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!!
When the government decided that, carefully, Simply could reopen, it was the best news I’ve had in ages. But they have decided that I am unable to offer you any facial treatments, hopefully, this won’t be for long but there’s many treatments that you can enjoy!
The Special Offer for July is…
Back neck and shoulder massage to ease any tense muscles
Reflexology to help rebalance and restore you
an hour treatment for £40
If you have a gift voucher, please get in touch when you are ready. The valid date for all outstanding vouchers is 31.1.21 so theres no rush but please keep the voucher safe as you will need it.
The salon will look alot different when you come. All soft furnishings have been removed and wipeable furniture is in its place. I will be wearing a visor and mask for your safety and theres lots of hand sanitiser at various points in the salon. When you arrive, please use the santizer and I will take your temperature.
The evening before your appointment, I will contact you to confirm that you have not been in contact with someone showing signs of Covid19 or that you are showing symptoms. I will also confirm my situation too. If your appointment needs to be rearranged, I will move it 7 days on so theres no need to worry about anything.
June is a lovely month to get outside and enjoy the long days. Stock up on vitamin D if you can by being outside. We are still in the tight grasp of covid-19 but we can get out for a walk to stretch our legs.
We will be able to reopen from the 6th July and many if you have been booking appointments which is lovely. I have had to put a few guidelines in place to make sure everything goes to plan and keeps us all safe.
1….I am limited to maximum of 4 customers per day as I have to ventilate the salon for an hour and deep clean between each client.
2… please use the hand sanitizer in the shop when you arrive
3… I will be wearing a mask. You don’t have to wear a mask but feel free to wear a mask and/or gloves but they will have to be removed during your massage or facial treatment.
4… I will contact you the day before to check that you have no Covid symptoms or have been in contact with people showing signs if Covid. I will also confirm my situation too.
5… please bring your own water as I am not allowed to offer you water in the salon
6… Gift vouchers will be valid until 31.01.21
Special Offer for June
The Prescriptive Massage with Express Facial £55
Perfect to get you feeling happy, healthy and ready to enjoy summer. It involves a full body massage, reflexology, energy balancing and an Express facial to rehydrate your complexion.
Summer Special Offer
Top to Toe £65
Begins with a full body massage
Guaranteed to leave you feeling on top of the World
As summer temperatures soar, so colours take on a more delicate, muted tone. Think hazy, lazy summer days by the beach and long lingering evenings sharing supper outside with friends and family.
The pace in summer is altogether more considered and the manic energy that spring brought with her has faded. Do we achieve less in summer, absolutely not but summer personalities are less inclined to jump up and down and tell the world constantly about their every move.
Often graceful, elegant and stylish, quality is key to the summer personality. With a strongly intuitive and romantic side, many summer businesses formed in the summer months, have strong links to the wedding industry.
Summer personalities are efficient, productive and well-organised. Detail is everything and they leave no stone unturned in their quest for perfection. They thrive on structure order and process, they dislike rapid change.
Summer personalities tend to be reserved in sharing their opinion, they are much more likely to observe a situation and hold back on their thoughts until asked. This can sometimes lead others to see them as a walk over. But don’t be fooled. They know their own, minds and are much more resilient than you give them credit for.
Summer personalities can sometimes lack spontaneityxwhich can be frustrating for others around them. They seldom show their emotions and their naturally reserved nature can be seen as stand-offish. Their drive for perfection can hold them back but they will always be realistic. They are supportive sensitive to feelings of others and have a strong sense of responsibility.
Colours….cool, delicate think english rose and lavender
This is a very strange and worrying time for everyone, I hope you are managing to stay healthy, occupied and at home. If you are working from home, try and keep to your normal daily pattern, take regular breaks and be mindful of your posture.
If you are a “key worker”, please take great care. Make time to meditate to allow the pressure to be released every day. Try and eat healthily to maintain your energy levels and of course, make sure you stay safe.
Essential oils can help with a wide range of issues caused by what’s happening at the moment. From antibacterial, antiviral oils (lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree) to anxiety-reducing oils (geranium, frankincense, lavender). Use them at home, in your workspace to help.
I have adjusted the special offers for later this summer, I will keep adjusting them until I can fling my doors open again. As soon as I can, I will be back in touch to get you all booked in.
One mad thought I’ve started to plan Christmas!!!!
