Singing to Boost Your Mood

Kindness to self is especially important at this challenging time in our lives, when it can be difficult to stay buoyant and manage our moods. I’ve found singing can be a good de-stressor.  The other day, instead of singing and bopping along to maybe some funk or soul or rock, I felt strongly drawn to sing a short and simple healing song I’d not heard for a long time, a version of which I’ve shared with you below (with permission) …. it reminded me that we’re all only human … try just Loving Yourself The Way YOU are…

A touch of humour …

I’m often reminded how laughter really is so often the best medicine.  With the challenges we’re all enduring because of the pandemic, I recently looked for ways to boost my mood.  On this occasion I decided to sing a humorous song to make me smile (and hopefully you too …)… one I’d not heard for several years –  “Skin,” originally sung by an American chap called Alan Sherman.  Click on the link if you’d like to hear my version which achieved some positive feedback


Armonia Olistica On-line Shop

I’m excited to announce I’m in the process of establishing a Shop page for my website so you’ll be able to use debit card or Paypal to pay for treatments in advance, purchase gift vouchers for individual treatments, ‘nurturing me time’ packages or Usui Reiki training, as well as small, hand made gifts.  Watch This Space … it’ll be well worth the wait!!


Armonia Olistica – Now Reopened – Come See the Sea Views

I’m pleased to say I am now able to welcome you back to my treatment room for close contact therapies, nurturing ‘me time’ packages and Usui Reiki training.  Why not come see the sea views to refresh, restore, revive and find your holistic harmony.  (Remember to take a look at my Booking Terms/Hygiene & Safety tab to discover how I’m taking care of you as well as me).

Armonia Olistica : Preparation for Re-opening

covid-19 virus safety health updateHolistic and healing therapies are some of the biggest loves of my life.  In preparation for when studios are able to re-open (be that on 4th July 2020 as currently anticipated or at a later date), I have researched best practice, completed a clinical safety course and updated procedures/routines at Armonia Olistica.  Please see my certificate of course completion and follow this link to the updated procedures that have been adopted (listed at the bottom of the Booking Terms page)


Simple Self Care – Shoulder, Arm, Hand Self Massage – tutorial

Especially at a time such as now where everyone in the country is living through ‘lockdown’, it can be easy to absorb stress that manifests itself in the form of aches and pains around the body.  Here’s a video to show you just one style of simple self massage that can help lift stress and boost our well-being


Don’t Scare Yourself!

With the demands of our everyday lives, added to which we can sometimes feel pressurised by articles we read or videos see in the media, it can be easy to compare ourselves to others and start to feel like we’re never going to “make it” or get to where we’re going.  Take just a few moments to look at this video made by a couple of my friends which suggests easy we can enhance the quality of our lives

Self Nurturing with Hand Massage

Learn a little about kindness to self and hand massage in my first video .  We need to be kind to ourselves, not just during times of great challenge such as now when the country is in lockdown, but at all times.  If not, we could become less able to support our loved ones.

I’ve used safflower massage oil in the video but you can you use lotion, cream or other oils – even olive oil from your food cupboard – whatever you’ve got to hand and whatever you like best.  (If you use olive oil, you may want to blend in a couple of drops of essential oil – perhaps lavender – to give the oil a nice fragrance).


Create Your Own Antibacterial Spray/Wipe

Essential oils have a multitude of uses other than in massage and beauty treatments. I’m beginning to make more of my own household products including antibacterial cleaners. It’s useful to know that essential oils cleanse the air rather than just mask smells. They also have a therapeutic life of 2 years so why not keep older oils by the bathroom or kitchen sink as surface wipes

Bacterial Busting Essential Oils incl: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Thyme  

(Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree and Thyme are antiseptic, anti-viral and anti-fungal as well as anti-bacterial).


i)  Surface Wipe:
Put 2 drops of essential oil on a cloth to wipe down surfaces, then squeeze the cloth and let the water run down the pipe to kill bacteria lurking there.
ii) Spray cleaner:
Combine the following into a clean spray bottle and shake well to mix:-
4 or more drops of your chosen essential oil per
300ml of warm water
Spray onto the surface you want to clean (avoiding wood surfaces) then wipe away.
iii) Room Spray:
Combine the following into a clean spray bottle and shake well to mix:-
4 or more drops of your chosen essential oil per
300ml of warm water
Spray into the air or on the carpets, curtains and furniture (avoiding wooden surfaces)
NB: Shake the bottle regularly to prevent separation of the oils and water.
(from The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood)