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Here at Blossom Wellbeing Cheshire, in Bramhall. I will update this page with the latest details about the various developments and evolving treatments I am undertaking. I will also upload posts about my loyal clients and talk about the benefits they have received from my healing Reiki energy, EFT and fertility services.
|Posted on 3 July, 2018 at 9:45||comments (0)|
I went to have a coffee with a friend last week, she was visiting from London and we hadn’t seen each other for a good few months so there was plenty to catch up on!
“Where have you been, you look so well and lovely and brown?” she asked as I sat down opposite her in one of our coffee shops in the village.
“Nowhere, I have just been enjoying some of this amazing weather we have been having recently and I have started going for Reiki once a month too, so I feel quite energised and less tired”
The conversation switched to talk of work, kids, partners and I could see she had something on her mind and she seemed to be a little anxious.
She began to tell me that she had no time for herself lately, she hadn’t been looking after herself properly, she said she felt ‘Burnout’. I listened as one problem leads to another and that my friend sounded a little depressed. I waited until she finished telling me that her father in law had died a few months previously and that there was a lot to sort out and that things were quite stressful at home.
“Sorry to ramble on, I bet you think I am really sad”! she said as she half laughed and started to finish the coffee that must have been cold, she looked very preoccupied.
“Not at all, it’s really good to talk and you know I am always here for you if you need anything” was my response.
“Thanks, that means a lot, just don’t know what to do with myself, I need a big magic wand to sort me out” she cajoled.
I sat and checked my phone as I had another appointment, but I could tell my friend needed a break.
I have such a lot going on myself, running my own business, family life and making sure I look after myself, wellbeing is so important to me, but I knew my friend was not in a good place… I didn’t want to be patronising by suggesting she went for some Reiki, it isn’t a magic wand, but we all live in the real world, and we know that just doesn’t exist.
“It’s been so good to see you, and you look so radiant, I don’t know how you do it with your busy life, what’s your secret?”
“There is no secret, but I can tell you that since I met my Reiki Practitioner it really has changed my life, I have a Reiki Treatment once a month and it just kind of balanced me out, I feel energised, and it helps me to sleep so much better.”
“How do I get a Reiki Practitioner?” she quickly asked sounded really desperate.
“Well I did some research a while ago after reading an article in a women’s well-being magazine, and I thought I would give it a go.”
I told her that I had been going through a stressful time at work and was starting my own company and not sleeping well. I said that I found a couple of local practitioners through some local groups on Facebook and tried two practitioners, they were slightly different from each other but the one I chose made me feel really comfortable so I stuck with her, and I was keeping it up on a monthly basis as I felt it was a great investment in my general mental health and day to day living.
I said that she needed to do some research in her area of practitioners and seek out the best one for her, I advised her that a Reiki practitioner never make recommendations outside of their expertise and certainly should not give you any grandiose claims or make promises to heal you of life-threatening illness or conditions.
She straight away said
“I am not dying, I am just exhausted and never switch off.”
“I think it will help you in so many ways, you must try it, when you find the right person you will know intuitively that they are the right practitioner for you and make you feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence.”
“What does this Reiki business do to you though” she sounded puzzled.
“Usually on the first visit the practitioner will go through a few questions with you to get a bit of background, but they wouldn’t be evasive, and I said they will assure you of what is going on throughout the treatment, whether they touch you or not, it depends on the practitioner.”
My friend looked a bit confused and I assured her that it would be a simple hand touch on the body where the practitioner might need to focus on a certain area and that is was quite normal and all part of the treatment.
“It makes you feel so relaxed when you are in the treatment, you escape from everything and sometimes you fall asleep” I said.
“Wow, that sounds amazing, just what I need” she replied.
“It has so many benefits to it though, the practitioner will be able to find out through certain areas of your body what is actually going on with you, stress, anxiety, problems with your health and all kinds of things, they can then make suggestions for you”
“Wow, it really does sound like a magic wand” !!
