Reminder May massage offer

With the prospect of warmer weather to come (the end of April was a little chilly!), I thought I’d get you thinking exotic, with a trip to Hawaii for one of our most relaxing massages – Lomi Lomi or Hawaiian massage.

Imagine yourself being massaged under a tropical sun

Picture yourself lying on a warm table with soothing, sweeping massage strokes washing like waves over you, and gentle arms rocking you gently from side to side.

Like the sound of that? Then this is the massage for you.

This particular massage uses long gliding strokes up and down the body.  The forearms and hands make rhythmical flowing movements like gentle waves washing over the body. This technique differentiates Lomi Lomi from other massages.

Hawaiian massage uses long, flowing strokes with the forearms

It can be gentle one moment, powerful the next. It is also unusual in that different parts of the body are massaged simultaneously, notably the back and the stomach. The massage also incorporates some passive manipulation and gentle stretching of arms and legs. Lomi Lomi is also known as “loving hands” because it demands a high level of concentration from the masseur and a great respect for the person being massaged with a real intention to do good.

The massage stimulates the circulation of blood, creates a sense of deep relaxation and intense well-being, promotes the circulation of energy and the expulsion of negative emotions and tensions and encourages a better self-connectivity.

Throughout the month of May, Just Massage is offering a 20% discount on 60 and 90 minute Hawaiian massages (Lomi Lomi).

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage

52€ instead of 65€ for a 90 minute massage

Offer valid up to and including 31 May 2017.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment

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

Thought for the Day

Thought for the day

Check out my upcoming post on the 23rd about embracing failure…

The Lost Art of Doing Nothing

Put down your To-Do list and just …stop.

If you pack every waking second with Doing Stuff, it’s time to take time…

Doing Nothing.

I think I could be very good at this. In fact I do, on occasion, allow myself the “luxury” of Doing Nothing (as in, not Pursuing Something), and it’s great. A relaxed state of mind ensues … until I think about my To Do list, waiting for me, somewhere, and I start feeling guilty…

Purely from a medical point of view, it’s good to stop from time to time – it decreases your heart rate and stress cortisol levels, you sleep better and it can be a preventative treatment for anxiety and depression, says Jennifer Kunst  (Wisdom for the Couch: Knowing and Growing Yourself from the Inside Out). Who am I to doubt her.

I could happily spend an entire Sunday morning leafing through a magazine and having a bath, so maybe it’s time I just did it.

I switch off all social media and technology for me and my kids anyway on a Sunday (haven’t quite convinced hubby yet), so I’m halfway there.

Jennifer (remember her from above) says:

If you make time to relax and recharge your batteries, you wind up being able to do more and do it better.

We should build a little holiday into each week, not just store it up for the summer.

So here’s a little advice on how to do nothing:

1 Look at the clouds

Lie back on the grass, look up at the sky and make shapes or patterns in the clouds and before you know it your mind will have emptied out.

2 Count your breaths

Sit in a quiet room and breathe slowly in, then slowly out. Count one as your breath enters your body, through your nose and into your lungs. Then two as it goes out of your body through your mouth. Repeat until you’ve counted ten, then start again.

 

3 Start small

Allocate five minutes for your “me” time and build it up as you get better at switching off and doing nothing.

4 Disconnect

Switch off your phone, tablet, laptop and TV, then there’s nothing stopping you doing nothing.

5 Do something for pleasure

Yes, do something because you WANT to do it, not because you have to (because it’s on your To Do list). Read a book (I’ve got four half-finished on my bedside table, gathering dust), take up a new hobby or get back to an old one (mine’s knitting and sewing), write (a poem, a short story, a long story, a blog, a letter to a friend), flick through a magazine, take a long bath, listen to your favourite music, dance around the kitchen, lie down and close your eyes and doze, DAYDREAM.

And don’t now write on your TO DO lists “Take time out for ME”, it somewhat defeats the object, n’est-ce pas?

JUST DO NOTHING.

NOW.

And let me know how it feels.

 

May massage offer

With the prospect of warmer weather to come (the end of April was a little chilly!), I thought I’d get you thinking exotic, with a trip to Hawaii for one of our most relaxing massages – Lomi Lomi or Hawaiian massage.

Imagine yourself being massaged under a tropical sun

Picture yourself lying on a warm table with soothing, sweeping massage strokes washing like waves over you, and gentle arms rocking you gently from side to side.

Like the sound of that? Then this is the massage for you.

This particular massage uses long gliding strokes up and down the body.  The forearms and hands make rhythmical flowing movements like gentle waves washing over the body. This technique differentiates Lomi Lomi from other massages.

Hawaiian massage uses long, flowing strokes with the forearms

It can be gentle one moment, powerful the next. It is also unusual in that different parts of the body are massaged simultaneously, notably the back and the stomach. The massage also incorporates some passive manipulation and gentle stretching of arms and legs. Lomi Lomi is also known as “loving hands” because it demands a high level of concentration from the masseur and a great respect for the person being massaged with a real intention to do good.

The massage stimulates the circulation of blood, creates a sense of deep relaxation and intense well-being, promotes the circulation of energy and the expulsion of negative emotions and tensions and encourages a better self-connectivity.

Throughout the month of May, Just Massage is offering a 20% discount on 60 and 90 minute Hawaiian massages (Lomi Lomi).

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage

52€ instead of 65€ for a 90 minute massage

Offer valid up to and including 31 May 2017.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment

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

Thought for the Day

And our last Harry Potter quote for the month, another from the mouth of Albus Dumbledore:

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Soothing Calendula recipes

Like Marie from Humblebee and Me, I’m a big fan of calendula and have some growing in the garden – here’s the proof!

Marigolds (calendula) in my garden

In fact with the lovely Spring weather we’re experiencing here in Bordeaux, I have plenty in flower at the moment (time to make some infused oil…).

So I am definitely taking note of this collection of recipes using calendula from Humblebee and Me – some may seem a bit complicated but if you tweak the ingredients a bit, you’ll find they’re not so hard.

And check out my own step-by-step guide to infusing your own oil here, and my “magic” cream (magic because it heals a variety of skin complaints), a simple but effective calendula skin balm.

Calendula macerated oil

 

Happy skincare DIYing!