On the 12th Day of Christmas Wee Sally's gave to me...

On the 12th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A Gift from Santa Harrison to put under our tree!

Any client who attends the clinic today, Wednesday December 24th either to receive a treatment, or purchase a Gift Voucher will have the option to take one of Harrison's Christmas Presents. Each Present is wrapped and ready to go under your Christmas tree for you to open on the big day.

The clinic will only be open for treatments until 5pm, then will be open from 5pm - 8pm for those doing some last minute shopping and who need to pick up some Gift Vouchers.

You can book your appointment by calling the clinic on 01506 238366, or visiting our website and clicking on Book Online

 

On the 11th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me...

On the 11th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A Christmas Cracker Surprise!

Any client who attends the clinic today, Tuesday December 23rd either to receive a treatment, or purchase a Gift Voucher will have the option to take one of Harrison's Christmas Crackers. Each Cracker is loaded with Discounts, and offers, with one lucky cracker containing a Free 60 minute massage.

You can book your appointment by calling the clinic on 01506 238366, or visiting our website and clicking on Book Online

 

On the 10th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's gave to me...

On the 10th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A Guide on surviving your family this Christmas!

It seems like we all make a cultural agreement to go a little bit crazy during the holidays. Braving the shopping centres (and car parks!) to buy presents on the credit cards we swore off using, binging on whatever it is we are going to resolve not to eat in the new year, letting go of exercising, and maybe skipping our meditation for many days in a row. 

We chalk it up to it being "that time of year," and assure ourselves that once the New Year hits we'll get back on track.

We also spend time with family. 

For many of us this just adds to the insanity, as we act and react in ways not congruent with the self we would like to manifest. For most people I know, spending time with family can be a complex experience. Even when there's lots of love and very little drama or trauma triggers, spending a chunk of time with your kin or your significant other's kin can be challenging. It's easy to go unconscious and devour a whole box of chocolates say something mean to your sister, or fall into old dynamics with your dad that leave you feeling angry and drained.

 

The good news is you don't have to make this agreement to lose your mind during the holidays. You can infuse this time of year with extra mindfulness and remain free from suffering even when your mother in-law asks for the receipt for the gift you got her. Here are some tips to help you finish off the holiday season and ring in the new year mindfully:

 

1. Get Back to the Regularly Scheduled Program

If you have fallen off the yoga wagon, get to a class. If you are normally gluten-free, say no thanks to the holiday pastries at work next time. If you are going into debt buying gifts, make those last minute gifts of the DIY variety. If you haven't meditated lately, do it now. 

Yes, right now. 

Just stop reading and set a timer for 10 minutes. It makes a world of difference. It can be easy to say, "Well this month is already screwed, may as well continue on in this way." Instead redirect and your body and your mind will thank you.


 

2. Make Time for Doing Nothing

It's important for humans to have downtime, free of iPads, social interaction, and television. I find this to be especially true during the holidays and when I'm spending time with family. 

Plan to have at least 10 minutes a day to do nothing at all. Let your brain rest and recharge. This can seem impossible when you are visiting family and there are people and activities at every turn. It's not impossible. 

Just do it. 

If 10 minutes of nothing is just not going to happen, take 10 minutes to read a book, hide in a room, or take a walk on your own. For more on the importance of downtime read this article.


 

3. Prepare for Your Challenging Person

If you know that seeing a certain family member is going to require you to be a ninja of mindfulness, prepare ahead of time. Lots of meditation and self-care in the days before you see your challenging relative can do wonders. I also recommend sending that person a lot of loving-kindness. Picture them happy, healthy, and free. Wish them ease and joy. Do this as a formal meditation and also take a moment just before you see them to do a mini version. This will help you to come from an open and compassionate place instead of shutting down or falling into old behaviors. Of course you won't be perfect. You may have some negative thoughts come up. You may even have some negative words come out. This is a process and we are all practicing.

