Reminder August massage offer

I suffered a lot with swollen ankles and restless legs on my recent holiday in Venice, due to the extreme heat (although I was walking a lot!) and now I’m back in Bordeaux I’m still suffering with temperatures here over 30°C.

Maybe you have the same problem as me.

Enjoy the benefits of a leg massage

This month’s massage offer aims to get the circulation going in your legs so that you’ll feel that you’re Walking on Air (that’s the name of the massage).

This stimulating massage works on the feet, legs and stomach (optional), promotes the circulation of blood and energy in the legs and aids digestive problems.

Walking on Air begins with a thorough foot massage which aims to create space by stretching out the foot, relaxing it so that the energy of the Earth (yin) can penetrate the foot and nourish the whole leg right up to the trunk.

A foot and leg massage relaxes the mind and body

For those with “heavy” legs, the leg massage begins by “opening” the pressure points in the legs so that energy can circulate along the meridians. This is followed by a complete massage of the legs using various techniques specific to Traditional Chinese massage.

Throughout the month of August, Just Massage is offering a 20% discount on a 60 minute Walking on Air massage

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage

Offer valid up to and including 31 August 2018.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment.

 

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August closure

Just Massage is closed from 15-21 August 2018.

Gower Penisula, South Wales

Blue sky thinking

When stress levels are high, meditation techniques can teach us how to observe and stand back from our emotions and feelings, rather than them taking us over.

You don’t have to meditate for hours or join a sect to reap the benefits, 10 minutes a day could be enough for you.

To understand the basics of mindfulness meditation, consider this analogy by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe:

“When you think of a clear blue sky, it feels nice. But think of a dark, cloudy sky, you don’t feel so good. If you took a plane up through the clouds, though, you’d find the sky is still blue.

Rather than trying to create that state of blue sky, of calm and happiness, it’s more a question of sitting back in the garden and waiting for the clouds to pass.”

Identify and observe your feelings and emotions when stress is high and you may find they evaporate more quickly of their own accord.

Try to stay grounded as well when things are not going well.

Try a technique called “positive acceptance”.

It’s a combination of accepting what is and refocusing on action to make things better in the future.

Some might say that acceptance means letting things be and not doing anything about it, but the idea is to stop WISHING that things were already different (because they can’t be) ad accept what ‘is’ – i.e. the present situation.

Accepting what ‘is’ can help to calm your thoughts and give you a more positive outlook. You are taking your mind away from negativity and looking to improve the future.

And a massage is always a good de-stresser, providing you know a good massage therapist.

Try out our selection of massages here at Just Massage.

Natural home and beauty site

Check out this site dedicated to natural products for the home and body with free tutorials:

http://startanaturalhealthylifestyle.com

For example, 5 essential oils for stress relief that you need to discover

Or (here’s one for me!) Why you are feeling tired all the time and have no energy

August massage offer

I suffered a lot with swollen ankles and restless legs on my recent holiday in Venice, due to the extreme heat (although I was walking a lot!) and now I’m back in Bordeaux I’m still suffering with temperatures here over 30°C.

Maybe you have the same problem as me.

Enjoy the benefits of a leg massage

This month’s massage offer aims to get the circulation going in your legs so that you’ll feel that you’re Walking on Air (that’s the name of the massage).

This stimulating massage works on the feet, legs and stomach (optional), promotes the circulation of blood and energy in the legs and aids digestive problems.

Walking on Air begins with a thorough foot massage which aims to create space by stretching out the foot, relaxing it so that the energy of the Earth (yin) can penetrate the foot and nourish the whole leg right up to the trunk.

A foot and leg massage relaxes the mind and body

For those with “heavy” legs, the leg massage begins by “opening” the pressure points in the legs so that energy can circulate along the meridians. This is followed by a complete massage of the legs using various techniques specific to Traditional Chinese massage.

Throughout the month of August, Just Massage is offering a 20% discount on a 60 minute Walking on Air massage

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage

Offer valid up to and including 31 August 2018.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment.

 

Summer closure

Just Massage is closed from 8 July to 29 July 2018 inclusive.

Have a great summer and see you all in August!

Cinnamon and bergamot soap

Here’s my latest soap adventure which I tweaked from a Humblebee & Me recipe (which you can find here).

I changed it for two main reasons:

a) I didn’t have all the ingredients (notably the cinnamon bark essential oil!)

b) the original uses lard which Marie (the founder of Humblebee & Me) insists is a necessity in soap-making. I may be an amateur but I insist quite the opposite, since the classic French “savon de Marseille” (similar to Castille soap), uses 100% olive oil.

50% coconut oil (I used 150 g)

50% olive oil (I used 150 g)

0.6 tbsp white kaolin clay

0.6 tbsp ground cinnamon

approx. 9g bergamot oil (as I didn’t have cinnamon bark: the original recipe used 18g for 300g fat)

143.1g-146.3g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (for 8-10% reduction). I used 146 g (on my kitchen scales).

Follow my instructions for making soap in my post soap-making part 2.

When the soap reaches the trace stage, add the kaolin and essential oil. Pour half the mixture into the moulds, then add the ground cinnamon to the remaining soap and mix well. Top up your moulds with the cinnamon mix. I tried “swirling” it in with a toothpick but that didn’t really work and I’ve ended up with a two layer soap (see photo) but, hey!

Subtle but noticeable smell (if you want a more pronounced smell, you’ll need more essential oils in it).

Wait 4-6 weeks and enjoy.