Last night, lucky ticket holders attended a FREE January Health MOT event, held by Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce. Tickets actually sold out, I'm so glad I ordered mine before Christmas- I knew I'd need a pick me up in the new year.
I didn't really know what to expect, but It was a fabulous informative evening - where about ten local health & wellness companies- explained what they do in a short talk, then let guests sign up to 15 minute taster sessions.
I didn't want to overwhelm myself - so I chose ones I'd been dying to try- and grabbed leaflets and business card off the others.
My first session was an INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE with Mobile Massage Therapist Sara House.
She did some wonderful deep tissue massage and pressure point stimulation on my shoulders, neck and head- It was heavenly. Despite being in a busy room, I felt like I'd floated up to the clouds, and literally felt the stress and tension in my head and shoulders melt away. It felt like she was popping bubble wrap, as she worked away those kinks and knots. Amazing, and highly recommended. She can do it with hr portable massage table, and you lying down- or just sat in a comfy chair. She'll visit your home, and also does holistic full body massage, and foot care
Prices are very affordable - from just £30 for 60 minutes and £40 for £90 minutes - I will be booking her very soon!
Call 01749 572310 or mobile 07824 827 090
Next I tried KINESIOLOGY with Paula Cuthbert from Paula's therapies ( working as a mobile therapist and from a base at 'Skn & Tonic salon on Tadley Acres) www.paulastherapies.co.uk
It's difficult to explain what Kinesiology is, but it is a truly holistic treatment, which uses testing muscle strength in the body to assess what the body needs. It can help with headaches, digestive problems, sciatic pain, eczema and all kinds of allergies. It looks at a mixture of things from emotional underlying issues, posture, to diet and nutrition. It takes a few full sessions to see the benefits, but even from a quick 15 minute taster, Paula was able to pin point a few issues in my diet - and that I drink no where near enough water which exasopates my back pain ! She also said I should give up coffee, but I ignored that bit. Going sober is quite enough for now ! lol
She has decades of health, care and healing experience, and a warm and open manner. Thumbs up from me.
If you fancy trying something new - give Paula a call on 01749 347 444
Finally I tried BOWEN TECHNIQUE with Catherine Wilton ( www.balancewithbowen.com)
It is also a holistic healing tchnique, which also involves looking at someone's reflexes, posture and lifestyle. It can include light pressure massage and manipulation.
Catherine was quick to spot that I stood with my knees locked back, which is quite common , but is terrible for your lower back! My shoulders and arms were very tight, and after a short massage I was able to get much more movement in the motion of my left arm- which had been troubling me. Again, it's something which you'd need to have a proper consultation and a few sessions to get the full benefits.
During January & February - Catherine is offering £5 a treatment , so it'll cost you just £35.
My friend, Simone was also at the event. She is a spiritual healer, who works with spirits and guardian angels to heal not only people but also animals. Check out her facebook page Spiritual Healing With Simone @SimoneSpiritHealer
She has special offers running this month too.
Before we left, both of us had to go and chat to Paul Mercer, who has rcently opened up a shop in the centre of Shepton Mallet called 'Intentions'. At the moment, the aromatherapy shop ( in the market square) is open on market days, but Paul also arranges out of hours events - and does alot of work online.
We picked up a couple of complimentary essential oils, and I promised to pop in on friday to check out his myriad of mystical and healing blends, gels and sprays.
I really want to try the 'Serenity Mist' which was created to help people recovering from addictions, there is also a lavender based 'Sleep Mist' which I can't wait to try. Check out www.iauk.me or call 07570 300534 for more information
Other therapists at the event were :
Access Bars Practitioner ( accessconsciousness.com )
Alan Woollard from Merryfield Hypnotherapy
Wendy from Bruton Yoga
Gentle Theraputic Yoga / 1-2-1 sessions / Special Needs/ Children
She also runs popular weekly classes in Shepton Mallet !
Bethany Lass, Holistic Practitioner
Massage / Relfexology/Reiki/EFT/Crystal therapy and more
Charlie from 'A Touch Of Calm'
Chi Nei Tsang ( CNT)/ Thai Yoga Massage / Swedish Massage
Mobile Massage Therapist based locally - wwwatouchofcalm.co.uk
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)