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May Product of the Month – Frankincense Intense Cleansing Melt

This month I’m focusing on the brand new Frankincense Intense Cleansing Melt.  Sometimes we all need a boost, a treat, a pick-me up and this gorgeous melting cleanser is exactly that.  This multi texture cleanser feels soooo indulgent and not only is amazingly good for the complexion but also our mental health as it’s packed full of frankincense, bergamot, mandarin and turmeric for good measure!  I first tried this at the Neal’s Yard Conference at the beginning of March – when life was very different, just before lockdown, and fell in love with it then.  Of course, I already knew (and loved) the Frankincense Intense range with all its magical anti-aging goodness but the feel of this is completely different.

When I squeeze it out of the tube it comes out as a thick clear gel, which I then apply to my face and gently begin to massage in.  As it warms with my skin temperature it melts into an oil which is much easier to massage and much better for cleaning the dirt and pollutants from my pores.  (Keep an eye out for my online facial workshops where I will show how to apply this and how to cleanse effectively.)  When I feel I’ve enjoyed enough of a massage and cleansed sufficiently, I remove it by adding a little water and the oil turns white and milky so that I can wipe it away easily without leaving an oily residue.  It does however leave my skin feeling really very soft and moisturised.

Whilst I have used the Calendula Cleanser for many years, this has now become my special cleanser – you know, for days when it’s all been a bit of challenge or I’m not quite feeling myself.  The smell of the frankincense and mild citrus background is automatically uplifting and soothing on the mind and I know that my skin will benefit from the Boswellia Sacra essential oil that will sink in deep and ease out some of the fine lines gathering around my eyes and mouth.

At the conference I was given a pack of sample sachets and asked in a previous newsletter for volunteers to try it out for me, so I could gauge what everyone else felt about it too.  Here are some of the comments I received back:

 

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How joining online meditation circle could help you cope with the mental effects of lockdown.

Why Online Meditation?

Like you, I hear and read the news and know that so many people are struggling with loneliness and mental health issues during this time of enforced isolation.  These issues are not new but the lack of human contact, mental stimulation and concern over the virus are often bringing them to the surface.   If this is you, then you are not alone and joining an online meditation circle could really help.  There is a sense of group, of community in a meditation circle despite the fact that I am the one doing most of the talking by leading the guided meditation.  The small detail of our being in our own homes and many miles apart, also has no bearing on the sense of togetherness that practicing meditation in a group can bring.

It is a year or so since I ran regular meditation circles in my sitting room.  However, my concern for people’s mental wellbeing as they became more isolated from society, was one of the main reasons I decided to bring the circles back.  Of course it’s now in an online format, but you can join me every Monday lunctime and Thursday evening (we’re finished in time to clap for the keyworkers) and I’ll even send you a reminder that morning so you don’t miss the sessions.

There are other things that meditation can help us with, particularly at the moment as we are learning to accept change and dealing with an emotional rollercoaster or new emotions as we come to terms with what is going on with the world and the virus.

  • mentally stepping away from the difficulties we are facing at any point

  • show how sitting with our emotions can help us accept and deal with them in a  kinder fashion

  • bring focus and clarity to the thoughts we really need to focus on, rather than being constantly distracted

I want to introduce,  or re-introduce, more people to meditation and to these benefits.  So if you’ve never tried meditation before, but have maybe heard it’s a good thing, then this could be your time to give it a go – half an hour of your time and your don’t even have to travel anywhere.  You might find that the quiet of a guided meditation is just what you need.

You’ve tried it but don’t think it’s for you,

A lot of people say to me that they have tried but can’t do meditation or that it wouldn’t work for them because their mind is too busy and my answer is always the same – you have to try it, I mean, really try it and you have to practice regularly.  You wouldn’t take up a new hobby, sport or musical instrument and expect to be perfect straight away.  You would expect to have to practice and to strengthen certain muscles, you would expect to start at the beginning and make mistakes along the way.  Meditation is no different.  We are training the brain, like a muscle, to undo what it has done all our life, over think.  We have to learn to do things that are different and don’t come naturally, we will have days when we can do it and days when we can’t – and that’s ok.  In fact the journey of learning and recognising your reaction to what happens on your journey is what it is all about – that is meditation.

I’ve done a lot more meditation than usual during lockdown and at first I thought it was the escapism I was enjoying, but actually it’s the space I’m loving. The space in my mind between the thoughts. The space when it all stops. It doesn’t happen easily or all the time but the more I practice the more often it happens. Funny that, isn’t it?

