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I spent the Solstice demonstrating an Indian head massage at the Nunney & District W.I. A lovely group of ladies who warmly welcomed me and showed great interest in the massage.
January has certainly been a busy month! Clients have bought their loved ones Christmas gift vouchers in the treatments I give. It has been a great way for people who are not familiar with holistic therapies to enjoy a relaxing experience and learn about their benefits.
The Council Chambers Shepton Mallet held a free 'Wellness January MOT' event last week which I had the pleasure of being a part of. Therapists from around the Shepton Mallet area were invited to give a talk about the therapy they offered, mine being reflexology. It was a superb opportunity for people who knew nothing about certain treatments. It enabled them to ask us questions and experience a short treatment.
Holistic therapies are becoming more popular as people are finding them beneficial in todays stressful busy environment. This event highlights that what we do is beneficial for the wellness of our being.
I am looking for anyone
interested in taking
part in my mini-study:
‘Effects of essential oils
You will receive free samples and a free Wellness Consultation.
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Moving to east Somerset has been incredible, wonderful and a dream come true! Talk about the glove fitting. For a long time I have wanted to be in this part of England but the timing and circumstances weren't right. I understand now for all the right reasons.
We have been here for 8 months and have met lovely people, people who we connect with on many levels. I've kick started RockRose Therapies once again but this time it feels different and I mean in an energetic sense. Things resonate more with me here. I'm sharing some photos of some recent happy memories with my new funky gazebo representing RockRose Therapies at festivals and fayres....there is more to come this summer!
My son and I have just come back from camping in the woods for three days. Nature is a wonderful therapy! I feel energised and full of happiness. This little trip has reminded myself to slow down a tad and block out the humdrum of every day living.
We got to listen to the soothing rain tapping on our tent. Smelt the damp earth in the mornings. Ziggy found the fattest, funkiest leopard slug ever! As well as deer, rabbits, butterflies and beetles. The full moon shone as we played sword fights with our sticks, running across the fields. We made fires which empowered him with great responsibility, popping the logs on and stoking it. Oh I love this time of year!
It's so easy getting caught up in the notions of everyday life. Sitting there in the woods reminded me of how simple life can be. Instead of surrounding ourselves with so much stuff, keeping ourselves unnecessarily busy with distractions.
I always advise my clients after a treatment to go for a quiet walk in the nature if they can. As humans it's the most natural thing we can do to rebalance ourselves and reconnect with the source. It's been a while since I've camped in the woods and I can feel the difference energetically within. We're already planning our next trip!
This December I have had the pleasure being a part of the festivities at Powell Corderoy School, Dorking and Leatherhead Trinity school. Children were very keen to have a look at the fossils and crystals I presented. It was a lovely opportunity to talk about the benefits of RockRose Therapies. I enjoyed giving reflexology treatments and Indian head massages to stressed parents and teachers!
I believe that Valentine's day reaches further than telling a loved one how much you appreciate them. It is also a day to celebrate your own self worth, family, friends and send healing love out to the world.
I've selected three of my lovely crystals and given my interpretation about their healing energies.
OPALITE assists in verbalising deeper hidden feelings. It stimulates sexual prowess and boosts the libido. This iridescent crystal works on unblocking all of the chakras.
CHRYSOPRASE alleviates anxiety and depression therefore helping to heal the heart chakra, promoting joy and happiness. It enhances and strengthens friendships supporting unconditional love. This vibrant green crystal reaches out altruistically supporting global issues for the greater good.
ROSE QUARTZ offers inner peace, promotes forgiveness and assists in releasing repressed hurts. This gentle nurturing crystal encourages self love working on the heart chakra.
If you have a moment and are the keeper of any crystals that you feel support unconditional love, take a moment, light a candle and hold the crystal. Relax and tune into it. The journey is yours to enjoy!
