One From The Heart ♥
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I understand how social media works, honest, I really do, but sometimes, I feel like it is like walking through deep mud. It holds me back. My life starts to become sedentary, with too much sitting down, typing, reading, staring a small screen. As a small child, I was told NOT to sit in front of the tv all day, it wasn't healthy, and now what do all us self-respecting, trying to spread-the-word about a healthy life do? Sit in front of a screen. How did that happen? When did social media, a virtual existence on line, take precedence over actual physical contact? All I know, is that when I sit at my laptop to update news feeds, blogs, emails, status', and so on and so on, I feel less satisfied than when I am actually out-in-the-field DOING what I am trained to do. What I ACTUALLY get self-fulfilment in doing. It is not about money. It is not about ego-boosting. It is a pure sense of joy at knowing that you are helping someone else to feel good and better about THEMSELVES. You actually start to feel that you are making a difference in the world in whatever small way that may be. I am not a hero, most probably never will be, I don't save lives on a daily basis, I don't feed the hungry, I don't give money to the poor, but what I, and other therapists CAN do, is make another person feel good in themselves. A DEEP inner feel- good. One of my clients comments last week to me, in a phone call which had initially for me been a follow-up call to confirm an appointment, turned into something that made me realise how much of a difference to a person's life massage makes. My client explained how my last treatment had "gone really deep for her this time", not in a physical and with pressure way, but "DEEP WITHIN", to her very being. It was a new experience for her and one she felt comfortable in sharing with me. I am starting to dislike the words, "client" and "customer". I don't like them. I think "friend" is more appropriate, don't you? ♥
One From The Heart ♥
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TO NURTURE, IS TO CARE...
Have you ever gone to someone, with a heavy load, a load that you feel guilty about unloading onto another person? How wonderful it feels to be able to release so much of that load without being made to feel judged for just that one moment in time. Having struggled your whole life with panic attacks and phobias, obsessive thought patterns, depression, self-sabotage, and insecurity, building up a lot of resentment against others, yourself, and the world. Truly at a hopeless, cynical crossroads, closing yourself off from people and from life, consumed by fear and self-loathing.
Maybe having been to other therapists in the past which only served to make you feel even guiltier than you already felt, and some even making you feel hopeless? It is little wonder then, that you would ever expect to heal such old wounds, fears, traumas and relationships from a "mere massage technique". For many, it is with a bit of skepticism that they choose to walk on the healing journey, already believing that they do not deserved to be healed.
A nurturing therapist helps you to lovingly transform your perspective about yourself and dissolve the heavy negative beliefs, you have carried for so long. At the end of your session, you will feel whole, balanced, content and hopeful. You will really feel how nurturing and kind my energy is as soon as I begin, and it lingers afterwards. You will learn to love and value yourself. You will learn to surround yourself with good friends and to accept only the opportunities that serve and fulfil you. You will continue to learn the art of balancing mind, body, spirit and emotions and to embrace life and live without the shackles of fear, shame and anxiety.
There will always be someone you know, who you watch daily deal with panic and anxiety, never able to fully relax, never wanting to try meditation because it makes them anxious to sit quietly, frequently dismissing spirit-based therapies ("I don't do that kind of thing"). So how thrilled would you feel to see them be transformed? To be part of their session and to watch them become completely relaxed and in a blissfully meditative state, healing deep wounds that had blocked them for years.
Physical ailments healing without having to mention them.
A nurturing therapist will feel any part of you which is unbalanced and will work to release any energy that is causing symptoms. Whether you are dealing with a spiritual, emotional, physical or mental issue, the root cause is always addressed and worked on. You will feel happy to have found a healer whom you can trust and who has your best interest at heart, always. One who is reliable, comforting, and genuine. I will reveal YOURSELF, to you. Lovingly and accurately revealing truths you have kept hidden from yourself and help you to embrace, process and then overcome them quickly. You will continue to awaken, transform and grow weekly as a direct result of your treatment.
Inspiring, intuitive, loving, compassionate and healing. That is what a nurturing massage can do for you, even skeptics agree! ♥ ♥ ♥
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I can not promise you beautiful
scenes like in the video above,
but what I DO deliver is this kind
of massage which is given in the nurturing INSTANT CALMA way and from a "down-to-earth Lancashire Lass who knows what she is doing!"
...written by Lemn Sissay.
If there was ever one
Whom when you were sleeping
Would wipe your tears
When in dreams you were weeping;
Who would offer you time
When others demand;
Whose love lay more infinite
Than grains of sand.
If there was ever one
To whom you could cry;
Who would gather each tear
And blow it dry;
Who would offer help
On the mountains of time;
Who would stop to let each sunset
Soothe the jaded mind.