And if it’s not for you, do you know someone who could use one of these benefits – even if they don’t realise it themselves.  Then please forward this blog to them or send them my email address meditation@medulla.space – you could be doing them a huge favour!

Would you like to try the session first, here is a link to my You Tube channel where I have uploaded a few meditation videos that you can use at any time.

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April product of the Month – Hand Defence Range

Neal’s Yard Organic Defence spray has always been a popular item and a staple in many people’s handbags, baby bags, cars etc. 

It has a 70% alcohol content which makes it a trustworthy hand sanitiser at any time.  But unlike hand sanitiser gels, this fresh scented liquid does not dry out hands and I often feel leave mine feeling softer.

Using the powers of aromatherapy, the essential oils contained in this range have anti-bacterial, cleansing, immune-stimulating and calming properties, making it wonderfully soothing and uplifting for our mental health as well as boosting our protection.

The range now contains two difference size spray (30ml natural defence and 50ml organic defence), a refill bottle, a blend of oil for a diffusers or cleaning products and a hand rub with a flip-top lid.

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Have you tried Distance Reiki Yet?

The wonderful thing about Distance Reiki is you can wear your comfiest clothes (or pyjamas) and sit or lie on your own bed, sofa or yoga mat.  You can have your treatment without having to leave the comfort or safety of your own home.  And if you’re feeling a little drowsy afterwards, you don’t even have to drive home.

Distance Reiki has always been taught in the second degree of Reiki and is something we practice during our training, potentially on a few friends and then maybe put to one side just bringing it out occasionally; I know this is what happened for me.  It can be used across the room to someone who doesn’t want to be touched or to animals across a field, when passing an ambulance or sent to those experiencing hardships on the other side of the world.

Reiki is the Universal Life Force energy.  It is the energy that runs invisibly through our bodies and keeps our mind and body in balance, it makes trees and plants grow and flourish and it is also in the air around us.  It can pass through skin and bones, through clothes and blankets and also through bricks and mortar.  And if it can travel through these solid things then why not through space and distance too.  In fact, it can.

All it takes, as with any Reiki treatment, is the intention and dedication of the practitioner and the open-mindedness of the recipient.  These will allow the Reiki to flow to the desired destination, but it is the experience of the Reiki practitioner that will be used to make the emotional connection and uncover the way the body wants to work.

It is obviously a very different experience from the one you would receive in my treatment room.  In the treatment room I will have energetically cleansed the space, have a nice oil blend in the diffuser, I play soft music (which doesn’t come across well over the video call) and will try to ensure we are not disturbed.  I can also give you a bit of space to ‘come round’ after your treatment whilst I go and get you a soothing drink and a glass of water.

However an experience like this isn’t possible at the moment as the nation enters another week of lockdown, in an attempt to manage the spread of Covid-19 in the UK.  It goes without saying that following the Government’s guidelines and staying at home is the right thing to do, however at this time more than ever, you might be in need of a little holistic treatment.  Maybe you had previously come to me for regular Reiki or even reflexology treatments and are missing the positive impact it has on your mind and body.  Or actually you might just be in need of something to help ease the emotional tension you find is building up as you come to terms with this new way of life.

There are many other reasons why you might be in need of a Reiki ‘top-up’ (as many of my regular clients call their treatments)

  • You might be front line staff in the NHS or care professions facing the true horrors of this disease on a daily basis
  • Your work might see you on the front line of trying to get supplies to the nation – in supermarkets or delivery drivers – but with new restrictions and protections that make your job more difficult
  • You might be trying to cope with working from home, home-schooling your children and caring for the elderly or vulnerable
  • You might be grieving, sick or worried about someone who is
  • You might just need some respite from whatever your situation is, this is a challenging time for all of us in our own lives

Allow Reiki to ease a little light into your body and mind.  It can feel like slipping into a hot bath at the end of a tiring day or as refreshing as stepping from a cool shower on a hot, dusty day.  It can be like balm poured onto dry, itchy skin or an all-enveloping hug from gentle, invisible arms.  You can feel this in the mind as well as in the body.  And it works just as well by distance (some are saying even better!).

So, how does a Distance Reiki session work?

