What is #FreeMassageFriday?
Every Friday on Facebook, we offer our friends and clients the opportunity to win a 60 minute massage of their choice. We run this every friday, and sometimes we are even generous enough to pick two winners from the entrants. It's a fun little way to start the weekend, and it allows the internet to join in on a little competition.
But people have questioned my sanity in offering this week in and week out.
The truth is that one of my core beliefs when opening my clinic was to make massage accessible and affordable to everyone and anyone who wanted or needed the service. With the economy struggling to recover, and families feeling the pinch there are some people who could really benefit from a treatment, who may not be able to afford one, so this is my way of giving them that chance.
It also allows someone who may not have received a massage before, or who may be a little nervous about trying massage for the first time, the chance to check out our services without handing over their hard earned cash for something they aren't sure they would enjoy in the first place.
So I give everyone the opportunity to take part, and potentially win a treatment.
They can choose from any of our available treatments, and the session is a 60 minute session.
What do I get out of it?
I discovered the term for this was the "Give to get" system, when I took some training with Eric Brown at BodyworkBiz learning how to get the word out about my practice, and really share my message with the community.
After all community is important.
The effect of a massage won't only benefit the recipient, but will also spread like a ripple effect to those who surround the client. The sense of calm, and contentment will spread to friends and family even coworkers that they come into contact with. Who then also share those feelings with others around them. That is a huge pay off for me.
If my client enjoys the treatment they receive, they will share that experience, it may get me a referal, it may not. But someone has said something nice about the experience they had at my clinic. That is reward enough for me.
...and for that reason alone, I will continue to act like Oprah, and offer my #FreeMassageFriday each week.
We have recently introduced our new Coconut Compresses and they are a hit!
The gentle fragrance of the coconut is quite the opposite of our herbal compress, It is sweet yet subtle and smells delicious as you drift into a world of relaxation.
There is only 1 ingredient in the compress.. Pure Coconut.
It is 100% natural and when they are soaked and steamed all of the coconuts natural oils are released onto your skin. It provides skin conditioning benefits as coconut is a source of anti-oxidants plus and excellent moisturizer.
As you may know coconut oil is a wonderful thing to have. It has many uses and benefits:
- Replenishes dead skin cells, making you look younger
- 3 in 1 cleanser, makeup remover, moisturizer
- Vitamin E makes it great for hair and skin
- Adds shine and volume to long hair.
- The high Lauric acid makes it great if you have skin complaints as it is a natural healer
- Helps the body burn fat quicker by speeding up the metabolism
- Effective against dandruff, itchy scalp and skin diseases.
Coconut is renowned for it's main properties of conditioning the skin and hair so it's just perfect to use with our Table Thai, Ultimate Thai Massage and also Face & Scalp massages.
If you would like to try our new Coconut Compresses please call 01506 238366 and request them when booking.
We are pleased to announce that we now offer Thai Foot Massage as a treatment option at Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage.
Each session of Thai Foot Massage lasts around 45 Minutes, and costs just £25.
For more information on this service, visit the Thai Foot Massage page
Give us a call to get booked in and try this great treatment out for yourself.
Call 01506 238366
Morning sickness, Nausea or vomiting may strike anytime during the day (or night).
Try eating frequent, small meals and avoid greasy foods. Keep crackers or ginger biscuits by your bed to eat before getting up. Reflexology is great as a reflexology point can relieve the feeling of nausea. This point is the solar plexus reflex point that is located on the sole of the left foot.
Tiredness. Sometimes tiredness in pregnancy is caused by anemia, so tell your doctor. Get enough rest. Take a daytime nap if possible. Massage can also help with this, Aromatherapy have oils that can help improve sleep. Why not try this: run a warm bubble bath, add the oil and relax. This will increase circulation help relax your whole body but also help with the sleep.
Leg cramps. Massage is perfect for this. We can reduce any sort of swelling in legs and do Gentle stretches to reduce those nasty cramps.
Moodiness. Your hormones are on a roller coaster ride during pregnancy. Plus, your life is undergoing a big change. Massage always has a feel good factor about it because it releases Endorphins to make you happy. Massage can improve your mood after just one session.