 

4. Relax

Just let it go. The tension in your eyes, jaw, and shoulders. Take a few deep breaths. Be mindful of how the perceived stress of the holiday season can take the form of tight muscles and shallow breath. Every moment is an opportunity to relax and stop chewing on your fingernails. Even difficult siblings or holiday traffic can be less troubling if you have a relaxed body. Avoid using excessive drinking (or an extra medical marijuana prescription) to achieve a relaxed state. Instead relax whatever you can and then relax around whatever you can't. Try starting and ending your day with scan through the body to let go of any unneeded tension. Set an alarm on your phone for several times throughout the day to remind you to relax. Greet the new year with ease.

 

 


On the 9th Day of Christmas Wee Sally's gave to me....

On the 9th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...10 tips for running in the winter.

The weather has taken a nasty turn, but don't let that put you off your exercise routine.
1. Get Motivated
Make a date to meet someone for a run, there's no wimping out when someone is waiting.

Solo? Tell yourself that you can go back inside after five minutes if it's really bad, Usually you'll stay out there. Of course, not everyone objects to winter weather. A night run during a light snowfall is one of the most peaceful things you can experience, just remember to stay safe, and let someone know where you will be.

 

2. Arm Your Feet

To keep warmth in and slush out, run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh. If you have shoes with Gore-Tex uppers, all the better. Wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm. 

 

3. Get Dressed

You want to be warm without sweating so much you get a chill. The rule of thumb is to dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer, You should be slightly cool when you start. Think layers of technical fabrics, to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up. You'll learn your own preferences,  but always wear gloves or mittens and a hat.

4. Be Seen

With limited daylight, chances are you'll be running in the dark (We Scots sadly, get only a few hours of dim light per day). Tall snowbanks on plowed streets make you even harder to see. Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don't be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree, use a headlamp or carry a flashlight, less so you can see where you're going and more so people can see you.

 

5. Warm up Prerun

Move around inside enough to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat. Run up and down your stairs, use a jump rope, or do a few yoga sun salutations. A speedy house-cleaning works, too. The cold doesn't feel so cold when you're warm.  If you're meeting a group of running buddies, don't stand around in the cold chatting before you run.

 

6. Deal with Wind
Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn't blast you after you've broken a sweat. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating. You can also seek man-made wind protection. Use BodyGlide on your nose and on your cheeks to prevent frostbite, Other options include Vaseline (a bit messy) and Kiehl's All-Sport Non-Freeze Face Protector.

 

 

7. Forget Speed
Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speed work.  In very cold weather, look for "inversions," places that are elevated and where the air will be warmer. Even 300 feet up, the air can be 20 degrees warmer, which makes a big difference. 
f you can't run in the middle of the day when the temperatures are warmest, run twice a day, three miles in the morning and three miles in the evening: That's better than doing one long six-mile run where you might get very cold toward the end.
 

 

8. Change Quickly Postrun

Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running. To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes-head to toe-as soon as you can. Women need to get out of damp sports bras quickly. Put a dry hat on wet hair. And drink something hot. Driving to a run? Bring a thermos of green tea or hot chocolate in your car.

9. Deal with Rain

"In my car, at all times, I have a spare pair of sneakers, a running outfit, and three beach towels," says Allyson Lamey, a member of the local running club "When it's raining, I slip my stocking feet into plastic bags, then put on my running shoes. The bags keep your feet dry even when you run through puddles. If you have to dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes, with the insoles removed. The newspaper soaks up the moisture.

10. Go Someplace Warm

For runners in the South who want to race close to home, winter is the only time when temperatures are moderate enough to go after a personal record, which is why Florida alone offers seven marathons in February. Not up for 26.2 miles? Other popular races include the Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5-K/10-K, the Hilton Head Half-Marathon and 10-K, and the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Del Sol in Arizona. Or go to the Race Finder to choose your own distance and destination. What more motivation do you need?



On the 8th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's gave to me....

