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Crystal Guides

Malachite
Malachite is a stalwart protector and bolsterer of your strength and willpower. It helps you access your innate power and protects you from negativity as you take action in the world.

 Malachite

Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is ideal for clearing and protecting the aura from negative influences. It helps us connect to the Earth and know we belong here.

Black Tourmaline

Smoky quartz

Smoky quartz clears negative energies from the environment by grounding them in the Earth. It also serves as a general grounding stone, helping you integrate insights from higher vibrations by keeping your feet on the ground and helping you handle practical matters.

Smoky quartz

Amethyst

Curious about the metaphysical properties & spiritual meaning of amethyst? You’re not alone. The lovely purple amethyst gem is one of the most popular gemstones for jewellery and the one most associated with crystal healing. It is used for protection, intuition, spirituality, and helping to change bad habits or addictions.

 

Amethyst

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Alleviate Anxiety Naturally: The Power of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a remarkable technique to effectively reduce stress and anxiety. By harnessing the natural properties of essential oils, it offers a holistic approach to promote relaxation and emotional well-being. Choosing the right essential oils is crucial, as each oil possesses unique therapeutic qualities. Lavender and chamomile are renowned for their calming effects, while bergamot and ylang ylang uplift the mood. Methods of application include inhalation, topical application, and diffusion. Incorporating aromatherapy into a daily routine can be achieved by creating a relaxing environment with the use of diffusers or adding a few drops of essential oils to a warm bath. Ultimately, embracing the power of aromatherapy can provide a natural and effective means to alleviate stress and anxiety, enabling individuals to attain a greater sense of tranquillity and balance in their lives.

In conclusion, aromatherapy offers a natural and effective solution for reducing stress and anxiety. By harnessing the power of essential oils, individuals can experience a sense of calm and relaxation, promoting overall well-being. Incorporating aromatherapy into daily routines can provide numerous benefits for both the mind and body. So, why not explore the world of aromatherapy and unlock its potential to alleviate anxiety naturally? Start your journey towards serenity and tranquillity today.

Tips For Sober October

How to take a break from alcohol

For many, alcohol is a go-to substance to ease stress, relieve boredom, promote relaxation, or as a social lubricant. In many cultures, having a drink after work, with dinner, with a friend, or with a group is a perfectly acceptable (and sometimes expected) behaviour. But once you piece together all those drinks in all those settings, the amount you’re consuming might surprise and alarm you, and the effect on your health may be dangerous.

Taking a break from alcohol can give your body a much-needed rest from breaking down those toxins, and your mental health can also benefit.

Here are a few strategies for taking a break from alcohol.

Work out the ‘why’

Establish what your motivation for taking a break from alcohol is. It may be something like health, money, family, or relationships. Having a firm motivator is important to remind you of why you’re taking a break and the benefits that will follow.

Make a plan and keep yourself accountable

You may have a goal in mind for how long you want to kick the booze. It may be a month, six months, or indefinitely. Either way, it’s a great idea to write down a plan for how you’re going to replace alcohol in your routine, and what you’ll do in scenarios where you know you’ll be tempted.

Taking up a hobby such as sport or painting can be a healthy replacement for your 6pm drink and planning ahead for social occasions will mean you’re better prepared for temptations. If you feel like you’re going to cave in, always go back to your plan.

Find supporters and avoid peer pressure

If your circle of friends or family are regular drinkers, they may question your decision to take a break, and even tempt you to forget the whole idea. Peer pressure is a big factor that contributes to people’s decision to drink more quantities of alcohol more often than they ordinarily would.

It’s a great idea to find a friend or a few people to get on board with your choice and help support you through it. These individuals may also come to your assistance in social drinking settings or when you’re getting the third degree from others.

If you know your circle includes people that will pressure or question you, driving you to reconsider things, arm yourself with a handful of firm answers and statements for when you’re confronted, and stick to your guns!

 

Pay attention to how you feel

Taking a break from alcohol can have many health benefits for both body and mind. Pay particular attention to how you’re feeling and when you notice improvements such as more energy, less anxiety and depression, improved skin health, better sleep, and healthy weight loss.

