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Nr 13 &14 Spring & Summer 2014

 Welcome to my Summer Newsletter

 What happened to Spring? The season and the newsletter! -The last six months have flown by and I’m trying to remember what has happened!

 In this newsletter

·         Indian Head Massage Open Day

·         Dates for your Diary

 c   Tropic Skincare with Linda Bibby

Visit the website www.wholebodybalance.co.uk

Get Together

 We held our traditional get together at Khushi’s in Mid Calder on the 29th January and had a fabulous turnout of 23!

 

Our Yoga classes started back in February. The evening class has been very busy and although we all start with our New Year’s resolutions we don’t always keep them up! The numbers do dwindle however it is so much busier than last year and we are always open to new yogis!

 

So many people had expressed an interest in an afternoon class and as I found the time to start one it hasn’t been as well attended as I had hoped. The afternoon class has finished for the summer and I will review it in August. The evening class continues throughout the year.

 Annual Fundraising Event

 Date and Charity still to be confirmed.

 Picnic in the park Photo 2013 – (details of this year’s event in the next column)

 

 

 

Indian Head Massage Open Day

 This was held on March 15th and many of you sampled a mini treatment and took advantage of the 25% discount for April. Congratulations to Marie Nichol who’s name came out of the ‘Hat’ and experienced a full treatment free of charge.

 

Dates for your Diary

 Saturday 12th July

‘Drop In’ day – Tropic Skincare with Linda Bibby – Barefoot Chiropody Clinic, 17 Main Street, Mid Calder EH53 0AW

10am – 3pm

 Focus on getting your skin ready for your holidays (unless you have been ) and summer makeovers. Take advantage of the Summer Sale.

 Sunday 3rd August

 Yoga in the Park - Our annual Yoga in the Park in the grounds of Hopetoun House. This is dependent on the weather and just in case it pours we can go the week after. The weather is normally very kind to us.

 We meet in the car park at the kiosk at 2pm for a couple of hours of yoga followed by a picnic! Please bring some food to share. If you haven’t joined us before please come along, it is so much fun.

There is no charge for the class and entrance to the grounds are £4.75 and concessions £3.50.

 Tropic Skincare with Linda Bibby

 
I made so many good decisions last year in order to develop my business and one of those was to become an Ambassador for Tropic Skincare. I mentioned this in my last newsletter and I will continue to tell you about it because I am very proud and excited to be part of it.

 

 Its’ ethics fit so well with Whole Body Balance. Early in March I flew down to Birmingham to attend the ‘Glambassadors’ Event in Coventry. This was to launch the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

 It was an exciting event and I hope you enjoy watching the 3 minute video.

 If you look closely I managed to get on stage with Alan Sugar and Susan Ma (that’s me on the right)

 My flights are booked for September!

I wonder what is planned for the Autumn/Winter catalogue. You will hear as soon as I return.

A launch of the Spring & Summer range was held in the Barefoot Chiropody Clinic on April 5th where visitors experienced relaxing facials and hand massages.

 Our Summer Sale Leaflet is attached

 You can order Tropic Products by Phoning me on 0774 206 3080 e-mailing at linda@wholebodybalance.co.uk

or by ordering online atwww.tropicskincarewithlindabibby.co.uk + Click “Shop”

 
Please click the facebook logo or this link
http://www.facebook.com/Tropic.Skincare.with.Linda.Bibby
to ‘Like’ my Tropic Facebook Page and keep up to date with the latest offers and new products!

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 Love Linda xx 

                                                                                 Nr 11 +12 Autumn 2013 Winter  2013- 2014

 Welcome to my Autum/Winter Newsletter

I know we are now in January 2014 and this really should have come out to you early December  -  I’m sorry and will get back on track this year.

In this newsletter

Yoga in the Park
Annual Fundraising Event
Tropic Skincare
Yoga Classes Start Back
Our Traditional Get Together
New Treatment
Indian Head Massage Open Day
Visit the website
www.wholebodybalance.co.uk


Yoga in the Park

 Sunday 11th August saw our annual Yoga in the Park in the grounds of Hopetoun House. This was our best turnout ever with 19 of us plus a lovely dachshund called Leila. The weather was very kind to us and of course the wonderful picnic did not disappoint!

 

 We held our annual Fundraising evening on Wednesday 30th October and every penny taken on the evening went towards the Riding for the Disabled in Balerno. We had a little money from a very cold evening earlier in the year and our fabulous Jeanette went around Mid Calder selling her home made tablet which raised over £80! In total we raised £630 0n the evening with another £30 in the following couple of days giving a magnificent total of £660!!!!!

It takes £600 a year to support a rider and horse. It was a total I was so happy with and thank the ladies and gents of my class for making it possible.  

My thanks to everyone in the yoga class who rallied round and brought friends. Thank you to all of you who helped in the kitchen. My thanks to our ‘in house’ and visiting therapists who made our evening possible.

Jo Watt -  Pressure Point
Dawn Anderson – Be Magnificent
Catherine White -  Looks Sensational
Ali Dee -  Nails
Marion Brown -  Bowen
Jenny Searles – Alhambra Centre
Chris McFarlane for the lovely hand massages
Linda Bibby - Whole Body Balance

 Thank you for all the treatment vouchers you donated and for the lovely painting by Jenny McLanaghan and of course to Andrew McLeman, our resident Auctioneer.

 Every year I ask ‘how do we do it in an hour and a half’?

 

Thank you x  

   

 I became an ambassador for Tropic Skincare in October and the products are speaking for themselves.  

 I had my official launch within the Barefoot Chiropody Clinic in November and a Christmas ‘drop in ‘ session early in December. My thanks to my friends who have help ‘Pamper Evenings’ for me and earned themselves 15% of the sales to spend on Tropic products.  

The first ever Tropic sale is on until the end of January and there are some rather nice offers on. Please contact me for details or indeed if you would like to hold an evening or simply have a facial for that special occasion!

 If you are interested in becoming an ambassador you can do so for £49.50 until the end of January (normally £99) and you get over £250 of goods. Ideal part time income – should you be looking for something different.  

 I’m off to Coventry 8th March -  no I haven’t been sent I am going voluntarily and more on that in the next newsletter.  

 YOGA CLASSES

 The afternoon and evening Yoga classes re-start on Wednesday 5th February. (1pm and 7:30pm)  

Our traditional get together at Khushi’s will be held on Wednesday 29th January at 7.30. All past and present yogi’s invited. Please let me know if you can attend.

 

Khushi’s last year

  

 New Treatment – Bowen

 

 Developed in Australia by Tom Bowen. Bowen is a non-invasive energy release treatment involving gentle movements of the therapist’s thumbs and fingers over the soft connective tissue of the body accompanied by waiting periods allowing the body to absorb the total benefit of the moves. The treatment may help a variety of conditions.

