How To Get The Best Out Of Your Holiday Massage

It’s exciting when you have a holiday on the horizon.  You’ve been planning for it, dreaming about it and now it is just around the corner.

For me, I love getting a holiday massage.  I’m in a relaxed mood, I have plenty of time and it feels like a luxury, something special for me. 

Poor planning, not allowing enough time, not knowing where to go or choosing the wrong treatment can taint your massage experience.

As a massage therapist, running a busy therapy clinic, I get a lot of people looking for a holiday massage in Broome.  

Here are my tips on how to get the best out of your next holiday massage.  These are from my own observations of people looking for a holiday massage in Broome, as well as personal experience when I am on my own holiday.

 Follow these tips and you won’t be disappointed with your next massage on holidays.

 

Book your massage before you arrive.

If you know your itinerary, schedule a massage for once you arrive, or at least during your holiday.  Massage is great for getting over travel fatigue whether it be jetlag from a flight, driving long distances, or the crazy – busy lead up to your departure. 

Having a massage pre-booked takes the stress out of trying to book something last minute.

Most importantly it means YOU GET AN APPOINTMENT – the day, time and place you desire.

 

Plan to arrive early.

Allow plenty of time to get there and arrive early at to your appointment gives you plenty of time to relax, unwind and relax. 

That way you won’t feel frazzled or rushed to get there, you’ll enjoy the experience more and it won’t cut into your treatment time.

 

Choose a treatment you wouldn’t normally have.

For all those massage fans, try a treatment you wouldn’t normally have.  

It makes the holiday massage feel a bit more fun and different. 

It’s like when you go to your favourite restaurant and you always choose your favourite meal. You do that because you love that dish and you know what you are getting.

When we go on holidays it is to do and go somewhere different – it takes us out of our normal routine and gives us a chance to experience new things.

So when you are considering getting a massage, try something your regular therapist doesn’t offer. Try a Hot Stone massage or a body exfoliation with a massage.  

 

After all, a holiday is not a holiday without a massage!

 

Massage day – the day of rest.

Holidays are a chance to get out of your normal environment or routine and to do something new, different and fun. 

No matter, what kind of holiday you have planned, always factor in some downtime or a rest day.  This is a great opportunity to get a massage and have a whole day of relaxation.

Generally, when we are at home, we are always rushing from one place to another.  We sometimes don’t give ourselves enough rest time before or after a massage. 

When you are on holidays you have plenty of time, so have a rest day. 

Do some reading, or have a casual brunch, get a massage, and then rest up for the remainder of the day! Perfect!

 

Book a longer treatment time.  

When  I am on holidays, I have the time to book a longer treatment. Why? The longer I get on the table, the better I know I am going to feel.  I love 1-hour massages, but it never feels long enough. If I have the choice of a 90 minute or 120-minute treatment, I am definitely going to choose the longer treatment.  The longer I get on the table the better I will feel!

 

How to find a good therapist.

We love the therapist we see at home, but how do we find equally as good when we are on holidays?

Start by asking for recommendations. Ask the hotel you are staying at, friends and relatives you visiting or look at reviews on Google searches or ask on Facebook groups.

Staff profiles,  client reviews or testimonials on websites or social media gives you a good idea of what type of therapist they are and what they specialise in.  This can help determine if that therapist is right for you or can do the kind of treatment you need. 

If you are booking in at a larger therapy centre with many therapists – you can request or ask for a therapist that specialises in “strong, firm, killer pressure” or great at solving lower back problems.

Every holiday needs a relaxation day.  Having a massage or treatment will certainly be one of the many highlights of your trip.

If you follow the above steps, you’ll be sure to find a fantastic therapist and have a wonderful massage or treatment on your next holiday.

 

After all, a holiday is not a holiday without a massage!

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reiki

Rei – Universal + ki – Life Force.

Originating from Japan, Reiki today is one of the most common and sort after energy healing therapies in the western world.

It is hands-on, energy-based therapy that channels and directs the flow of universal energy to the client.  It works on balancing energy lines and chakras. Most clients feel a huge sense of peace and relaxation after receiving Reiki healing.

There is a lot more to Reiki than you might know, like Reiki can be used for distant healing and even pets  and plants!

Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Reiki.

1 – Reiki for distant healing  to people

Reiki for distant healing

This is where Reiki can be really special and powerful.  In my experience, distant healing can be just as powerful as a Reiki healing for someone on my treatment table.  

As a level 2 practitioner, certain symbols are used and the intention of Reiki is directed to the person receiving the distant healing.  