If there was ever one
To whom when you run
Will push back the clouds
So you are bathed in sun;
Who would open arms
If you would fall;
Who would show you everything
If you lost it all.
If there was ever one
Who when you achieve
Was there before the dream
And even then believed;
Who would clear the air
When it’s full of loss;
Who would count love
Before the cost.
If there was ever one
Who when you are cold
Will summon warm air
For your hands to hold;
Who would make peace
In pouring pain,
Make laughter fall
In falling rain.
If there was ever one
Who can offer you this and more;
Who in keyless rooms
Can open doors;
Who in open doors
Can see open fields
And in open fields
See harvests yield.
Then see only my face
In the reflection of these tides
Through the clear water
Beyond the river side.
All I can send is love
In all that this is
A poem and a necklace
Of invisible kisses.
Lemn Sissay In Conversation with Jane Davis
Monday 8th April, 7.30pm
The Mill at the Pier, Wigan
The first Reading in Secure Environments (RISE) event is taking place this month in Wigan with award-winning poet, writer, broadcaster and The Reader Organisation patron Lemn Sissay. As part of Leigh and Wigan Words Together Festival and RISE, Lemn will be visiting HMP Hindley on Monday 8th April to read some of his work and talk about his writing for young people with Get Into Reading group members.
The same evening, Lemn will appear at the accompanying public event, speaking to director of The Reader Organisation Jane Davis at The Mill at the Pier in Wigan. Lemn will talk to Jane about his visit to HMP Hindley earlier in the day, read from his work and discuss the power of reading upon his childhood growing up in Wigan.
This event promises to be a fascinating night in the company of two passionate and engaging readers and speakers, so make sure you book your tickets without delay.
Tickets cost £5 and can be reserved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling07928 818 779. For more information on the Leigh and Wigan Words Together Festival, view the online brochure.
To keep up to date with all the latest news from the RISE events, and to share your thoughts, head to our RISE blog. You can also let us know what you think if you’re heading to Lemn and Jane’s event on Twitter: @thereaderorg #RISE
It was a fantastic night, but don't worry if you missed it as I think you may be able to catch Lemn at one of his other readings <3
p.s: Did I mention he really liked my illustration I drew of him? ; ')
...And the sunshine stayed around!
Pleased to say that the Book Cycle Spring Fair was a roaring success! Lots of people came to the centre to enjoy the day's activities and my massage treatment was in full demand, right up to 5pm(!) I managed to have a 10 minute "networking break" during late afternoon and the feedback from clients was lovely to hear...can't wait until the next get-together, it was brilliant(!) ♥
Don't we use words in a strange way sometimes? I was reading something earlier and the word, "housewife" cropped up. Is that when a woman marries a house? ; ')
This Easter weekend sees the start of the 10th Annual Leigh & Wigan Words Festival in the borough 1st - 13th April 2013 and has Will Self and Lemn Sissay as guest speakers this year:
"Outspoken journalist, author and broadcaster Will Self is one of the star attractions at Wigan's annual celebration of all things written and spoken – the Words Literary Festival. The 51-year-old self-proclaimed 'psychogeographer', who has been a columnist and contributor for The Times, The New York Times, Harpers and The New Statesman, is probably most recognisable as a team captain on comedy game show Shooting Stars.
Self is also a regular on Have I Got News For You and Question Time – recently telling Mail columnist, Peter Hitchens, to 'take a chill pill' during a furious debate about drugs.
Witty, opinionated and often televisual dynamite, Self is also an acclaimed author who this year was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for his ninth novel - Umbrella.
The stream-of-consciousness novel tells the story of a psychiatrist, Zack Busner, and his treatment of a patient with encephalitis lethargica. The patient, Audrey De'Ath, has two brothers whose days fighting in the Second World War are interwoven into her own story.
Self will give a reading from Umbrella as part of the Words Literary Festival at the Mill at the Pier from 7.30pm onwards on Thursday 4 April.
Now in its 10th year, the literary festival, which celebrates the best in local and international historical and modern writing, is organised by the Leigh and Wigan Words Together Committee supported by WLCT (Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust) and funded by the Arts Council England's National Lottery Grants for the Arts scheme. It starts on Monday 1 April and boasts a two-week programme packed with entertaining, thought-provoking, interactive events.
Words co-ordinator Sharon Lowe says: “It is really fitting that we celebrate the first decade of the festival with a special guest of the calibre of Will Self. A true social commentator and voice for the arts and contemporary culture, we are delighted to welcome Will to the Words Festival.
