THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Take a deep breath ..
It’s just a bad day not a bad life …
I’ve been wondering about running workshops on things that I enjoy and am interested in – for example, crystals in the home and for healing, using essential oils around the home, health remedies with essential oils, and of course I’m already qualified to teach all levels of Usui Reiki. It took me some time to decide I would attend the L3 Teacher Training Award at Weston College in October, now the course has been and gone – so fast!
It was a very busy time with a lot of homework but was also quite good fun because I got to meet so many people from different backgrounds, of all genders and all ages. The prospect of a 20 minute microteach was a bit terrifying but come the day, it was actually a really interesting time. The scenario suggested was we use it in the setting we plan to work (I ended up doing a microteach on what Reiki is, its history, its uses and my journey with it) – the variety of scenarios portrayed was amazing e.g. a scientist presented on making elephant toothpaste – which we all had a go at making; a support worker presented on the origins of coffee along with an explanation of the types; a housewife demonstrated how to make healthy Halloween snacks and included samples; a mental health worker talked to us about journaling and story writing and got us to write reflections on our own lives. So the course started with a group of nervously excited individuals who got on very well but ended with a group of very supportive people who egged each other on and made constructive comments if we saw fit. We were all very hopeful of a pass.
So if you’d like to have a go at acquiring basic teaching skills, give this course a go! I look forward to running shorter and longer workshops of all types in the new year so watch this space!
I’ve decided to join this group of ladies who over the course of the next six months or so will be exploring the use of meditation, chant and mantra in helping us find our own voices. It sounds like an inspirational and transformative programme for those of us ladies who are looking to develop authenticity, confidence and wisdom. I’ve done a bit of work with chant and meditation so I’m looking forward to working with Sarena Mason on this. Sarena’s a very experienced lady, full of wit and wisdom, so why not take a look at her website if you’re curious about using sound and mantra https://birchmoon.co.uk/. The course starts on 19 May … not 100% sure what I’m letting myself in for but I know it will encourage and progress me along my path.
I’m excited to announce that having endured such a variety of experiences lately which have caused me to reflect on my way forward, I’ve decided to rebrand to become Armonia Olistica, which is Latin for Holistic Harmony. I’ve also created some new treatments and pamper packages which I hope you’ll be tempted to try! It seemed like a natural progression to review my practice and I feel the rebranded name and logo is a more accurate reflection of all my experience. I’ve started to upgrade the products I use too – I’m staying with Tropic Skincare for all my facials, CND Vinylux nail polishes for their durability and quick air dry capability; and am introducing more organic massage base oils so watch this space. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got any queries or if you’d like to book an appointment.
NB: Some prices have been adjusted but old ones will apply to regular clients until the end of July 2018.
This workshop was well worth a visit – not only did I enjoy meeting some lovely ladies but I experienced focus chanting, silence, walked in some lovely countryside, ate a gorgeous vegetarian lunch and gathered some tools to support me during the ups and downs of personal spiritual development. Highly recommended !!
I’d never thought of myself as someone who’d enjoy something like chant or bathing in sound but I was astonished to discover how deeply relaxing both can be. I’m really looking forward to taking some time out for this day of healing sound, movement and massage – possibly something a little bit different to other retreat days. Sarena Mason is very experienced in working with sound and I’ve enjoyed her workshops/healing days on previous occasions. This day will allow the healing power of sound, chant, gentle movement, guided meditation and massage to nurture and nourish your mind, body and soul. To start with there’s going to be a touch of Japanese healing movement called Shintaido along with sacred chant and mantra. This’ll be followed by a Sound Bath led by Steph Hiller where you’ll be amazed at how easily you can be guided into restorative relaxation. The day will finish with a demonstration on using reflexology inspired hand and foot massage for self care. The venue Coxley Memorial Hall is in the lovely setting of Coxley, Nr Wells, Somerset, BA5. Herbal teas, wholefood snacks and course notes are included, the investment being just £65. Please contact Sarena on 07974 340 580, email: email@example.com or check out her website at www.birchmoon.co.uk.
I’m pleased to announce I’ve been doing massage tasters with clients who have learning difficulties – some have dementia, some have Huntingdon’s Disease and some have Autism. Some of the work means I go mobile (using public transport as I don’t have a car) – other clients come to my treatment room on the Boulevard with their care support workers as part of a programme of integration into the community. Happily the sessions are going well and I have to say we all have fun together.
I’m really looking forward to this and think it’ll to be a very interesting day for those with an interest in cooking and herbal remedies!! Just give the organiser – Jutta Blumenthal – a call if you’re interested.
I’ve joined the team who hold a space for those who like to take some time away from the hub bub of everyday life to enjoy some quiet time, maybe some light refreshments and some conversation upstairs at The Coffee House in the High Street, Weston-Super-Mare. These sessions take place fortnightly on a Saturday where we offer healing and relaxation treatments including Indian Head Massage, Angelic Reiki and Crystal Healing, as well as Card Readings. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got any questions. The next few sessions are being held on Saturday 22 April, 6 May and 20 May with subsequent dates being added soon. Treatments are free although donations are also welcome. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
I’ve been investing time in creating some new treatments using sumptuous Tropic Skincare products which are certified by The Vegan Society, PETA and Cruelty Free International. Tropic skincare products are created using the premium, most nutritious, naturally derived ingredients which are free from harmful toxic chemicals to ensure they are effective on all skin types. They are naturally sumptuous, indulgent and alive with the fragrances of abundant floral, plant and seed ingredients. Please take a look at my New Treatments tab for details of two new short treatments (40 minutes) I’ll be practising for folks who are always on the go and two new facials. Why not be kind to yourself …