Learn to massage with our beginners course

A reminder of our second great offer this month and it’s not just 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 2019.

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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More Chocolate kisses

Well, not literally, but if you make these chocolate gourmet goodies, you’ll certainly have chocolately lips for some chocolatey kisses!

Here goes for an easy and tasty make for Valentine’s Day (or any other day!):

Rich chocolate truffles

Makes 30

150 ml double cream

200 g dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids, finely chopped

100 g milk chocolate, finely chopped

2 tbsp brandy, or your favourite liqueur

cocoa, sifted, to dust

1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper to put the truffles on. In a small pan, bring the cream to a simmer, remove from the heat and immediately pour over the chopped chocolate with the brandy and leave to melt, stirring once to combine.

2. Leave to cool completely at room temperature, then chill for 4 hrs until set.

3. When the mixture has set, use a teaspoon to spoon out bite-sized pieces. Dust your hands lightly with cocoa to prevent them from sticking and roll the pieces into balls in the palms of your hands. Roll in cocoa to cover.

Eat and…chocolate kisses guaranteed!

Recipe taken from Essentials magazine

Reminder Valentine’s day massage offer

Valentine’s Day Special

It’s that hearts and flowers time of year again (well, we need something to brighten up February, don’t we?).

So  here at Just Massage we’re offering a 20% discount on all our one-hour massages so you can offer the perfect pamper gift to your loved one.

Mobile massage therapy - blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home

Mobile massage therapy – blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home

But if you’re not in a relationship, hey, nothing’s stopping you saying I love ME, I’M the greatest thing since sliced bread, massage ME ME ME (Ok, maybe I overdid that a little…!)

And since it’s for St Valentine’s Day, this offer is, exceptionally, valid on gift vouchers (6 month validity) bought up to and including February 14th.

So what are you waiting for?

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage of your choice.

Offer valid up to and including Febraury 28th 2019 (up to February 14th for gift vouchers).

Call now to book on 06.47.14.06.03

massage-sparkle

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

Valentine’s Day chocolate cake

Eggless chocolate and beetroot cake

Eggless chocolate and beetroot cake

Of course, you don’t have to wait until Saint Valentine’s day to enjoy this cake.

I’ve made it twice already and my 12-year-old son LOVES it – I

Beetroot in a cake? Yummy!

Beetroot in a cake? Yummy!

haven’t yet told him the secret ingredient is … beetroot (actually he likes beetroot, but you know what kids are like, beetroot in a cake, mum? Gross!)

This cake also has no eggs in it, which is great if, like me, you sometimes have a suger-craving but no eggs to make a cake (OK, you have to have a packet of beetroot in the fridge, which is probably less likely than not having eggs, but still…).

You could probably make a Vegan version of this by replacing the natural yoghurt by a soya one, and the milk by water in the icing. Not sure how it would alter the taste though, let me know if you try that (can’t stand soya-based yogs myself so I won’t be trying it)

Anyway, this recipe comes from the December 2014 issue of Vegetarian Christmas from the BBC Good Food team (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/eggless-chocolate-beetroot-blitz-bake-cake).

It’s very moist and squidgy, and healthier than your average chocolate cake. Try it and see.

SERVES 10-12 PREP 20 mins + cooling COOK 1 hr

100 ml rapeseed oil, plus extra for greasing

175g (drained weight) packed beetroot (not in vinegar)

175g dark soft brown sugar

200g self-raising flour

1 tbsp baking powder

50g cocoa powder

200g natural yoghurt

2 tsp vanilla extract

FOR THE ICING

100g icing sugar

50g dark chocolate (at least 80% cocoa solids)

1 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp milk

dark chocolate shavings to serve (optional)

1 Heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a deep 20 cm springform cake tin with baking parchment. Tip the beetroot into a food processor and whizz to a purée. Add the remaining cake ingredients, along with 1/4 tsp salt and blend until well combined. Scrape the mixture into the cake tin, level the surface and bake for 50 mins-1 hr or until a skewer comes out clean.

2 Leave the cake to cool in the tin while you make the icing. Put the ingredients in a small saucepan, heat and whisk until smooth. Cool for 20 mins.

3 Flip the cake onto a wire rack, flat side up. Pour over the icing and leave to cool completely. Sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings if using, then serve.

PER SERVING (12): 276 kcals; protein 5g; carbs 39g; fat 11g; sat fat 2g; fibre 2g; sugar 26g; salt 0.5g

Chocolate and hearts - it must be Valentine's Day

Chocolate and hearts – it must be Valentine’s Day

And apart from chocolate, why not offer a MASSAGE to your loved one.

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

Call 06.47.14.06.03 or email justmassage33@gmail.com now to book an appointment or order a Just Massage Gift Voucher

Book a Valentine's Day massage now

Book a Valentine’s Day massage now

4 home-made treats for Valentine’s Day

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, I’ve selected 4 easy recipes from the Just Massage 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. Lavender bath bombs

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

And of course you can learn the basics of massage with me and pamper your loved one (or a friend, your mum, your pet dog…) on that special day. But don’t forget to hint heavily that you’d appreciate a Just Massage gift voucher in return!!

Chocolate kisses for Saint Valentine’s

Give out some chocolatey kisses on Valentine’s Day with this quick lip balm recipe made with cocoa butter.

It comes from my favourite  homemade beauty recipe site,  AromaZone. 

It’s a French site, though part of it is translated into English – unfortunately not the huge collection of free beauty recipes.

Don’t worry, I’ve translated this one for you:

3 g cocoa butter

3 g vanilla-infused oil

1,5 g mimosa floral wax (or use beeswax, it’s easier to get hold of)

Melt all the ingredients together  (in a bowl in hot water), mix, pour into a small pot or jar, set in the freezer.

Apply to lips and get kissing!

 

Offer a mini-massage course for Valentine’s Day

A second great 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 2019.

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).