On the 8th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A FREE Christmas Aromatherapy Add-on to ANY Massage treatment.

Relax on our warm heated beds, and drift off to a winter wonderland with our Christmas Aromatherapy blend of Pine, Clove and Mandarin.
Take away your christmas blend to keep the treatment going, where you can add the oil to a diffuser, or lovely hot bubble bath. 

You can book your appointment by calling the clinic on 01506 238366, or visiting our website and clicking on Book Online

 

On the 7th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's gave to me...

On the 7th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A 30 minute Peppermint Bark Foot treatment , on it's own or as an add-on to any massage.
Homemade peppermint & chocolate massage lotion with Candycane gift put a spring in your step when your finished.

Join us today, FridayDecember 18th for a 30 minute delicious Peppermint Bark foot massage, with Homemade peppermint & chocolate massage lotion and receive a Candycane gift put a spring in your step when your finished.
This treatment is for today only, and is just £25. 

You can book your appointment by calling the clinic on 01506 238366, or visiting our website and clicking on Book Online

 

On the 6th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me...

On the 6th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A Half Price Luxury Facial with the option of a warm wax mask.

Join us today, Thursday December 18th for a 90 minute Luxury Facial with the option of a warm wax mask. Normal price is £50, but get this deal today only for just £25.

You can book your appointment by calling the clinic on 01506 238366, or visiting our website and clicking on Book Online

 

On the 5th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's gave to me...

On the 5th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A Free Paraffin Hand treatment and Hand Massage.

Join us today, Wednesday December 17th for a luxurious paraffin hand wrap, before your 30 or 60 minute massage, followed by a lovely hand massage.

Just ask for this treatment at the time of booking and it's yours. Absolutely FREE!

You can book your appointment by calling the clinic on 01506 238366, or visiting our website and clicking on Book Online

 

On the 4th day of Christmas, Wee Sally's gave to me....

On the 4th Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...A relaxing christmas spice foot soak, and warm apple cider too.

Ok, so that one didn't rhyme, but please don't hold that against me.
Book a Hot Stone massage at the clinic TODAY ONLY (Tuesday December 16th) and before your Hot Stone treatment, we'll treat you to a christmas spice Foot soak, and some delicious warm apple cider to warm you up from top to toe.

Just make sure you request this treatment at the time of booked.

You can book your appointment by calling the clinic on 01506 238366, or visiting our website and clicking on Book Online

 

On the third day of Christmas, Wee Sally's gave to me....

On the 3rd Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
.....Bath and body homemade beauty recipes that are perfect for Christmas gifts or meeeee!  

These 
bath and beauty tutorials include homemade beauty recipes, pretty nails gift wrapping, and DIY Spa gift baskets. 

1.  Homemade Bubble Bath Recipes and Free Labels : Feminine and chic DIY gift idea- relaxing homemade bubble bath with bubble bath recipe links, packaging ideas and free printable labels!

2. How to Make Bath Bombs: If you don't have all the ingredients to make this recipe, all you really need is baking soda, water, citric acid and essential oil. If you are making bath bombs as gifts, you'll probably want to get smaller moulds for each one. 

3. 
All Natural DIY Bath BombsYou can feel confident that when you use these natural products, or give them as gifts, that they are healthy for the body.

4.  
Sundae Bath Salt Recipe : An easy bath salt recipe decorated into an old fashioned sundae with the loofah as the whipped cream.

5.  
Bath Bomb Cupcakes Recipe: How To make bath bombs that look like cupcakes bt that are perfect bath fizzies in the water!

6. Coconut and Rose Body Scrub: A spring time scrub to help you exfoliate and get your skin super soft for the summer months.

7.  
Homemade Coffee Scrub Gift:I just love the smell of coffee.  This super easy recipe make a great body scrub that you can use at home or package up and give away as a gift.  Great for teachers, co-workers, or thank you gifts.

8.  DIY Facial Masks and Scrubs: Does your face need a little TLC? Then this is a great resource! With several different facials and scrubs you can make and enjoy right in your own home!