Distant healings can be done for people in the next room, the same town or overseas.

2 – Pets and plants love reiki

Believe it or not, plants and animals love Reiki too!  

There are some practitioners that specialise in giving Reiki to animals.  They are very grateful for receiving Reiki and you can see the love and peace in their body and face.  Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, they will often let you know when they want more.

Like pets, plants love Reiki too.  

When I move around my garden I touch the leaves or flowers of my plants.  As I move around I am giving them positive energy and this is a form of Reiki.  Try it on your favourite plant and see how it grows!

3  – Reiki will always flow to where the body needs it.

Quite simply, in a treatment, relax, be at ease and allow the energy to go where it is needed most. Your body will direct it and take it where you need it most.  

Even if a therapist rests their hands on your shoulders for the entire session, know that your body will be taking the energy to where you need it most.

The body is smart. Trust it.

4 – Reiki can be used to send energy to past and present events.

I’ve often sent Reiki to future events, like a job interview or a doctor’s appointment.

Reiki facts

Sending Reiki forward into the future to prepare for a future event creates peace, harmony and positive energy.  For example, sending Reiki to an interview can help create the right balance of energy in the room and with the participants. You might be feeling nervous enough, why wouldn’t you want positive energy to be in the room with you during an interview.

Things that may have happened in our past, can often drag us down or cause repeated grief or unhappiness. Healing past events or difficulties with Reiki can help us move forward, break ties or patterns and be at peace.

5 – The 5 Reiki Principles.

The Reiki Principles, by Dr Mikao Usui are guidelines that everyone can live by to promote a healthy way of living.

  • Just for today do not worry
  • Just for today do not anger
  • Just for today work honestly
  • Just for today express gratitude
  • Just for today be kind to all living things.

I love these principles because they are simple and easy to follow.  No confusion – just for today….

Take one principle, write it on a post-it, or a few, and pin it to places where you will see it as a reminder throughout your day.

 

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Self-care for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

I’ve been in the Natural Therapy industry for a while now, and what I see more and more is a change in people’s attitude and the realisation of the importance of self-care.  They are realising that massage, reiki or any other natural therapies are no longer about “pampering” ourselves or a luxury. It’s a form of self-care. It’s one thing they can do to help themselves manage and better their own wellbeing.  Of course, I see plenty of clients who need massage or reiki for chronic pain problems. I also see those, who incorporate massage as part of their monthly, bi-monthly or even weekly self-care routine.

Self-care isn’t just about natural therapies, it is about looking after our overall wellbeing.

Here’s my question to you. How is your self-care at the moment? Are you making time or do you even factor in self-care into your daily routines or week?

What is self-care?

Self-care
/sɛlfˈkɛː/ Noun

  • The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.
  • The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
    Google Dictionary

Why is self care important?  

Self-care is important for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It is important to nurture these aspects of ourselves and life in order to build a healthy relationship with ourselves and those around us.

As Maria Baratta (Ph.D., L.C.S.W) explained in Psychology Today “Self-care, in essence, is the mindful taking time to pay attention to you, not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that ensures that you are being cared for by you.”  “Self-care goes a long way in managing stress and living your best life.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/skinny-revisited/201805/self-care-101

Self-care tips

There are many ways we can actively invite self-care into our life.  
Here are some of the self-care tips I follow in my life.

Get good quality sleep. I know for a fact, I don’t operate at my full potential with little sleep.  I try to get at least 8 hours a night. When I put my alarm on and the little note comes up saying, the alarm will activate in 8hrs and 22mins I get excited! So much sleep ahead of me!  I do try to go to bed the same time every night. If there are times when I feel my brain is too active I’ll use some essential oils, do some reading, or journalling which helps if I have worries or a problem on my mind, or practise some breathing meditations to relax my mind and body.

Eat a nutritious, balanced diet. YES!!  There is so much information and research coming out linking food and nutrition with diseases, gut health and illness.  

“A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance.”


 https://www.healthline.com/health/balanced-diet#importance

Drink plenty of water. That might seem like a rather dull act of self-care but I will say this.  Our body is made up of over 70% water. Water hydrates our muscles and lubricates our joints. Water helps our organs (especially our bowels) to function properly. Water prevents headaches, flushes out toxins, boost the immune system (true story: I was sick with the flu and pretty much flushed it out of me, just by drinking lots of water).

Meditate.  Oh yes! Meditation. I meditate because my mind can get busy and overactive.  I use meditation to ground myself and to get me out of my head. It helps me to think clearly, be rational, stop dramatising and to re-connect to my emotional, spiritual and physical body.  