The first signs of spring are enough to fill many of us with optimism and energy that is just the tonic after a long winter. Think trees laden with delicate blossom in pretty pastel tones, or fresh green shoots awakening from dormancy, filling us with hope and optimism for the year ahead. And just as the spring bulbs and plants burst through the barren winter with their promise of life and beautiful colours, so spring people light up a room with their expressiveness, their creativity and inspirational ideas But are you a “Spring” person…
The Spring Personality
The Spring personality is infectiously enthusiastic, incredibly bright and very people-focused. Spring personalities are big on fun, they are excellent communicators, good at thinking on their feet and brimming with ideas. Clarity, simplicity and transparency are all important to them.
Their challenge is to hold themselves back as they are prone to flit from one thing to another, never quite finishing off one project before starting another. They can be seen as flaky and a little unreliable but this is only as a result of their heads literally being full of ideas.
A Spring person loves circles, polka dots, busy patterns, fine lines and glossy textures. colourwise think primrose yellow or verdant lime green
AROMATHERAPY FOR SPRING
This season is for the delicate scents of nature. Fill your home with floral aromas of Helpmeorganics spring candle, “help me say hello to Spring” Enjoy a blend of Patchouli, Rose geranium, Pink Grapefruit and Lavender. Fresh clean scent to help you feel happy and energised yet calm and relaxed.
There are still plenty of coughs & colds around so use antibacterial & antiviral essential oils…try Helpmeorganics “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” essential oil blend in your home and workplace. 1 -2 drops on a tissue will help protect you & keep your sinuses clear.
TREATMENTS FOR SPRING
As we mention before, there are plenty of viruses about so making sure your lymphatic system is working efficiently is very important, by having a regular massage or reflexology will help increase your immunity.
Sinuses can become sluggish so consider having a Hopi Ear Candle to clear away congested wax, maybe combine it with the Sinus massage which includes reflexology lymph drainage too.
MOTHERS DAY 22ND MARCH 2020
We think Mothers (and maternal figures in our lives) are very super important to our health & wellbeing so its lovely to make a fuss of them. Why not book them in for a treatment, bring them along then afterwards take your mum for a coffee or a meal. We have lots of ideas on our website but maybe this one will be just what you are looking for:
Holistic Facial with Jade rollers, natural face lift , masks and massage
includes a Helpmeorganics “help me say hello to Spring” soy candle
We can write your gift on a voucher with the day & time for her treat, the whole session will take 75 minutes and she will feel totally pampered
NEWS FROM THE SALON
The special offer for March is the Mongolian Koyashai Hot Milk Massage with Express Facial, just £45
This wonderful massage is based on Ayurvedic principles, this treatment would be carried out by women on women the eve of a wedding in Mongolia and would involve Yak milk, we use something far nicer! It is a very relaxing treatment which balances the “Chi” energy or in ayurvedic terms, the “wind” which flows around your body. The massage commences with the back, chickpea flour is used to exfoliate the back, then using hot milk to clean and hydrate, specific massage techniques ease away tension held deep in your muscles, warm coconut oil soothes and relaxes your back. Then once lying on your back, a cooling soothing eye massage relieves tension, clears away toxins, this is followed by a scalp and shoulder massage. Then it’s off to your feet when THE best foot massage using warmed oil to ease away tension and rebalance the “wind/energy”. It is important that we cool your eyes and warm your feet so that the energy can flow freely around your body. You will enjoy an Express Facial to rehydrate your complexion, perfect for March. The word “Koyashai” means Sun and Moon.
February is the last month of winter, yes we can still have snow and very cold periods but we can also have those days when you feel the sun getting a little stronger. And the days are getting a little longer too…all positive!!
This month is an excellent time to get more active, begin your fitness & diet to get into shape for summer.. Body brushing is a wonderful way to wake your body up. Do it dry before your bath or shower then slather on body moisturiser afterwards to rehydrate. Drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and you will begin to notice more energy and your skin will feel improved.
THERAPIES FOR FEBRUARY ARE…
There are still lots of coughs and colds about so think about having a lymphatic drainage massage or reflexology lymph drainage to keep your immune system in good health. Lymph is pumped around your body by your breath, movement and massage and is very important to fight off infections.
Hopi Ear Candle treatment or Sinus massage helps to keep your ears clear of excess wax which allows your sinuses to drain naturally.
Warm Bamboo massage or Hot Stone massage uses warmth to keep your muscles feeling relaxed and stretchy. Both are on offer throughout February.
