5 tips for keeping calm

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If you’ve been feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed in the last few months, you’re not alone. The coronavirus epidemic has had a massive impact on our daily lives and it’s any wonder we’re able to get out of bed and dressed in the morning at all. (If you did, great job!)

While we may not be able to control how long the situation lasts or when our lives will return to normal, we can take steps to protect our own mental wellbeing. Take a break from social media and the news, and use some simple mindfulness exercises to stay grounded in the here and now, rather than sending your thoughts and worries spinning all over the globe.

We talked to Cassie Kang, a Mindfulness Coach who shared some quick and easy tips for staying centered and how to manage stress and anxiety during difficult moments.

Breathe

Our respiratory system is the only automatic system in our body that we can bring under conscious control, and this can be a powerful tool to calm yourself down during tough times. “We tend to forget to breathe deeply especially when we feel stressed and anxious,” says Kang. “Simply bringing your attention to the fact that you are breathing in this very moment helps a lot. Simply focusing on the sensation of your breath coming in and out can calm your mind down in no time.”

Make a mindfulness “first-aid kit”

Kang suggests employing the five senses to make an emergency kit for moments that you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed – similar to methods that are utilized to treat panic attacks. “This is very easy to prepare, you could get a picture that was taken at a great moment in time (for the eyes), a favorite scent or perfume (for the nose), perhaps a teddy bear that has the softest texture (for touch), maybe something really tasty and makes you very happy (for taste), and lastly, something your for your ears – maybe a piece of music that brings back memories of a special happy time.”

Use positive affirmations

Take some inspiration from Gloria “I Will Survive” Gaynor, and create your own personal positive affirmation. “Any positive affirmation that speaks to you works,” says Kang. “My favorite is ‘I am strong and I can handle anything that comes my way’ and ‘I am enough.’” Write it down on a bit of paper or as a note on your phone (or even save it as your screen background), keep it nearby, and consult it any time you need some support.

Express your feelings mindfully

Many of us have a tendency to push away negative feelings like anxiety and unhappiness but Kang says that it is important allow these feelings to run their course. “Feelings and emotions should not be repressed. I recommend expressing your feelings mindfully during challenging times, for example by journaling. Just writing down whatever comes to your mind in the moment without any judgment can be a very powerfully healing exercise.”

Stay connected with loved ones

Making and maintaining a support system during this time is essential. “Try to stay connected with friends and family even if you are not able to meet in person; use technology, be creative, and have fun.” As the coronavirus spreads around the world, you may also find yourself providing much-needed support to family and friends who are only now beginning to face some of the challenges that we have been dealing with for several weeks here in Beijing. Lean on one another, and don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Creating a Garden to help your well-being!

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With some much extra time on our hands currently, why not think about creating a garden to help with your well-being!

We recently read an article by RHS Director of Science, Professor Alistair Griffiths has done a lot of research into wellbeing and gardens and has even written a book about it! Called RHS Your Wellbeing Garden it gives some ideas for using greenery and gardens to distract from the stresses of life, whether it be butterflies, birdsong, or sensory and scented plants.

So here are some of the top tips we took from the article:

What should you include?

“Key elements of life, like shelter and water, are relevant to a mindfulness corner, which is trying to create a refuge but with an ability to view outside of that,” says Griffiths.

Where do you start?

  • Create an area of seating where you can sit alone, or with friends and family. Have  plants which attract butterflies, bees and wildlife to distract you from everyday life.

Think about water

  • It’s good to have an element of water, where you have the ability to see and hear the water and look at its reflectiveness. This could be a full pond or a small water feature.

What happens if you have a balcony, or no outdoor space at all?

  • Bring nature indoors, by making a mindfulness corner in your house, bringing greenery into those spaces. Small palms or ferns go well in a corner.

Focus on fragrance

  • He says scent is critical, so choose things which are fragrant. There’s scientific evidence linking lavender to calm and sleep. Lavender is that it attracts bees and other wildlife, which is an extra benefit as well!

Consider colour

  • The brighter the colours, the more impact they have on our emotions.
  • Trying to surround yourself with different types of greens, because green is a colour that seems to be universally liked by people across the world.
  • Add water to the scene, it gives you the blues and the greens and these are commonly thought of as calming colours, linking nature, water and the sky, the things that give us life.

