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COVID-19, Reflexology, Reiki

Protocol for clients to ensure safer treatments

Following the announcement by the Government on Thursday 9th July, We are delighted that Medulla Holistic Therapies can start seeing clients face to face again for hands on treatments. picture of feet receiving reflexology This protocol for safer treatments sets out how we can do it.

And so we return to hands-on treatments again after the complete lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, however the virus and COVID-19 has not gone away.  Obviously keeping you and us safe is of paramount importance and so there will be some changes to the way appointments and treatments are carried out.

Our protocol for safer treatments will include reduced chat time and increased PPE as well as a health questionnaire before each and every appointment.  I will ask you to not attend your appointment if you or any of your household have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, to wear your own face covering and put it on before entering the house and to take care not to touch anything before you enter the treatment room as a way of protecting us all.

Please read through this protocol which is based on guidance received from the Government, my insurers and governing bodies.

I have also created a document showing my risk assessment and the commitments I am undertaking to ensure the room, equipment and the treatment are as safe as they can be.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please do not come if you or a member of your household has any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

(There will be no cancellation fee in this instance).

You must complete the health questions on the day of your appointment.

I will call you or text to you with these questions prior to each appointment.

Please put on your face covering before you come into the house.
Allow me to spray your hands with sanitiser as you arrive and as you leave.

I will be using Neal’s Yard Hand Defence (min. 70% alcohol and anti-bacterial essential oils)

Please try not to touch anything before you get in the treatment room.

Doors, kitchen surfaces or furniture – this is our home.

Please do not bring anything into the house.

No bag, no phone, no coat.

Where possible the consultation parts of your appointment will be carried out in the garden.

Or if this has to be done indoors will be much shorter.

You will be asked to leave shoes and keys by the door.

I will lock the door as usual for security.

Where possible please try to avoid using our bathroom.

Please go before you leave home.

Leave your diary/phone in the car.

We can arrange your next appointment in the car park or over the phone.

Meditation

Join our meditation circle online.

Our online meditation circle meets every Thursday at 7pm on Zoom

I lead a guided meditation for about half an hour, sharing exercises, techniques and journeys to help you find your own way with meditation and hopefully help you to build your own practice.

I ask for an exchange of £5 per week (or £20 per month if you are a regular attender)

Some come every week, others just when they need it.  Some have other commitments and so book with me in advance and I send the recording of the session to them afterwards.

I record each session but after I have stopped recording we often stay online and chat about our practice and whatever else comes from where the conversation takes us…….

How it works.

  • I send out a weekly reminder email
  • Reply to this email or click the button in the email to let me know you are interested that week
  • I will confirm and send you payment details
  • You will receive an email an hour or so before the circle with a link to join on Zoom.  It is very simple to join!

If you would like to join this week then please complete the form below and I will be in touch.  You can also complete the form below to go onto the reminder list if you can’t make it this week.

 

Please note that by completing above form you will be signing up to join my mailing list.  I send out weekly reminders for the meditation session and a monthly newsletter.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

Icy winter foliage
Holistic lifestyle, Journeys, Wheel of the Year

Welcome to 2021!

Welcome to 2021!

I don’t know about you but my inbox and social media field have been filled with people saying good riddance to 2020.  Initially I was in agreement, but it got me thinking.  I often try to discourage myself and others from wishing time away or wishing things hadn’t happened and it’s not just because it’s a pointless exercise but actually it’s because we learn from everything that happens in our life – especially the difficult times.

So, I ask you to look back and find the positives from last year rather than focusing on the hardships.  For me it was a year of spending time outdoors – in the garden and long walks.  A year of strengthening relationships and friendships.  I studied, I baked, I picked up an old craft project, I spoke to my family a lot more and I found new ways to work.  I’m immensely grateful to all of you who supported me and my business and who, in turn, I was able to support through the last year too.

We obviously can’t ignore the challenges, that would just be naïve, but we can look at them in terms of what we have or can possibly learn from them.  Whether this is in terms of work, health, grief, relationships, finances or any other challenge that presented itself to you in the last year.

Reflect

January, mid-winter, the new year it’s always a time of reflection – so think about what you have learned from last year or even the last national lockdown and see what you can do better or just differently this time round.  Finish the course you started last time, or the craft project.  Plan your garden for this year.  Increase or start your meditation or other spiritual practice as well as some exercise.  Schedule time to talk or video-call with friends into your diary.

