Offer a mini-massage course for Valentine’s Day

A 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 2020.

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

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

Help for hands

For rough, dry hands, try this easy recipe:

Mix a little rosewater (from most chemists or even supermarkets) with ground almonds to make a thick paste.

Spread the mixture over your hands and leave for as long as possible – at least 15 minutes.

Rinse off with tepid water, then dry and apply your favourite hand cream.

To soothe chapped hands try this overnight treatment:

Blend 25 drops chamomile or lavender essential oil in 50 ml almond oil.

Massage into your hands at night to soothe and moisturise. Wear cotton gloves for maximum benefit.

Rose wax lip salve

Just experimented my first lip salve in “proper” lip salve push-up tubes (from AromaZone).


12g beeswax

12g castor oil

36g sweet almond oil (I used home-made St John’s Wort infused oil)

1g rose wax

6 drops vitamin E oil

6 drops benzoin essential oil

6 drops bergamot essential oil (or the essential oils of your choice)

Melt oils and wax together in a double boiler until the wax has melted. Stir in the vitamin E and essential oils. Pour into tubes and leave to harden.

For more lip balm recipes, check out Humblebee and Me lip balm archives.

Take the electronic devices out of the bedroom

A report released by Harvard Medical School in 2015 said that the blue glow of tablets could lead to an increased risk of various cancers, including colorectal and breast cancers and is associated with obesity and diabetes.

The same study revealed that 90% of adults and 75% of children have at least one electronic device in their bedroom (in the US maybe?).

So if you haven’t already done it, get those electronic devices out of the bedroom!!

Oat mask for dry skin

Suffering from dry skin? Oats are a great soother and smoother for dry, irritated skin.

A very simple mask using store cupboard  ingredients – oats and milk:

Mix some in a bowl with a little milk to make a paste and apply to your face for up to 10 minutes as a moisturizing mask.

Source: essentials magazine UK

Reminder January massage offer

Eaten too much over the festive period? Bloated stomach, excess gas, knotted stomach, stress?

A stomach (or abdominal) massage has a number of benefits and is used to treat a wide variety of health concerns, especially those related to the stomach, such as digestion issues, constipation, and bloating.

For more information on the benefits of this type of massage, click here.

The stomach is often referred to as our “little brain”, as this quote from a 2012 BBC article shows:

“My stomach … is under the control of what’s sometimes called “the little brain”, a network of neurons that line your stomach and your gut.

Surprisingly, there are over 100 million of these cells in your gut, as many as there are in the head of a cat.

The little brain does not do a lot of complex thinking but it does get on with the essential daily grind involved in digesting food – lots of mixing, contracting and absorbing, to help break down our food and begin extracting the nutrients and vitamins we need.

And all those neurons lining our digestive system allow it to keep in close contact with the brain in your skull, via the vagus nerves, which often influence our emotional state.

For instance when we experience “butterflies in the stomach”, this really is the brain in the stomach talking to the brain in your head. As we get nervous or fearful, blood gets diverted from our gut to our muscles and this is the stomach’s way of protesting.”

For the full article, click here.

During a Just Massage abdominal massage, we alternate gliding, draining and vibratory movements in order to relax the stomach, aid elimination of toxins and improve blood circulation. Meridian points are massaged to allow energy to circulate and to re-balance your chi, the life-force energy circulating through the body. The stomach is massaged in a clockwise direction and kneaded to evacuate excess gas, relieve bloating and ease digestion.

Try out a relaxing stomach massage

A 40-minute abdominal massage is on special offer this month at 30€ instead of 35€.

Or why not combine it with a leg massage for a one-hour treatment at 40€ instead of 50€.

Just call for an appointment.

Offer does not apply to Gift Vouchers. Valid up to and including 31 January 2020.

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

Self-massage for the face

Try this on a regular basis to revitalise your complexion. It takes elements from our Just Massage rejuvenating facial massage that you can do at home (but try the massage as well, it’s so much better when someone does it for you!)

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.

Alternate middle fingers to stroke the 3rd eye (point between your eyebrows)

Smooth your forehead from centre out using base of hands

Slide middle fingers along eyebrows from centre out to temples (x 3)

Pinch eyebrows between first finger and thumb from centre to temples (x 3)

Slide fingers again along eyebrows, stop at temples

Slow circular movements over temples with fingers and/or ball of hand, start gently becoming firmer

Eye circles with middle finger. Place your middle finger at the outer corners of your eyes, gently slide fingers under the eyes and up around the bridge of the nose, then bring them up and over eyebrows, creating full circles (x 3)

Smooth eyelids (upper and lower) with middle finger from centre out (x 3)

Gently massage eye area with middle finger

Palming: place cupped hands over eyes to block out light (30 seconds)

Make small circles with the middle fingers all over nose

Place middle fingers on bridge of nose and slide down along eye socket to ears (x 3), then from bridge of nose along cheekbones to ears (x 3), then from either side of nostrils under cheekbones to ears (x 3), then from corner of lips to ears (x3), then from chin to ears (x3), pulling skin slightly as you move towards ears each time.

Place your thumbs beneath your chin and your index fingers on top of the chin. Pinch jawline from chin to ears

Use the pads of the first three fingers to make slow circular movements where the jaw bones meet

Use your index finger to rub up and down in front of your ear

Massage your ears between thumb and index. Cover all the surface of the ear, inside and out.

Place your palms flat against your face either side of your nose and, keeping a firm pressure, pull your hands slowly towards and over your ears (x 3)

To finish, massage your scalp slowly with fingertips (like a slow shampoo) then smooth down hair.

Massaging the scalp

If you need to “wake up”, pinch your scalp vigorously with your fingertips