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
Met this guy at Gathering in the Woods this year, chance meeting when he came to see his girlfriend in our massage tent.
Ended up chatting for hours, musing on many aspects, including the fact we are both Taurean and Roosters - maybe that's why we can both talk so energetically and engage with others.
A truly inspiring human being, welcome to the Prime Squad Mikey
We get asked a lot to explain what we do, how we offer it to clients and why we encourage people to take time to visit us. I hope these “I love our...” series will illuminate you. And today, I love our...Laura.
Laura and I met at a networking event. In a cheese shop in Kirby Lonsdale. We both weren’t going to go yet something inspired us both, and we may not have met if we both didn’t push ourselves to attend. I think it was July, and it’s must ve been about 6 years ago. And we ve been colleagues ever since.
During the past 12 years I’ve made some firm friends from people I’ve worked with, people I trust implicitly and in answer to “ who massages the masseur?” Well, that d be our Laura and for good reason.
Over the years Laura has always had a very grounded approach to her spirituality, one in which has inspired me to keep focused at time of conflict and confusion as to where my vocation as a well-being Practitioner takes me. We are not Physios and we are not Beauticians, yet what we offer brings these two modalities together to offer a harmonic approach of mind, body and soul centred sessions. Time for us all to reconnect to ourselves.
And this afternoon I did just that. An hour on the couch with Laura working her touch, using her voice to guide me into a state of bliss and me waking up to her saying, “would you like to roll over”. It’s the closest I get to massaging myself and I feel truly blessed to have her in my life to remind me of why I do what’s i do, why I’m so passionately about forging a path for us all to find our place to practice and support our communities.
And yes, I did dribble a bit and no doubt snored a lot. Sign of a good massage in our book.