 Please see my website for more information www.wholebodybalance.co.uk

 

 Indian Head Massage Open day – 15th March 2014

 This will be held within the Barefoot Chiropody Clinic between 11am and 5pm. Have you ever wondered just what an Indian Head Massage is or wanted a ‘quick fix’? A 20 minute treatment will cost £10. Come and join us for a tea or coffee or maybe a glass of wine and chat to those who have experienced it and try it for yourself.

 

 I’m off to Lanzarote for a week on 16th – 23rd Jan , so I may not be able to reply to messages till I get back!

 

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Nr 9 & 10 Spring & Summer 2013

                                                                       Welcome to my Spring/Summer Newsletter

 

I really am sorry for being so late. I was going to use the excuse ‘The Spring Newsletter was late but so was Spring’ then I realised we were into Summer! I have been having lots of technical problems and lost all my e mail addresses but with thanks to my trusty webmaster I have them back -beats photocopying letters and sticking stamps on envelopes!

 In this issue

·         All the news!

·         Wednesday Afternoon Yoga Class starting

·         Extended business hours

·         A success story

·         Dates for your diary!

·         Visit the website www.wholebodybalance.co.uk


All the news

This has been the most exciting year for me to date with so much happening.

 For those that don’t know, having secured flexible part time work nearer home in June I took early retirement from Standard Life. This also means that I have the opportunity to further develop my Whole Body Balance business with additional daytime appointments, and an additional afternoon yoga class.

 Everything happens for a reason and at the right time. I really do believe the best time is NOW.

 

 I was delighted to be asked to join in the Lanthorn Charity Day again in January but was not  able to join the day in June.

 My thanks to Ruth Plevin who asked me to support the Addiewell Family Day in March and to Linda Quigley who asked to join the Mosswood day in May. These events are sponsored by West Lothian Council to support some of the local families.

 We held our second Open Day on 2nd March which was very well attended. I have to thank my fellow yogis who make this day possible, it simply couldn’t go ahead without them. My yogis look after the front of house whilst I do the treatments in my beautiful room.   

 

Yoga Class

 What an exciting year we are having with so many new faces, everyone ‘new’ and ‘old’ are mixing so well, I can’t wait for Hopetoun, then of course Khushi’s.

 Additional Afternoon Yoga Class starting in September

 I am starting an afternoon yoga class Wednesday 4th September. This will be 1pm until 2.30.

 

Remember the one day the heating wasn’t on and we did Yoga with our coats on!

(This won’t happen again as I now always now check the heating in the afternoon!) The refunded class fees have gone towards our 2013 fundraising.

 

Dates for your Diary

Yoga in the Park in the grounds of Hopetoun House will be Sunday 11th August. Weather permitting.

We meet at the kiosk at 2 pm and make our way to the Old Bowling Green for a couple of hours of yoga. There is no charge for the class, just to the grounds. £4.25 for Adults and £3.70 for anyone fortunate enough to be over 60!

Please bring some food to share for the picnic afterwards.

Some photos from last year

 

One of the horses that were next door last year!

 

Fundraising

We will be holding our annual Fundraising evening again towards the end of October. Confirmation of date and cause to follow. My yoga class decide who we will support.

Extended Business Hours.

I now have appointments available during the daytime except Mondays.

Appointments are Tuesday & Thursday from 9 am last appointment 7 pm.

Wednesday & Friday mornings 9am until 11.00 and Saturdays by arrangement.

 

 

Success Story

 Please see this testimonial from a lady in West Lothian. This was given to me in April. The lady still comes to me.

 “I had been suffering from anxiety, stiffness in my neck and a painful left hip but after discovering Indian Head Massage all that is a thing of the past.

I have been receiving regular treatments for the last eight months and feel the benefit

every day.

I felt relief after the first treatment and the more I had the better I felt. The ultimate result was getting through the very long winter without experiencing symptoms

of SAD which I have suffered from for many years I can only  imagine that my regular treatments are responsible for banishing this!

Because of my regular treatments I now feel my life has become more fulfilling and my self-esteem has improved . I consider my Indian Head Massage as a necessity to stay well both mentally and physically and also look on it as a special treat just for me!

Linda is a very special person”

JM

 

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 And a New Treatment!

Bowen Bodytherapy for Pain Relief.

 What is Bowen?

 In its simplest form Bowen is the key to encouraging the body’s innate self-healing system to maximum performance. Gentle movements at specific points across the connective soft tissue of the body accompanied by intervals where the therapist leaves the proximity of the client allowing the body time to adsorb the total benefit of the moves. It is an holistic therapy believing that each part of the body knows it’s precise function if the right circumstances are provided.

 I trained in Bowen many years ago. My case studies were very successful but I didn’t have the opportunity to practice it then. Now that I am running my business nearly full time I am refreshing my technique, working on clients who have a range of acute or chronic conditions.

More details will follow on my website soon.    

 

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Love Linda xx   

 

Nr 8 Winter 2012 

Welcome to my Winter 2012 Newsletter - This year has flown by!

In this issue
Our Fundraising event 
Date for your diary! 
Open Day 2013

·         Visit the website www.wholebodybalance.co.uk


Our Annual Charity Fundraising Evening was held on the 24th October 2012
 
      

Linda hands over a cheque for £408.56 to Mary from West Lothian Woman's Aid

"Thank you to all who came along to support us in aid of West Lothian Women’s Aid. A fabulous total of £408.56 was raised! How can so few people rally round and persuade people to part with their money in 90 minutes? 

My thanks to our therapists, Dawn, Jo, Rhona, Catherine and Annie. To the girls in the kitchen supplying the refreshments – Chris, Amanda & Erin. To Isobel & Helen who floated and went where needed. To our auctioneer, Andrew who parted people with their money and to Kerr who always supports us. Alison for manning the door, holding everything together and keeping me right! :Stephen for all his ferrying about! Evelyn always brings her family and to everyone who brought their friends and donated prizes for the raffle, brought the home baking and the auction. Thank you to Jenny and Sheila who couldn’t be there but kindly supported us in their absence and to newcomers Ali & Sharon who joined in all the fun. 

If I have missed anyone I am sorry. You really are the best yoga class around (with apologies to other classes!)

        In addition to the above we have sold another 3 Relaxation CD’s and have £15 to add to our wonderful total. The relaxations were recorded live at yoga evenings.

        Sadly we will miss Annie from future evenings as Annie has finally hung up her trusty nail file. Annie did retire a few years ago but continued to support us. Her retirement is now complete. Thank you Annie for all your support over the years. We wish you well.

The Yoga class has now finished and we resume Wednesday 6th February 2013.

Date for the Yogi’s Diaries!