Did you know an hour of Reiki is the equivalent to 3 to 4 hours sleep?
If you would like to book in for Reiki or Distance Reiki you can book here Scroll down to the bottom fo the page and select eithe rthe 1 hour or 1.5hr option.
|Posted on 18 June, 2018 at 7:10||comments (0)|
This week, I would love to introduce my beautiful friend, Karen Goldman.
Karen is my hot yoga teacher, ex-recruitment manager, and a single mummy of three (I have no idea how she does it, I only have two!).
Karen and I instantly connected and I am thrilled to announce she has agreed to be a future guest on my new wellbeing podcast show, so be sure to listen out for that episode... Once we get talking, we don't stop! Lol.
Going to a yoga class carves out a moment in your week that is just for you! It’s time for personal observation of your physical and mental state.
It’s a time for reflection and a time for you to let go of physical and emotional residue that is left behind by your hectic schedule.
There are many different ways to practice yoga, and each teacher has a unique way of presenting these techniques.
A Yin, restorative or slow flow yoga practices embrace the relaxed side of the posture. Instead of recruiting muscles to stabilise a posture the asanas are performed mostly on the ground and are supported by props like bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps. Relying on the props to ‘hold’ the shape of the posture the student can fully relax their body — removing all physical effort.
If you know, you need to slow down, and you want to connect to a slower pace of movement and connect with your body, mind and emotions these styles of practice can be really beneficial.
They are also fantastic for people who find more dynamic styles of yoga too physically demanding.
Training the physical body is similar to training the mind - it takes time and consistent effort.
Training the mind is important because everything that happens in your life starts in your mind!
Our thoughts become words, our words become actions, and our actions become our relationships, projects, accomplishments, regrets and triumphs.
Your thoughts are the beginning of the manifestation of your life. You are - what you think!
When we first sit down and close our eyes we ‘see’ our thoughts - a whirlwind of feelings, wants, dislikes, memories of the past and our imaginations of the future.
A mind is often a messy place! If our mind is cloudy - full of confusion, desires and powerful emotions, it is difficult to be useful in anything that we do.
We are a slave to our emotions, and this leads to a life full of turmoil and distress. Master your mind, and you can do anything!
Practising yoga even once a week can help to negate the residue that life leaves behind. You may never be able to do a headstand or sit in meditation for an hour on the floor with your legs crossed but who cares.
If you spend an hour a week doing some light stretching, relaxing breathing exercises and just being still you will notice a profound change in your awareness of both yourself and what’s going on around you.
You will manage stress better, your balance, strength and flexibility will improve, your ability to concentrate will grow, you will sleep better, and you will strengthen your immune system.
Before we can settle our thoughts first, we must learn to master where we place our attention.
Training our attention is a simple matter of practising concentration exercises.
By deepening our ability to focus our attention, we will become more effective in everything that we set out to do.
Observing what is happening in your mind, on the way to settling our thoughts, will also teach you a lot about you.
When you decide to take on the practice of yoga and meditation that is precisely what we are doing. You turn your attention inward, using various techniques and spend time observing ‘where you are’ - physically, emotionally and mentally.
The result is a return and reconnection to Self,
Leaving feeling clear, grounded and present.
If you would like to connect with Karen, you can find her at Yoga Life Wilmslow & Altrincham.
Karen is also available for private yoga tuition.
|Posted on 17 June, 2018 at 6:40||comments (0)|
Today, I would like to tell you about an amazing man in my life, my Daddy, my hero!
He has been there for me my whole life and a stable, special guiding beacon of light.
My girls call me MummyDaddy, but the only person they invite to the Father's Day breakfast at school is Grandad!
This year was especially important as it was Natasha's last ever Father's Day breakfast at her prep school.
The theme this year was the "Tash Dash" which Natasha has decided was named after her! LOL.
My Dad is a true gent, family man and a wonderful Grandfather to his 4 grandchildren.
He also has a couple of passions in his life; playing the guitar and golf.
