address and phone number to make things easier for you.

Firstly, we are no longer able to offer lava Shell treatments as they produce too much waste and the Warm Bamboo massage is much better with zero waste.

Our email address has changed : linda@simply-relaxing.com  has now replaced the btconnect address but dont worry as the btconnect address is still live for months yet so I will still receive your emails but hopefully in time you will get used to the new one.

Our phone number is changing to 01606 550773 as I have  two business lines and it makes sense to only have one, again please dont worry as 862282 will continue to be used for the next few months.

I have been in business for nearly 24 years and love every minute but i have been thinking of my next 24 years (!!) and would love to start to train to teach holistic therapies, over this year there will be changes to Simply Relaxing as I need to make room for my training and also for Helpmeorganics which is growing steadily, hopefully this will not impact onto your treatments but my Dad always told me to make a change every 7 years to keep fresh and I think that i need to slightly change things to energise Simply Relaxing, Helpmeorganics and myself.

In May, there are new Data Protection laws (GDPR) coming in, Simply Relaxing does not send regular emails so I do not need to ask you to “opt in”, our new Privacy Statement is available for you to read but please be assured that no personal information, payment information or medical information gets passed on.  I use a commercial shredding company to dispose of credit card slips and all medical information is kept under lock and key for 6 years then shredded.  Simply Relaxing uses Paypal and Worldpay for payments as they are very reliable.

That’s all the news in the salon, our special offer for May is the fabulous Mongolian Hot Milk Koyashai Massage.  This is an Ayurvedic therapy which in Mongolia is performed by women for women on the eve of a celebration.  It begins with a back exfoliation treatment, then following a shoulder, neck, eye and scalp massage, you will experience the best hot foot massage i have every learnt, just wonderful to ease tension within your feet. the effect following the Mongolian massage is pure energy, happiness and relaxation.  Just £38

Each season we highlight a treatment which compliments the season, in Spring we have chosen a body exfoliating treatment.  This is a full body treatment, which includes Body Exfoliation, shower, full body massage, application of rich argan oil cream and Express facial. Perfect to say goodbye to winter skin, before a holiday or just as a treat, just £45.

Have a lovely May and fingers crossed for some warm sunshine xx

Welcome 2018, its nice to see you!!

Well here we are, a brand new year to do whatever we choose to achieve and enjoy!!  This year instead of the usual resolutions of “lose weight”, “get fit” and “learn a new hobby” I have decided to appreciate what I have and take time to enjoy them.  I am very lucky to have a wonderful family, do a job I love and  meeting lovely people every day.  Yes i always hope to be thinner, fitter but I know what to do and hopefully I will get my act together but I will not allow it to become a pressure on 2018, instead I pledge to myself to be mindful, to be happy with now and not worry about what “may” happen.

New Years Day is my favourite day of the year,  all is fresh and  I feel invigorated.  In past years I have booked courses on this day, deep cleaned the house and cleared anything that should have been recycled or sold months ago!!  This year is no different, I hope to learn a “cupping therapy” which will be another Helpmeorganics massage, more details to follow later this Spring and also complete my teaching training.  In 2017 my discovery of Mindfullness began and it has taught me already to stay in the present, be happy with now and I fully intend to further my practise in 2018.

Our special offer for January is the Lava Relax massage and reflexology to help ease you back into work after this lovely time off, warm up your muscles and energise you after the Christmas slump!!  Just £45

We have had to increase our prices slightly and the new price list is available in the shop and we have updated the prices online, we have also put shorter and longer course prices on there too if you have a regular treatment, there are savings to enjoy.

January can be a tricky month but getting as much fresh air and daylight helps to keep your mood and energy levels up so that we can appreciate every month this year, use aromatherapy in your home and workplace to protect you from coughs and colds.  We have lots of organic essential oil blends and products in our shop or online at www.helpmeorganics.com , have a look and give them a try in a bowl of water on a windowsill or burn a candle in your kitchen after cooking, in your bathroom whilst you relax or in your living room.  A room spray is an excellent way to give a burst of essential oil fragrance in a space and of course we are great fans of using a massage oil each night on your abdomen to help ease you into a restful nights sleep, calm and soothe or relax your muscles after exercise.  We are passionate about using organic, vegan ingredients without any microbeads, parabenes or sulphates, all of the packaging is either recyclable, reusable or compostable .  We design and make all of our products fresh and active for you to enjoy at home.