Following in true tradition we yogi’s will be having our night out on Wednesday 30th January at Khushi’s in Mid Calder. Time 7.30. Please confirm if you can make it ( if you haven’t done already)

Open Day 2013

Following last year’s very successful Open Day I will be holding one again, probably Saturday 2nd March but I will confirm details nearer the time.

Christmas Gifts

If you still haven’t decided what to buy, why not consider a treatment voucher. These can be used for Reiki or an Indian Head Massage. Please see the website for details and remember we can provide these on line for the last minute gift.   

Party with a Difference

A party with a difference! I come to you. You and your friends experience a 20 minute mini treatment. The perfect way to relax after some Christmas shopping or maybe your Christmas gift to your friends!.


 I also do Bridal parties -  a great way to relieve the stress before the big day

 

There is a wonderful poem I would like to share with you this Christmas.
This is taken from the book MOTHER TERESA
– MEDITATIONS FROM A SIMPLE PATH.

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  A very Happy Christmas to all of you and may 2013 be the year some of your dreams come true. 

 

Nr 7 Autumn 2012

Welcome to my Whole Body Balance Autumn 2012 Newsletter

Where did summer go this year? Has anyone seen it? In fact the nicest week of the year was the week I was fortunate
enough to be away in Galloway. Officially it was still Spring!! Autumn is so beautiful though. Enjoy it.

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Yoga in the Park 2012 Pics

 In this issue

 ·         Yoga in the Park
·        
Annual Fundraising Event
·        
Armadale Ladies Day
·        
Visit the website www.wholebodybalance.co.uk


Yoga in the Park (photos above)

We did manage to go to Hopetoun this year. 12th August and the weather was so kind to us, it stayed dry and sunny the whole afternoon including for the picnic. The ground was also drier than we expected. Thank you to all who were able to attend and thank you for the wonderful outdoor feast!

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Party with a Difference

A party with a difference! I come to you. You and your friends experience a 20 minute mini treatment. The perfect way to relax after some Christmas shopping or maybe your Christmas gift to your friends!. 


I also do Bridal parties -  a great way to relieve the stress before the big day. 

Gift vouchers always available. The gift that gives twice. You know the feeling when you’re not too sure what to buy?  They make the perfect last minute gift – you could even plan it!!. Also available on line. 

 
West Lothian Pamper Days  

 

Armadale Ladies Day

 I was privileged to be asked to join some other therapists to give treatments on the 2nd October. The day was part of the ‘Do More Drink Less Campaign’ in conjunction with the ‘Together 4 Health Project. This was sponsored by West Lothian Council.

Thank you to  everyone who enjoyed the treatments. These were done overlooking a beautiful Zen Garden which I found extremely relaxing. Douglas Benson and his team including Anne & Rili organised a really special day and provided a wonderful lunch

 

First Anniversary of Treatment Room


 This is the first Anniversary of my treatment room being open. To celebrate I am offering 20% discount off any Indian Head Massage or Reiki treatments booked before 31st October and taken before 30th November 2012. This includes existing appointments!  

 
Balanced Recipe

 I wasn’t going to do a recipe this time as I hadn’t planned anything and nothing had been suggested -but I changed my mind! Tonight I made the simplest of meals and it really was delicious.

I am dedicating this to my wonderful friend Lucia. We have had several discussions about Lancashire Hotpot over the years and tonight’s just hit the mark.

Serves 2

4 pieces of Lambs neck
2 red onions ( I didn’t have brown onions left)
3 large baking potatoes
Approx. 1pt of boiling water 
1 Oxo cube
Salt, pepper & dried thyme

Pat dry the lamb (no need to brown) and place in small heavy casserole dish ( I put 3 on the base and 1 on the upper layer)

Thinly slice the onions and layer

Peel and thinly slice the potatoes and layer
Place the rest of the lamb on top and continue layering the onion and finish with potato.
Sprinkle each layer of potato with seasoning and thyme.
Pour over the boing water with the Oxo cube sprinkled and stirred in it
Cover tightly with foil and the casserole lid.

Autumn Meditation

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As the dark nights draw in we sometimes want to spend a few minutes with our thoughts but sometimes they can get confused. We think about too much at once.

Find a warm place where you won’t be disturbed
You may like some soft music in the background or perhaps simply to be silent.
Light a candle and place it a foot or so in front of you. You may be uncomfortable with a candle flame and if so place a flower or visualise your favourite flower.
Sit either on the floor with your legs crossed or in a chair ensuring your back is straight. If in a chair ensure your legs are uncrossed.
Spend a few moments focussing on the flame or flower, follow your breath and eventually allow your eyes to close but making sure you hold the image in your mind’s eye.
If you lose the image open your eyes a little to recapture it again.
As your thoughts come to you, acknowledge them and allow them to move to one side, knowing you will deal with them at the appropriate time.
As the next thought comes acknowledge it and allow it to move to one side, knowing you will deal with it at the appropriate time.
Repeat for as long (or short) as is comfortable or you have time for.

When you are ready slowly bring your awareness back to your breath and to your surroundings and continue with your day or evening.  

 

 This year’s Annual Fundraising event is Wednesday 24th October. Each year I ask my class to decide who they would like to support. We always try and support a local cause and this year we are supporting West Lothian Women’s Aid based in Ivanhoe Rise, Livingston. 

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*This poster is attached to the newsletter – if you know of somewhere that this could be posted (ask permission!) please print out one or more copies and arrange for them to be posted. 

Please remember, every penny taken on the night goes directly to the cause.

http://www.wlwa.org.uk/

 A representative of the Charity visited the class recently to outline what they do. She left a poem prepared by refuge residents that we would like to share.

“Things I learned at the Refuge”

That a child can be reduced to tears by the sound of a key in the door.

That it's easy to ask why it's hard to say that I'm not going to take any more.

That you can't get back to Kansas simply by: clicking your heels 

That leaving is hard, and staying is hard and love is as hard as steel.

That sticks and stones will break your bones but the names can hurt you too.

That cruelties can be tiny and there's always a size to fit you.

That if someone can stop you laughing he thinks he's won the fight but that laughter creeps back like daisies given the smallest amount of light. 

That freedom, like abseiling, is worth the thrill if you're able to step out and risk it:

That nothing can stop the runaway chat of seventeen women with biscuits.

That a nom de plume is a shield and sword whether Femme Fatale or Fanny Slack;

That painting a wall or making a cake are signs that you're on the way back.

That spider silk is not the strongest fibre known to man the strongest force in nature is telling a woman she can.

That so long as your fist can fit round a pen the bitterest draft can be sweetened;

You'll be down and out for a little while But never, ever beaten.