The more you take stock of these benefits, the better equipped you are to keep going.

Me Time

Human beings are naturally social creatures. We gravitate towards others and often seek comfort and companionship to enrich our lives – and there’s nothing wrong with that!
But, setting aside time to be alone with yourself is just as important for your mental health and balance as building and maintaining those social connections.

Solitude has historically been tarred with a negative brush with it being used as punishment, seen as a sign of bad character, or leading to feelings of abandonment, but it’s not all doom and gloom!

Being alone by choice

Loneliness is a feeling no one enjoys and can often lead to negative health impacts.  We generally feel lonely when we’re not alone by choice
On the contrary, choosing to spend time doing things solo can have a big positive affect on your mental and physical health.

Benefits of spending time with yourself

It’s great for your imagination and creativity

In a world full of noise and distractions, zoning in on your own ideas and sense of creativity can sometimes feel impossible. Eliminating those distractions frees up your mind to explore and unpack ideas on a deeper and more detailed level, analysing them without influence or external pressures.

Our minds are capable of incredible things, and the imagination is where so many great ideas are born. By allowing ourselves the alone time needed to focus inward, we nurture and feed our imaginations and creative freedoms.

It can be great for relationships

Relationships are often viewed as the coming together of two people into one union, but it doesn’t mean you should never be apart! Allowing yourself and your partner to spend time doing things alone feeds your sense of identity and highlights how special your connections really are.

It promotes self-reflection

Taking time for some self-reflection is one of today’s most neglected activities because it needs to be done alone.

Reflecting on your behaviour, ideas, decisions, challenging situations, and anything concerning the self can be incredibly therapeutic and cleansing, and often provides clarity to the mind.

 

 

Great activities to do on your own

Go for a long walk in nature 

Surrounding yourself with nature, away from technology and life distractions is a refreshing solo activity. Breathing fresh air and practicing mindfulness in your surroundings is great for your mental and physical health.

Try a new restaurant

Taking a leap and doing something new can also involve some seriously tasty food. Dining by yourself allows you to focus on your meal – the flavours, textures, and atmosphere of the restaurant. And no, you won’t look weird!

Go to the movies

Is there a movie coming out no one’s really interested in seeing? Perfect! Take yourself out to the cinema, grab some snacks, kick back and enjoy a film on your own. If you can do it alone from your couch, what’s stopping you from doing it at the big screen?

How to get good quality sleep

 

A whopping 35% of us report regularly having trouble sleeping.

Your brain might decide to analyse all the problems of the universe as soon as you hit the pillow, or it might wake you up at some ungodly hour and will not be convinced to go back to sleep.

Regardless of the type of sleep interruption, it has a huge impact on many areas of your life from affecting your immune system to your cognitive function when performing any task.

Luckily, there are a few simple tools you can use to get good quality sleep and wake up feeling rested, restored, and ready to face the day.

Start a sleep routine and stick to it

If your bedtime is all over the place, it may be contributing to your lack of sleep quality. Without a regular sleep routine, your brain doesn’t consistently get the signal that it’s time to sleep, and your window of opportunity will close.

Aim to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This will help to train your brain to properly recognise sleep cycles when it’s time to rest, and when you’ve had enough. Try to avoid long naps (especially in the afternoon) and stick to short power naps instead.

Treatments that aid relaxation

Some people find Reflexology Indian head Massage Reiki and Aromatherapy Massage help to relieve stress and tension thus aiding in a good nights sleep.

Ease up on the caffeine

Easier said than done for those of us who are fiends for caffeine, but monitoring your intake is vital to a good night’s sleep. Caffeine can come in many forms from your run of the mill coffee, to that can of soft drink you had with lunch. It can be tempting to use it to replace the energy you’re not getting from sleep but can have both immediate and long-term negative effects on your body.

Try to confine your caffeine intake to before lunch and avoid any caffeinated drinks after midday. This will help your body return to its normal energy levels by time you’re ready for bed.

Keep up with regular exercise

Exercising has an impressive list of benefits and improving your sleep quality is a major one. Exercising triggers the body to release some of our cortisol build-up (the stress hormone) and helps restore balance to your body’s hormone levels.