And most importantly keep hold of the light.  Whether that’s the light at the end of the tunnel, the light of the new Age of Aquarius or the light of your own faith, bring it inside you each day and let it grow and brighten your whole being.  Because the brighter you let it shine the easier you, as an individual, will get through the next few months.

2021 at Medulla Holistic Therapies

Unfortunately, the national lockdown means that I am not able to do hands on treatments for the foreseeable future but I can do Distance Reiki and our meditation circle is going from strength to strength.  Look out for my new plans and ideas over the next few weeks, starting with bespoke aromatherapy which will be wonderful for helping to boost mental health as well as skin, muscle and digestive issues.

I’d love to hear what you’re all up to too, so please drop me an email, message me through Facebook or Instagram (@medullaspace) or comment on my posts.  I’m missing our conversations so contact from you is more important than ever to me at the moment.

As ever – keep safe and keep strong.

In love and light

Anne x

COVID-19, Holistic lifestyle, Journeys

Well-being in Lockdown

Well-being in Lockdown

When we first experienced a national lockdown in March last year it was the first time most of us had ever known anything like it.  The majority of us thankfully weren’t directly affected by the virus itself and the weather turned beautiful just at the right time.  We were at home and for many there was almost a sense of (dare I say it?) excitement – like a holiday, we couldn’t work and we had to stop running around to a full schedule seven days a week.  For most, it was almost pleasant.  This was before it began to wear thin……on so many levels.

This time round we know what to expect and know full-well the things we found difficult last time.  And they all seem amplified in these cold, dark months.  Our situation may have changed, making things more (or maybe less) difficult and of course, by now we may have been ill or lost someone ourselves to the virus – making this all the more real.

In my newsletter, I talked about reflecting on the positives and the lessons from last year, so I don’t want to dwell on how bad it could be for us – we all know that already.  What I want to focus on is helping you to make this lockdown more bearable.

Why not try and see the last national lockdown as a practice run and do this one differently

To do list on 2021 year with computer on white background

  • Many people have said to me “I wish I’d done…..while I had the time”. So if you are stuck at home now, with time on your hands, make a plan.
  • Decide what you want to achieve and write it down – just a list or post-its will do, but if you’re a proper planner then put a timetable together.
  • Make sure you get in some rest time
  • And some exercise
  • And maybe some spiritual practice (reading, meditation, time with your crystals)
  • Cook and eat delicious and nutritious foods
  • And try not to be glued to the news, or social media for that matter

We can do this differently this time if we choose to and yes, that means a positive mindset.  But, and here’s the most important message……………..please don’t expect to be optimistic all the time.  We are human and at the mercy of hormones and outside influences and the moon and emotions.  So please cut yourself some slack when your mood isn’t good and use that time to rest.

When you are in a great frame of mind, make the most of it.  Power through your plan, do practical things, necessary things and enjoyable things.  Really make that positive energy work for you.

But when you’re not in that place, be kind to yourself.  Wrap up cozy, drink warm drinks and do what you feel like doing.  Don’t beat yourself up for not doing the housework, clearing out that cupboard or going for a run – you can do that another day.  But also try not to spend the whole day on the sofa in front of the telly either.  Try reading or a jigsaw, a craft project or even cloud watching from the warmth of your bed.

If you know you are prone to feeling low from time to time then there are things you can do to change your mood.

A little preparation when you’re feeling good can stand you in good stead for when you’re not.

  • Try to eat healthily most of the time, as this can reduce the frequency and depth of the low moods.
  • Take a few calming deep breaths.
  • Get outside and breath some fresh air or at least look out of the window and get some natural light into your body.
  • Have some crystals or aromatherapy oils to hand that can uplift you when you need them. Amethyst, orange calcite and rose quartz or neroli, petitgrain or sweet orange essential oils should do the trick.
  • If something you are doing is dragging your mood down then stop, do something else and come back to it later
  • Learn to recognise when your mood is changing and try one of the above.

And remember that everything changes, no situation ever stays the same for too long.  You can reach out for help, there is plenty around but also you can dig deep and you will be amazed at your own inner strength.

There are many holistic therapies that can help at times like these including Distance Reiki and aromatherapy.  You can find out more details here or you can contact me directly and I’ll be happy to chat with you.

Do know that the energies of the Universe have shifted since the Winter Solstice and so we are in a very different place.  The light of the new Age of Aquarius is here, if we are willing to open up and see it.  But we have to do this ourselves, we have to take charge for our own growth, progress, lives.  Yes, there is help out there for physical, mental and spiritual well-being but we also have a responsibility to look after our own welfare.