- Written by a group of refuge residents,
   Permission kindly granted by www.jobell.org
 

 

Nr 6 Summer 2012

Welcome to my Whole Body Balance Summer 2012 Newsletter
Spring is behind us (don’t look out the window for the next few days!)
Summer is here. I seem to recall saying similar words only a few months ago!

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In this issue -

I’m still trying to gets to grips with technology 
West Lothian Pamper Days 
Lanthorn Ecumenical Parish Therapy Day  
Yoga in the Park
Visit the website www.wholebodybalance.co.uk

 

Me and Technology!

       Some of you may be smiling as you read this and some of you are probably thinking ‘yes I know the feeling’.  - I haven’t got to grips with Facebook as much as I would have liked and try to post items – and I never know exactly where they are going to end up so I call upon my trusted Webmaster for help. I often say he should work for Carlsberg!

       If you would like to, or have been meaning to please go to 

       www.wholebodybalance.co.uk

and click the Facebook link and ‘like’ me (only if you do of course) this way others will get to hear of me.
(or go direct to our Facebook page
www.facebook.com/wholebodybalanceuk )

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Summer is a great time for having friends round. Why not have about 5 friends over and all have a taster Indian Head Massage - see website for full details. These can be done in your home, conservatory or garden. It’s a great way to sample the treatment. 


  

I also do Bridal parties -  a great way to relieve the stress before the big day. 

Gift vouchers always available. The gift that gives twice. You know the feeling when you’re not too sure what to buy?  They make the perfect last minute gift – you could even plan it!!. Also available on line. 

West Lothian Pamper Days  

 

Addiewell 17th May & Knightsridge 19th June. These were tremendous ways of helping the community and so much fun was had by all:
Yoga, hoola hooping, Qigong, Nails, Indian Head Massage and lunch what more could you ask for? My thanks to Ruth Plevin, Natalie Stevens & Linda Quigley for inviting me to take part.

 Lanthorn Ecumenical Parish Complementary Therapy Day

 

 

 

 

Date for your Diary - Hopetoun Yoga   

 

Each year we take our Yoga Class to the grounds of Hopetoun House. Sadly last year the weather beat us and we were rained off.  

 

We really hope we can make it this year to be held on Sunday 12th August at 2pm.

 

We meet at the kiosk and have an afternoon of yoga followed by a picnic. Please bring some food to share -  all are welcome even if you don’t come to yoga! There is an Italian Car Event on as well and they park on the lawns but as you drive in please tell the marshals you are here for the yoga and park in the normal car park. There is no charge for the class but entry to the grounds is £4.25 and there are concessions.

 

Balanced Recipe

This time the recipe comes from Annie, as recently prepared by her on a Summer Evening -  Spicy Salmon Fillets - and it’s simple to make and is really tasty. Perhaps for dessert Strawberries in Balsamic and Ice Cream.  Thank you Annie

For a delicious supper dish try mixing Sharwood’s Rogan Josh Curry Sauce with a spoonful of lime pickle, wholegrain mustard, honey, lime and lemon juice then pour over 2 salmon fillets and cook gently in the oven until the salmon is cooked through and the sauce is piping hot.

Serves 2

What you need

olive oil 
2 salmon fillets 
1 jar Sharwood’s Rogan Josh 
1 tbsp lime pickle. 
2 tsp wholegrain mustard 
1 tbsp honey 
Juice of 1 lemon 
Juice of 1 lime 
1 small casserole dish with lid

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/ 375ºF/Gas 5 
  2. Lightly grease the casserole dish with olive oil and then place the salmon fillets in the dish. 
  3. In a bowl mix together the Sharwood’s Rogan Josh, lime pickle, wholegrain mustard, honey, lime and lemon juice. 
  4. Pour the sauce over the salmon and then cover with a lid. 
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and the sauce is piping hot.

Hints and tips

Try serving with some sautéed sliced potatoes and green beans spiced up with a pinch of mild curry powder. 
This recipe also works very well with chicken breasts.

 

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Summer Holidays & Yoga

 

There will be no yoga class in Mid Calder Wednesday 25th July or the 1st August as I am on holiday. All is not lost! I would encourage you to go along to Ruth Plevin’s class in East Calder. It is slightly earlier than mine 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the East Calder Community Centre. Phone Ruth on 01506 204338 or e mail her ruth@sukha.co.uk -  these times may be more convenient for some people and it is always good to have a change and experience a new class.   

SUMMER RELAXATION

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We all lead such busy lives these days and so often don't spend time on ourselves. We rush round looking after husbands/wives, children, housework, animals and so on. Carry on doing all that but please remember if you don't give yourself time you can't help those around you!

'Make an appointment with yourself' even if it is only for 15 minutes once or twice a week.

Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed.

Turn the phone down ( and let the answer machine take the calls) dim the lights or turn them off, maybe light a candle and bathe yourself in its warm glow.

Put some relaxing music on or enjoy the silence! 

Either lie down on the floor making sure your back is well supported and cover yourself with a blanket or sit in a chair ensuring your back is well supported. Keep your legs and feet uncrossed and your arms by your side or your palms on your lap.

Allow yourself to breathe naturally, don't force your breath anywhere, and let your breath settle wherever it wants to.

Take your awareness to each part of your body, starting with your feet, ankles and legs, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your hands, arms and shoulders, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your torso, become aware of your hips, pelvis, back, spine, and abdomen. all your internal organs, ribcage, lungs and heart, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax. 

Take your awareness to your neck and throat, to your face, jaw, ears and eyes, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your forehead, the crown of your head and the back of your head, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation.

Imagine you are lying on warm sand. It is late afternoon or early evening.

You are aware of the sea and it’s waves gently lapping against the rocks along the shore.

You are aware of the blue sky above you with just a few wispy clouds, tempering the heat of the sun. 

You continue to relax with every outbreath. 

You are aware of the sun above you, this wondrous sphere of energy; it may be yellow, orange or red. You choose. Imagine there is a tiny aperture in the crown of your head

and as the aperture opens this beautiful energy of the sun slowly starts to flow into your crown and slowly expands across your scalp, down through your head into your neck, across your shoulders down through your arms and body. The energy continues to flow right down to your fingertips and down through your legs to the tips of your toes, warming you and energising you as it does so.

You are aware that the aperture in the crown of your head has closed and the wondrous energy has floated away. 

You slowly awake, bringing your awareness back to your body and are feeling completed energised. Make sure you stretch and sit quietly for a few moments before being ready to face whatever is waiting for you

 Om Shanti

Newsletter Nr 5 Spring 2012 

 

Welcome to my Whole Body Balance Spring Newsletter –
Winter is behind us (don’t look out the window for the next few days!)
Spring has burst upon us and let’s hope it lasts until Summer comes!

In this issue -

Our Yoga night out

·         I embraced 21st Century technology!!

