The biggest change to your body and mind happens in September. We love the long sunny days, the feeling of the sun on our faces. As we progress through August, there is a change coming that we need to prepare for and I have some helpful tips for you….
Enjoy the morning sunshine as much as possible to allow your body to absorb vitamin d. they say the hours between 7am and 9am are when its best to do this, the sun is not too strong so you can sit outside without sun protection on. Your body needs magnesium, vitamin k and zinc to absorb the vitamin d. I like to eat my vitamins and minerals. Good sources are: Green leafy veg, eggs, meat especially turkey, nuts, seeds, shellfish, dairy, chickpeas, peas, beans.
Take photos of your days in the sun and make up a board of sunny days to lift you up through winter
get active to boost your lymphatic flow. Dancing, running, cycling, walking are all good
improve your diet by reducing the pre made foods and cook your meals from scratch. Freeze your leftovers
its a good time to lose weight and get fitter
learn a new past time which stimulates your brain
body brush to get your circulation
meditating is very helpful for anxiety. I love mindfulness and spend time just allowing my body to calm down
Fill your home with the scent of essential oils, they are little pockets of plant therapy to clear your sinuses, boost your mental wellbeing, calm and soothe you to sleep, rebalance and recharge.
Reflexology is superb at getting your body through this change of season, its helps to rebalance.
At the end of the day, if we embrace everything wonderful about each season, this will have no impact but if we worry about whats coming in the winter, this will make us fear what is a wonderful time of year. Autumn and Winter are times for boardgames, jumpers, cosy movie nights, frosty mornings followed by hot afternoons, long soaks in the bath, Strictly, Halloween/Bonfire night, Christmas and above all family time so embrace it, don’t worry about it xx
Your skin has been covered up all winter and most of spring so its time to remove the dead skin cells and let your skin breathe. Having a bodyscrub in a salon is a more thorough exfoliation than you can do at home…..unless you have very long arms, there is no way you can scrub your back properly plus our scrub is nutritious too. Your skin will feel soft, velvety and very summery!
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
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