He has played and played and played golf for about 30/40 years now, but winning a competition has eluded him until now.
A week last Friday, he accompanied me to take my youngest daughter Natasha to the hospital to have a melanoma removed, under general anaesthetic.
I was so grateful to him for being there with me. I'm a single mum and hadn't anticipated how distressed I would feel.
During the 8.5 hours we were at the hospital (the op only took an hour or so) I took myself off for a walk and bought us some magazines to take our mind off things.
I bought my dad a golfing magazine and he sat a read it cover to cover.
The next day he played in the President's Weekend competition and was very, very excited to have played out of his skin.
I asked him what had changed?
He told me there was an article in the golfing magazine all about mindset.
He had implemented what he had read... and it worked!
He laso had the encouragement of his golf partner on the day.
We absolutely adore Dad, but we are even more super proud of him today.
"If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again."
I have uploaded the video over on my Facebook page, if you want to watch it
If you listen carefully, you can hear him getting choked up in his acceptance speech.
"Dad, for all those times I left it unsaid. Thank you. Thanks for being there for me, for showing me the way, for being patient with me even when I made it difficult for you, for believing in me and encouraging me to dream, and being such an inspiring presence in my life."
|Posted on 17 April, 2018 at 7:55||comments (0)|
I was contacted by a prospective client last week and asked why I always complete a new client wellbeing consultation as part of the first appointment and why I need this information?
What information do we require?
We need your contact details, your: name, phone number, address, postcode and email address.
We will also need information about your age and health in order for a treatment to go ahead.
We also require a signed consent form, if this is for a child under 16 we need parental consent too.
We need all the details above to match the correct treatment to the symptoms, ensure that it is safe for us to provide the treatments you may ask for and also for insurance purposes.
The questionnaire also provides a starting point to be able to re-assess the treatments are working effectively.
New data protection laws mean we need your permission to stay in touch. I will be emailing my Blossoms later this week with further details.
Our Blossom Promise to you;
1. We will fill you up with lovely blossom goodness
We will only use your data enhance your experience with us and will keep you informed of birthday goodies, new treatments, products, freebies, workshops, courses, masterminds, retreats and surprises.
2. Do we share?
We will not share your information with anyone outside of Blossom Wellbeing Cheshire. We’ll protect your data like it’s our own.
3. Straight from Blossom's mouth
Do you ever find rules and regulations seem to be written in a foreign language? It is our promise to you we will explain everything in plain, simple English.
4. You always have a choice
You do not have to share your personal data with us, but if you do not, we cannot offer you a treatment with Blossom Wellbeing Cheshire. However, you decide how you hear from us.
5. We only keep what we need by law
Our promise to you if we don’t need it, we’ll delete it.
|Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 9:55||comments (0)|
I am always looking for ways to serve my clients better, and I believe by completing the MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) Accreditation, I am now able to detect skin cancer early and potentially save lives.
I learnt the risks associated with UV, how to prevent skin cancer, how to detect suspicious lesions, how to communicate concerns and give the right advice.
“I hereby pledge to do my best in raising awareness of the importance of sun safety and skin cancer prevention, and I will use my MASCED Accreditation to aid the early detection of suspicious lesions in my workplace, to help, where possible detect skin cancer early, improve prognosis and potentially save lives."
I think it is really important to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer and to promote the early detection of melanoma, to improve prognosis and save lives.
If you are a hair, health or beauty industry professional and are Interested in becoming Accredited, click here to register and take part in the MASCED Accreditation Programme for FREE
For further information about skin cancer prevention and early detection, visit: www.skcin.org
|Posted on 20 February, 2018 at 17:30||comments (1)|
On Friday whilst out for my morning walk, I realised I had looked at my social media ten times in the space of 30 minutes. Oops!
I was arguing with myself, that it was ok, as I use social media for my business, but really this was just an excuse - I was social surfing.
It got me wondering just how many times I check Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram during my day.