·         Mother & Toddler Grown up night in.

·         Open Day

·         Visit the website www.wholebodybalance.co.uk

 Our Yoga night out!

 

Traditionally we go out for dinner the week before starting back at our yoga. This year we again went to Khushi’s in Mid Calder on Wednesday 25th January. A lovely evening was had by all and it was great to see our ‘old’ friends too. We have kept this tradition going for about 10 years or more ( I’ve lost count) and long may it continue.

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 21st Century Technology  

I have joined the Facebook revolution! I shied away from it as I am technologically challenged as many of you will know but my lovely yogi friends persuaded me of its advantages. Oh dear I thought how do I go about this? I spoke to my trusted webmaster who told me I had to have a personal page in order to have a business page and hey presto he set it up and I am slowly getting the hang of it (very slowly) In fact I posted something a couple of nights ago!

 

Apparently I can only have friends on my personal page and people have to like my business page so ................. please follow the instructions below if you would like to like to ‘like me’  and thank you to those of you who already ‘liked me’.

 www.facebook.com/wholebodybalanceuk

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Open Day

I held my first Open Day on Saturday 3rd March. I really had no idea how it would go and can say I was thrilled by the response. Thank you to all my yoga friends and clients who helped with the day and my webmaster for my promotional material. The front desk was manned, people chatted about the treatment and supplied our guests with food and beverages and it went like a fair all day. Thank you to Jackie for handing over the Barefoot Chiropody Clinic to me for the day. Please do let me have your feedback on how the day went, this will help me decide how to promote similar days in the future.

 

At 5pm there were five of us left and we asked Andrew to pull a name out of the hat. Congratulations to Alison who won the free treatment.

Girlfriends Get Together

As the weather improves many of us think about small gatherings or parties. Why not have about 5 friends over and all have a taster Indian Head Massage -  see website for full details. These can be done in your home, conservatory or garden. It’s a great way to sample the treatment. 

I also do Bridal Parties. It’s a great way to reduce the stress!

Mother & Toddler Grown Up Night in

My thanks to Becky Wapshott for inviting me to their ‘Grown Up Evening In’ at the Baptist Church on Saturday 25th February. It was an enjoyable evening and I thank them for their hospitality. A lovely dinner followed by ‘taster treatments’ Everyone appeared very relaxed after their treatment.

 Balanced Recipe

Thank you to my friend  Lucia for this recipe. I have tried it. It’s easy to make a and tastes delicious.

Pork with Mushrooms serves 4Ingredients

675g pork fillet
2tbsp sunflower oil
25g butter
1 chopped onion
1 tbsp paprika
25g plain flower 
300ml chicken stock

 Method 

Cut pork into 11/2 inch cubes. Heat oil & butter in a large saucepan. Add pork, cook for 5 mins over a medium heat or until browned. Transfer to plate with slotted spoon.

Add chopped onion to saucepan & cook for 5 mins, stirring. Stir in paprika & flour & cook for 5 mins. Gradually add the stock & bring to the boil stirring constantly.

Return pork to the pan, add the sherry, sliced mushrooms & season.

Cover & simmer for 20 mins or until pork is tender. Stir in soured cream and serve. 

I served this with rice but potatoes would be just as good.

Please send me your recipes if you would like to share them.

Spring Relaxation   

We all lead such busy lives these days and so often don't spend time on ourselves. We rush round looking after husbands/wives, children, housework, animals and so on. Carry on doing all that but please remember if you don't give yourself time you can't help those around you!

(Continued next column….)

 …..Spring Relaxation (cont.)

'Make an appointment with yourself' even if it is only for 15 minutes once or twice a week.

Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed.

Turn the phone down ( and let the answer machine take the calls) dim the lights or turn them off, maybe light a candle and bathe yourself in its warm glow

Put some relaxing music on or enjoy the silence! 

Either lie down on the floor making sure your back is well supported and cover yourself with a blanket or sit in a chair ensuring your back is well supported. Keep your legs and feet uncrossed and your arms by your side or your palms on your lap.

Allow yourself to breathe naturally, don't force your breath anywhere, and let your breath settle wherever it wants to.

As you relax imagine you are lying in a large garden. It is a warm spring day, the sky is blue and the sun is shining high above you. The grass is warm beneath your mat. 

You are aware of the daffodils around you, the trees gently swaying in the breeze and the leaves are budding on the branches.

You hear the sound of water as it tumbles over some rocks and flows into a pond.

Listen to the birds in the trees.

Your surroundings are quite perfect.   

Take your awareness to each part of your body, starting with your feet, ankles and legs, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your hands, arms and shoulders, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your torso, become aware of your hips, pelvis, back, spine, and abdomen. all your internal organs, ribcage, lungs and heart, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax. 

Take your awareness to your neck and throat, to your face, jaw, ears and eyes, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your forehead, the crown of your head and the back of your head, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation.

You continue to relax with every outbreath. 

You become more aware of the sun above you, this wondrous sphere of energy; it may be yellow, orange or red. You choose. Imagine there is a tiny aperture in the crown of your head

and as the aperture opens this beautiful energy of the sun slowly starts to flow into your crown and slowly expands across your scalp, down through your head into your neck, across your shoulders down through your arms and body. The energy continues to flow right down to your fingertips and down through your legs to the tips of your toes, warming you and energising you as it does so.

You are aware that the aperture in the crown of your head has closed and the wondrous energy has floated away. 

You slowly awake, bringing your awareness back to your body and are feeling completed energised. Make sure you stretch and sit quietly for a few moments before being ready to face whatever is waiting for you.

Om Shanti
 

Gift vouchers always available. The gift that gives twice. We ensured these were available on line for Christmas Day and for Mother’s Day. The perfect last minute gift – you could even plan it!!.

 Love Linda xx  

 

 Christmas Newsletter Nr 4 December 2011

Welcome to my Whole Body Balance Winter Newsletter – slightly earlier than planned but I wanted to send it out before Christmas!  Please continue to let me have your comments – all are welcome.

 In this issue - 

·         Exciting News – My new Treatment Room is now open 

·         Annual Fund Raising Evening

        Relaxation

      Pamper Night at Livingston Cricket Club

·               Visit the website www.wholebodybalance.co.uk

 

 
My new treatment room opened at the beginning of October within the Barefoot Chiropody Clinic at 17 Main Street, Mid Calder. I look forward to seeing you there. It was opened in time for my first regular client to experience the environment, thankfully she keeps
coming back!

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The 2011 Charity Event was held on
        Wednesday 26th October 2011 and
        was our most successful ever as
        we raised £406.00!  


Linda hands the money raised over
to the lodge office bearers
.

