Musings

of a masseur – not so much what the butler saw, more thoughts and feelings, observations from working in clinic, in fields at events, walking the dog – observations that may be thought provoking and helpful in aiding you in your journey

  • You at your prime best

    What does it feel like to be you? How and what brings you back to yourself Routines we hold precious can enable us to return to ourselves, to have a chance to reconnect Wellness is the integration of growth and balance in our lives Wellbeing is the way we actively choose to be well whether READ MORE


  • Gaining Pace

    We now have soft delicate drizzle. You know the type of rain that looks really inoffensive until you realise how soaked you are. The snow has gone for now and the wood pigeons are quite frankly getting very frisky, Spring is certainly in the air and we are anticipating the intoxication of the smell of READ MORE


  • Avoiding Tragedy

    Can we learn from others misfortunes? Can we avert disaster by being mindful of our actions. Walking downstairs and being conscious of the last step, always, as that was how your mother ripped her achilles tendon the night before a walking holiday in the Lake District. Each time you put dishes away you’re acutely aware READ MORE


  • Gaining Pace
    We now have soft delicate drizzle. You know the type of rain that looks really inoffensive until you realise how soaked you are. The snow has gone for now and the wood pigeons are quite frankly getting very frisky, Spring is certainly in the air and we are anticipating the intoxication of the smell of READ MORE
  • Avoiding Tragedy
    Can we learn from others misfortunes? Can we avert disaster by being mindful of our actions. Walking downstairs and being conscious of the last step, always, as that was how your mother ripped her achilles tendon the night before a walking holiday in the Lake District. Each time you put dishes away you’re acutely aware READ MORE
  • You at your prime best
    What does it feel like to be you? How and what brings you back to yourself Routines we hold precious can enable us to return to ourselves, to have a chance to reconnect Wellness is the integration of growth and balance in our lives Wellbeing is the way we actively choose to be well whether READ MORE
  • Active Stone or Passive Ripple
    Thoughts come freely when my mind is like a millpond
  • Creative Play – What’s that mean Catherine?
    I’ve often referred to it since training at evening school to gain my Preparing to Teach in Life Long Learning Sector qualification. The idea was my final piece of work and my mini teach exercise and since 2013 I’ve been working on making this ‘a thing’. So rolling from 2022 into 2023 seems apt as READ MORE
  • End of the Road heralds a new start
    On reflection September seems to have been a time of change for me before I started curating the Healing Garden at End of the Road, yet this year seems more poignant than previous years. Many new avenues opening, although most this year have become cul de sacs, each turning point an opportunity to reflect. Through READ MORE
  • Seasonal Sessions
    Saturday 10th September and Saturday 19th November 2022 has been an exceptional year. For personal and professional reasons. We have celebrated successes and faced defeats with grace. We have taken the slow route, encouraged by many around us who are feeling the same. And true to our word, we have held space for appreciation of READ MORE
  • Finding a place to be…in Grange?
    “So, in conclusion, we could say we develop a practice in order to continue the ‘curiosity’ of what we gain from having a practice?” Another fine morning coffee debrief with Alex, through friendship firm collaborative foundations emerge. Whether that ‘place to be’, somewhere to return to, is nourishing a settled mind or noticing your body READ MORE
  • Magic happened today
    For a very long time, since i was in my teens so a very long time indeed, i have been keeping something safe. Something very precious. It is a thing, a real thing, not a secret or a theory, a real grab with both hands thing. In fact, that is how I acquired the thing READ MORE
  • Sensing Summer Timing
    As i write this i’m looking across Morecambe Bay, the estuary waiting for the impending tide which will once again cover the golden sand and the glistening channel of the Kent River flow. Moody grey clouds threaten a garden party birthday celebration, indoor picnic option may need to be deployed. Taking time gently this year, READ MORE
  • It starts from the bottom up
    March sees up welcoming the idea of our Foundation School into ‘being’, away from the ‘thinking’ about and something we get to ‘feel’ our way towards. For a long time, ever since Catherine chose to use the phase in the brand name, a school for sustainable purposefully lived lives was coming into being. And what READ MORE
  • 10.30 on a thursday
    I’m having a shower. I’ve been up since 08.00; walked our dog, had a coffee. My one coffee of the day? It’s definately going to be a ‘more than one’ coffee day. I’ve been told to ‘go heal yourself’ and like a child sent to bed in summer, my soul aches to be outside playing. READ MORE
  • Training our spirits
    A lot is spoken about ‘spirit’ these days. Many people have a ‘faith’, following a religious doctrine, have practices that bring them into a state of wider awareness of a philosophy for life. And many more may well be wanting to explore these realms and not know where to start. Resisting involvement, standing on the READ MORE
  • Swear Away
    For years I couldn’t get on with affirmations, even mantras, sayings that people were instructing me to use at some point of my life to better myself, bring wealth or some other kind of desire. Then the moment of clarity. Someone showed me the way. ‘…then write your own’. And when you do they have READ MORE
  • Everything happens suddenly
    One minute changes to another. There can be slow declines, you could see how it emerged with hindsight, but the sudden impact of change is just that, sudden. sudden ˈsʌd(ə)n adjective  occurring or done quickly and unexpectedly or without warning.  And nothing prepares for the shock, the trauma, and the reason is so that the READ MORE
  • Informed Practice
    As many of you have experienced, there is something profound taking place in our sessions and a lot of clients are reporting how different their treatment with me was.  By way of example, I asked a client recently to came for ‘healing’ – no movement with massage techniques, not even reflexology – a session in READ MORE
  • Re-Flourish
    The day I decided to renew my vowels was the day before the full moon at Yule 2021. It was a gloomy day in Grange over Sands yet on looking up, through the wispy clouds I could see blue sky. It was one of those days approaching Yule that is murky, inviting us to go READ MORE

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