According to the media the Monday just passed was supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. This has become a continuous theme in the media over the years that every third Monday of January is the bleakest day for our mental health. Do we really need to be told this? I ponder to myself, has science come up with some amazing instrument that collectively measures the entire populations mood frequency. Who are they to tell me how I'm feeling.
I was going to write a marketing article about the January blues and how a blast of reflexology would be a great pick me up in this cold, dark melancholic month. But bollocks to the January blues! It's all in the mind. True, those natural summer rays release happy endorphins but so does running, spicy food, meditation and eating chocolate! All within moderation of course, wise words of Hippocrates.
Although so many of us are still paying off our Christmas debts it is equally a time of optimism and planning for summer holidays. January is a time for quiet introspection. Being aware of what no longer serves us and removing it from our lives. Thus clearing the way for new beneficial manifestations. This can alleviate us from excess baggage which I find uplifting. I love the warmth of these cosy evenings snuggled up at home, gazing at wispy pink winter skies and being acutely aware of brittle grass breaking under my feet. January brings all of these and much more to me. All I have to do is raise my awareness of what brings cheer and gratitude into my life.
Depression. I'm not going to be dictated to about when I'm supposed to be so depressed. That would be a dangerous thing to do. Depression is complex and thrives throughout the year. But don't tell the media and pharmaceutical companies this. They might not shift their o so blue Monday articles and serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine releasing pills.
Reflexology is a fab pick me up particularly on the fourth Friday of February, third Thursday of August and the second Saturday of September. Got to throw in a bit of marketing somewhere! Right where did I leave that slab of dark rich chilli chocolate?
'We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we are not alone'. Orson Welles
Over the years whilst training in these therapies I had to do many case studies. A common theme seemed to occur. Often the people who were brave enough to be my case study would comment on how good it felt to have human contact in a physical therapeutic sense. Many of us lead busy lives running here and there without taking time out for ourselves. When these 'clients' stopped and rested whilst I gave a massage or reflexology treatment, they described a sense of inner peacefulness and some were even a little bit tearful. Whilst there are many reasons why emotions rise to the surface when we stop still in our lives and have time out for ourselves, I started to think more and more about people who are lonely and lack human contact.
What is loneliness? It is a universal human emotion. It is common and unique. I believe that it is a state of mind and does not necessarily mean being alone. A person could be surrounded by people and feel alone, for example amongst family and friends, with a partner, at university and work to name but some.
Who does it affect? All genders and ages can be affected especially in todays cyber world where everything seems to be at the click of a button. We live in an age where people live longer and often don't have family or friends around. There are many elderly people who are alone and can spend days or even weeks without human contact.
Contributing factors can provoke the onset of being lonely; divorce, the death of someone close, moving away from family and friends, reduced mobility restricting activities and generally feeling isolated. It can also be the symptom of depression. Some people can become lonely if they lack self-esteem and feel that they are not worthy of peoples' attention.
How does it affect us? It does not happen over night which can make it difficult to recognise when someone is suffering from it. The negative effects of loneliness can be both physical and mental. Health risks associated with it are; increased stress levels, cardiovascular disease and strokes, depression and suicide, progression of Alzeimer's disease, reduced immune system, poor decision making, anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse. Preventions and treatments for this state of mind vary dramatically because there is no single cause.
Prevention. Being self-aware is the first step and acknowledging that something has to change. Recognise the physical and mental affects that loneliness might have on you. Focus on developing quality relationships with people who share similar attitudes, interests and values as you such as getting involved in community projects, hobby clubs and outings. A pet can make a good companion and reduce stress. If you know someone who is lonely and isolated.....give them a call! Always expect the best. Lonely people often expect rejection, so instead focus on positive thoughts and attitudes in your social relationships.
At the time of writing this article we are fast approaching Christmas. A time of year where so many suffer from this state of mind. So please give them a thought, pay them a visit or pick up the phone!
Painting 'Naked Young Man Sitting by the Sea', Hippolyte Flandrin, 1836
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