FUN. There was one stage in my adult life when I realised I wasn’t doing things that were ‘fun’.  I lived between work and home and didn’t do much in between. When I saw that I was missing “fun” in my life, I realised that it was the important thing I needed to do for my own happiness and wellbeing.  Dancing has been the biggest part of my life and it is the one thing that brings me “fun”. Fun helps reduce stress, balance our hormone levels, brings social interaction & connection to others and makes us feel energetic and youthful.

Get a massage & explore the benefits of different natural therapies. Well, yes, of course, I am going to mention this one.  I regularly get my own massages and reiki healings. Not just to keep my body in check, but also it helps me to relax and I enjoy it.  I often get a relaxation massage instead of a deep tissue or remedial, because I know it is sometimes just about resting and relaxing my mind and body.

It’s never too late to start focusing on your own self-care.

Are you Creating Balance in your life through self-care?

  Take some time out to think about what areas of your life could do with a little more focus on self-care and start making changes.

Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about what your self-care activities are.  

2019 - Creativity, Self-care, Fun

2019 – The Year of the 3.

Guess what? Apparently, 2019 is going to be a GREAT YEAR!

Can you feel it? Do you agree with me?

What I love about January is that it is the start of a New Year, a new page and a new leaf turned.  We’re optimistic, positive and feeling fresh after our holidays. It’s like we are looking at the New Year with fresh eyes and optimism.  

So what if I told you that as soon January 1st ticks over each year, regardless of our individual agendas, or goals and resolutions for that year,  on a global level everyone will feel and experience the same energy or vibration for what unfolds during that year.  Well, each year has its own Universal Year Number, which represents its own opportunities, challenges and learnings.  Knowing what the year might present may help give more understanding or meaning to certain areas of your life.

Universal Year numbers and Numerology.

Let me backtrack. In 2017 we started what is called a new 9-year cycle.  Each calendar year is represented by a number from 1 – 9 and each number has its own meaning.  In Numerology, it’s called a Univeral Year Number.

To get this number, you add each of the numbers of the year until it breaks down to a single digit, or into the double digits 11, 22, 33 which are Master Numbers and they hold their own significant meaning. 

For Example:

2017:   2+ 0+1+7= 10. 1+0= 1

2018:  2+0+1+8 = Master Numebr 11.   1+1= 2

2019:  2+0+1+9 = 12.  1+2 = 3

The last two years.

2017  – It was all about endings and beginnings and focusing on ourselves. We 

2018 – Provided us with some challenges.   It was less about “I” and more about “We.” 2018 revealed to us new partnerships and collaborations, balancing existing relationships, both personal, and professional. There was also a reawakening of our own intuition and movement towards spiritual healing or teachings.

2019 what do you hold for me?

If you felt 2018 was a little bit intense and hard, then get excited because 2019 is a Universal Year 3 of being lighthearted, joyful and fun.

The focus will be on:

  • FUN
  • TRAVEL
  • ENJOYMENTS
  • HAPPINESS
  • SHARING  
  • SELF CARE
  • SELF EXPRESSION
  • ARTISTIC CREATIVITY – WRITING, DANCING, MUSIC, ACTING, SINGING

All of this energy will boost your personal development, growth, self-expression and discovering our authenticity.  We’ll be moving out of our comfort zones, becoming more creative, discovering what happiness means to us and engaging in lots of social activities.  You will feel inspired to do more fun things for yourself.  2019 will also be encouraging us to focus on self-care, whether it be creating more healthy habits,  exploring new types of exercise or beauty routines.  It will also be about Creating Balance and nurturing our body minds and spirits through different natural therapies.

In what areas of your life are you Creating Balance for 2019?

What are you feeling about 2019? Are you feeling the urge to be more creative or find ways for self-expression and artistic creativity? Are you travelling, moving to places that are a little outside of your usual destinations? Is self-care for your mind, body and spirit a focus for you?

Whatever unfolds for you in 2019, whether you have already planned it or just waiting for it to unfold, take note of how the Universal Year number 3 resonate in your life as you journey through 2019.

Surviving the Silly Season

As I begin writing this, there are signs and indications around the town of what is to come.  Christmas decorations are appearing around town (including at the Loft.). Soon we are organising our diaries around staff parties, other end of year shenanigans, and last minute (“I haven’t seen them all year, so better now or never”) catchups with friends. Then it’s shopping lists, last day of school and, maybe for some travel arrangements, before the Broome exodus, as we fly off to other parts of the country to celebrate Christmas.  Before you know it, it’s Christmas eve and with one eye on a Christmas movie re-run we’re wrapping presents and thinking to ourselves – next year, it will be different. It won’t be so stressful or busy. Hmmm, how so? Why not make it this year? 