Stuffy nose. This is related to changes in the levels of the female hormone estrogen. You may also have nosebleeds. Essential oils have all kinds of advantages, one of them is that such oils as Eucalyptus and Tea Tree can help get rid of stuffiness and congestion. Dabbing a few drops beneath the eyes, over the forehead and around the nose can work wonders.
Other benefits of pregnancy massage include helping the pelvis be ready for the actual process of giving birth as well as helping the baby achieve the proper position for a natural delivery. First time mothers find these to be very helpful. Pregnancy massage have also been proven to decrease recovery time after the birth.
Now, Since it is Yummy Mummy Month, we are putting some things together for those special mummy’s and mummy-to-be’s. Recently the amount of women falling pregnant has risen but some believe that treatments and pampering now need to go on hold until after the baby is born.
If anything pampering treatments during pregnancy are very beneficial. A lot of women nowadays are skeptical when it comes to beauty treatments because they are worried it will harm the baby or could make something go wrong, this is and isn’t true.
Yes, some treatments can not be performed during pregnancy, some oils and lotions can’t be used etc but this in no way is the case for EVERY treatment.
Spa’s and salons design pampering around being pregnant, which is why we have decided to come up with our “Yummy Mummy Package”
Our Yummy Mummy Package is specifically designed for pregnant women. It includes either a 30 or 60 minute massage, then afterwards a luxury facial including a nourishing masque and a relaxing facial massage (Before the facial begins you will receive a skin analysis to ensure we use the correct products for your skin type). Also included in this package is an Aromatherapy oil which will be used during the treatment. This oil is designed to be used during pregnancy to help eliminate stretch marks but it is also non-toxic and wont affect the pregnancy in any way. It can be applied directly onto the area affected or it can be put in a bath to help you relax.
There are a few factors to consider when an expectant mother chooses a beneficial and safe treatment.
First, avoid any treatment involving excessive heat. Saunas, stream rooms and body wraps can cause internal body temperatures to rise too high.
Second, avoid any treatment that requires you to lie flat on your back for a long period of time. This can effect circulation--and it can be uncomfortable.
Finally, being pregnant might mean you have developed a sensitivity to certain smells. If this is the case, let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure this won’t affect your treatment, especially since we are using aromatherapy.
Warning us in advance will ensure that you receive the best possible treatment every time.
Our Yummy Mummy treatments will be available from Nov 1st - Nov 30th with Caitlin, so be sure to give us a call and get booked in.
The 30 min Massage + Facial costs £40 and the whole treatment lasts over an hour.
The 60 min Massage + Facial costs £55 and the whole treatment lasts more than 90 minutes.
Call us today to schedule your appointment on 01506 238366
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis occurs when the skin cells replace themselves too quickly. It usually takes up to 28 days for newly formed skin cells to rise to the surface of the skin and separate from healthy tissue, but in psoriasis it takes just two to six days.
As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with silver-white scales. Frequently appearing in cycles of flare and remission, psoriatic flare-ups often cause considerable itching. There are many different types, but the most common is chronic plaque psoriasis.
Psoriasis usually appears as red, scaly, crusty patches that reveal fine silvery scales when scratched. These patches may itch and feel uncomfortable. Psoriasis is most common on the knees, elbows, scalp and around the joints where the skin creases, but can appear anywhere on the body. In some forms the nails or joints are affected.
The condition is chronic, lasting for many years. Most people have periods when symptoms are minimal or the skin is normal but then it flares up again. The impact on a person varies – for some it is no more than a mild irritation while others with psoriasis become withdrawn and don't socialize or form relationships because of the way people react to the appearance of their skin.
What causes it?
Although the exact cause is not known, Many things are thought to trigger the condition, including a skin injury, sore throat or chest infections, certain drug treatments, sunburn and stress. Psoriasis often runs in families (but can skip a generation) and several genes have been linked to the condition. It’s important to point out that it isn't contagious or caused by poor hygiene. Aside from the possibility of a genetic susceptibility, most doctors believe that psoriasis involves the immune system. In addition, the following factors may contribute to psoriasis development, worsening or flare-ups:
· Cold, dry weather
· Skin injury
· Stress and anxiety
· Certain medications
Who can it affect?
