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.
A lot of clients ask me if I have a regular massage and the answer is yes! About once a month!
I feel so many benefits from having a regular massage that it seems silly not to have one!
Besides the obvious reason of it feeling nice and being a treat, I do notice lots of other benefits from having regular treatments. Here are my favourite side effects…
I find that massage keeps my muscles and joints moving nicely, massage helps to keep me supple and as I love to dance it’s very noticeable if I’ve ceased up. I notice the tightness more in the colder months as I don’t like the cold I seem to tense up more.
Massage also helps my mental health, it seems to turn the volume down on depression and anxiety.
It gives my brain an hour to just chill out and be completely still. It’s a lovely feeling when I realise my brain has managed to quieten down.
The floaty happy feeling I get after a massage feels wonderful and I wish I could feel that happy forever, unfortunately life does get in the way of that, which is why it’s important to keep having regular treatments.
The more my brain remembers how to quieten down (through regular practice during massage and meditation), the easier it is to reproduce at other times.
There are also many other physiological effects, which are less noticeable to me, but if I miss out having my regular massage they soon become more apparent! These include a well functioning immune system, glowing skin, a happier digestive system and better sleep!
So, as I said, it seems silly not to have a massage!
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.