As well as being a celebration of the written and spoken word, the ethos behind the festival is about encouraging new writers to take inspiration, learn some of the tricks of the trade and get writing. We have some truly great writers who will be passing on their knowledge and experience at the festival. We anticipate that the Will Self reading and many of the other festival events are likely to be sell-outs so we would advise booking in advance.”
Other highlights include special sessions with Wigan-born poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, MBE.
Travel writer Alan Whelan will be revelling in a fascination with Africa that has led to three solo overland motorcycle journeys through the continent, and two books:African Brew Ha-Ha, his journey from Lancashire to Cape Town in search of the ultimate cup of tea, and The Black Stars of Ghana, an intimate portrait of the vibrant West African nation.
For younger fiction fans, poet and children's television star Dommy B will be bringing his show The Dragon Who Hates Poetry to the festival on Saturday 6 April. Staying with poetry, Radio 4 Poetry Slam champ, Ben Mellor will be bringing his Anthropoetry performance to the festival on Tuesday 9 April after a successful opening tour down under at the Fringe World Festival, Perth. With folk music, haiku, improvised comedy, lively debate and practical workshops, the Words Festival 2013 promises something for everyone.
Alison Boyle, Arts Council England’s Literature Relationship Manager in the North West said: "The archives in Wigan are a rich resource for the region. Wigan Archives Service is supporting the Wigan Words festival this year by bringing in experts from Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool University to share their insights into regional diaries.
The festival event Women of Words will encourage visitors to discover more about the past from the diaries women left to posterity. Maybe a few new diaries will even be begun in response to the festival event. This kind of partnership supports the Arts Council’s commitment to finding fresh ways of widening public access to literature. Through the publication of the first diary in a series, the Culture team are enabling hidden stories of the North to be heard."
WLCT Chief Executive Stuart Murray says: “From humble beginnings a decade ago, the Words Literary Festival has grown to become one of the best of its kind in the North West and beyond. We are really pleased to be supporting an event that promotes and encourages local talent to share a platform with some of the biggest and best names in literature.
“Wigan Borough has many faces and is famous for many different things. Through the Words Festival we are hoping to help put the borough on the map as a literary destination.”
Words Literary Festival is organised by the Leigh and Wigan Words Together committee in association with WLCT and supported by the Arts Council England's National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts scheme."
For a Words brochure visit your nearest library or leisure centre. For more information visit www.wlct.org/words
This is very much what I believe in...as Instant Calma I feel that all types of massage therapies should be available on the NHS; massage is not about profit, it is about caring and healing.
How massage is playing a vital role in hospitals, by NAOMI COLEMAN, femail.co.uk
Massage is no longer exclusive to smart spas and beauty salons. It is playing an increasing role in hospitals and hospices to help patients cope with illness.
In fact, massage is becoming increasingly commonplace in intensive care units and cancer wards as well as delivery rooms and psychiatric hospitals.
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to discover how massage is helping patients.
Massage therapist Clare Maxwell-Hudson, who runs a massage course where many students go onto work in hospitals, says 20 years ago massage therapy in hospitals was virtually unknown. 'Today there is a growing role for massage therapists in NHS and private hospitals because the benefits of massage are being recognised.'
Massage involves touching, pressing or kneading the surface of the body to promote mental and physical relaxation. It is used mostly for muscle ache since part of the discomfort experienced is often caused by the tension caused in guarding the body against pain.
Similarly, it is also used for stress-related problems such as anxiety, sleeplessness, depression and migraine.
Today, more than 100 hospitals and 200 health services around Britain offer 'touch therapy' such as massage to patients alongside conventional medicine. The number of posts for massage therapists have more than doubled in ten years and an increasing number of nurses are choosing to combine standard nursing practices with massage.
Although practitioners say massage won't cure illnesses, it can help patients face surgery, cope with treatment such as chemotherapy and give them a psychological boost.
The move is being supported by the Department of Health which has recently announced proposals to fund more research on complementary therapies and cancer patients.
Hospital patients who think massage could help them cope with their illness can ask nurses or hospital consultants to refer them to the massage therapy department or complementary therapy unit at their hospital. However not all hospitals have such departments.
If you would like to find out which hospitals offer complementary therapies, Macmillan Cancer Relief has just published a new directory of complementary therapy services available for hospital patients in the UK. Staff manning the Macmillan Cancer Line (0808 8082020) can use this to help you find the best services in your area.
If you would like to know more about the health benefits of massage, you can read Clare Maxwell-Hudson's Massage: the definitive visual reference, published by Dorling Kindersley, £9.99, or Kiss Guide to Massage, also published by Dorling Kindersley, £12.99
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