REMINDER: Mini massage course for couples

In case you missed it, here’s a reminder of our latest offer.

A great new offer this month just in time for Valentine’s Day:

Learn basic massage techniques with a professional massage therapist and reap the benefits both at home and at work.

According to new research from Northumbria University, couples who took part in a three-week basic course not only reduced stress and improved their well-being, but also felt more satisfied with their relationship.

If you live in and around Mérignac and Pessac, you can now contact me for courses with you and your significant other, all in the comfort of your own home. You can learn the basics in a just a few hours, and get a massage into the bargain!

Back massage

Effleurage, pressure strokes, hacking, friction, kneading; all these words will suddenly take on a new meaning.

As a couple, you’ll learn how to give your partner a relaxing back massage*, relieving knots in the neck and shoulders, reducing tension in the lower back, taking it in turns to massage each other.

And the big plus side is that you’ll be massaged half the time by your other half, it’s a win-win situation!

No need for you to move from the comfort of your own home, just a phone call to make and your massage lesson is booked. No running about trying to get the kids looked after, no time lost in traveling to and from your appointment, no traffic jams, no worrying about being late, no parking nightmares.

All necessary material brought to your doorstep on time, every time – massage table, oils, clean linen.

 

You should allow a maximum of two and a half hours for a 2-hour lesson (for setting up and changeovers) with 2 full hours of massage included (1 hour per person).

Special introductory offer 75€ instead of 90€ per 2-hour lesson.

Offer valid until February 28th 2018.

You can offer a massage lesson as a gift voucher (as with all our massages).

* You can also ask for a lesson on massaging the arms, neck and head; or the feet and legs.

To book your course, just call 06.47.14.06.03

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

 

 

 

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5 home-made treats for St Valentine’s

If you’re a fan of home-made treatments, it’s a no-brainer making homemade beauty treats for your significant other on Valentine’s Day.

And if you’re new to it, we’ve selected 5 easy recipes from our archives for you to make this February.

  1. DIY Massage bar

Here ‘s a recipe from one of my favourite online blogs, Hello Glow.

These DIY Matcha Lotion Bars Are a Multitasking Miracle Worker

It’s simply cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax combined with (in this case) matcha tea and sweet orange essential oil, but you can change the last two ingredients to your taste. Check it out here.

2. A relaxing balm

Melt 30g cocoa butter with 30g jojoba oil, 25g beeswax and 15g avocado oil in a bain marie/double boiler.

Take off the heat and cool, then add 2 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit extract, and 8 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit essential oils, and 6 of ginger.

Mix and leave to solidify before using after the bath.

3. Chocolate orange soap

Ok, admittedly, if you make this now it won’t be ready by February 14th (soap needs 4-6 weeks to dry or mature). But you can still make it, wrap it and give it with the proviso that your loved one mustn’t use it until such and such a date. Because it does smell divinely of chocolate and orange, and what Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate (and this one’s without the calories!)

4. Chocolate kisses

If you do want the calories, however, try out these moreish chocolate truffles – the dusting of cocoa powder is what will give you your chocolate kisses after eating one!

5. Lavender bath bombs

These easy-to-make bath bombs from James Wong will fizz away like any commercial one in your bath.

 

Face massage tools – high tech vs manual?

I came across this article from Elle magazine online, vaunting the merits of some very high-tech face massage devices (some of which are exorbitantly priced! The one below comes in at £425).

Cult Beauty - £425 This may look a bit like a UFO, but it's the closest thing to a professional face lift without having to go under the needle or knife. The tiny device - which links up with your iPhone - uses nano-currents and vibrations to supercharge slack skin cells with energy, prompting them to tighten up. Much like laser treatments, it works alongside a 'conductor gel' which helps it glide across the skin, and you can use it everywhere, from your cheeks to your forehead and even your upper lip and under eyes. Ge-ni-us. 

Really, I thought? Not a tad gimmicky?

I admit I have a wooden face roller that resembles N° 8 in Elle‘s list, only it was a free gift, so far from the £39.99 price tag on Amazon. I used it enthusiastically for about a week or so, then went back to my usual manual massage routine when I apply my face cream morning or night.

So, does anyone have one of these massage tools? And can they really do better than your own fingers?

