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Time to rest and stay healthy

Hello, I do hope you have made the most of the good weather this summer. Here’s an extract from the latest newsletter about the latest developments here..

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has supported Radiance Wellness during the first lockdown. Your purchase of gift vouchers, self care bags, using the new telehealth service and bought tai chi lessons (which I provided free for 6 groups during lockdown itself) which has enabled me to keep the business going as well as help you, and I had been looking forward to reopening as soon as I was able. Radiance has also been able to help support a local enterprise who was making face shields for Lincoln care homes and the maternity wards at Lincoln hospital.

I’ve had to made some difficult decisions as we go into the next 6 months in the cold part of the year with Covid 19 far from eradicated in England and schools/colleges/universities reopening to mix up the population. As a result the mobile massage side of Radiance Wellness is going to continue to hibernate over the winter to allow me time to recover from an injury sustained during lockdown and a stubborn summer cold that wiped me out for a month (nothing nasty just a long term immune system problem!).

Online telehealth calls that I set up as an alternative at the start of lock-down are continuing and have proved to be remarkably useful coming from a multidisciplinary background. Many existing clients have found that the tests, exercises and guided massage work have been of use in addition to what I have already taught in your sessions. I am happy to do 30 minute or 1 hour sessions for management of aches and pains, to go through tests and then appropriate exercises.

Tai Chi lessons online have proved a joy and I was running 6 free classes a week throughout lock down. These are now down to 2 groups as people have returned to work so I have capacity for more students if you would like to learn a new skill in your own home. What I do is take complete beginners through a variety of sequences, learn techniques, find out about the history, and hone the moves so that they learn easily and steadily and then investigate in more depth. All whilst making it fun of course! If you are approaching it from a injury or pain rehabilitation side then the focus will be more for that. I am happy to give private lessons, or do small groups so you are observed and individually taught and I do seated classes as well.

Tai Chi works on all body systems by encouraging the body’s relaxation response – just like massage does, raising the tone of the vagus nerve and it is in this state where the body heals best. It’s relaxing, energising, calming and health improving – what’s not to love? All you need is some clear space (about the length of a 3 seater sofa), comfy clothes and a Zoom computer connection for 40 minutes per lesson.

Foot health appointments that I was just starting to add into the business are being paused for now, but advice and telehealth calls continue.

Further training. I have spent a considerable amount of time during lockdown taking the opportunity to continue with my ongoing further training with an eye for what may be needed in the months to come.

This included Infection Prevention and Control for Covid 19, COSHH update, Asthma Care, Working in massage post Covid, amongst other courses more usual to a multi-disciplinary therapist. These included self management techniques for stress and anxiety such as completing the Emotional Freedom Technique Diploma, Meditation training, functional nutrition courses, Reiki training and specific respiratory and massage techniques. Those that can are being introduced online in the Autumn. If any of these are of interest to you please get in touch for more details.

Radiance Wellness Shop I have a number of health and wellness products available. Including –

  • Kinesiology tape – K Tape, tiger tape, and unbranded tape. Various colours and prices.
  • Therapy bands – 2 metres of stretchy band for home-based resistance workouts and rehabilitation.
  • Foam rollers – for self care stretching.
  • Exercise mats – for home workouts.
  • Exercise mat bags – made to order.
  • Self care bags – last few remaining as they’ve been popular! Contains a Radiance Wellness branded tote bag, aromatherapy epsom bath salts, 2 scented tea lights, a vegan soap, therapy band, trigger point ball, and a 30 minute telehealth consultation.
  • Gift vouchers – for Tai chi lessons or telehealth consultations.
  • Skincare products – natural, vegan friendly, coming soon!
  • Christmas Gift sets – coming soon!

I will definitely be back to hands on work, it will just a bit longer than I had expected. Please let me know how I can best support you in the meantime, and stay safe out there.

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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 existing and new 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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