SPECIAL OFFERS THIS MONTH
Warm Bamboo massage comes with reflexology to help ease any aches and pains you are feeling. The reflexology is excellent at boosting your energy and circulation, relaxing you so that you can enjoy everything this lovely month has to offer. Price £45
Hot Stone massage comes with an Express Facial. The batu stones are warmed in a water bath, it is a full body massage. Your muscles absorb the heat from the stones deeply, you can feel your muscles enjoying this massage. We have added a facial to hydrate your complexion. Cost £65
Aromatherapy for February
We recommend using Helpmeorganics “help me, I’m feeling under the weather” essential oil blend, room spray or candles in your home and workplace. They have blended organic essential oils of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint and Tangerine to help fight bacteria and viruses.
Fill bowls of water and add 3-4 drops (to suit you) and leave around your home. The soy candle is ideal to clear the smell of cooking in your kitchen and the room spray adds an antibacterial instant burst of fragrance to any room or in your car.
Give the Gift of Aromatherapy to someone special. Remember to arrange their treat, bring them along then maybe out for a coffee or dinner. That’s a proper gift to celebrate all things romantic.
SPECIAL DATES THIS MONTH
6th February is Time to Talk Day…Mental health is vital for our wellbeing so make time to talk to each properly without the Tv or mobile phone on
25th February is Pancake Day
20th February…the new £20 note comes into circulation so make sure you dont have any old ones lying around
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are ready to take hold of this new year. If you received a gift voucher, please keep them safe as you will need to bring it with you, our vouchers have a 6- month valid period which takes you the 30th June 2020. If we move before June 2020, I will extend the valid date by a month as I will be taking a month’s holiday to settle us into our new salon so no need to worry. From now on though, if you would like to buy a voucher I will be asking you to arrange their appointment when you buy the voucher. Last year ALL Christmas vouchers were enjoyed which is wonderful so it proves that it works being a little mindful to arrange the treatment. A few ladies were delivered to the salon and collected again afterward, all said that it made the gift extra special.
The Special Offer for January is a Back, neck and shoulder massage with Express Facial, just £40. Nice and simple to get you back into the swing of things. This year let’s not have “Blue Monday”, instead have “Sunshine Monday”.
The Christmas packages are still available until 31.01.20 .
I have been working on the Holistic Facial…..please have a read of our NEW Holistic Facial ● Express back massage ● Deep Cleanse, Papaya Exfoliation treatment to remove dead skin cells ● Lymphatic Facial Drainage massage to stimulate natural drainage followed by Ridolki rollers to stimulate your circulation ● Japanese Tuboki facial acupressure Massage…a natural facelift ● Scalp massage ● Treatment mask to address any skin imperfections/imbalance ● Collagen face masque with Jade roller to increase the absorption of collage ● Application of moisturisers and serums
Introduction price £51 (ends 30.3.20)
The Winter Special Offer – to warm you and your muscles up!! Hot Stone Massage with Express Facial £65
Top Tip for January Try and drink hot water as much as possible as this is kinder to your digestive system. A healthy digestive system = a healthy immune system
Winter is a beautiful time of year and one to definitely enjoy!! Yes the days can be shorter but its also a season for blankets, candles, movies, Christmas and being able to enjoy a lovely fresh walk.
This month, we celebrate our 25th birthday and I can’t believe it. 25 years ago I was nearing the end of my course and had to write a business plan, I always knew the name (Simply Relaxing) and I always knew that Holistic Therapies would be the key treatment. So my business was born.
In January 1995 i very nervously opened the doors to my shop and I do have to admit it took a time to attract my first customers. In 1995 having a regular massage was not deemed something that anyone could have as regular as having your hair cut, I am very proud to say that now having a massage, reflexology, reiki or facial is considered just as important as you have to look after yourself emotionally, physically and mentally . In 25 years this mindset has changed and I am so so very happy., how great that, hopefully, our children and grandchildren will continue to look after themselves inside and out.
Winter is a time for scent and we want you to fill your home with organic essential oils which smell beautiful but also keep you healthy. Have a look at Helpmeorganics website (www.helpmeorganics.com)
During the last 25years I have been very lucky to meet lots of wonderful people (and look forward to meeting even more in years to come). I have enjoyed hearing your news and that you have been interested in my news too, this has meant so much to me. So this Friday (6th December) come along and enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate this brave leap of faith that I could make Simply Relaxing work. I do have to say that my business plan has been updated many times and is now my masterplan to take my business into a chapter where I take my foot ever so slightly off the pedal and enjoy lots of other things too.
