Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Covid-19 Policy

Here are guidelines issued by my governing body, which I will be adhering to with my best ability.

Adhering to guidelines

Throughout this pandemic, I am following guidelines issued by the government, NHS, other relevant authorities and my professional association, the Complementary Health Professionals, regarding safe and hygienic practice and the use of any personal protective equipment (PPE).

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

I have carried out a full risk assessment, in line with guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in order to:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus;
  • think about who could be at risk;
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed; and to
  • act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk.

Health screening

Prior to seeing any of my clients, I will be:
  • Monitoring my own health and deferring treatments if I have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Contacting clients 48 hours in advance and deferring any treatments if: 
  • You have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19; 
  • You are clinically extremely vulnerable and shielding; 
  • Anyone in your household has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19; 
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; 
  • If you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service and told to self isolate.
Please call and postpone your treatment on the morning of your appointment if you have a temperature or other symptoms of COVID-19.

Enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures

I have introduced enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures between clients, which includes washing and disinfecting any non-porous surfaces and therapy equipment, such as chairs and couch, and replacing any non-porous or single-use items, such as towels and couch roll. Strict personal hygiene measures will also be adhered to, including regular handwashing/sanitising.

Adapting or restricting treatments

It may be necessary for me to adapt or restrict certain treatments, in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and/or protect my clients’ health and safety. Any clients likely to be impacted will be advised as soon as possible.

Maintaining social distancing

Please note that while my treatments involve close contact, I will be observing social distancing measures wherever possible. This might include, for example, maintaining an appropriate distance during the consultation process, and when arriving and leaving for an appointment.

Cancellations policy

Please cancel your treatment if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or you have knowingly been exposed during the last 14 days. If a treatment is cancelled or deferred at short notice because you have COVID-19 the cancellation fee will be waivered.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of your treatment, please contact me.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Healthy mind and body thoughts

As we move further into this pandemic of Covid-19, our lives have all changed in some form or other. Many people are now working from home or staying at home either alone or with family and children. Others are still working harder than normal to continue providing a service to those in need. Thank you to all those amazing people who are providing much-needed support in the community, health care and volunteer services.

Life is currently unusual, it has changed and we are all adapting to this new way of living each day. We are creating new routines and self care to get through this time and I wanted to give you some really positive things to try to incorporate into your daily life. Self care and looking after yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself to keep well during this time.

Take a breath

Making time to just stop for a few minutes each day, take a few deep breaths and really appreciate how you are feeling. Make some time for yourself, get comfortable, close your eyes and just breathe. Notice your breath. Take time to feel your emotions and how that feels within your body. It’s much easier to cope with your emotions if you notice how you are feeling and deal with them rather than push them back inside and carry on. There are some great guided meditations on apps and Youtube which can help you to relax and keep focused. At first, you may think of all the other things you could be doing, but taking some time to stop and notice your breath and thoughts can be really grounding and relaxing.

Movement throughout the day

Do you get a chance to move around much during your day? Try to get your body moving during the day and try not to sit for too long in one position. Take regular breaks from the computer or from sitting down as your body will start to stiffen up with lack of movement. You could make reminders or schedule tea breaks during the day so that you remember to move about. During these breaks, stretch the body and loosen up tight areas. You could also try to incorporate movement by doing something you really enjoy such as gardening, dancing, home workouts, yoga or walking. Don’t make it a chore, by choosing to do something you really enjoy you will get lots of pleasure from it and feel happy after.

Mindful Eating

It seems like baking and cooking is giving people lots of joy and happiness at the moment which is great to see. Make sure you are not over-consuming through boredom and ask yourself ‘am I just bored or actually hungry?’ before you eat another biscuit or slice of cake! Whenever possible also try to eat healthy and nutritious food to help keep your body fuelled with lots of good vitamins and minerals.

Keeping in Touch

Keeping in contact with others and maintaining communications with people is so important for our well being. It’s good to pick up the phone, write an email or send a text message to the people in your life. Sometimes you will reconnect with people you haven’t spoken to for a while and rekindle friendships. We all need to stay connected with friends, family and our wider community and this helps us all remember that we are cared for and keeping contact can mean so much to us all. Hearing or seeing a friendly face can lift your spirits and help your well being so much. 

