Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Restoration

I had a shiatsu massage with local therapist Aliki Zouliou today and it has made me feel like a new woman.  I was so relaxed at one stage that I forgot where I was but that's probably the beauty of specialised treatments like these - you get transported to another place and it's not the sort of thing you normally do because it feels like such a treat rather than a necessity.

Aliki Zouliou - Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies specialist
I am trying to practise what I preach in terms of taking a more holistic view of health and wellbeing and being more preventative rather than reactive which is easier said than done when you have kids or work (or both!).  I have some incredibly fit friends who are cyclists and one of the things they do is book themselves in for monthly massages - sounds like an indulgence but I don't think it is if you can afford it as it is an investment in your own health.  I think parents often put themselves last but if we don't take care of ourselves and then fall down, the whole family ends up suffering.
Cherry Blossom image via Wikipedia
Aliki started with a consultation and also passed on a series of stretches for me to practise at home at the end and I think this is such a lovely benefit of seeing someone like her.  I will be back!  With spring in the air, I know it's also time to try to get back to more regular exercise which has also suffered over the winter and with me getting sick.

And at the risk of sounding terribly vain which I probably am :-) I would love to find a beauty therapist out this way who specialises in natural and/or organic products and treatments - if you can recommend someone local, I would love to give them a go!  I've had the same hairdresser since I was in my early twenties so would love to form a similar relationship with a local person.  Let me know!

How about you?  Have you got any plans to start (or increase) exercising for Spring or rejuvenating yourself/your life in some other way?  I think it's a great time to get ready for a brand new season and beginning, which is what I love most about Spring - the chance to start afresh, look forward to some warmth in the air and seeing everything blossom, bloom and flourish again, including the chance to do this with ourselves and our own lives.

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