If I checked ten times in 30 minutes, that's a potentially a crazy 320 times in a whole day!
It's official; I'm addicted to social media!
I asked my Blossoms in my Love, Life, Blossom and Bloom group what their social media usage was like too.
Quite a few agreed, they spent far too much time checking different platforms.
I promised to come up with a challenge, and here it is; the 7-Day Social Media Detox challenge.
Now, I don't want to shoot myself in the foot here (as my business is mainly marketed on social media) but this challenge aims to reduce the amount of time spent on media (while still engaging regularly with me lol), not a complete detox.
I am hoping the challenge I have created will help make you more productive and positive throughout your week.
I am going to swap social media surfing for personal development study instead, to help grow my business.
I turned my phone off for most of yesterday as I went to the beach with the kids and friends and by the end of the day, I felt more peaceful and calm, which has got to be a good thing right?
You can start this challenge whenever you want, just pick the day you are on. I would love to know how you get on with it though.
I have created a cute printable for you to record your results, which has extra prompts for you; all you have to do is opt-in by clicking this link.
Please come and share your results with us over in the group
|Posted on 16 February, 2018 at 7:40||comments (0)|
I have been known to talk a lot (who moi?) about chemical detox and I give weekly classes on how to lead a more non-toxic lifestyle, so it will be no surprise to you I am writing on it today!
There was an a article on the front page of The Telegraph this morning, which caught my attention (Actually, I have to be honest I don't read the newspapers but my Mother and Michael send me clippings every day).
The title is: "Household cleaners "as bad for the lungs as 20 cigarettes a day". (Click on the link to read the full article).
The article is based on research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas.
What questions does the article bring up for you? I know, for me, I have concerns on how hourshold cleaners may affect my Mother who has COPD ad then I wonder what affect it has on children and their little bodies?
Now, I used be THE Bleach Queen.
I would start at the top of the room and work my way down bleaching everything in sight.
I LOVED the chemical smell of everything being properly clean, I think this is because my mother used to bleach everything when I was growing up.
However, I have done a MASSIVE u-turn since I started Blossom and have learnt how harmful household chemicals can be.
I was shopping in Asda, last week and I noticed that Fairy Liquid now have a new product which states 0% Perfumes. 0% Dyes.
I use a mix of brands now in my home Method, Ecover and doTERRA and I also make my own natural products (when time allows).
If you are interested in learning how to lead a more natural lifestyle, I hold essential oils classes every Tuesday evening at The Botanist in Alderley Edge.
If you would like to book on please send payment for £10 via paypal to [email protected] stating which date you would like to attend.
Please share this blog with any who may benefit from it, and give the gift of wellbeing.
|Posted on 15 February, 2018 at 2:25||comments (0)|
You get up in the morning and set the intention to have the best day, thinking you are on a high wavelength as you start your day.
Then for some unknown reason, something will happen to throw you off balance.
Perhaps you become angry as you can't find your car keys, you leave the house five minutes later than you should have done, the traffic is heavier than usual on the way to work, and you get there late and get told off by your boss?
Then you open your emails and a find whole ream of problems which needed rectifying like yesterday?!
You are getting more and more stressed and knock your coffee over in a rush to finish a report while answering a colleague's questions.
It's now 9.35am, your head is banging and you are frazzled amd overwhelmed. What can you do?
You have to control or the day will run you.
It's time to take a deep breath. If you can, go outside for five minutes and get some fresh air.
Take control of your breathing and begin to slow it down. Consciously breathe in through your nose for four counts and out through your mouth for four counts.
Do this until you start to feel yourself relax.
The conscious slowing down of the breathing activates a relaxation response and fools your brain into thinking it is ok and no longer in a stressful situation.
Before you go back to work, ask yourself who needs me most in my A-game? Then focus on working on that one task until it has been completed.
Aim to be mindful in each task you begin.
Another trick you can try is to go into the bathroom and meditate for 5 minutes. I am a big fan of meditation.
