I wrote these in response to where I see my clients pain and struggles are, so I turned them into solutions and how I can support you.
You struggle with one or more of the below:
Physical pain – I am able to do what I love pain free
Musculoskeletal restriction – I no longer feel restrictions hold me back
Stress – I give myself permission to feel truly relaxed
Burnout – I give myself time to recover and feel refreshed
Tiredness – I feel soothed, comforted and at ease
Overwhelm and busy – I carve a daily schedule that supports me
Lacking direction of how to treat my symptom – Firstly I am ready to love and take good care of myself
Unclear of how to feel supported with my physical or emotional symptoms – I start by feeling grounded and connected to my body
In need of guidance on how to take care of my body – I feel supported and clear on how to take care of my body
Unclear on my career choice – I am clearer on what it is I love to do
Doesn’t receive the healing touch I need – I deserve to feel well in my body
Past or current emotional trauma – I release pain points of the past
Emotional symptoms such as not feeling loved, doubts and or anxiety – I am gentle and squidgy on myself
Lack of sleep – I am allowed to rest easy at night
Feeling out of sorts – I now feel more myself
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If any of this relates to you, then I am here to support you. I love working with those that have the above difficulties and I truly believe every woman is deserving to feel relaxed and well within their bodies. I offer a gentle alignment technique, that is relaxing and restorative. It quickly reduces acute pain and provides alignment that holds, as it is so relaxing. I also soothes with trauma or emotional disturbances and releases them from the muscles and tissues of the body, so you feel relaxed, refreshed, cared for and more yourself.
Alongside Bowen technique, I also love pressing sore points on your feet and squidging tense muscles to help promote relaxation. I also use reiki to tune in and ask for guidance that you might need. I offer lifestyle support to ensure we prevent injury/acute pain happening again in the future.
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For all beings during this last year we have had to get used to not seeing as many of our loved ones, also not giving or receiving as much touch and receiving the message that the best thing we can do is keep away from everyone! For many of us this has been hard, especially those that have been living alone/feel more energy from being around others/are empaths or sensitive beings. Of course the internet and all the amazing tools we have to stay connected has been crucial, but it can’t replace touch. We probably didn’t even realise the amount of natural touch we received before in our interactions, taking it for granted even, a gentle tap on your arm from even a distant friend seems soothing right now.
Did you know when you receive touch, love and affection, oxytocin (a neurochemical responsible for building relationship) is released in your brain, this supports you in feeling connected, safe and loved and it can lessen anxiety and pain. I imagine at this time we are all a bit low on the neurochemical oxytocin, so symptoms can look like feeling alienated from other brings, a lack of bond with a community and finding it difficult to share appreciation and gratitude.
A way to boost oxytocin levels is through touch and hugging someone, here is how I have been coping with self-care to soothe touch hunger in lockdown.
Okay you might feel a bit silly, but seriously trees have seen a lot more sh** that we have (literally), they are living, wise and ancient beings, that can support us to feel rooted and connected to the earth. This can also soothe our root chakra, which is the energy centre associated with security and survival (quite big topics that feel shakey at this time). Also it can soothe with feeling love, touch and releasing oxytocin.
If you think I am making this up, try it! Also this is essentially part of forest bathing, a huge movement in Japan where its actually prescribed to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety and stress.
Wearing cuddly jumpers that feel soft on your skin
This always feels nice to wear softy, comfy clothes to feel soothed and cuddled, it also supports activating your touch receptors with different textures. Try stroking a fluffy cushion, wearing a cosy jumper, wearing yummy Brighton Lace underwear, even the texture of plants! Yes stroking plants, I see ways to feel soothed and I am sharing them as we all know at this time we need some support.
Gentle squidy self-care
Putting flowers by my bed, as an act of love and self care and plus you wake up and the room smells amazing, perhaps not so good if you suffer from allergies or hay fever though. These are my fav flowers called hyacinth. Simply finding gentle ways to be caring and gentle on yourself, maybe its adjusting your schedule slightly, or having a bath with a few drops of lavender in, or self-massage to your feet. All of this will support relaxation and care of the self.
Using colour as a self-healing tool
Maybe its painting your nails a really bright colour, picking out clothes with colours you feel attracted too, or doodling or colouring in, using plain paper of a colouring book. Using colours can soothe as it is allowing us to feel creative and play. Colour also carries vibration and can provide healing as it can nourish our chakra points (7 energy centres of the body that are thought to be connected to a colour). Did you know the colour blue is connected to your throat chakra, where we find our voice and speak up for what supports us, it also is connected to our thyroid and immune response. Apparently just looking at the colour blue can release oxytocin! You can also simply try imagining a colour being wrapped around you and feeling nurtured and safe, this is a simple visualisation tool.
As it increases oxytocin! Exercise can look like trampolining for 10 mins, listening to your fav music and dancing around the house. Pick something that you enjoy!
Caps moodoo from Ringana can improve mental resilience and provide greater serenity, which is ideal for restoring emotional balance if you’re battling with the autumn and winter blues or PMS. An extract of ashwagandha root promotes physical and mental relaxation processes and helps you to find peace.
Whether its holding or looking at a crystal, being out and finding peace in nature, or seated/standing meditations, this can soothe to find peace within our mind. My fav is a simple body scan, where you can go through each part of the body and checking in how it feels and making sure it is relaxed, like turning a light on in each part. Some people find writing down their worries can support removing yourself from the stressor, remembering the bigger picture and also connecting to others going through the same suffering can also support.
Failing all that if your really blue and down in the dumpsters, reach out as I am offering distant healing at this time. It is incredibly powerful to receive a flood of light energy in the body, blasting out the cobwebs and providing fresh energy in areas that feel stagnant. This creates peacefulness and feeling more yourself. I am also delivering Bowen technique at this time and hot stone massage as urgent treatments for those that feel they are struggling with physical pain and/or emotional discomfort.