The evening started with mini therapies including Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Facials, Nail manicures & On site Massage..... There was a raffle + auction of therapy vouchers plus teas, coffee & home baking. Thanks to all that supported the evening

Every year my yoga class members decide which charity they want to support. It is their class and their final choice. This year they decided to help celebrate our ‘landlords’ Lodge St John’s 275th anniversary year which was dedicated to ‘Celebrate by Helping Others’ They are sharing their funds raised equally between the West Lothian Children’s Panel & West Lothian Young Carers. 

We had a fabulous evening and raised £406 which was increased to £450 by St John’s Lodge. They gave £225 to each charity.   Thank you.

I would like to thank all the in house therapists, Rhona, Dawn, Annie and Catherine and visiting therapist (Norma Gray a Sports Massage Therapist). Thank you to Annie, Catherine and the Barefoot Chiropody Clinic who joined me in donating treatment vouchers. My thanks to Andrew, our in house auctioneer who year after year manages to part us all with our money to bid for these treatments. A huge thanks to Annie McLeman for her hand made cards and to Violet McLeod for her beautiful crochet work. Violet, apart from being my friend’s mother just happens to be 92 years young and is still actively crocheting. My order is in for next year!

The biggest thanks of all goes to everyone in the class who year after year rally round, helping to organise and bringing family and friends. The evening couldn’t go ahead without them. 

Still unsure what to buy for Christmas?

Treatment  Vouchers 

– the Gift that gives twice!

Treatment vouchers are always available making the perfect Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Thank You or "any reason" gift.  e-vouchers also available. See website for details.

We can provide “emergency” e-vouchers that you can print out yourself – e.g. forgotten someone? We can even provide a voucher on Christmas morning!

Party with a difference’ or trying to catch up with friends you haven’t seen for a while? Ask a few girlfriends round and all experience a mini Indian Head Massage. Call me, I can tailor a package to suit you and your guests.

No recipe this time as I am sure you will all have ideas on what to do with your Christmas Fayre. Unless I am having guests round on Boxing Day I do like to have a rest from cooking. I like to lay out whatever food I have left on a platter and simply enjoy throughout the evening whilst watching TV! Perhaps you enjoy doing the same?
PS. Bubble & Squeak is great!

A Pamper Night at Livingston Cricket Club was organised by Jenny Anderson in aid of the Children’s Liver Foundation. 

This was held on Saturday 3rd December and despite the wet weather it was very well attended. Several therapists helped out including a make-up artist and myself. A fabulous total of over £100 was raised. 

If you would like more information about the charity please contact Jenny Anderson on 07909 645084 or e mail Jenny at Jenny.Anderson@talktalk.net

Winter Relaxation

Winter is a time for ‘going within’ a time for inner reflection. A time to re-charge your energies.

Please do not underestimate the power you have to do this. We all owe it to ourselves. If we help ourselves, we can then help others. 15 minutes twice a week will really help you.

If you have read the previous newsletters you will be aware of how to relax your body!

If not please follow these simple instructions:

Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed.

Turn the phone down ( and let the answer machine take the calls) dim the lights or turn them off, maybe light a candle and bathe yourself in its warm glow (if your Christmas tree is up use the soft lighting created by the tree lights!)

(cont. next column)

 (relaxation continued)

Put some relaxing music on or enjoy the silence! 

Either lie down on the floor making sure your back is well supported and cover yourself with a blanket or sit in a chair ensuring your back is well supported 

Keep your legs and feet uncrossed and your arms by your side or your palms on your lap.

Allow yourself to breathe naturally, don't force your breath anywhere, and let your breath settle wherever it wants to.

Take your awareness to each part of your body, starting with your feet, ankles and legs, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax

Take your awareness to your hands, arms and shoulders, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.
Take your awareness to your torso, become aware of your hips, pelvis, back, spine, and abdomen. all your internal organs, ribcage, lungs and heart, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax. 

Take your awareness to your neck and throat, to your face, jaw, ears and eyes, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your forehead, the crown of your head and the back of your head, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax

Enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation.

Once relaxed, take yourself away to a place which is special for you, for whatever reason. This may be a corner of your garden or a favourite holiday destination.

Imagine you are lying outside on a warm evening.

You are lying on a blanket on the ground and are aware of the trees, shrubs and flowers around you. As you gaze into the beautiful midnight blue sky you see the stars shining brightly.

You are aware of the sound of the sea in the distance and slowly you allow the sound of the water to calm your being.

You become aware of the sound of silence and enjoy the complete stillness and deep relaxation.

Relax for as long as you are able to. 

You slowly awake, bringing your awareness back to your body and are feeling completed energised. Make sure you stretch and sit quietly for a few moments before being ready to face whatever is waiting for you.

………………Om Shanti 

The yoga class has finished now for Christmas and we start back on Wednesday 1st February 2012. We do of course have our wonderful night out the week before at Khushi’s in Mid Calder. Put 25th January in your diary and let me know if you can attend.   

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. 

With my love

Linda  x

Linda Bibby
Whole Body Balance
linda@wholebodybalance.co.uk

www.wholebodybalance.co.uk

01506 884115 Mob 0774 206 3080

 

 

Newsletter Nr 3 - Autumn 2011

 

Welcome to my Whole Body Balance Autumn Newsletter – a little later than planned but I have lots of news!
Please continue to let me have your comments – all are welcome.

In this issue - 

Exciting News -  The Opening of my new Treatment Room

·         Yoga in the Park 

·         Annual Fund Raising Evening

·         Balanced Recipe

·         Relaxation

Autumn Relaxation

We all lead such busy lives these days and juggle 101 things each day. Please do not underestimate the power you have to relax and re-energise yourself. 15 minutes twice a week will really help you.

If you have read the previous newsletters you will be aware of how to relax your body!

If not please follow these instructions:


Yoga in the park

The weather beat us this year -  for only the 2nd time in 11 years but here a couple of photos from  previous years.

    

 

 

Exciting News

My new treatment room will be opening sometime in October -  exact date still to planned. I have a lovely room within the ‘Barefoot’ Chiropody & Podiatry clinic which is new to Mid Calder at 17 Main Street.  

I will be offering  Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Individual relaxation sessions in a beautiful ‘conservatory like’ environment. I am so excited and want to thank Jackie McDougall so much for the use of the room.


Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed

Turn the phone down ( and let the answer machine take the calls) dim the lights or turn them off, maybe light a candle and bathe yourself in its warm glow.

Put some relaxing music on or enjoy the silence! 

Either lie down on the floor making sure your back is well supported and cover yourself with a blanket or sit in a chair ensuring your back is well supported 

This is where we should have been….
–  fingers crossed for next year!

Girlfriends get together


Keep your legs and feet uncrossed and your arms by your side or your palms on your lap.