Here are my 5 tips for Creating Balance at Christmas.

Creating Balance at Christmas

Creating Balance at Christmas

 

Firstly, don’t get caught up in the sticky tape of wrapping presents! Oh, Anna, don’t do comedy – stick with the massage gig!

Say No & ask for help: If the social calendar is looking too busy, it’s ok to say no to a few engagements.  Don’t feel obliged to go to everything. If you are the kind of person who takes on all the tasks for Christmas Day, spread the responsibilities out so that you don’t get overburdened.  

Give yourself a present: What would you really like to do for Christmas?  Make sure you take some time out after Christmas to do something you really want to do, no matter what it is.

Budget: Christmas can get a bit pricey with purchasing presents or even buying food for the day.  Depending on who you are spending Christmas with, perhaps amongst the adults you can set a budget for presents or do a Secret Santa. Maybe take a collection for a charity instead.

Overindulgence:  This is a big one at Christmas.  There is always so much food, alcohol and sweet treaties.  It’s like for that one day of the year, we give ourselves the day off from being good with our eating. However, it’s not just that one day, it’s all the parties and socialising before Christmas day that we end up regretting, berating ourselves or analysing what we have consumed.  In reality, our bodies can’t differentiate between what day it is only our mind that knows. So here are a few tips:

Christmas parties – don’t rock up starving, have a protein-rich snack beforehand to curb hunger.

Stand at a distance from the food table to avoid “snacking on the snacks.”

Eat mindfully & say no if you can’t eat anymore. 

Take a healthy plate to the party – everyone else will appreciate it too.

Don’t stop your health and wellbeing routines: If you do morning exercise keep it up.  If you get regular massages or reiki healings, keep them scheduled.  Continuing your routines is great for your overall mental and physical wellbeing.  A little time out to recharge doesn’t go astray.  Even on Christmas Day, if it gets too much with certain family members, take a breather and go for a walk.

Don’t let the silly season get too crazy. Creating Balance at this busy time is possible.  It should be the time of peace, love and joy with family & friends. Keep that as your main mantra.  Christmas happens every year, so whatever you don’t quite achieve this year, make note of it and try again next year.

Merry Christmas.

Eat, Pray, Love Your Downtime

“I’ve been looking forward to this all week,” is one sentence I hear a lot from my clients.  This is followed by life is busy, time is flying, there are endless to-do lists, not enough time in the day.

They happily get on the table, zone out for an hour and then at the end of the session, declare that they feel really relaxed, dozy and don’t feel like doing anything else for the rest of the day. They had a whole list as long as their arm of things to do post massage, and now the thought of negotiating shops or chores is a bit too much. (As if you are going to feel like doing anything after a massage with me, on my magic table).

Then I get that look that says, “can you please give me permission to not do anything else for the rest of the day?” or the other look “Is it ok if I just go relax and do what I want to do to?”

Relaxation, Creating Balance

Eat Pray Love Your Downtime

My reply: “Absolutely! Take it easy for the rest of the day.  Go sit on the beach or read a book. You don’t need to ask me. Just do it. As a therapist, I encourage rest and relaxation, as it is important about Creating Balance in life.

So, it got me thinking. Why is it that we need permission to relax? Why do we feel guilty for wanting to take time out to relax or do something that gives us pleasure?

There’s a scene from the book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Elizabeth is taking a Gap Year through Italy, India & Bali. In Italy. She’s learning about Italian culture, the language and basically eating her way through every pasta dish on the menu, and of course the art of pleasure.  In this scene, her Italian friend Luca Spaghetti passionately compares the American and Italian way of life. In his opinion, Americans don’t know how to enjoy themselves without feeling guilty. He says that they know entertainment but not pleasure. Americans need to be told they’ve earned the right to relax after burning themselves out at work.  In the opinion of Luca, Italians on the other hand, don’t need to be told. They plan their breaks with no guilt attached and take them.

So, are we really conditioned to be so busy that we can only accept pleasurable things to do or “downtime”, or that moment of relaxation as a reward? Why can’t we be like Luca and know that pleasure and rest are what we deserve and are entitled to, without the permission?

Is it the idea that if we are not seen as being busy we’re lazy, useless or unproductive?  I am not saying we shouldn’t be busy either.  At times we need to be productive and get things done.  It’s about knowing when to switch off and do it without hesitation or reservation.

