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.
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!