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June product of the month – Beauty Sleep Body Butter

Welcome to my Product of the Month where I review my current favourite and this month my bedside companion Beauty Sleep Body Butter is in the limelight.

One of the things I love best about Neal’s Yard Remedies are the smells (in fact this is the reason I have gone on to study aromatherapy) and for me, this body butter is the ultimate in luxury, comfort, relaxation…….the list could go on.  This rich and very thick cream is wonderful for dry legs and arms and is particularly effective as an overnight hand and foot cream!  In fact this is the one that is in my bedside drawer and I use it on my hands most nights.

Like most of you, my feet dry out in sandals but particularly flip flops and I have started to use this on my feet and it is making a real difference.

I won’t get started on the reflexology of dry heals and flip flops – they really are cruel to our feet, legs, hips and body as a whole – but we do insist on wearing them!

This deeply nourishing cream is packed full of shea butter, beeswax, cocoa seed butter and other natural oils that soften and hydrate the skin and of course, it is completely free of any man-made chemicals or nasties.

Then the magic of aromatherapy gets to work………the main scent to come through is ylang ylang, considered to be one of the most exotic and luxurious of all scents.  It is uplifting to the mood as well as calming and balancing to the mind.  Other main essentials oils are clary sage and patchouli, neither of which come through individually in the smell but altogether they create a heady, relaxing, soothing blend.  Patchouli is useful aid to exhaustion and stress, whilst clary sage calms nerves and creates a sense of peace.  A combination that instantly lifts as you open the pot then calms and soothes for good night sleep – that’s not a sales quote that’s my real experience!

The Beauty Sleep range has recently been extended and now includes a foaming bath and body lotion as well as the already popular facial concentrate and supplement capsules; but for me the ultimate indulgence is this body butter – pure heaven in a pot!

 

 

 

 

picture of foot receiving reflexology
Holistic, Reflexology, Reiki

Planning for return to hands on treatments!

This is still very much dependant on the Government’s advice nearer the time, but hairdressers have been advised that they may be able to start to return to hands on treatments from 4th July.  As therapists, we have a similar or even smaller amount of contact with our clients, and our guiding organisations are advising us to prepare for the same.

Things, however, will obviously be done very differently.

The UK Reiki Federation and Guild of Holistic Therapists have already sent out guidance of steps we can start preparing towards and will send out more as the Government issues it.   From the information I  have received so far, I am running risk assessments on my treatment room and practices.  From this I am creating a protocol that will work for me, for my clients and at the same time aim to keep us as safe as possible.

In the meantime there are a couple of things you can do to help us both get treatment room ready:

  • Let me know you’d like to be one of the first on my appointment list
  • If possible purchase or make a face covering.  I will have a supply of a multi-layer fabric masks that will be washed after each client.  

I have been busy too and have done a course and achieved Covid-19 certification in understand how the virus is spread and infection control generally.

As soon as I know when I will be able to start seeing clients I will contact those on this list first to book your appointments.  I will also send out the new protocol to you, it is likely to include steps such as

  • cleaning of furniture, equipment, door handles etc,
  • length of time between clients to allow for thorough cleaning,
  • PPE to be worn by me and my clients,
  • reducing fabric coverings on couch and chair to make surfaces easier to clean,
  • what clients can and cannot touch (where possible)
  • checking on recent health/Covid-19 symptoms at time of booking and prior to appointment

This will definitely be a different way of working but at least I should soon be able to return to hands on treatments and welcome you back again.

Holistic, Lifestyle

Join my new Facebook Community

Don’t you find that Facebook is very much like brussels sprouts?  People either love it, hate it or hate it but know it does them good!

I definitely fall in to the latter category and didn’t even have a profile until I started up Medulla.  At this point I was advised that a page was a great way to connect with existing and potential clients.  And so the first incarnation of the Medulla Facebook page was born.  It was known then as Medulla: Mind, body and soul, and of course with a name like that it was difficult to find – you learn as you go along in business and technology alike.

Why a group?

There are many reasons why a group is better than a page on Facebook, A lot of it has to do with algorithms, the programs behind the scenes that choose what you see and what you don’t on Facebook.  Ever wondered why you can’t find the post you saw earlier – if you didn’t click on it the algorithms think you’re not interested and not only are you not likely to see that post again but it will reduce the chance of you seeing similar posts too.  Therefore a post I put on my page might only go to a very small percentage of my followers.  However the more you click on posts from my page the more you will see from it, this rate in increased further if you interact with posts ie like and comment.

In a group, however, where you have chosen to join, the posts are shown to a much higher percentage of group members.  In reality this means that the information I take time to write and to share with you, is far more likely to be seen by you and not left floating around in the ether somewhere.  The whole idea of having space on a platform like Facebook is to inform clients, not just of sales and offers but also with tips and advice, items of interest and when this isn’t getting to many of my page followers it can be very disheartening.

I have much I want to share

Suffice to say I wanted to connect with more of my lovely clients, particularly those who share similar values to me, who care about the earth and about their own holistic well-being. I wanted to create a community where I can share my knowledge, knowing that it would actually reach people and help them.  I also wanted to hear from my clients about their thoughts and views on various topics because they too have much to share and we can all learn from this.

 

And so I have created this group called Medulla Holistic Living and in this space we really do have conversations about the things that matter to us.  We talk abouts being kind to ourselves, our planet and all those who share it with us.  We also share ideas and support each other with natural well being, holistic therapies, spiritual development and environmental issues. Ginger, lemon, honey and different drugs on wooden background.Alternative remedies and traditional pills to treat colds and flu. Natural medicine vs conventional medicine concept. From crystals to recycling, wheel of the year celebrations to eating well – I’m hoping we can share recipes and plastic reducing tips as well as deeper thoughts around spirituality and living a holistic lifestyle from a human perspective.

 

Let’s keep this small though

The group is a private group and not visible to the general facebook public, you have to apply (or be invited) to join it and I’m not looking to grow it to hundreds of members.  I’d rather keep it smaller and more intimate so that we can be open and frank (but kind) in our discussions on more sensitive and personal issues. You’ll find you’ll get to know me a bit better too, the real me will shine through more in the group than it can on the page (my public face of Medulla Holistic Therapies).  Lastly the group will be the first to know about many special offers and promotions run by Medulla Holistic Therapies but also by Neal’s Yard too.

If you’ve read this far and this sounds like a group you’d like to be part of and contribute to then please join us by clicking this link.  Come and tell us about yourself, share your thoughts and ask questions.  I look forward to chatting with you in the group!

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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:

 

meditation helps mental health
Journeys, Meditation

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.