Allow yourself to breathe naturally, don't force your breath anywhere, and let your breath settle wherever it wants to.

Take your awareness to each part of your body, starting with your feet, ankles and legs, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax


Why  not invite 5 or 6 friends round…

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers always available making the perfect Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary, Thank You or "any reason" gift. E vouchers also available. See website for details. 

Take your awareness to your hands, arms and shoulders, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your torso, become aware of your hips, pelvis, back, spine, and abdomen. all your internal organs, ribcage, lungs and heart, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax. 

…and all have a mini Indian Head massage £12 – hostess has hers free or you can all split the cost !! I could do a relaxation session for up to 10 people. 

 

Call me for details and I can tailor a package for you

This year’s annual Yoga Class Fund Raising Evening

We decided to hold this a little earlier this year and try and avoid the dreadful weather we had last year! The date for your diary is Wednesday 26th October.

 
This will include : - Mini Therapies including
Reiki | Indian Head Massage | Facials | Nail manicures

There will be a Raffle + Auction of therapy vouchers + Teas , Coffee & Home Baking 

There’s often one or two surprises too.
The doors open at 7.30 

Entry £5 including one therapy - extra therapies £4. All proceeds to the Charity! Nothing is deducted from the monies taken on the evening.

The auction takes place at 8.30 upstairs. All Raffle donations are welcome.

We will be taking advance bookings for therapies this year!

Please come along and bring your friends, even if you don’t come to yoga! We are always amazed at how much money so few people can raise so please help us raise a little more!   

To help celebrate our ‘landlords’ Lodge St John’s 275th year we are giving our proceeds to them.

Lodge St John have dedicated 2011, their anniversary year as the year they ‘Celebrate by Helping Others’

They are sharing their funds raised equally between the West Lothian Children’s Panel & West Lothian Young Carers. The decision who we support each year is decided by my yoga students and we are all delighted to be supporting our chosen cause.

 

Take your awareness to your neck and throat, to your face, jaw, ears and eyes, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Take your awareness to your forehead, the crown of your head and the back of your head, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.

Enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation.

Once relaxed, take yourself away to a beautiful garden.

It is a warm autumn afternoon and the sun is shining

You are lying on a blanket on the ground and are aware of the trees, shrubs and flowers around you. The leaves on the trees are beginning to change colour, yellow, orange, red and brown. You choose your favourite trees.

You are aware of the sound of water tumbling over stones in the distance and slowly you allow the sound of the water to calm your being.

You become aware of the sound of silence and enjoy the complete stillness and deep relaxation.

Relax for as long as you are able to. 

You slowly awake, bringing your awareness back to your body and are feeling completed energised. Make sure you stretch and sit quietly for a few moments before being ready to face whatever is waiting for you.

………………Om Shanti 

‘Balanced Recipe’

Spaghetti with Porcini & spinach

Spaghetti or other pasta e.g. tagliatelle for 2

20 gr of dried porcini 

salt  7 freshly ground black pepper

100 gr spinach

1 large or 2 small eggs

large clove of garlic – crushed & chopped

freshly grated pecorino

olive oil

Soak the mushrooms in hot water from the kettle for about 30 minutes -  reserve some of the liquid

Cook the pasta according to the instructions -  you can add some of the reserved liquid to enhance the taste of the pasta

Meanwhile chop porcini & fry gently in olive & add crushed and chopped garlic

Drain the pasta keeping a little so it doesn’t dry out

Wilt the spinach into the mushrooms and then add porcini and spinach to the pasta

Quickly add the egg and stir to give the pasta a creamy texture

Serve immediately with grated pecorino & black pepper

 

Newsletter Nr 2 - June 2011

 Welcome to the Whole Body Balance June Newsletter 

 

THANK YOU 

Firstly, thank you for all your thoughts and comments on my first Newsletter. Please keep sharing them with me. I thought a monthly letter might be too much and some of you agree so I plan to send it out quarterly. You will soon be able to view back copies on my website. Remember you can unsubscribe at any time (see link below) but I hope you won’t!  

I hope you like the re-vamped version. Let me know.

 In this issue

One of my success stories  
A Recipe 
A Relaxation Tip 
Loyalty Cards 
Date For Your Diary 
Party with a difference

  Date for your  Diary

 Sunday 7th August 2011 -  Hopetoun House. 

Meet outside the hut in the car park at 2pm (weather permitting). No charge for the class just the entry to the grounds. 

Grounds only: Adults £4.25. Pensioners &  Students £3.70   

Each year we have been very fortunate to spend an afternoon in the grounds of Hopetoun House enjoying a couple of hours of yoga in the open air and afterwards enjoying a picnic.   

Bring your yoga mat and some food to share. 

You are very welcome to join us even if you don’t come to yoga.  

   

I can’t predict the weather but we have only cancelled one year – we didn’t cancel – just the weather was so bad we didn’t plan it!!    

Wedding packages.  

Why not consider a pre wedding occasion with a difference or in addition to your Hen Night. Brides need relaxation before their big day as do their mothers, mothers in law and bridesmaids. Contact me to discuss your requirements.  

Loyalty Cards -  have 5 treatments and get your 6th one free! The first free treatments have been enjoyed.   

  Gift Vouchers always available. You decide how much. Perfect for the last minute present. 

   

Visit our website here 

NEWS 

 Indian Head Massage Success 

 Clare (not her real name) from Livingston has very kindly allowed me to use her story!.  

She came to me 3 months ago with a mixture of curiosity and needing relaxation for tension in her neck and shoulders.  

 I see Clare fortnightly and from the very first session it became apparent that in addition to reducing the tension in her neck and shoulders the Indian Champissage was helping her to relax. Having massively benefitted from the balancing effect on her emotions following the end of her marriage two years before and on-going stresses at work there were a lot of issues she was trying to balance and was for a long time low in resistance and mood.

From the very start, the depths of relaxation far surpassed her expectation and Clare was left with an increasing sense of balance, acceptance of her situation and her zest for life has returned. (Clare’s words not mine!) 

Recipe – ‘Balanced Food’ 

   

 Rhubarb with Ginger & Orange.

A lovely dessert at any time of the year.

Serves 2 – 3

Ingredients

4 or 5 sticks of rhubarb cut into 1½ inch pieces

A piece of fresh ginger about 1 inch peeled and very finely chopped or grated.

1 dessertspoonful of dark sugar

The juice of an orange.

Method

Combine the ingredients, pour the juice over and simmer very gently until the rhubarb is cooked but still firm.

Either serve cold or warm with vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt.

You can vary the sugar and ginger depending upon your taste.

 Party with a difference’

 

 Summer is here, yes even in Scotland.