9.  Spa Sock Cupcakes: Check out these lovely cupcakes that are a gift and packaging all in one.  The bottom of the cupcake is a cup cozy, the icing is a pair of spa socks, and the tipping is a lollipop. 

10. 
How to make a spa gift box: You will need the scallop edge punch, and the double rectangle punch (so perfect for the 1/4 grosgrain ribbon), and the 1 1/4 square punch.

Join us tomorrow for Day 4, for the first of our Daily clinic deals.

 

Also remember our Buy One Get One Free Gift Voucher offer is now available, and will run until closing time on December 24th.

On the Second day of Christmas, Wee Sally's gave to me...

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, Wee Sally's Gave to me......
...a great guide to make heat bags so I can stay warm and cosy!

 

Instead of using electric heat pads & blankets or hot water bottles for your aches and pains, these microwaveable packs are just the ticket!

 

They're known by a few different terms such as: bed buddies, stress busters, rice or magic bags, corn cosies-but they're basically all the same thing.

 

These serve a dual purpose as you can also keep them in the freezer to use has a cooling pad or freezer pack when needed.


 

If you'd like to learn how to make them, you'll find a tutorial below along with tips for different kinds of fillers to try and directions for using them.

 

Introduction:

No Pattern is necessary, simply cut two pieces of cloth in the size or shape you wish (leave a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch). More detailed instructions are found below.

 

Some prefer regular square shapes, others prefer tubes or more rectangular shapes. Experiment, whip up a few different sizes and shapes to try.

These are really easy to whip up as well as cheap!

 

Filler Options
  • Uncooked rice
  • Wheat
  • Feed corn
  • Buckwheat hulls
  • Barley
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Flax seed
  • Cherry pits

You can also add the following to the above for a soothing, fragrant sack:

Spices, herbs, essential oils.
  • Ideas: lavender, rose petals, ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint oil, crushed mint
  • If using: Mix herbs, spices and essential oil with choice filler (such as rice) and let sit in a sealed container for a few days (occasionally stirring). This will help set and distribute the fragrance a bit.
Fabric Options
  • Cotton: (plain, prints, flannels, denims)
  • Alternate ideas: old socks (sew or knot end closed), washcloths, old towels

You can also make cozy, removable & washable outer pouches, this is especially nice to do when giving as gifts.

  • Fabric Ideas: use old towels, fleece, velour knits, pretty fabric prints and flannels (don't microwave anything other than cotton fabrics). The softer & fluffier & better!
Instructions
  • Cut and sew the fabric in the size and shape you want (usually a large washcloth size works well).
  • Leave an inch or two open on one side so that you can fill pouch with your choice of filler (about 1/2 to 3/4 full, more or less as you prefer). You don't want it too full though, the sack should be able to mold itself around your body when you apply it.
  • Once it's full, sew opening closed either by hand or machine (keeping filler pushed to the opposite side of bag while sewing).

If wanting a removable cover, just sew a "pillowcase" idea with your soft, plushy fabric by making it a little larger than your pad and leaving an open end (make sure to finish off ends by sewing a hem). Or you can add a strip of velcro to close it. 

 

Careful: Make sure to never microwave this cover unless its content is full cotton. Remove cover to wash as needed.

 

Filler Suggestion For Headache Soothers

Rice (or other grain listed above) and a mix of:

  • Dried lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Betony
  • Rose petals
  • Cloves
  • Rosemary
Directions For Use

Heat for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on size. Do not leave unattended "just in case" the filler smokes or starts on fire. As a precaution, you can set a cup of water inside along with it to add moisture or spritz sack lightly with water first. If you add spices and herbs, this is a good idea to do.

If You're In a Pinch:

  • If you need something "now" and don't have time to sew one, try filling a freezer bag (use the microwaveable kind) 3/4 full with uncooked rice, seal shut. Zap it for a minute or two then wrap in a hand towel and use as needed.
  • You can also fill a clean tube sock, tie closed the open end, heat and use as needed.

