On 17th October 2020 I will be flying to Peru to spend 5 days trekking through the Andes mountains.
It will involve long days of trekking up very steep inclines at a high altitude, with very early morning starts and then camping overnight.
I am doing this to raise £4,000 for the charity WaterAid.
WaterAid is a charity aiming to provide clean water and decent toilets to everyone. Something that a lot of people take for granted, something that should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere. But, unfortunately at the moment it isn’t.
I would be most grateful if you could spare some money to sponsor me for taking part in this event, and helping the charity to achieve their goal of giving everyone clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Here’s is the link to my JustGiving sponsorship page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Elly-Ingram-Trek
Everyone is different and everyone likes a different amount of pressure during their massage.
This is why I check in with clients regarding the pressure during their treatment.
If the pressure isn’t enough or if it’s too much please speak up and let me know. Everyone is different and everyone has a different pain threshold, I can’t read your mind so I won’t know how much pressure you like, unless you tell me.
I won’t be offended, in fact I’ll be pleased if you ask for a different pressure during your treatment, because it means I have a chance to do something about it. Rather than you leaving dissatisfied.
I don’t want you to lie on the massage table in pain, I don’t want you to lie there wishing for more pressure, I want you to have the best massage possible. And that involves a small amount of feedback from you! Otherwise I’ll be none the wiser.
I have been attuned to Reiki level 1 and 2 and so am available to give Reiki treatments to clients.
Reiki is a Japanese word, roughly translated as the flow of the universal energy.
This energy is channelled through me for the client’s use. Reiki energy will go wherever it is needed and so is a holistic treatment, meaning it can be useful for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So don’t forget to look after yourself during this busy time. Put self care near the top of your to-do list!
How about buying yourself a Christmas present? Vouchers are a good way to make a promise to yourself that you will get that massage, and if not now, then at least very soon.
They do also make great presents for other people. For those who are thinking about trying a massage, but perhaps are a bit nervous. For those who keep giving and giving to others, but forget to give themselves time and attention. For those who have been suffering with aches, pains or generally just been feeling a bit down recently. Or for those who just fancy a treat!
Vouchers are available for massages for half hour, 1 hour or 90 mins. There are also hot stone massage vouchers (1 hr or 90mins), Indian Head Massage vouchers or Reiki treatment vouchers.
My hot stone massage equipment has arrived, however there is much preparation to be done before their first use!
The heater must be left to cure on its hottest setting for an hour, this burns off a funny smell!
The hot stones (basalt) are a lot paler than you may be used to seeing, they must first be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and then left to dry naturally so they hydrate. They will then be rubbed in an oil which is left to be absorbed.
The basalt will be washed in salty water to cleanse and energies them after every use and will be stored with a labradorite crystal, which was will recharge their energy.
My set also came with some other crystals. These can be placed over the chakras on the body after a massage to rebalance the chakras.
It is also possible to have a cold stone massage, this is done using chilled marble stones, they are recharged using a moonstone crystal, but will soften if cleansed with salt water.
Cold stone massage can be useful for pain relief, reducing inflammation and to ease sinus pain.
This weekend I have been learning how to massage with hot stones!
Basalt stones are heated up and due to their high iron and magnesium content they retain heat for a long time and then slowly release it.
Massage using these stones is a deeply relaxing and releasing treatment and it is said that one stroke using a warm basalt stone is the same as four or five strokes using the hands alone. It is a full body treatment, lasting 90 minutes and can have benefits on a physical, mental and energetical level.
I have ordered a set of basalt stones and a heater, which should be arriving this week, so I shall soon be able to offer this lovely treatment to my lovely clients!