I’m not convinced…

And let’s face it (excuse the pun!), having a professional do the work for you is all part and parcel of the relaxation process – that’s what pampering is all about.

Here at a Just Massage we have a popular facial massage which incorporates the neck, shoulders and scalp (as tension in those areas affects tension in your face). You’ll come away with a fresher-looking complexion and some advice for continuing the massage at home (it’s the regularity that gets results, just like in sport!)

Why not give it a try – personally I think manual beats mechanical every time, if only for the sensual aspect of touch combined with oils.

Let me know what you think.

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

NEW: A mini massage course for couples

A great new offer this month just in time for Valentine’s Day:

Learn basic massage techniques with a professional massage therapist and reap the benefits both at home and at work.

According to new research from Northumbria University, couples who took part in a three-week basic course not only reduced stress and improved their well-being, but also felt more satisfied with their relationship.

If you live in and around Mérignac and Pessac, you can now contact me for courses with you and your significant other, all in the comfort of your own home. You can learn the basics in a just a few hours, and get a massage into the bargain!

Back massage

Effleurage, pressure strokes, hacking, friction, kneading; all these words will suddenly take on a new meaning.

As a couple, you’ll learn how to give your partner a relaxing back massage*, relieving knots in the neck and shoulders, reducing tension in the lower back, taking it in turns to massage each other.

And the big plus side is that you’ll be massaged half the time by your other half, it’s a win-win situation!

No need for you to move from the comfort of your own home, just a phone call to make and your massage lesson is booked. No running about trying to get the kids looked after, no time lost in travelling to and from your appointment, no traffic jams, no worrying about being late, no parking nightmares.

All necessary material brought to your doorstep on time, every time – massage table, oils, clean linen.

 

You should allow a maximum of two and a half hours for a 2-hour lesson (for setting up and changeovers) with 2 full hours of massage included (1 hour per person).

Special introductory offer 75€ instead of 90€ per 2-hour lesson.

Offer valid until February 28th 2018.

You can offer a massage lesson as a gift voucher (as with all our massages).

* You can also ask for a lesson on massaging the arms, neck and head; or the feet and legs.

To book your course, just call 06.47.14.06.03

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

 

 

 

Thought for the Day

Reminder January massage offer

Let me give you news of your New Year massage offer.

Just Massage is offering you a 20% reduction on our Head to Feet massage.

It’s a heavenly combination of our Rejuvenating Facial Massage and Revitalising Foot Massage

We begin with the feet, working on the reflex zones. The main objective is to create space by relaxing the foot so that the energy of the Earth (yin) can penetrate the foot and nourish the legs and trunk.

A foot massage relaxes the mind and body

Then we move on to the face, neck and scalp.

This treatment reduces muscle tension in the face and improves blood flow to encourage a fresher and healthier look, improving muscle tone and skin elasticity. And it’s natural. The neck and shoulders are massaged to reduce  tension in these areas. The scalp massage is particularly relaxing.

 

Discover our Head to Feet massage this month at the special price of 40€ instead of 50€ for a one-hour massage.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment8

Offer does not apply to Gift Vouchers. Valid up to and including 31 January 2018

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Chocolate chestnut fondant cake

So what has this got to do with massage?

Absolutely nothing, but it’s spot on for a bit of self-indulgence and me-time.

Easy to make AND gluten-free (seems to be an in word at the mo’) if you’re intolerant to wheat, great warm from the oven with vanilla ice-cream or just plain cream.

Ingredients

140g very dark chocolate (I used 74% cocoa, up to you how dark you want it)

70g butter

500g chestnut purée (this comes in a handy 500g tin – crème de marrons de l’Ardèche Clément Faugier – in France where I live, for 2.35€; you may have to buy a few packs of Merchant Gourmet’s rather expensive version in the UK)

3 eggs

Method

Melt chocolate and butter together, add the chestnut purée and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.

Pour into a 20 cm tin, preferably loose-bottomed, and bake at 180°C for 20 minutes. (Last time I made it, I needed to leave it for 40 mins, don’t know what happened there, perhaps I used a different tin, so make sure it’s cooked on the top before you remove it from the oven. Don’t try a skewer in the middle ‘cos it’s a fondant cake and squidgy in the centre!)

Serve warm or cold with ice cream or cream.