Get more from your Massage!

This may seem obvious to some, but, for other’s it’s not, so I have to say it.

You will get a lot more out of your massage if you relax and let go.


This is an irrefutable fact. No arguments. No questions. This is just the way it is. Period!

With this in mind, here are some tips to help you do just that. Hopefully your therapist has taken care of creating a nice, warm, relaxing environment for you and is skilled at helping you to relax. Now it’s time to do your bit. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult, but it will help you to massively increase the benefits of your massage.

 My 3 Top Tips

1. Silence is golden – Treasure the time you have put aside for yourself here by using it as much needed quiet time. Have the intention that this will be your time to relax completely and let your body and mind rejuvenate and repair. Needless to say, do speak to the therapist if you need to. Oh and close your eyes! It’s about a million times easier to relax with your eyes closed. If you don’t feel you trust your therapist enough to close your eyes, look into finding one that you do trust.

2.   Breathe deep and full – One of the easiest and best ways to help you relax is to breathe deep, slow and full. Gently focus on your breath, breathing slowly and deeply into the abdominal cavity before exhaling fully, slightly contracting the abdomen. As well as helping you to relax, this will ensure that more lovely nutrients in the form of Oxygen, will be delivered to your tissues.

3. Visualise – A simple visualisation can be used with the breath to help you let go. As you are breathing in, visualise / feel the breath going into the place your therapist is working on, going deep into any places of tension. With your out breath, visualise / feel the tensions in that area letting go and feel the muscles relax further.

Using these three simple steps will help you to make the most of your massage and feel amazing. Enjoy! Do try this next time you have a massage and let me know how it goes.


Get The Most From Your Holistic Therapist!


What do you go to your Holistic Therapist for? Can you think of an occasion where you would use one?

A lot of people would go if they had back ache, they would go for a massage session, maybe a few, until they felt better.

 Most of us are very happy to give a massage and are super stoked when you feel better and don’t need to come back. However! A lot of us therapists have something a bit deeper in mind.

 We have a passion for helping you to improve your health! Most of us have suffered from multiple and chronic health problems. We have studied natural health for many years and have found ways to improve our health and also yours.

 Personally I have been studying health for 15 years and I’m still going. It never stops. There is always more we can learn and use to help our clients improve their health.

 To give you an idea, here are some of the things that your Therapist could help you with. Just ask!

 One last tip. Be as open and honest as possible during your consultation. The more you tell us, the more we can help. Please don’t feel you have to hide the truth. 🙂 


*Pain and Muscular Tension              *Sleep Problems            *Fertility issues        *Depression                                       *Skin issues                   *Feeling Below Par           *Low Energy Levels                           *Weight Issues               *Arthritis                             *IBS                                                    *High Blood Pressure     *Stress                        *Anxiety / Mental Tension                  *Migraine and Headaches   

 These are just a few issues that can be helped through improving your health in a Holistic way. As Holistic therapists work with a view to improving a person’s health rather than treating symptoms, the list of conditions that can be positively affected is almost endless.

 Talk to your Therapist about how you can improve your health and start feeling better and more positive today. 

Massage – Learn a skill for life!

We are now offering a one day massage workshop where you can learn to give a high quality, professional standard, full body massage.

 Some of the Benefits of Massage

 *Relieves pain                                                           *Helps muscle recovery (sports)

*Improves concentration                                            *Enhances Immunity

*Increases energy                                                      *Increases ease of movement

*Relieves stress                                                          * Promotes deeper breathing

*Reduces blood pressure                                            *Decreases anxiety    

*Quicker recovery from injuries                                   *Increases Joint flexibility     

*Helps prevent and delay muscular atrophy                *Improves circulation

*Helps increase the number of red blood cells             *Improves nutrient absorption

*Reduced spasms and cramping                                  *Reduces fatigue

*Improves sleep problems.                                            *Increased relaxation

 The benefits of massage are multiplied when we have regular massage, but this can be expensive. I encourage you to bring your partner or a good friend and learn together so that you can regularly swap treatments start to improve your health and well being.

 The one day course includes a comprehensive manual that you can refer back to at any time, all massage oils, drinks throughout the day and a light lunch.

 ***Special offer price – £100.00 per couple***

Eating to improve immune function

Nutritionists do not eat perfectly! Well this one doesn’t anyway. I am writing this as much for myself as for anyone else, as this winter I have been awash with viruses galore and I know that this is because I have not been looking after myself as well as I should have. As a busy Mum, girlfriend, therapist and waitress, I have neglected my nutrition and have suffered as a result, so I have made this handy cut out and keep guide to eating to improve immunity.

A wholefoods approach is considered best when eating to improve immunity. High quality fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds and wholegrains are the order of the day.

Sufficient sunshine is definitely an issue and living in Britain in winter is not an ideal situation. I would recommend a good quality Vitamin D supplement to everyone (not just vegetarians and vegans), especially during the winter months.

Other issues to consider are avoiding alcohol and tobacco, avoiding stress and making time regularly for both exercise and relaxation.  One cannot underestimate the importance of adequate sleep and relaxation for optimum health.

A good quality probiotic supplement is also an excellent way of supporting both gut health and the immune function. For those who don’t like taking supplements, look into making Kefir or Kombucha to increase your intake of probiotics.

