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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.

 

 

 

Lemon soap

After a long pause of no soap-making (no reason, except constantly putting it off), I finally got down to making some new soaps based on a recipe picked up in a women’s magazine.

I managed to get them done several weeks ago now, so they were “mature” (i.e. dry) in time for Christmas.

With 100% olive oil and scented with lemon zest and juice (no essential oils) this is one of the cheapest homemade soaps you could make!!!

If you’re planning to give them as a gift, wrap them in pretty tissue paper for an extra special touch.

Before you start, and if you’re new to soap-making, check out my beginner’s guide to soap-making here.

So here’s the recipe…and photos:

Ingredients

700g olive oil (I used organic olive oil from my local supermarket)

283.5g or 286.7g or 289.8g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (for 8%/9%/10% reduction respectively), using Aroma-Zone’s soap calculator  (it’s in French!!)

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Method

Make soap as per standard soap-making instructions.

When you reach trace (see photo), add the lemon zest and juice and combine.

Pour the soap mix into your moulds, cover with cling film and a tea towel/small blanket to accelerate the saponification process, and leave for 24 hours.

The next day, the soap will be solid but not set. You can remove it from your moulds (wear protective gloves!). If using a cake tin as a mould, you should cut the soap into slices using a sharp knife (don’t use this for cooking/eating after). I wrote on mine as well, though not very well!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave the soap in a dry, well-ventilated place for 4-6 weeks  to “cure” i.e. dry out.

Note: Any kitchen equipment used to make soap (blender, moulds, knife etc.) should not be used to prepare food again afterwards.

I made mine in November so they were ready to give away as Christmas presents. I’ll let you know just how lemony they are, since for once they don’t have essential oils in them.

I’ve just sniffed them and can’t smell the lemon ( unlike the distinctive orange in last year’s chocolate and orange soap.)

I’m planning to make some cinnamon soap as well in the next few weeks, so watch this space!

January massage offer

First of all a very Happy New Year to you all.

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).

Merry Christmas

Christmas closure

Just Massage will be taking a break over Christmas from 22 December 2017 to 01 January 2018 inclusive.

 

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