Why not invite some friends round, spend the afternoon or evening in the garden and all have a mini Indian Head Massage. Take five friends,  £11 each and the hostess gets hers free, I’ll even bring a bottle of wine to start the party off! If it rains we can move inside!

 Not taking a holiday this year? Why not treat yourself to some wonderful therapies for a change and bring the holiday to you. Indian Head Massage could be one of them.

 RELAXATION

 Linda will talk you through a relaxation if you go to the website (Yoga page)

or read the tip in the next column

 Click here to unsubscribe

 

SUMMER RELAXATION 

We all lead such busy lives these days and so often don't spend time on ourselves. We rush round looking after husbands/wives, children, housework, animals and so on.  Carry on doing all that but please remember if you don't give yourself time you can't help those around you! 

 'Make an appointment with yourself' even if it is only for 15 minutes once or twice a week.  

Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed. 

 Turn the phone down ( and let the answer machine take the calls) dim the lights or turn them off, maybe light a candle and bathe yourself in its warm glow. 

 Put some relaxing music on or enjoy the silence!   

Either lie down on the floor making sure your back is well supported and cover yourself with a blanket or sit in a chair ensuring your back is well supported. Keep your legs and feet uncrossed and your arms by your side or your palms on your lap.  

Allow yourself to breathe naturally, don't force your breath anywhere, and let your breath settle wherever it wants to.  

Take your awareness to each part of your body, starting with your feet, ankles and legs, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.  

Take your awareness to your hands, arms and shoulders, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.  

Take your awareness to your torso, become aware of your hips, pelvis, back, spine, and abdomen. all your internal organs, ribcage, lungs and heart, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.   

Take your awareness to your neck and throat, to your face, jaw, ears and eyes, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.  

Take your awareness to your forehead, the crown of your head and the back of your head, breathe in and as you breathe out let go of any tension and relax.  

Enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation.  

Imagine you are lying outside on warm grass. It is late afternoon or early evening so the sun is not too hot. 

You are aware of the trees gently waving in the soft breeze, the perfume of the flowers and in the distance the sound of water gently tumbling over rocks into a pool where water lillies are growing. Listen to the birds in the trees. 

You continue to relax with every outbreath.  

You are aware of the sun above you, this wondrous sphere of energy; it may be yellow, orange or red. You choose. Imagine there is a tiny aperture in the crown of your head and as the aperture opens this beautiful energy of the sun slowly starts to flow into your crown and slowly expands across your scalp, down through your head into your neck, across your shoulders down through your arms and body. The energy continues to flow right down to your fingertips and down through your legs to the tips of your toes, warming you and energising you as it does so. 

You are aware that the aperture in the crown of your head has closed and the wondrous energy has floated away.   

You slowly awake, bringing your awareness back to your body and are feeling completed energised. Make sure you stretch and sit quietly for a few moments before being ready to face whatever is waiting for you.  

Om Shanti       

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Newsletter Nr 1 - March 2011                                                                                   Back to top

Welcome to my first newsletter. 

My wish is that this is a two way communication, you and me. 

I don't have all the ideas but I will share those I have. Please send me yours too.

I have sent this to you in the hope it will be of interest to you but please, if it isn't simply click on the link at the bottom of the e mail and unsubscribe, I won't be offended.

 My intention is to share news, recipes and relaxation tips.

 NEWS 

I have redecorated my treatment room, well I say I have but it was done mainly by Stephen under my direction!

It is still blue but a much more beautiful lighter blue - Borrowed Light it's called - like the first light of the day or the last before the evening sets in. As it is a room of many uses I wanted to create a room full of light and space and that is exactly what has been achieved. I am very pleased with it and I hope you are too. 

I have introduced a loyalty card, yes I know everyone is doing them nowadays but this really makes a difference and saves you money too. Pay for five treatments and have your sixth one free. 

Why not introduce two friends who book and have their treatments, your next treatment is free or introduce one friend and have £5 off your next treatment. 

RECIPE 

My version of spaghetti carbonara! Not creamy but a lovely texture. 

Ok so it' s Delias but different!

 I love pasta but my husband is not too keen, he will eat it under sufferance! He loved this.

Serves two

Ingredients

A good quality spaghetti enough for two
Plenty of salted boiling water
A little olive oil
100 grams of smoked pancetta or smoked lardons
6 or 8 chestnut mushrooms wiped and sliced
1 or 2 crushed cloves of garlic
1 large free range egg
Freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese 

To prepare

Cook spaghetti in plenty of boiling water having already added the salt

Meanwhile heat a small frying pan until hot and add the lardons, move around the pan until they take colour and crisp up. Add the mushroom slices, garlic and black pepper.
 

When cooked but keeping a bit of 'bite' drain the spaghetti but keeping a little moisture place back in the pan and add the bacon and mushrooms. Break the egg in to the mixture, this gives it a slightly creamy texture. 

Spoon onto warm plates, sprinkle with grated parmesan and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.      

RELAXATION TIP 

We all lead such busy lives these days and so often don't spend time on ourselves. We rush round looking after husbands/wives, children, housework, animals and so on.  Carry on doing all that but please remember if you don't give yourself time you can't help those around you! 

'Make an appointment with yourself' even if it is only for 15 minutes once or twice a week. 

Find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed. 

Turn the phone down ( let the answermachine take the calls) dim the lights or turn them off, maybe light a candle and bathe yourself in it's warm glow.

Put some relaxing music on or enjoy the silence! 

Either lie down on the floor making sure your back is well supported and cover yourself with a blanket or sit in a chair ensuring your back is well supported. Keep your legs and feet uncrossed and your arms by your side or your palms on your lap. 

Allow yourself to breathe naturally, don't force your breath anywhere, let your breath settle wherever it wants to. 

Take your awareness to each part of your body, starting with your feet, ankles and legs, breath in and as you breath out let go of any tension and relax. 

Take your awareness to your hands, arms and shoulders, breath in and as you breath out let go of any tension and relax. 

Take your awareness to your torso, become aware of your hips, pelvis back, spine, abdomen. all your internal organs, ribcage, lungs and heart, breath in and as you breath out let go of any tension and relax.  

Take your awareness to your neck and throat, to your face, jaw ears and eyes, breath in and as you breath out let go of any tension and relax. 

Take your awareness to your forehead, the crown of your head and the back of your head, breath in and as you breath out let go of any tension and relax. 

Take yourself away to a place that is special for you for whatever reason, a corner of your garden, a room in your home or a place in the country or a favourite holiday destination and allow you senses to become alive as to what is around you and enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation ........................

 Spend as long as you wish here and when you are ready slowly bring yourself back to the room, becoming aware of the music and any other sounds around you. Allow your fingers and your toes to stretch, bring your awareness back to your body and slowly prepare yourself to carry on with everyday life. 

Om Shanti.   

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