I have always said that you have to have a balance and maybe its time that I get some balance too but I am definately 100% as passionate about Simply Relaxing and bringing more new therapies for you to enjoy even if only 3 days a week but lets see how things get set up. I will always put you first.
Please read through all the special offers and Christmas packages, we do still offer vouchers but I am trying to get you to arrange the treat too and maybe even bring them to the salon. A proper treat!!
The December special offer is all about boosting your immune system to help fight off coughs and colds. We use specialised manual lymphatic drainage massage techniques to pump your lymph around your body, releasing toxins as we go. It is a full body massage and we have added reflexology and an express facial to complete the treat, £55
Our Christmas Opening Times for the week running up to Christmas are available in the shop and are available on the “Christmas 2019” section on the website.
I would like to thank you for being the loveliest people I could meet, I am very lucky.
As we change from summer to autumn, this can be a diffcult change for our immune system. Be careful to protect yourself as your immune system can take a while to adjust, by making simple changes you can ward off coughs and colds.
1..Get outside as much as possible as this improves your sense of wellbeing, the fresh air keeps your airways open and the daylight (hopeful sunshine) provides vitamin D which becomes in shorter supply during winter.
2..Use Helpmeorganics “help me, i’m feeling under the weather” essential oil blend in big bowls around your home or in diffusers. Adjust the strength of aroma to suit you but we recommend starting with 1-2 drops and increase if you need to. The organic essential oils of peppermint, teatree, eucalyptus, lavender and tangering help to fight off viruses, are anti viral and anti bacterial , they will help to keep your sinuses clear. Available in the shop, online www.helpmeorganics.com or via our etsy shop.
3..Have a regular holistic treatment, reflexology really helps to boost your immune system, gets your circulation moving, calms and soothes your nervous sysystem, helps to clear sinuses and improves your general happiness.
4..Having a massage using organic essential oils, really ensures that any muscular tension, trapped nerve or feeling of anxiety can be nipped in the bud immediately. By feeling on top form throughout autumn will mean that you can stay active, feel wonderful and enjoy this vibrant season.
SEASONAL SPECIAL OFFER
As we have just talked about, the change of season from summer to autumn can cause your immune system to be sluggish. For your body to be at its very best, any food needs to provide nutrition and for all nutrients to be extracted from food, your digestive system needs to be working efficiently. Our special offer for autumn, which starts on 1st September, is the Malay Navel Candling and Abdominal massage with back massage if perfect to clear your colon, ease any bloating, soothe any tension and allow all food to travel quickly so that nutrition is optimised.
The treatment begins with a soothing back massage to ease any tightness, then, once comfortable, we begin with a hot compress dumpling stomach massage to prepare and “warm-up” your colon ready for some lymphatic drainage massage. We light the navel candle which removes any emotion or tension through the thin abdominal membrane, sometimes customers feel their emotion release, dont worry if this happens , it is never healthy to hold onto worry. After the candle, we apply a clay mask to keep working on releasing toxins, you will enjoy a should and scalp massage to help you to relax further. At this stage you can add reflexology for an extras £10, please let me know when you book. After removing the mask, we perform a deeper colonic massage to make sure all blockages, toxins or emotion has been eased. We will cover you up so that your body can relax. After the treatment, please drink warm water to gently flush away any remaining toxins. Please eat light simple foods. No spice, meat and alcohol please for 48 hours.
The cost for this is £65 (plus £10 if you would like to add reflexology)
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL OFFER
Warm Bamboo Massage with Express Facial £45
This massage uses warmed bamboo sticks to gently but effectively ease tense muscles, relax you whilst you enjoy an express facial which hydrates your complexion after summer.
At the end of September, you can book in for one (or both!!) or our Christmas 25th Anniversary Packages. Yes we will be celebrating 25 years of holistic therapy at the end of this year and its been a pleasure. So to celebrate, we would love you to come along on Friday 6th December from 5pm until 8pm for a glass of bubbly. (if our move happens before December, we will have this earlier as we think its important to happen in our little salon on Chester Road where it all began 25 years ago.. Just a hopeful project of mine whilst i was studying at South Cheshire College, how time has flown)