About two per cent of the UK population have psoriasis, and men and women are equally affected.
The condition can occur at any age, but it mostly occurs between the ages of ten and 40, often during puberty. It affects up to one in 50 children, but it's rarely seen in children under two years old. Every year roughly 20,000 children under the age of 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis, but is often misdiagnosed. This is due to being confused with other skin diseases with similarities to psoriasis.
A type called ‘Guttate Psoriasis’ is common in children and often follows an upper respiratory infection. It produces small, raindrop-like patches across the upper body and limbs that last a few months.
Massage is fine for people with psoriasis, except in the acute stages (first 2-3 months of the condition developing). During this time, massage is not recommended directly on the lesions or patches of red skin. As a Local contra-indication, this means that we can provide a massage treatment, as long as we avoid the areas of irritation. Massage is known to reduce stress, which can cause outbreaks of psoriasis. Massage may reduce the incidences of psoriasis by reducing the internal and external factors which contribute to outbreaks.
Psoriasis is unpleasant and looks painful. Fortunately, while it looks bad it is not always as painful as it looks. Psoriasis comes and goes, and often stress can cause an outbreak. Fortunately, massage can not only help prevent an outbreak, but can also help make life with psoriasis more comfortable.
Be careful to avoid any cracks in the skin, as these could lead to infections. If the skin is dry, moisturizing lubricant or lotion is recommended to help nourish the skin. Do not attempt to scrape the dead skin off; let it shed naturally. Also, as psoriasis is not contagious, you do not need to wear protective latex gloves when massaging someone with psoriasis.
Quote from a psoriasis sufferer. . . taken from a general discussion at www.dailystrength.org
“I noticed no one responded about massage so I thought I would be the first to bring this topic back to light. I think massage does a tremendous deal of help for psoriasis sufferer's. It relaxes us and is truly the only time we feel somewhat comfortable with our skin in the presence of another person. Granted..the first couple of times to a therapist are awkward and have a lot of explaining to do, but once you get past this it does help. Make sure the therapists are using a massage oil to hydrate the dry skin. Some that have worked well for my husband and myself are almond oil and grape seed oil by Aura Cacia. These do not have any alcohol in them and you can add a couple of drops of lavender or other natural aura cacia scents to it. Also, if you are hesitant to see a therapist, you can buy the oil and essences... Have a close friend or significant other perform the massage.”
This is a short video about young boy and his family. The young boy sufferers from psoriasis and this video shows how difficult it can be for both the sufferers and the family.
Unfortunately over the past week we have experienced an increasing number of "No Call, No Shows" at the clinic.
This can be very stressful and costly to us as we have reserved this space specifically for a client, preventing others from being able to schedule at this time.
We also have costs which are associated with our appointments such as salaries, utilities etc which quickly add up.
We have a Cancellation Policy listed on our Terms and Conditions page, this is also listed on our booking application, and displayed in our Clinic Reception.
All cancellations or reschedules require a 24 hour notice or they will be subject to charges.
Appointments cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice will result in a charge of half the cost of the scheduled service.
Appointments that are missed that neglected to give notice (no call, no show) will result in a charge of the full cost of the scheduled service.
We hate having to re-enforce this issue, however it is important that we are able to offer our clients the best time slots available and when our schedule is restricted by appointments which do not occur, we are prevented from doing this.
We are contactable by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 24 hours a day, and by phone on 01506 238366.
If no one is available to pick up your call, our voicemail system will kick in and all that we need is a brief message to let us know that you need to cancel or reschedule.
Should you no call, no show a new appointment cannot be booked until the balance of the previous appointment has been settled.
On Sunday September 16th, I will be talking with the West Lothian Fibromyalgia Support group in West Calder.
In the build up to my talk with the group, I am going to be writing a little every day about Fibromyalgia, it's symptoms, treatment options and how including Massage Therapy into your personal healthcare plan can help relieve the chronic pain associated with this condition.
