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.