If you are lucky enough to have a pet that likes to be touched then yeay for cuddles with them. I don’t have a partner at current, or a pet, but I do hug plants, trees and teddies.
I share what products I use for an easeful facial routine at home to take care of your skin
Facial routines and products are an individual choice based on what you feel supports your skin type, money comes into the choice, product ingredients, i.e is it natural? I hope by now vegan products are the most obvious solution, but do you also consider sustainability? Knowing that your creams will be washed off and end up in the ocean or do the containers end up in landfill? If you are like me and you love skincare, or whether you just want to slap on something you know will work best for both you and the planet, then have a read below, as I share what products I use for a facial in an easeful and simple way.
All the products I share are natural, organic where possible, award winning, vegan, made from a carbon neutral provider using sustainable packaging. I have been a lover of natural skincare as long as I can remember and offering luxury facials for over 5 years.
Cleanser – its there to remove dirt, make up and pollution. Its also there to cleanse your skin before you add any goodies to absorb into it, i.e serums or moisturiser, it also removes sebum to avoid build up of, wait for it *dramatic scary music*, blemishes.
I use – Ringana cleanser which has some yummy goodies in like sesame oil, ginkgo, jojoba and almond kernel in. It is vegan, housed in packaging made out of corn starch, its the prefect texture for me to enjoy massaging into the skin and it feels very softening and soothing.
How to apply – Apply to damp face, neck and upper chest area, massage in for up to 1 minute, to remove eye make up, pop some on two cotton pads, hold it there for a bit before wiping and removing, rinse off with a warm flannel.
Toner – its there to remove cleanser, but also to tighten your pores if your skin is oily, and soothe the skin if its sensitive. I once heard to not use toner is like not cleaning your shower, over time the scale builds up. Toner helps to restore the skin barrier’s ideal, which is a slightly acidic environment.
I use – Ringana tonic calm, as sometimes other toners have caused my face to feel stingy, so this one is perfect for sensitive skin. It has active substances from lactic acid bacteria that supply the skin with moisture, natural balance and reduce skin irritations. It also has hibiscus flower which rejuvenates and betaine from sugar which protects the skin drying out. For oily skin and large pores you can try tonic pure.
How to apply – a few squirts on a cotton pad and wipe over face
Serum – floods the skin with maximum moisture for smooth skin, it hydrates and prevents dryness, fine lines and goes to the depth and level where needed. The molecules are often smaller than a moisturiser, so they reach a deeper level of skin to moisturise.
I use – Hydro serum in the day with fresh adds glow to protect in particular from pollution as I live in a city. In the evening I just use the Hydro serum.
How to apply – 1 pump of each and lightly apply with fingers over the face, neck and upper chest area, only apply around the eye area.
Moistuiser – A high-quality nourishing cream is “daily bread for the skin”. It supplies the skin not only with fats and hydration, but also contains substances that protect it from everyday stress factors and environmental influences.
I use – Ringana medium moisturiser which is perfect for my normal to oily skin, they also do a light and a rich for more oily or dryer skin types. It contains the jiaogulan plant, which is also known as the immortality herb, it has an antioxidant effect and strengthens the skin barrier, it has substances from the rock rose to moisture in the skin and Cupuacu, mango and shea butter nourish the skin. Its also an award winning product!
How to apply – I apply after serum, both morning and night.
In the morning I wash with plain water and add serum and moisturiser, this suits my routine and skin, I very rarely wear make up and like the idea of not washing away natural oils on the skin, which is supportive in winter.
In the evening I use the cleaner, toner, hydro serum and moisturiser.
You can cleanse and tone both morning and evening should you wish to and I would encourage testing out what suits you best.
I haven’t mentioned exfoliator, eye serum, masks, lip balm, gua sha tools or face yoga, as I chose to keep this simple and I don’t use these items daily.
Just to touch on Nutricsometics – internal skin care health, is even more important, I eat plenty of vegetables and drink plenty of water, getting out in the fresh air and relaxation can all support with taking care of your skin too.
Pros/cons – the changing room is often full of kids due to lessons, but only in the day. It has a nice jacuzzi, but it can sometimes be out of action, so call to check it is open before you go. It has a sauna, steam room and pool. The car park is free for 2 hours, any longer and need to get a ticket from the machine. Also the England rugby club were once training in there!
Pros/cons – a lovely place and its not usually that busy, it has a plush jacuzzi (although it can smell of chlorine) lovely steam room, pool and sauna. It has nice chaise longue so you can lye out, with an outdoor area too. No kids lessons so its peaceful (no offense to small beings).
Pros/cons – it’s always a bit hot in there in general, but it’s in a cool underground old bank vaults building, not for those that have claustophobia. It has a jazcuzzi, sauna and steam room.
4.Bath spa, I know, it’s not in Bristol but it’s so lovely and a fun day out on the train. 2 hour visit is £36 Monday-Friday, £40 Saturday-Sunday and this is plenty of time for this spa queen.
Pros/cons – it is always brilliant, with a roof top bubbly pool, minerva whirpool, steam rooms and sauna. I am not overally keen on the ice room though. The best bet is to get there early, then float out for lunch and drink loads of water, it makes you thristy all this spa-ing.
Not been but offering jacuzzi and steam rooms:
I heard Nuffield Health is nice and they do day passes for £9.80 too from Hussle.
I have never been to the Lido (shocking I know) – its membership only, unless you know someone who has one, then you can go for £20.
Cadbury House Hotel and Spa I heard is also supposed to be nice.
If you want to know more about the benefits of steam rooms on your muscles see here.
I am now starting to explore all the delightful spas in Wales so details on that coming soon.