So what is Fibromyalgia?
There are many discussions over how Fibromyalgia can be defined but in most cases it is known as a "Chronic syndrome characterized by generalized pain, joint rigidity and intense fatigue. Other frequently associated symptoms are sleep alterations, headache, spastic colon, anxiety and depression." (Castro-Sanchez, 2011).
Unfortunately at the moment there is no known cure for Fibromyalgia, which means that current treatments focus on relieving or controling the symptoms produced by the condition.
We hope you will stay tuned over the next few days, as we dicuss Fibromyalgia in greater details, and offer Massage modalities, treatment methods, and self care techniques which can help make life more comfortable for Fibromyalgia suffers.
As part of our Back to School offer, we upgraded our clients to a 30 minute Natural Face Lift Massage.
This was our way of giving our clients a treat, and letting them experience this treatment in a short sample session.
How much do you think a face lift actually costs?
In the UK, the average cost of a Surgical Facelist is between £4000 - £8000, in addition to this most people also include a neck lift which is between £1500 - £3000!
I don't know about you, but that's a heck of a lot of money to spend to look a little younger.
With a surgical face lift you also have to consider the recovery period and additional issues associated with surgery:
A long and intricate surgery
Pain when recovering
Scarring that can take up to 6 months to heal and fade
Constantly at risk during the surgery
With these in consideration, it's no wonder people are looking for other ways to look and feel younger.
In today’s market there are a lot of alternatives; creams, Botox etc. but one of the lesser known methods is natural face lift massage. A lot of people are unsure how this works, but thanks to the assistance of my lovely Mum, you can see a result after the first session.
Before Natural Face Lift Massage:
After 1st Session of Natural Face Lift Massaage:
As you can see, her face looks plumped, it has a certain glow to it as massage increases the circulation.
Her skin has become more supple, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and while all this is happening, you get to relax.
You can see from her After photo, that her eyes appear more open, fine lines from under her eyes are reduced and the puffiness has gone down.
The fine lines from around her mouth which occur due to being a smoker have reduced giving her smoother and fuller appearance.
No pain, no scarring, reduced tension, complete relaxation and all of this at a fraction of the price.
For these changes to become long lasting and even permanent, I suggest that you would need up to 6 sessions (one session a week) then after this one only every 6-8 weeks to maintain your new younger look.
Each Natural Face Lift session takes an hour and is only £40.
Some people may think it’s a lot of money but when you compare it to a surgical face lift you are saving a substantial amount of money. You can get the same results for around 10% of the price and without the pain of surgery or the worry of a long recovery period all from a relaxing Natural facelift massage.
To schedule an appointment for your first Natural Face Lift Massage, just give us a call on 01506 238366.
Now that the kids have gone back to school one guaranteed item of their must-have list is their schoolbag or back pack.
Not only should we be concerned about the health of our own backs from our day to day activities, we also need to consider the health of our children, as bad posture habits start early, and an ill-fitting or over burdoned backpack is one of the first causes of back and neck pain in school children.
I have linked below an article which addresses things you should consider when purchasing, and loading up your kids backpack, and also suggestions on how to prevent the backpack from causing lasting pain and injuries.
Important things to remember:
- Never purchase a backpack that is too large, or too small for your child.
- Try to encourage your child to wear both straps, as this distributes the weight that they will carry.
- Try not to overstuff the backpack with every book the child owns, do they really need EVERY book EVERY day?
- Teach your child how to lift properly, bending their knees, and not putting too much strain on their back.
We hope this helps ease your kid back into school, and helps minimize the stress of those first few weeks.
Needing some pampering after a hectic Summer Holiday season?
Book a 60 minute massage with us and receive a Free 30 minute Natural Face Lift massage.
Not only is htis treatment great for Stress Relief, let us wash away those fine lines and wrinkles that you've collected over the holidays, leaving you refreshed, revitalized and simply glowing.
To receive this upgrade simply call us on 01506 238366 and quote "Back To School".
This offer is available until Saturday August 25th.