Adjusting the sails..

Like everyone else in the world I am in wonder at the strength and power of Mother Nature this year. My heart goes out to everyone affected so far by the ravages of the novel virus Covid-19, and for those on the front line defending us as best they can.

I closed the mobile Radiance practice on the 17th March 2020 and will reopen as soon as it seems sensible to do so. I was recommended to stay in myself by the NHS so am endeavouring to be sensible whilst keeping a close eye on the current science and the daily case numbers. I am in regular contact with my governing bodies to follow the latest guidance and training as well as keeping in touch with clients.

As soon as I decided to close (ahead of government guidelines) I set up an alternative in the form of telehealth calls, support calls and online tai chi classes. This has proved very useful for a number of clients and the classes are proving popular. I have family groups from different countries taking part too so it fulfils a range of social needs as well as the fun of learning a new activity that is beneficial to our health.

Fancy a go? Get in touch! I will continue teaching online via Zoom for now and will introduce some classes based outside when it is suitable to venture out again.

I am making some small care packs to send to clients this summer; something that also supports small businesses besides my own that can help a range of people.

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Radiance 2020 Vision

The New Year has started with quite an expansion of work I do.

Seeing a need developing within the community for basic foot care the cumulation of the last 2 years of work has resulted in a new qualification as a Foot Health Professional. Training at The SMAE Institute, which had it’s centenary celebrations last year, I chose to do a 60 point university accredited course which allows me to go on to do further training to become a podiatrist should I wish. For the moment however I am feeling somewhat ‘essayed out’!

I am proud to announce that I am now opening a Foot Health practice alongside my mobile Massage practice doing home visits in my regular locations. Booking being taken now!

In addition…

Something I have enjoyed over the past decade is Tai Chi and as some of you know I have encouraged you to take it up as it may be of benefit to you too. These slow, meditative strengthening exercises may look mild but is quite powerful and therefore useful.

I looked at the various schools which teach a style (Yang style being the popular in the world) versus the combative Chen, the Wu and the Sun styles but I was drawn to the research based Tai Chi for Health programmes designed by Dr. Paul Lam. Discovering that these are short forms, easy to learn and how much fun they are – and finding benefit from them myself recovering from illness – helped me make up my mind that this particular method was for me. From knowing how hard it is to find classes in this area I decided to be very brave and look at Teacher Training to start teaching myself. What a leap! However it has been great and I am so pleased I have done it.

I am currently offering private lessons until I start doing Tai Chi classes. Interested? Please get in touch!

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More folking and LOTS of studying…

I know, I’ve been quiet on here! It’s been a hectic time in many ways, so do bear with me whilst I update things.

Principally it’s been a busy year with extra events. This has taken Radiance to the North York Moors, across to the Wirral, up around north Cumbria, near York, into Leicestershire, and down into Somerset with beautiful weather for, well, most of the time! I have met some wonderful people on these travels, met new and regular festival clients, treated a wide range of conditions to help a variety of singers and musicians, plus taken part in working parties and the odd late night singaround.

I updated my First Aid at Work qualifications in the spring. Always good to be prepared as well as being a requirement of my insurance.

In addition I have been studying for another practitioner qualification, this time a Foot Health Professional Diploma. The theory course is passed with merit I am now waiting to do the clinical training. This will be a useful add-on to the range of treatments that Radiance Wellness can provide, especially for my older clients who suffer with foot problems and would benefit from regular care. Watch this space for further developments…

In addition to that I am also training as a Tai Chi for Health Instructor. Tai Chi is something that I started doing as I began my massage career and have found benefit for my personal well-being. As I have recommended this activity to my clients frequently I thought, “Well, why not get more formally trained myself?” The training system I am studying was developed by the Tai Chi expert and Australian GP Dr. Paul Lam and is mainly from the Sun style although he teaches the full range of styles from all the different families of Tai Chi. These have been shown by research to be the most beneficial moves for conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and for musclo-skeleto rehabilitation. The modular course will give me Instructor skills to provide a strong basis for clients to develop their technique and from which they can take their interest further. Watch this space for more news…

As I write this all down and wonder how I’ve fitted it all in – it has been a busy year hasn’t it?

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Springtime birthdays and festivals

Radiance is 7 years old this month! Time certainly flies and the spring weather is helping the celebrations. It was a huge step to start my own business and it was a very nervous graduate therapist that started on a path which has led to developing the variety of clinical interests that Radiance treats today. More about that later on this year!

Currently we are looking forward to a variety of festivals with the Radiance stand in the next few months including Yorkshire Hearty Festival on 4th May,  the Great North Folk Festival 25th-27th May, then Folk in the Field on 30th June.

I am also out and about with the morris / ceilidhs so will be at Doncaster Folk Festival, Gate to Southwell Folk festival and Beverley Folk Festival too. It’s all go… see you there?


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Summer festival fun.

The summer has continued in a whirlwind of festivals. Lots of great people came into the Radiance clinic; festival organisers, traders, singers, morris dancers, step dancers, musicians, other performers and many visitors. Wonderful to catch up with clients from previous years too and hear how they have been doing! Many others chatted to about the benefits of massage and soft tissue therapy. All to the background medley of morris bells, the clash of staves, a variety of tunes and song, children’s theatre performances and general happy chatter. Looking forward to the next festival – the small but perfectly formed Priston Festival near Bath in Somerset.

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Festival gazebo fun.

I’ve upgraded the main gazebo today to a super sturdy one. Last year the large ‘gaz’ suffered in strong winds at one festival, endured a freak whirlwind passing through it at another and was finally retired after a weekend in 1066 when 2 of it’s feet came apart there. Considering it was only expected to last a couple of seasons it’s done well!

This year’s events have used the small ‘gaz’ or the loan of a fabulously spacious event shelter that can only can be used on grass. So we are all ready for the next big event in August – Moira Furnace Folk Festival. Can’t wait!

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Morris on.

Well the year is rocketing by and our morris side has been busy with it’s first few dance outs. As people train harder to achieve good performances to be ready for the folk festivals they are more prone to injury. This is especially true for those who have had some time off and are coming back into it.

This can be stick related for the border teams – shoulders and elbows seem to suffer with repeated clashes between enthusiastic dancers.

It can be foot related from the stepping styles of border, cotswold and clog dancers.

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 1, 2…

Hurrah, I’m finally getting a website for my business!

I mostly work through referrals from clients but I’ve been asked more and more about my website so here we are.  A work in progress… Please get in touch if you spot anything that doesn’t quite work. 🙂

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