Staying Positive 

My heart goes out to all those who have lost their life due to this terrible virus and all the people who are working so tirelessly to help minimise the fatalities. To think that the whole world is going through the same thing and we are all in this together can be very overwhelming and sad. Watching the news and reading social media too often can create a feeling of despair and sadness. Try to limit when you look at news, so that you don’t become overwhelmed. If you can, try to look at the positives and find something to be happy about each day. You could keep a gratitude diary, and write the things you are grateful for each day. Anything big or small can be added to your diary such as the birds singing in your garden, seeing the sunshine, eating a delicious meal or talking to a friend and is a great way to notice the good things in your life and shift to a more positive outlook. 

Stop comparing

Everyone is different. We all feel differently and cope in different ways. Some have mental health issues, medical issues, family or money worries. Everyone is finding their own way of coping, so be kind and thoughtful as we don’t always know the full story about somebody. Some people may find doing lots of exercise the only way to cope and others may feel pain just walking into the kitchen. Some may need to get outside every day for their mental health and others maybe putting themselves out to help people in need. Having all this time to think and reflect on life can be difficult and some hard decisions may be needed to be taken, so be kind to people who may be suffering on the inside whilst this is going on. Everyone is trying to do the best for the current situation they find themselves in and cope in the best way possible.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Grounding exercises for worry, stress or anxiety

I wanted to give you some ideas about how to ground yourself. If your mind is racing or you are worrying, grounding brings you back to the here and now and can be helpful with feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

Using visualisations and noticing your body can help keep you to calm down quickly and bring you back to the present moment. When we are full of worry and feeling anxious this can be really helpful.

As a massage therapist, I use these techniques all the time and these now feel normal to me, as I have to protect myself during sessions with my clients to ensure I don’t end up taking on everyone’s emotions or burning myself out.

We are taught good grounding before and after every treatment at Jing Massage training, and it’s something I really connect with. 

Using information from the Jing Massage Fusion book written by the wonderful teachers Rachel Fairweather and Meghan S Mari here is a way to ground yourself:

  • Sit or stand in a comfortable position and feel your feet connecting to the floor.
  • Feel that connection and imagine roots growing from the bottom of your feet and going down into the earth. Take time, don’t rush just feel those feelings.
  • On the in-breath imagine you are drawing up light, warmth and energy into your belly.
  • On the out-breath imagine that energy is shooting up our spine, down your arms and out of your hands.
  • Focus on your breathe and be still for a moment.

Other ways to stay in the present moment are looking around you and notice what you can see, try to name 3 things that you see around you.

Listen to what you can hear and feel around you, and really focus on what they are.

Wiggle your fingers and toes or really focus on a part of your body and describe how it feels at that moment.

I hope that the above techniques can be of assistance to you and if you start to feel overwhelmed or anxious at any time, please try one of these techniques to see if this can help you relax.

Take care everyone, Emma xx

(Fairweather, R. and Mari. MS., 2015. Massage Fusion The Jing Method for the treatment of chronic pain)

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Prices from January 2020

Hi All, 

As my last price increase was January 2018 and as I have continued to study and grow my knowledge and consume increased running costs I need to increase my prices slightly.

Here are the prices which will come into effect from January 2020:

I would like to take this opportunity to again thank each and every one of my clients for your ongoing support and loyalty. I’m glad I can provide you with the rest, relaxation and tension relief you need and I look forward to continuing to provide tailored treatments to help maintain your health and overall well-being in the future. 

Take care all, Emma xx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

New Prices from January 2018

Hi All, 

This is a little post about my treatment prices as there is going to be a small increase to my treatment costs from the New Year. 

I really do hope you can understand this is necessary to cover ongoing running costs, continued professional development and ensures I can still provide these therapeutic treatments to you.

Here are the new prices which will come into effect for all bookings from January 2018: 

Holistic Massages 

Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 30 minutes   £25.00 
Back Neck and Shoulder Massage - 45 minutes  £33.00
Tired Legs and Feet Massage – 45 minutes   £33.00
Upper Body Massage – 60 minutes   £40.00
Full Body Relaxation Massage – 60 minutes   £40.00
Full Body Indulgent Massage – 75 minutes   £46.00
Full Body Indulgent Massage – 90 minutes   £54.00

Hot Stone Massages 

Hot Stone Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 30 minutes   £30.00
Hot Stone Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 45 minutes   £38.00
Hot Stone Full Body Massage – 60 minutes    £45.00
Hot Stone Full Body Massage – 90 minutes   £58.00


Reiki treatment – 60 minutes   £38.00
Combined Reiki + Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 60 mins   £40.00
Reiki Package (3x 1 hour Reiki Treatments)   £92.00
Additional 30 minute Reiki   £16.00
Additional 60 minutes Reiki   £32.00

Ear Candling 

Standard Hopi Ear Candles   £25.00
Deluxe Hopi Ear Candles   £33.00

Home Visits 

Mobile Charge   £8.00

I would like to take this opportunity to again thank each and every one of my clients for your ongoing support and loyalty. I’m glad I can provide you with the rest, relaxation and tension relief you need and I look forward to continuing to provide tailored treatments to help maintain your health and overall well-being in the future. 