I wish you a wonderful happy 2018 full of laughter, love and excitement.

October Newsletter

This year is going so fast, here we are in October, the month of Halloween!  We have been very busy changing over our seasonal special to introduce our latest addition to the price list “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” massage, this is based on a Lymphatic drainage massage and features Helpmeorganics massage oil which compliments the massage.  Lymphatic drainage helps to clear toxins, boosts your immune system ideal to fight coughs and colds and we can sculpt your body by clearing fluid trapped in your tissues.  The Autumn offer costs £55 or you can include reflexology for the price of £70.

We always change over our essential oils range to include more immune boosting, warming and energising oils which help you enjoy Autumn and Winter, we find that you feel the benefits of using more Eucalyptus, TeaTree, Lavender, Ginger, Sweet Orange, Pine, Juniper and Marjoram oils than in the summer when the need for lighter scents.  We also find that you prefer a different massage too from the spring/summer, during autumn and winter, you need more warming, soothing and hydrating treatments, spending time helping you to relax with the longer nights and shorter days.  We adjust our treatments to focus more on mood boosting, soothing muscular aches * pains, rehydrating your complexion and exfoliating your body.  More customers book in for a Seaweed bodywrap which cleanses toxins from your body and rehydrates your skin leaving it smooth and soft.

October sees the arrival of another new massagehelp me, it’s way past my bedtime” which uses Lomilomi massage techniques and Helpmeorganics massage oil to lull you into a sleepy state ready for a good nights sleep.  We focus on easing your thoughts, relaxing your muscles and soothing your nervous system.  Just £55. This is ideal for when you are stressed or have problems sleeping as the combination of Melissa, Ginger, Eucalyptus and  Lavender help us.

For anyone who prefers to spread their Christmas shopping out, we are delighted that our Christmas gifts have arrived in the shop, this year we have Facial care boxes, bath & shower care boxes, Foot & Hand baskets, Bath bombs, Goats milk crackers and lots more.  Plus dont forget to buy your “help me get into the festive spirit” candle, Room spray or Aromatherapy Blend with essential oils of Sweet orange, Lemon, Fir Needle, Clove Bud and Ginger your home will be filled with the pure joy of Christmas and Winter time.  This year we have a 300g candle which will look wonderful on your dining table, big enough to last the whole festive period or we have a 75g travel candle so that if you are visiting family, bring them some festive joy.

We are now taking bookings for Christmas and the diary is filling up rapidly, please have a read of our Christmas packages and treat yourself.  This year Christmas Day is on a Monday so more than likely you will finish work on Friday 22nd December, we have devised a special collection for the @ChristmasWeekend, including Christmas Eve, what could be nicer than running round getting all presents delivered, food shopping in, house cleaned, then spend a couple of hours in the quiet of our salon. Last year customers brought their pyjamas so that their Christmas started there and then!!!

I began my training with Mindfullness this month and although it is just a foundation course, I am really enjoying it.  I hope to continue my training next year so that I can bring to you the wonderment of Mindfullness .  To beable to bring calm to yourself or a situation is achievable and I have noticed that situations that would normally have me flustered  or stressed, I have been able to control.  But I am still learning.

Now that we have entered autumn, fill bowls with water and pop 3-4 drops of “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” aromatherapy blend with organic essential oils of Eucalyptus, Lavender, Teatree, Peppermint and Tangerine which will protect you from the seasonal viruses.  Just £10.50 for 10ml and they work, customers last year did not get colds, simply by bringing these fabulous oils into the rooms of their homes and workplaces. Place 2-3 drops on a tissue under a pillow to keep your sinuses free so that you can sleep well.

 

Dont forget our latest Helpmeorganics product, massage oils, they are blended with provide “homecare” for you to extend your treatment with us, please ask for help to find the best one for you.

Our Christmas Shopping Event this year celebrates Helpmeorganics 1st birthday, its been a busy year but we have loved it, to be able to bring all the recipes into life is truly wonderful.  Please join us on Friday 1st December 5pm – 8pm or Saturday 2nd 10am – 1pm for the launch of Three new scents.  Come and enjoy a glass of bubbly or a cup of tea/glass of water and a mince pie and enjoy a time to browse our gifts.  Its always a fun event and this year extra special .

 

Next month we have highlighted the ever popular Hot Stone Massage as our offer, just £45.  Perfect remedy for cold November days, the warmth from the batu stones radiates deep into your muscles and leaves you on cloud nine.  We would recommend having a look at your diaries and getting yourself booked in to make sure this autumn and winter you can stay healthy and happy.

