This Christmas I am going to give myself the greatest gift. Well to be honest the greatest gift would definitely be a DB9 but hey, for now I'll take what I have planned.
For the past 5 years I have put off having my perfect Christmas, instead offering my service to those celebrating in the Lake District, making memories and finding time for rest and relaxation. I've been on call to fit in those last minute 'actually I do fancy a spa day' or 'if i don't get this seen to now' emergencies, and it's been a pleasure to hold space.
Yet this year, I'm holding it for myself, taking time not to handbrake turn into Christmas, instead being at home on Christmas Eve to celebrate with family, even go to the pub for a few jars. Walking the talk of living well, being well and that starts with being kind to me, embodying the feelings I would want anyone else to experience.
And in the run up to the celebrations we have had wreath making, a night out with work colleagues, late night shopping with Mum for the 'now' traditional Christmas PJ shopping, OK only third year running but we're getting the hang of it and Christmas films to relax both mind and body. Taking time to be kind.
So wishing you all the very best for however you are spending your time and hoping you have a joyous New Year. My mind is leaping forward to new projects for collaboration and bringing kindness forth into the world.
With that in mind, and to encourage kindness to others, if you are thinking of making purchases in our Winter Sale I would like to invite you to our virtual event, with a difference. If you use the this link to our virtual event you will be helping Light Up Lives create even more kindness. With each purchase you will be adding to the overall total which will result in additional gifts being added which we can use to gift throughout 2019. And with 20% off all purchases in the Facial Skincare, Body Lotions and Body Oil ranges, that's kindness to you and to others all in one, delivered to your door in the new year.
Running your own business, in a busy Lake District Hotel, managing client expectations and colleagues bookings for spa days, is a juggling act most of the time I manage to sustain. The weekend before my Autumn break to Northumberland, after weekends full of wedding celebrations when we might get 1 or 2 Spa Weekend Bookings, myself and Laura between us gave 13 hours worth of appointments in one day. Thankfully I honed my skills many years ago at festivals and know that I can, when needed, pardon the pun, lean in and make the first appointment just as good as the last.
However, what I found in the run-up to my last week of work before holiday, I felt I was slowing down, my muscular system tightening up, aided with arnica bath soaks yet knowing the best resolution was a good rest, a change of scene and some quality self care.
So when I was preparing to visit Lindsey Wild in Penrith for some training I was a little concerned my body and my mind were not up for it. I definitely felt a little tarnished and was concerned I wouldn't get the best from the day.
As I drove I could feel the tension building up my spine and I thought of clients who regularly talk about hours of driving long distances. I was getting an embodied experience of what they present with. Finally, gaining my destination, I entered feeling just as tense as them.
After the introductions and the run through of the training we were asked who wanted to volunteer to be the client first. The great thing about training in any kind of bodywork is usually you get to experience it for yourself. So, of course I volunteered to go first.
Warm bamboo has been a treatment I have only experienced once and heard great things about. Using hot stones in my practice I know how effects of heat can increase the release of tension within a short period of time. Hot stones or hot water bottles using the elements of water boiled in the kettle rather than a wheat bag heated in an artificial microwave oven. Shoot me for wanting to keep things as natural as possible.
When it came to my time to get off the couch and to start to use my mind in learning the skill having had an hour of feeling the sensations of the movements I felt ready. My body was realigned and my mind was empty enough to take in the new knowledge. And then I remembered. Not just why I do what I do, but why I study new techniques, why I make time from a busy schedule and why I appreciate having colleague such as Lindsey, expert in the skills she practices and teaches.
And a message to anyone wanting to learn complementary alternative medicine whichever flavour of practice you choose, to gain a deeper knowledge, to perfect your skills, find a great teacher who first helps you become "study ready" to absorb and take in the experience.
Thank you Lindsey for such a fun, exhilarating and engaging course, the course manual will serve me well too. However, the best way of learning this new skill was to experience you demonstrating on me.
So it is with heart felt joy I offer you the chance now to receive, either as Full treatment or as an additional tool within your favourite routine, I’m looking forward to showing you the delights of warm bamboo massage
Much like the year that it represents, there is still a little room for thoughts, notes to self, ideas for actions, sketches and designs, yet in this time before the end of the year my thoughts turn back with a sense of accomplishment.
In 2017 I was lucky enough to travel, both to Europe and Asia, a city break and longer hauls, and only now do I feel as if I’m finding the time to reflect, to choose to sit and review. Now before the end of another year I find it very thought provoking, more than ever with the state of our nations and made easier with a notebook that reflects what this year has been like.
Heartfelt training courses, conferences, weekly gatherings of like minded people. Reading through it all I can see a way of being is becoming, emerging, being formed, unfurling