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Covid-19 update, 27 August 2020

I’m now getting back into the swing of things and am loving seeing clients for reflexology and massage again. Since my last update (sent to existing clients on email last month), the guidance has changed and I can now work around the face area. This means you can book for Indian head massage and now have two options when booking in for an hour’s aromatherapy massage. You can either have your neck and shoulders massaged whilst lying on your back (the way I’ve always finished a back massage) or a mini reflexology session. Treatments are currently limited to one hour.

Can you see my smile under here? 😁

I am confident that you will still leave each treatment feeling more relaxed, cared for and soothed than when you came in, whilst meeting the latest guidelines to prevent the spread of infection. I am grateful my home and treatment room are set up in a way that can be easily adjusted yet still feel welcoming, calm and peaceful. Many of the guidelines are part of my routine already, such as offering appointments only, having cleaning gaps between clients (though these will be longer and even more rigorous), offering only water to drink.

Before each appointment, I will ask you some screening questions. If the answer is yes to any of the questions, your appointment will be rescheduled. On arrival at your appointment, you’ll be asked to wash your hands, and I’ll wash mine. I’ll be wearing a visor and mask but not gloves. We’ll take a seat and go through the usual pre-treatment consultation, you’ll be asked to put your belongings in a plastic tub and sit or lie on the couch as appropriate. I hope you won’t notice other changes implemented as they’re all for me to do behind the scenes.

Call or message me to book in, I can’t wait to welcome you back.

Bess offers Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Indian head massage treatments in her comfortable, ground floor treatment room in central Belper*.

To book call or message Bess on 07980 262358 or email bess@peacewellbeing.co.uk

Male clients by referral.

*Full address details given on booking.

Feeling the collective fear – and what to do about it

Good morning everybody, I wanted to share with you today what’s been going on with me with feeling the collective fear. And how I’ve been dealing with that in the hopes that some of the tips and tricks I share with you, you’ll be able to use as well. So that you can overcome this collective fear and move through this time of pandemic with a bit more clarity, a bit more focus and a bit more love.

On Wednesday before I’d done the last video (on my facebook page) , a call went out from my ward at Chesterfield hospital to ask if any staff could go in that day as they were short. I called the ward and offered to go in for the afternoon. Instantly I felt the tension rise in my body because I’d got XYZ I needed to do before going to the hospital and I had to organise child care etc. At that point I felt anxiety, tension building up in my body. A few minutes later I found out that they didn’t need anyone anymore as someone else had already stepped up. Thank you to whoever it was who stepped up.

That feeling of tension and fear didn’t really go away. As I was out in the woods foraging for wild garlic, I had to stop and take a breath as I could feel a knot in my stomach/diaphragm, it felt like I couldn’t get my breath in properly, I couldn’t fully expand my lungs so that I could breathe. It felt like stress, fear and tension. I took a moment to stop and take a few deep breaths in the wood, envisioned I was breathing in the goodness of the woodland, the scent of the pine leaves, the damp soil, the rain. Breathing in all this goodness from the earth’s energy and breathing out all this anxiety. I felt it come up through my diaphragm and out through my mouth, returning it to the universe, sending it with love. I knew that it wasn’t my fear.

I often pick up on the anxiety of those closest to me and sometimes I know that the anxiety is mine, it’s not to do with anyone else but on Wednesday I knew that this was not my anxiety. It was the anxiety of those closest to me, but it was it was the anxiety of the rest of society that has grown as the pandemic has spread. I asked myself if I could hold it, to lessen the burden for others that were feeling this fear, but I couldn’t. I need to be strong in order to put myself in a vulnerable position with my work at the hospital to care for those who need it most.

I felt a bit better after I’d done the breaths in the woodlands but it didn’t really conquer it, it didn’t go away completely. Throughout the rest of the day, I felt cold, hungry but didn’t know what to eat, I didn’t want to eat, which is a sure sign of stress for me I couldn’t engage my brain, I couldn’t settle to do anything. I’d made a right mess in my kitchen making the sauerkraut with the wild garlic but I couldn’t be bothered to tidy up.

I carried on doing the deep breathing, I got out my essential oil blend that I take to the hospital and rubbed a few drops over my solar plexus, as I do everyday when I start at the hospital, that instantly made me feel better. I ate nourishing food (which makes me feel strong)and avoided comfort food as that makes me feel stodgy. I had an Epsom salts bath, with added essential oils for relaxation, ensuring my solar plexus was covered by the water.

I know that other people count their breathing, so inhale for a count of 4, hold it for 4, exhale for 4, or vary the count or try to lengthen it. Today I might walk barefoot on the grass to keep me connected to the grounding, supporting earth energy. I’ll probably get my crystals out too, to help my chakras stay in balance. This fear is very much base chakra and I’ll keep my solar plexus protected. Doing the video helps my voice (throat chakra) with breathing and mindfulness helping to balance out all my chakras.

I’m not afraid of this virus. I know that I’m in a fortunate position because I’m healthy and fit. if I let the fear in, I let the virus in too. I feel the fear, acknowledge it, i recognise what it is and then let it through my body. Essential oils, breathing, crystals, whatever it is you need to do to look after yourself. Let me know if you have more suggestions of what is helping you.