Not the nicest of places to go I know, but you are in a private space, where you can't be seen or interrupted and who is going to question you or stop you from going to the bathroom?
Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly.
As you breathe in and out, repeat the word "release" in your mind. Do this for five minutes before returning to your workstation.
I also recommend working for no longer than 45 minutes at a time; you are probably laughing at me now.
I'm not going to lie I have been a victim of working non stop to get my workload done.
However, you will produce better work and be more on top of your game if you take regular meditation breaks, even if just for five minutes.
Why not try these techniques for one week and comment on your results below? I would love to know how you get on.
If you would like to book a Wellbeing Consultation Zoom Call with me please schedule your appointment here:
|Posted on 14 February, 2018 at 5:45||comments (0)|
Happy Valentine's Day my beautiful Blossoms!
Now, I have had it drummed into me for many years Valentine's Day is just commercial, and many people hate it.
As a hopeless romantic, I absolutely love the idea of it; I always thought my life was going to be filled with hearts and flowers; the reality has been slightly different.
I think I went through my whole school life never getting a Valentine's card. The only thing I did receive was feelings of sadness and rejection by the end of the day.
In the year's that followed those feelings of dread began to appear even before the big day.
I remember once when I was newly married, giving my husband the money to give to his secretary to go and buy me a Valentine's day card.
The card never materialised, those feelings of sadness and unworthiness consumed me, and I left and retreated home to my mum's, without saying a word, expecting him to come after me (seems naive now lol).
Four days later at 7.30am, he arrived on my parent's doorstep with and an armful of cards for me.
There were Happy Birthday cards, Get Well cards, Good luck in your New Home cards all kinds of different cards.
The last was a RIP card which had written inside, "You want cards you got ******* cards".
Whatever your thoughts on Valentine's Day, what I have learnt over the years, is that there is one type of love that is the most important above all others; Self-love.
I'm not talking about the conceited kind of love.
Self-love is the hardest kind of love of all to learn. It took me until I was 41 to start to even like myself, let alone love myself.
Self-loathing and self-sabotage seem much easier somehow?
Last night, I went to a lecture in Manchester on The Science of Self Esteem by Dr David Hamilton.
It was excellent and a lot of what he was saying he could have been talking about me (and many others in the room).
David educated us on the different experiments which have been conducted to measure the effects of self-love on the brain; we even tried one ourselves.
In his book, I Love Me, published by HayHouse, David presents 27 powerful exercises to help you retrain your brain:
- Increase your own self-worth
- Connect with your authentic self
- Attain greater sense of happiness and general wellbeing
- Create stronger and more connections with others.
You can't control what others think or feel about you, but you can control what you think and feel about yourself.
Learning to love yourself is the most important love of all (reminds me of a song!).
Others can't love you authentically unless you love yourself first.
Today, celebrate the most important and sacred relationship of all, the one you have with yourself.
For me, I am super lucky today; my girls have thoroughly spoilt me... Apparently they were beside themselves with excitement when they found everything in my Blossom brand colours! They are so adorable!
Just in case, you don't get a card today, Happy Valentine's Day!
Love & Light,
|Posted on 13 February, 2018 at 3:10||comments (0)|
We love Pancake day in this house!
I may have mentioned to you all once or twice that I have gastritis, so I have to be super careful with what I eat.
I also really struggle with wheat, some dairy and gluten.
There is no way I'm missing out on such a yummy day though!
So what's the alternative?
I make healthy pancakes of course!
I'll share my recipe below:
2 medium eggs
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
pinch of cinnamon or I add 1 drop of doTERRA cinnamon bark oil
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Blend all ingredient up - I use a hand blender.
(you can add blueberries, but I prefer without)
In a frying pan add a little coconut oil.
When the pan is hot; drop a little of the mixture into the pan and cooks until browned on both sides.
These are the lightest, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat, and you will never want to go back to the other type again!
Let me know how you get on with the recipe. Happy Pancake Day!