Caution:

These are glorious to use for aches and pains, or just to pamper yourself after a long, hard day-but be careful before applying to body. Shake it first, feel around and check that it's not too hot and won't burn, especially when using on a child.


Join us tomorrow for Day 3, and don't forget to keep an eye on the Daily deals during clinic hours.

Buy One Get One Free for Christmas!


BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

December is here, and as I am sure you have all been anticipating, our annual "Buy One Get One Free" offer on Gift Cards is now LIVE!
Purchase a Gift Card between now and December 24th and receive a second of equal value for absolutely free.

Don't have time to come to the Bathgate Clinic?
Why not purchase online using the Promotional Code XMAS2013 at our website.
Details on how to purchase Gift Cards online can be found at:

How to buy online!

Terms and Conditions.

Buy One Get One Free!
Use the Promotion Code XMAS2013 online to receive 50% off your online Gift Card purchases.

Quote this code in-store to receive your Buy One Get One Free. 
 
This offer is  limited to two purchases during the offer period. (One visit is considered one purchase).
Maximum Value for each Gift Card is £100.
Offer Expires: December 24th 2013


CAITLINS ABSENCE

Caitlin will be taking 6 weeks off starting December 10th due to a medical procedure and the necessary recovery time.
During this time Sally will be back at the clinic full time to ensure that all your treatment needs are met.
At the moment her scheduled absence will be from December 10th, until January 18th where she will be returning with some amazing offers just from her to you, we will update you as it gets nearer her return date to let you know what she has planned.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

As of Tuesday December 10th, Sally will be working the following hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm.

We will be closed on the following dates to spend time with our families:


December 25th
December 26th
December 31st

January 1st
January 2nd
January 3rd
January 4th

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. Thank you for being our customer. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

 

All the best to you and your family,

 


Sally Chamness
Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage

Hot & Cold Stone Therapy now Available

Over the last few months many clients have asked about the availability of Hot Stone Massage.


I am pleased to announce that we now offer Hot and Cold Stone therapy treatments eithehr as a stand alone  service, or in conjunction with our regular massage.


There are several different methods of using stones in a Massage treatment.

Placement: Placement involves positioning the stones on certain areas of the body, and resting them there to allow the heat to penetrate the muscle tissue and assist in relaxing the muscles to allow deeper penetration when massaging those areas.


Gliding and massage: Effective hot stone massage  uses tthe stones as tools to deliver effective tissue and muscle masage at a pressure level that the client is cmofortable with.


The heat from the stones relaxes muscles andincreases blood flow to the  area beeing worked, assisting in the acceleration of the healing process.


Call now to book your next massage session, and why not ask for Hot Stones to be incorporated into your session.

As a warm up for winter, why not have a relaxing hot stone massage to help fight off those winter chills and the stressors of the holiday season.


Caught in the rain?

Now that rainy season is here, the chances of you getting caught in the rain while out running errands in Bathgate is pretty high. Why not pop into the clinic on North Bridge Street, warm up, dry off and enjoy a relaxing 10 minute chair massage for just £5??
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Now accepting Credit/Debit/Chip&Pin payments

I'm happy to announce that as of Monday October 18th, Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage clinic in Bathgate will be accepting card payments.
For those of you who, like me don't like to carry a lot of cash, this is the perfect solution.

It also allows for you to consider the purchasing of our Gift Vouchers which can be bought for specific massage sessions, or be bought with a specific face value to be used over a number of visits.

Finally, a reminder that we also offer discount packages for blocks of 5 and 10, 60 minute massages.
A block of 5x 60 minute massages will cost £140 which is a saving of £25.
A block of 10x 60 minute massages will cost £270 which is a saving of £80

With the countdown to Christmas about to begin, why not consider block purchases, or gift vouchers as the perfect stocking filler this year.