If we were told it was compulsory for our health and wellbeing to factor in downtime – would we think about it?  It should be part of our lifestyle and a normal part of life

Downtime, rest and pleasure are different for everyone. Some people find their best form of rest and switching off is by going paddle boarding, while for others it’s reading a book.  How often do you get to do that?

I’m not here to tell you how to relax and there are many ways to relax. I simply invite you to adopt the idea that you don’t need permission or an excuse to have a massage or sit on the beach all afternoon.  Yes, you deserve it.  So, reward yourself, then get into that habit of doing it all the time without permission.  At the end of the day, it is all about Creating Balance in your life.

7 Principles to Health from the Wholefood Cowboy

Last week Facebook kindly reminded me that a few years ago I made my first green smoothie.  Happy Smoothie Anniversary to me!

Seeing that Facebook memory flash up on my mind began to wonder and circle around my own health and wellness journey and what I have learnt in the last few years – besides how to make the next best green smoothie. Then this little memory popped up….

It was back in Melbourne and I went to an information night hosted by a guy called Don Tolman.  I’d never heard of him, but I was interested in what he had to say, as a self-proclaimed “Whole Food Doctor.”  

Walking out on stage we were greeted by an American Cowboy complete with handlebar moustache, stetson, shirt and cowboy boots. Don’s signature look.

Don’s passion is showing the relationship between whole foods and their relationship with the human body.  In other words, food is medicine. However, according to Don, it isn’t just about eating the right foods but embracing the 7 Key Principles to Health.  These were principles that were discovered in ancient times and are the foundations for general healing, longevity and wellbeing in our lives.

The 7 Principles to Health.

1 Air

The quality and quantity of the air we breathe is important to our health.

Get outside – breathe in fresh air.  Have a plant in your house or office space to filter toxins.  Have the windows and doors open to flush fresh air through the house.

So while the fresh air is moving through your house, how is the quantity of the air you are breathing in?  Most of us breathe shallowly into the upper chest, instead of deeply into our lower lungs. Look at babies and the way they breathe.  Breathing more deeply into our lungs helps alkalise the body, invigorates and awakens ourselves.

2 Drink plenty of clean water.

Why water? Well, that’s a whole other blog. But, briefly, water hydrates your muscles & joints preventing cramps and can reduce headaches. Water also flushes out toxins, keeps your digestives system healthy, and boost your immune system. Plus, we’re made up of about 60%, but our muscles alone are made up of 70% water.

Don’t like the taste of water? I heard that plenty of times from my partner, until I bought a water filter, then he started drinking more water.

3 Sunshine

We need sunshine for Vit D. Vit D helps the absorption of calcium, which you need for bone health. It also regulates cells, systems and organs of the body.

Sunshine works with the pituitary and pineal gland which sets our internal clocks so we can sleep at night.  A lack of sunlight can be a cause of insomnia.

4 Movement

Oh yes!! Get ACTIVE!! Get Movement into your body!! We were designed to move, not be sitting like rocks. Movement gets the circulation and all the juices flowing through your body so that you can live! Not moving lowers the circulation, you burn fewer calories, your metabolism slows and those fat burning enzymes aren’t zooming through your body. Result? Weight gain and well, all those other health issues that can cause our demise. Move your body!

5 Embrace whole plant foods

More research and studies are outlining the importance of simple whole food eating.  Quite simply, avoid processed packaged food, refined carbohydrates, sugars and alcohol! Your body is your temple. Nourish it with good

6 Loving relationships

“Love is all around…”  “Love is all you need..” So many songs, movies, books, plays even paintings portray, describe and reflect Love.  So why so important? Loving yourself, allowing yourself to be loved and loving others is one of the key factors of our lives.  Love brings happiness, compassion, comfort, support, community, and self-worth.

If we are in a toxic or “bad” relationship we feel less valued, we are unhealthy in our bodies and minds. We are unable to grow and thrive.  

Love, Love, Love – be able to love yourself and other equally.

7 Passion

Passion is what you do that makes spirit sing? What makes your light shine brighter and gives you enjoyment?  Doing things, activities, being creative, group participation and having fun all feeds into our health. Human beings are creative, inventive and curious beings.    

There you have it. Don’s 7 Principles to health.

So where do these principles fit in your life?  Are there any principles you are missing or do you embrace them all? Or are you planning on running outside to get some sunshine with your filtered water bottle in hand, listening to your favourite love song?

Take note of how you embrace these principles and see how they reflect on your health.

And thank you Facebook for my green smoothie memory. I think I’ll head to the kitchen and make one now!