Take care all, Emma xx

Friday, 25 November 2016

Beautiful new therapy room for you to relax in

I’m really pleased to announce the opening of my new therapy room. I have created a lovely calm and tranquil space for you to rest and rejuvenate during your chosen holistic treatments. The good news for all my existing clients is that I haven’t moved building, just upstairs!  

For all those who haven’t visited the salon, it’s called Complexions Beauty and is based in Lowford, Southampton. Full address details can be found on the appointments page of my website. 

I’ve been based at Complexions since May 2014 and I’m delighted to have a dedicated room for providing holistic treatments. With a warm welcome and friendly lovely staff, it’s a pleasure to be part of the team.

Please take a look at the photos, I hope you like what you see and I really look forward to treating you there soon.

For your comfort, I have invested in an electric massage couch which helps you to easily get on and off and is kept nice and cosy with a warm electric blanket keeping you toasty during your treatment. Obviously if you don’t like the warmth I can turn it off, but most people just melt into the bed and don’t want to leave! 

If I haven’t seen you before, take a peak at the treatments I offer which include back massage; full body massage; hot stones massage and Reiki. If anything takes your fancy and you would like to book in or discuss any questions please get in contact with me. 

Warm wishes, Emma x

Monday, 30 November 2015

Pre-blended Aromatherapy Oils

Below is a short summary of each of the pre-blended aromatherapy oils I currently have on offer to give you that extra pamper during your massage treatment. 

The oils I'm using are finest cold pressed and pure essential oils made by Naturally Thinking which are synthetic free, naturally scented and luxury. 100% pure oil, no added preservatives, chemicals or dispersants, contain organic cold pressed ingredients.

Calm & Tranquillity Massage Oil

Bring peace and tranquillity to body and mind, allow your mind to relax and escape from the humdrum of life with this beautiful blend of Lavender, Frankincense, Sandalwood Almond and Jojoba which promotes relaxation, nourishes the skin and calms the mind.

Ingredients: Sweet Almond seed, Jojoba Seed, Vitamin E, Lavender flower, Frankincense resin, Sandalwood.

Renewed Energy Massage Oil

A complete recharge to body and mind this uplifting blend of Bergamot refreshes, invigorates and re-focuses the mind, and blended with vibrant Australian Eucalyptus oil and Wild Thyme helps stimulate the body into action too.

Ingredients: Grapeseed, Bergamot peel, Thyme herb, Lavender flower, Eucalyptus leaf, Neroli flower.

Original Carshalton Lavender Massage Oil 

Rich therapeutic tones of pure indulgence this oil is bliss for the skin and mind, a deeply calming and relaxing blend of Lavender helps sooth dry skin, ease tension and stress and is wonderfully nourishing to the skin.

Ingredients: Organic Sweet Almond, Organic Jojoba, Original Carshalton Lavender™ Oil, Vitamin E.

Muscles Massage Oil

Naturally easing muscle rub for sore muscles, relieves tensions, aches and pains, warms muscles and helps with toxin removal. Helpful for those suffering anxiety and tension by assisting with relaxation and mind clearing.

Ingredients: Sunflower seed, Grape seed, Clary Sage, Sage leaf, Lavender flower, Rosemary flower, Black Pepper fruit, Vitamin E.

Signature Base Massage Oil 

Divine skin nourishing oil, this anti-oxidant burst of sunshine is rich in Sea buckthorn providing an antioxidant charge for the skin, aids skin recovery and repair and deeply moisturise's the skin giving a natural glow. The oil can temporarily colour your skin due to the rich nature of Sea buckthorn oil, but it truly is worth the long term skin benefits.

Ingredients: Sweet Almond seed, Sea Buckthorn fruit, Argan, Vitamin E.

If you have any feedback or questions relating to the oils I'm using then please do get in touch with me.

For further information about the above oils and their benefits please see the Naturally Thinking website: http://www.naturallythinking.com/categories/Aromatherapy/Massage-Oils/