The other important thing is gratitude. I am grateful that I have a job at the hospital because it pays my bills, it gives me opportunities to work extra hours for extra money to buy nice things. I am grateful that I have a wonderful family around me who can help with childcare and I can help them too. I’m grateful that I’ve got my own treatment room, my own house and a car that can get me places. Keeping gratitude as a practice is really helpful too.

I’m looking forward to the day when we all feel safe again. See you soon.

Indulging my (our) inner crazy, part two

I didn’t anticipate there’d be a part two to the Indulging my inner crazy blog post when I wrote it in July. Going for a walk in the pouring rain in the summer when it’s relatively warm is one thing. Going for a walk in the pouring rain at the end of October is definitely taking it to the next level!

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Me, Lucy and Laura

What you need, is friends like these, with dogs like these, who are all as crazy as you. I even offered them a way out by inviting them to lunch at my house instead but it was decided to head out to the Peaks regardless. And I’m so pleased we did. Even on the dullest of days, Mam Tor offers breathtaking views.

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Romy

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Mylo

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The view from Mam Tor

The walk was originally intended to be a 3 mile circular route that would take us just over an hour. We got carried away chatting and it ended up closer to 6 miles and took nearly 3 hours. We traversed bogs, rocky paths and helped each other down muddy, slippery, steep slopes. I wasn’t the only one to fall over!

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Bogs, mud and slippery slopes

By the time we got back to the car park we’d all discovered what it really means to have waterproof clothing, as oppose to showerproof. Thankfully, most of us had taken a change of clothes and we piled our wet stuff in the car boot and headed off to the pub for much deserved refreshments. Low and behold, by the time we’d eaten, drunk and most importantly dried off/warmed up, by the time we left the pub, the sun was shining.

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Great, bonkers friends 😍. Photo courtesy of Lucy Hobson

It was an experience I won’t forget and would definitely repeat, with great friends who are just as bonkers as I am 🤪🥰.

A Tea Tree in Sheffield

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I had a wander around the Winter Gardens in Sheffield the other day, a stunning feat of architecture with huge timber beams soaring cathedral-like towards the heavens.

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Inside is housed a collection of plants often found in temperate climates and sections devoted to Australasia, including a tea tree. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in the flesh before so I was delighted!

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Tea Tree is one of the most commonly used essential oils as it has great antibacterial, anti-infectious and anti-fungal properties, to name just a few. It appears in many different products from skin cleansers to natural toilet cleaners. According to Tisserand, it is also an emotional tonic for lethargy, anxiety and depression. It is often known as the bottle brush tree due to the formation of the needles, as you can see below.

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There were also some great examples of New Zealand’s Norfolk Island Pines, which have been around since the Jurassic period.

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As far as I’m aware, these pines aren’t used in aromatherapy. I dare say they are used medicinally in some way in their native home though. Other plants I found that are harvested for their healing properties were eucalyptus, aloes, jasmine and the olive pictured above.

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A selection of Aloes

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Jasmine, it caught my nose before it caught my eye!

There was also some beautiful colours dotted around, although I don’t know the name of those plants as there’s no essential oils produced from them! The Winter Gardens are well worth a visit, I’ll definitely be hanging around in there again soon.

Indulging my inner crazy

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Maximum saturation. Maximum joy 😁

I have the luxury of a Sunday to myself today. A rare treat to do as I please and answer to no one. I felt like going for a walk this morning so I messaged my mum and sisters asking who’d like to come with me. My mum replied “Yes but not today!”. It’s looking a bit grey outside, and the forecast says it’ll be raining all day. Can’t say I blame my mum but I want to walk regardless. So I messaged back “I’ll take myself then!”

Walking boots ✅

Waterproof jacket ✅

Phone ✅

Keys ✅

Bottle of water ✅

Off I went. It wasn’t raining as I set off but 10 minutes in it starts. 20 minutes in and it’s hammering down. I put my hood up but then take it down again. For some crazy reason I want my hair to get wet, I want to feel the rain on my scalp.

I pass by silent fishermen and a couple of people walking dogs. The cyclists are friendly, greeting me as they whizz by, but the motorists are baffled, giving me strange looks as I leap to the grass verges to let them pass.

There comes a point at which I reach peak enjoyment. I’m the only one on the normally busy byway (I may have walked along with my mouth open, catching rain drops on my tongue), my hair is wet but my feet are dry and I’m warm from the exertion of a good stomp up the hill.

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Belper in the rain

And then the trees thin out and a cool wind chills my fingers, I’ve reached breaking point for my walking boots and my feet start to squelch with every step. Thank goodness I’m only 20 minutes from home and I know there’s a hot drink and a hot shower waiting for me.

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Soaked to the bone!

I very much enjoyed indulging my inner crazy this morning. It has made me feel alive, and grateful for simple pleasures. It’s not something I’ll be doing every time it rains, it just felt good today.

What do you do to make you feel alive?