Have elements of touch

  • He suggests to include plants that make you want to touch them, such as soft ornamental grasses, the sort of plants that you want to run your hand through when you walk past.

Don’t over-complicate things

  • Keep it relatively simple and opt for plants you’ll be able to care for.

If you would like to find out more about the book pop along to the RHS Website.

How about a Thai Massage?

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Are you feeling slightly overwhelmed at the endless amounts of massage treatments on the market? How about a Thai Massage?!

Let’s find out more about ‘Thai Massage’, where it originated, what is involved in the treatment and the overall health benefits.

What is it?

Thai Massage originated over 2,500 years ago in Thailand. The treatment is a combination of Swedish massage, neuro muscular techniques, acupressure, How about a Thai Massage? physiotherapy, reflexology and yoga stretching. It is seen as the complete opposite to your ‘standard’ back, neck & shoulder massage that you would expect to receive in a spa or salon. In Thai Massage,  therapists ask that you are fully-clothed, whilst laying on the ground on a futon.

What is involved?

In Thai massage, the therapist puts you through a series of stretches that cover the entire body. The therapist will work the back of your legs and then your back using a walking motion with their hands. The therapist might kneel on the back of your legs and pull your arms to arch your back and open your chest. She/he may place her shoulder under your heel to lift your leg and stretch your hamstring.

Thai massage also includes deep-pressure point work to stimulate the sen, or the body’s energy pathways and each zen line is treated using a finger and thumb technique.

Long considered a medical treatment in Thailand, Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s yoga”.

Benefits of the treatment?

  • Helps arthritis and back pain
  • Improves flexibility
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Helps muscle relaxation
  • Strengthens joints and muscles
  • Increases concentration levels

To Book with us you can book via our Facebook Page, email Tracy or call on 07765 531425.

Tuesday Specials are back

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We are so happy to let you know that our Tuesday Specials are back. Tuesday Specials are back!

Thats right – every Tuesday you can book any 30 minute treatment and pay only £20! With our beautiful and tranquil treatment room open from 1pm until 9pm there is plenty of time to book in, lay back and relax!

There are so many treatments to choose from, which one will you go for? A Fabulous Facial or a relaxing Aromatherapy massage? An energising Thai Massage or Reflexology?

The choice is yours! If you can’t decide, book a couple of treatments and pay on £40 for the 60 minutes of bliss!

If you would like to book with us then please give us a call on 07765 531 325or you can email on [email protected]. You can even book via our Facebook Page: A Healing Touch.

So enjoy that our Tuesdays Specials are back and get in touch to book now!

March Madness!!

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Spring is in the air, it is time for March Madness! 

💐With Mothers Day later this month, we have decided March is the month to spoil MUMS! We have put together two amazing offersMarch Madness💐

💅Book a manicure or pedicure & get a FREE 15 minute reflexology treatment.

Reflexology is an alternative practice involving the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands. This is done using specific thumb, finger, and hand massage techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a pseudoscientific system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work on the feet and hands effects a physical change to the related areas of the body.

🧖‍♀️Book any 60 or 90 minute massage & get a FREE 15 minute Indian Head Massage.

Indian Head Massage, also known as champissage, is a treatment that focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, often using circular massage strokes to improve hair and scalp condition.

It originates from an Indian alternative medicine system called Ayurveda, (translated as the ‘science of life’). This system believes that the mind and body are intricately connected and thus can influence one another. Through this theory, is is understood that Indian head massage can not only reduce headaches and improve physical well-being. It can also improve mental and emotional wellness too. A typical treatment, usually starts with the shoulders, working into this area especially as it often holds a lot of tension. The upper back may also be massaged working around the shoulder blade. Following this, flowing motions will move up the neck massaging and stretching to relieve any stress and tension. Finally, the scalp is then massaged along the accuppresure points on the head, followed up by the forehead and the area around the eyes.

Both of these packages have been put together to ensure that any Mums, Grandmothers or Dads who do the job of Mum get a great relaxing treatment.

It is so easy to book with us
📱Message our Facebook Page
📧[email protected]
☎️07765 531 425

Just quote MOTHERS when booking to take advantage of this March Madness!

The offer is valid on treatments booked in between now and the 31st March 2020.