  • I call you by video call (Whatsapp, Facetime, Messenger etc)
  • We have a 5-10 minute consultation
  • You make yourself comfortable on your bed, sofa etc
  • I talk you into a relaxed state and make my connection to the Reiki energy
  • I use a substitute for your body (usually my upper leg!) and work down the body and chakras as I would with a hands-on treatment
  • At the end I talk you back to the present moment
  • We finish by talking over what we experienced.

 

If you’ve had a Reiki treatment before, you may wonder how the connection can happen and whether you get the same warm relaxation.  I can assure you it does happen.  All those who have experienced Distance Reiki with me have felt a sense of peace at the end of the treatment, a feeling of calm that seems to stay with them longer as they don’t have to drive home afterwards.  We often experience heat in the same areas and we are still able to discover and work through emotional issues, just as before.

Retro Styled Image Of A Hidden Sign For A Spiritual RetreatIt is still a wonderful way to explore what’s going on for us and learn how to connect up body, mind and emotions.  On top of that it’s super relaxing and peaceful, just the anti-dote to the stresses caused by Coronavirus and the lockdown situation put in place to protect us.

If this is what you need in your life at this time then please contact me to book an appointment or even just to find out more.

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Treatments are changing temporarily.

As we try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I like many other have taken the decision to cease hands-on treatments for the time being.  I am following government guidelines and will look forward to resuming normal service when it is deemed safe to do so.

Long time coming

However I am introducing some things that have been at the back of my mind for a long time, and now seems like a prudent time to bring out into the daylight.  As a Holistic Therapist, working with the whole person, I feel I must find ways to share the energy work I do with you and offer relief and release from the confusion, uncertainty and possible distress of the current situation.  Please feel free to share this email with friends, family, work colleagues or people in your community who would benefit from the contact and energy.

Meditation Group

As many of you will remember I used to run regular meditation groups in Thurleigh and Northampton but as people’s lives have become busier they became less and less able to commit to regular sessions.  I have often considered creating a way of doing this online and the current situation has really made look into the logistics of this.  It is more important than ever for people to be able to access the beautiful power of meditation and the ability, with practice, that it has for helping us deal with difficult or stressful situations.

So I am delighted to launch my new meditation group – Medulla Meditation Group (there is a Facebook group of this name too) where you will be able to find details of the live sessions I will be holding on Zoom.  Don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before, I will post a link up on the events page of this website and also on the Facebook group and you can just click it or copy and paste into your browser.  There is an app that you can download but if you prefer not to then you can use it straight from the web page.  As usual, if you have any questions or queries then please get in touch.

From next week I will run two half-hour sessions a week – on a Monday lunchtime and a Thursday evening, unfortunately I will not be able to provide tea and cake as I did with my previous, but perhaps you can have your own ready and we can still share the same vibe and conversations we used to have around the table, after our online practice.

This week (w/c 23rd March) I have been offering the groups for free whilst trialing software to run the live sessions on but after that will ask for an exchange of £5 per session (if however you are also self-employed or have lost your job or income especially in recent days then please do let me know, as I don’t want anyone to miss out, particularly when you need it the most).

I will publicise them as events on the Events page here on my website and also on my Facebook Page Medulla Holistic Therapies, so if you do not already follow me, please do so and to help me spread the word.  Please would you be kind enough to share the events on your timelines, to friends, on groups or pages?  I truly believe that these sessions will be beneficial to all but particularly to those who are self-isolating or are struggling with limited social contact.  You may well be aware of people in this situation in your village or workplace who are not aware of me and what I do, so please share the details to as many people as you can.

Distance Reiki

With more of us going into self-isolation; a calming, healing energy therapy is a wonderful way to ease the strain and loneliness as well as help us deal with the emotional aspects of our current situation.

Thankfully, Reiki does not only have to be done in the hands-on manner; as an energy, it can easily be sent across any distance.  From one side of the room to the other or across countries and continents, the effects of distance Reiki can be as relaxing and healing as when you’re having warm hands laid upon you.

No, it’s not the same as going to a beautiful treatment room, with lovely music and aromatherpay oils for a face to face treatment, but it can still be very soothing and equally effective.

Distance Reiki is like a concentrated version so sessions do not need to be as long and so I am now offering a 30 minutes session for an exchange of £20.

We would make an appointment and I would ask you to make yourself comfortable for that time either sitting or lying down and not to be disturbed.  We can connect by phone, facetime, Whatsapp video or some equivalent to do the consultation part, then keep the connection whilst you get comfortable and relax and I send the Reiki to you.  I will talk you into a relaxed state as I always do and afterwards we will review your experience, just like in the treatment room.