Nutrients Function Best Veggie/ Vegan Food Sources
Vitamin A  Defensive vitamin. Helps to keep the mucous membranes soft and moist, stopping germs infiltrating. Helps to make enzymes that kill germs. Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Kale, Collard Greens, Butternut Squash, Lettuce, Dried Apricots, Pumpkin, Eggs, Papaya, Mango, Green peas, Tomatoes, Peaches, Red Peppers.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)  The most important B vitamin for immune function. Increases the white blood cell count in the body, helping to fight off invaders. Wholegrain rice, Wholegrain bread, Potatoes, Bananas, Sunflower and Sesame seeds, Hazelnuts, Molasses, Peanuts and peanut butter, Chickpeas, Potatoes, Garlic, Chilli powder, Paprika.
Vitamin B1 Thought to enhance Immune activity. Wholegrain rice, Wholegrain bread, Asparagus, Sunflower seeds, Sesame seeds, Yeast extract spread (Marmite type spread), Beans and lentils, Dried coriander, Pine nuts, Pistachios, Pecans.
Vitamin B2 Helps protect against oxidative stress which weakens the immune function. Mushrooms, Spinach, Cows and Goats milk, Soybeans, Almonds, Eggs, Yeast extract spread, Almonds, Sesame seeds, Sun dried tomatoes.
Vitamin B12 Works in conjunction with Folic Acid to produce S-adenosylmethionine. Cheese, Eggs, Milk, Yogurt, Yeast extract spread. Vegans – please take a good quality sublingual B12 supplement.
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) Works with Vitamin B12 to produce S-adenosylmethionine. Helps to produce white blood cells. Asparagus, Beetroot, Oranges, all kinds of Beans, Green peas, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Strawberries, Nuts and Nut butters. Collard Greens, Spinach, Sunflower seeds, Wholegrains.
Vitamin C Required for the functioning of white blood cells. Protects us from damage caused by free radicals. Papaya, Bell peppers, Dark leafy greens, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Blueberries, Pineapple, Oranges, Kiwi fruit, Strawberries, Melons, Tomatoes, Mangoes, Chillis.
Vitamin E Protects red blood cells and helps to prevent the destruction of vitamins A and C. Antioxidant. Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Avocado, Pine nuts, Peanuts, Spinach, Dried Apricots, Papaya, Dark green leafy vegetables, Bell peppers, Flax seeds, Mango Tomato, Paprika and Red chilli powder. Wheatgerm oil, Flaxseed oil, Corn and Canola oil.
Iron Required for the growth and reproduction of white blood cells. Dried Beans, Dark green leafy vegetables, Molasses, Quinoa, Tahini and sesame seeds, Dried apricots, Almonds, Lentils, Broccoli, Tomato paste, Prunes and prune juice, Spirulina.
Zinc Needed for the growth and reproduction of all cells associated with immune function. Tofu, Tempeh, Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils, almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Peanuts, Eggs, Sunflower seeds, Corn, Green peas, Oatmeal, Cahews, Chia seeds, Miso, Brocolli, Milk, Potato, Wholegrains, Parsley, Cayenne, Fennel seeds, Rosehips.
Magnesium Has many important roles in immune functioning and preventing/ lessening inflammation in the body. Pumpkin seeds, Spinach, Swiss chard, Soy beans, Almonds, Cashews,  Spinach, Green leafy vegetables, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Wholegrains, Lentils, Beans, Bananas, Yogurt,
Selenium Helps protect against free radicals and forms enzymes and proteins which improve immune function. Brazil nuts, Sunflower seeds, Wheat rice and oat bran, Wholegrains, Soy beans, Mushrooms, Kidney beans,Yeast.

 Here’s to feeling good! 

Massage Workshops

Massage is definitely one of the best things ever! Ask anyone, they’ll tell you. I seriously think that everyone should have massage, at least  once a week and the world would be a brighter place. I am more than happy to give you a massage, anytime. However, I can’t massage everyone, as much as I would like to.

With this in mind, I have started running massage workshops, where you can learn this valuable skill. Then you can go on your merry way, relaxing people and making the world that bit happier.

The benefits of massage are many and varied, ranging from reduction in pain and tension, regulation of blood pressure and improving immune function. CAUTION! – Massage can lead to a more relaxed and happy state of mind! J

At my workshop, you will learn how to give a professional standard, full body massage safely and effectively. You will receive a manual with all the information necessary, so that you can refer back to this whenever you need to. I will also throw in a delicious vegetarian lunch, cos I’m nice like that. J

Workshops are run over a full day, with additional advice and support if required. I will teach 2 people per workshop, so bring a friend / partner and learn together, then you can practice your new skills on each other whenever you need to. I can teach you everything you need to know to give a fabulous massage in these one day workshops.

Get in touch if you would like to book, or would like some more information.

Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack

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Reiki Share

  Blissed Holistics Reiki share will now be held on the first Sunday of every month!

Starting Sunday 4th September 2011 at 1pm.

Please being food to share and any questions or queries that you have. All Reiki attuned people are welcome!

The Reiki share will be held at my house, so please contact fort the address and any further information. Of course, there is no charge for this.

Hope to see you there!