Have a lovely October, enjoy the most colourful time of the year, embrace the outdoors and make sure to include organic essential oils into your home.  We are committed to being organic, ethical and in Helpmeorganics care, Vegan.  Our values are very important to us and we are sure they are to you too!

As the season changes to Autumn

As the season changes to Autumn it is very important to prepare your body as the shortening days, cooler winds can lower your immune system and tighten your muscles .  We recommend spending time getting you body ready.

Firstly, fill your home with the protective aromas of Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Tangerine (Help me, i’m feeling under the weather range ), fill a saucer or bowl with a little water and pop 3-4 drops of our blend, the natural warmth in your home will encourage the oils to diffuse and gently give protection against colds and viruses throughout the autumn and winter months.

Hopi ear candles help to balance and clear your sinuses as they remove wax plugs which cause an increase in pressure, you can choose to enjoy our Sinus massage which comes with reflexology to boost your Lymphatic drainage system.    We offer Reflexology Lymph Drainage which is a wonderfully protective treatment, pumping and draining your lymph which naturally filters toxins and waste from your body and transport lymphocytes to areas of infection.

In September, we are very excited to introduce the first Helpmeorganics treatment and it is our Season Special offer,  we have developed help me, I’m feeling under the weather massage.  This is a new approach to massage, lymph drainage and body sculpting.

Lift your mood, boost your immunity, relieve fluid retention and sculpt your body with our specialised massage using a unique blend of movements alongside our exquisite detoxifying protective oil blend.

We begin with a hot foot cleanse,  deep foot massage to unplug your body and then reboot with a light body brush from head to toe which really get the circulation going and improve lymph drainage. Using organic unrefined oils of avocado, jojoba and camellia,  your body will relax whilst we work seamlessly to stimulate natural lymph drainage, smooth uneven skin and release blockages. 
Your body will feel recharged and your emotions balanced.
Our offer is to enjoy the 60 minute treatment for £55 although if you would like to add a Hot reflex massage, you can enjoy that for just £70

We have been very busy getting our Christmas 2017 campaign ready and you will beable to book your Christmas treatment from 30th September, they will be available on our website or you will probably be given a leaflet when you next pop into the salon!  Our gifts this year feature Helpmeorganics organic vegan products, delight your family and friends with our Gift tins which smell amazing.

Fill your home with the aromas of Christmas with Helpmeorganics “help me, get into the festive spirit” range of candles, room sprays and aromatherapy blends.  They will be in our shop and online from 1st October.

Autumn is a wonderful colourful time, wrap up warm, prepare your body for the years natural spectacle, there is no need to feel low.  Plenty of fresh air, good wholesome food, book in for our monthly special offers as we have carefully chosen them to help you through the year.

October will see the second Helpmeorganics treatment “help me, it’s way past my bedtime” is  the perfect treatment for those who struggle to sleep, or suffer from sleep deprivation, we will take your mind off your thoughts for a while.

This ritual begins with a hot foot cleanse,  gentle foot rocking and deep breathing techniques to allow you to drift off to sleep. By using rythmic long strokes mimicking the ebb and flow of the ocean, your mind will settle whilst you enjoy the dreamy blend of oils.  By using specialised lomilomi massage techniques, we work gently from head to toe. The 90 minute treatment comes with a hot reflex massage.
Be prepared to be lost in a tranquil state, ready for a restful nights sleep

The massage lasts for 60 minutes and will normally cost £65, but in October please enjoy for £55

I begin my discovery of Mindfullness from mid September, a complete side step to all my other courses over the years but I am really looking forward to learning to calm my mind and become aware of my thoughts, this will develop during 2018 to be introduced into Simply Relaxing but as I am learning myself I will speak further about my plans.

At the beginning of 2018, there will be a slight price increase over the treatment list, I do try and keep the costs down , the new price list will be available in the shop and online by the end of the year.

Here are a few dates for your diaries….

August bank holiday  Helpmeorganics is at Capesthorne Gift & Craft Fair  10am – 5pm

October 28th & 29th  Helpmeorganics is at Tatton Park Food & Gift Fair

December 1st & 2nd Christmas Shopping Event & Product launch evening   In our salon.

Christmas Weekend   Friday 22nd, 23rd and Christmas Eve – the perfect time to treat yourself