COVID-19, Events, NYRO, Uncategorized

Outdoor Christmas Market 2020

I can now reveal that I will be having a stall at the gorgeous outdoor Christmas Market at The Plough at Bolnhurst on Saturday 5th December.  With lockdown restrictions officially being eased on 2nd December we are delighted that this event can definitely go ahead.

You can find full details of this exclusive event are on their website and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

The Plough wants to ensure safety of all concerned and so the events are ticketed.  With two lunch and shop sittings and a twilight shopping period with hot drinks and mince pies there will be plenty of opportunity to join us.

This is a great way to support local businesses, in a beautiful setting and with a gorgeous festive atmosphere.

There will be all manner of gifts ideas yet so don’t worry if you haven’t even started your shopping, this will be the place to do it in a relaxed and civilised fashion.

I will be having my Neal’s Yard Remedies stall at this unique outdoor Christmas market.  It will be packed full of natural and organic skin and body care.  I will have many of the gifts from the brochure and will still be able to place orders if I don’t have what you would like in stock.  You can browse through the range in advance here or you can watch my video where I show you some of the gifts in more detail.  Towards the end of the video I also give you ideas for bespoke gift boxes I can make up for you too.

Display of Neal's Yard Remedies Christmas gift

You can follow us all and more details of the event on Instagram @plough_at_bolnhurst

 

NYRO

Christmas shopping will be different this year

Many of us don’t want to visit the high streets or retail parks for our Christmas shopping this year.  Even if you wear your mask, use sanitiser and keep the recommended 2m distance, it’s really not going to feel the same is it?

I know many of you are still only going out for essentials only and with so much available online why would you do otherwise, this year in particular?

It’s also becoming more apparent that you want to be more thoughtful in the presents you give.  You don’t want gifts sets with lots of single-use plastic packaging.  And you do want to consider the impact on the environment, something more natural, more connected to the earth even.  If these things are important to you, why don’t you consider joining my Facebook group?

Well if you know me, you know where I’m going with this – the Neal’s Yard Remedies Christmas gift range is stunning this year!  I have been so excited by it in so many ways.  It’s beautiful, nature-loving and thought-provoking design, the re-usable ‘plant pot’ packaging and the variety of the range.

As always the products are completely natural and never tested on animals.  They are predominantly plant-based, a few have honey or beeswax in (do talk to me if you’re looking for vegan products).  They also use essential oils not just for the gorgeous fragrance but also for their amazing healing properties.

Below you’ll see the video I made to help you with your Christmas shopping as I show you around the brochure.  But we all know sometimes the sets don’t fit the people we want to buy for so I also showed a few bespoke gift sets I could make up for you.

But I’d also like to highlight a few of my favourites…..

MEDITATE Aromatherapy Duo  I use this aromatherapy blend when I run my meditation group on a Thursday evening.  It’s gorgeous smell – frankincense, orange, cedarwood, vetiver – happy, relaxed and focused.  Perfect!

Neal's Yard meditation aromatherapy gift set MEDITATE Aromatherapy Duo £18

 

REVIVE Shower gel collection  People visiting my stall often can’t decide which shower gel to choose.  They are all so gorgeous my favourite changes each time I open a new one!  This gift set means you don’t have to choose.

Neal's Yard Remedies REVIVE Shower gel gift set REVIVE Shower gel collection £25

Seaweed & Arnica BATH SALTS These salts are perfect for after gardening or exercise as the oils sooth aching joints and muscles.  A wonderful gift or necessary treat for yourself.

Seaweed & Arnica BATH SALTS Seaweed & Arnica BATH SALTS £15.50

 

RADIANCE Wild Rose Collection this gift set contains the beautiful new items in the Wild Rose range that were launched earlier this year (click here to see my video launch).  They have been so popular and this box is so so pretty!

RADIANCE Wild Rose gift set RADIANCE Wild Rose Collection £45

 

 

There are many ways you can do your Christmas shopping.  You can contact me through any of the usual channels on my contact page or order directly through my Neal’s Yard Remedies website.  Or why don’t you make it special and have get a few friends together for a Zoom shopping party?  I can send out catalogues and samples to try, set up a Zoom meeting then we gather together with a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate and our slippers for an hour of laughs and loveliness.  Book your shopping evening now!