Exercise can also leave you feeling energised, so try to get your workout in early if you can, or at least a few hours before bed.

 

Create an environment that promotes sleep

You may look around your bedroom and start to notice a heap of distractions that affect your sleep. This may be background light/noise from a TV, using the wrong pillow, or a temperature that is too hot or too cold.

Make a list of everything in your environment you think might hinder sleep and start to change or remove them. This might mean replacing your TV with meditation music or leaving your phone out of arm’s reach to remove temptation. Assess your mattress, covers, and pillows, and work towards finding the right ones to suit you and your sleeping preferences.

A little bit about me

Hi, my name is Dawn Heys and I am a fully qualified Holistic Therapist Specialising in Reflexology, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, and also Aromatherapy. I started my Holistic journey in 1996 when I attended a full time Complimentary Therapies Course. I have a passion for all things that are natural and preservative free. Being a Fully Qualified Aromatherapies I can blend oils to suit my clients needs.

I am based at home in my Therapy Cabin. The treatment room is fully equipped to meet my client’s needs and provides a cosy, relaxed and confidential environment for treatments. It is the perfect location for a soothing treatment set in a landscaped Garden.

In addition to my training, I complete continuing professional development each year. I am a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and am fully insured I am also a member of the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register.
If you have private healthcare or a cash plan you may be able to claim some money back towards the cost of treatments.

If you have a private healthcare policy or cash plan please contact them directly for full details.

My approach
my aim is to maintain professional excellence in all the treatments I provide, to be caring, compassionate and reassure my clients they are in good hands I will be adhering to a strict cleaning regime as always.

I look forward to meeting you,
Dawn

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Isn’t it time you had a MASSAGE?

DID YOU KNOW? Massage is one of the oldest physical therapies in the world and has such a strong history because there are a HUGE number of benefits to massage!

 

Some of the benefits of massage that you may feel:

 

☀️ reduced muscle tension

☀️ improved circulation

☀️ Stimulation of the lymphatic system

☀️ Reduction of stress hormones

☀️ Relaxation

☀️ increased joint mobility and flexibility

☀️ improved skin tone

☀️ improved recovery of soft tissue or sports injuries

☀️ heightened mental alertness

☀️ reduced anxiety and depression.

One of the first benefits of massage many people feel is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm – even if the treatment is not a “relaxation” treatment! This is because massage prompts the release of endorphins, which are the brain chemicals that created feelings of wellbeing.

 

Also, massage reduces the levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine.

 

Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system, so in this way massage can even help boost immunity.

 

Isn’t it time you booked a massage?

BOOK NOW email dawn@dawnstherapies.co.uk or 0161 790 0974

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Prevention Is Better Then Cure

I would think that you have heard the old saying that prevention is better then cure, well it certainly is when it comes to insect bites.

They can turn into a very nasty infected area of skin. I have found that using Bugs Away oil  a natural insect repellent keeps those pesky little blighters at bay. This oil contains all natural products and is perfect for those nights in the garden when bugs and flies are all around.

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How We Use Reiki

If you have never heard of Reiki I will tell you a little bit about the energy that is transmitted through the Reiki practitioner.

Whilst the client receives Reiki, the client normally lies on a couch fully clothed or sits on a chair whichever is comfiest. There can be a feeling of warmth tingling or a running sensation while receiving Reiki. All these things are normal no 2 treatments are the same.
Reiki is being utilised more in hospital settings than ever before, there is now clinical evidence of the results that individuals feel after receiving Reiki. Reiki works in harmony with other medical treatments lessoning the side effects of cancer drugs, helping broken bones heal faster lessoning pain in ear infections there are just too many situations that can be helped with Reiki to discuss here, the possibilities are endless.
I speak from personal experience working with Reiki energy for the past 28 years. If you would like to experience Reiki for yourself I have a deal on at the moment the cost for Reiki is £20.00 normally £29.00 just follow the link to book in. I am based in Worsley Manchester. Reiki can also be sent through time and space distantly so if you cannot make it to my clinic you can book for a distant healing session instead.

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