Welcome to what the millenials will hashtag #FeelGoodFeb ! Gone are the dreary dark January days, this is the month where you reap the rewards of your new year’s resolutions and start to see some results.
If you gave up booze for ‘dry january’ you’ll no doubt have already lost some weight, and saved some money - carry on and you’ll start to find anxiety and depression starting to lift, skin and hair looking healthier, and a new found zest for life. I’m living proof!
Those of you who are giving up cigarettes, caffeine , sugar and other addictive vices- may still find that cravings are a problem, and might have been fighting of colds, flus and bugs as your immune systems struggled to cope. This is the time to really take care of yourself, and invest in some ‘me’ time to reward your hard work. Massage can help rid the body of toxins, or why not try an alternative therapy? We are lucky to have an absolute wealth of holistic therapists in the local area. I went to a ‘Health MOT’ event, run by Shepton Mallet Chamber Of Commerce last week- and tried out a few therapies myself. I loved the relaxing and uplifting Indian Head Massage, done by mobile massage therapist Sara House. She offers all kinds of massage , in your own home from just £30 for an hour 07824 827090 .
I got chatting to Paul Mercer, who’s recently opened ‘Intentions Aromatherapy ‘ in Shepton Mallet Market place. He’s fabulous, and had my friend and I in stitches with his humour, before sending us off with intuitively blended healing essential oils. I’ve since been into the shop , bought myself a ‘Serenity’ mist and booked a massage. I’m hooked! To find out more about the event and local healers offering Kinesiology, Bowen Technique,Yoga, Hypnotherapy, EFT, Reiki, reflexology and more , head to my latest blog at www.bryson-banks.weebly.com.
It’s half term soon, so what’s on to keep the kids happy? Wells Blue have a full week of Holiday Club activities running from Monday 12th - Friday 16th February. A full day from 9 - 5pm costs £18. Bishop’s Palace in Wells will host family activity days from the Saturday ( call 01749 988111 ) and West Somerset Railway will be offering ‘Half Term’ rover tickets, and even special ‘snowdrop’ excursions. As one of our children has special needs, It can be hard to find suitable activities locally.
However, now there are special activity days for children with autism aged 5 - 12, right here at Hidden Treasures, 5 Commercial Road, in Shepton Mallet. ‘Step4ward-in-2growth’ theraputic activity and sensory club is run by Becky Watson.She provides messy play, story telling, nature, music and art therapy for small groups, in a safe nurturing environment. There is a half term session on Thursday 15th February, and on Saturday 17th- with more planned monthly. To enquire and make a booking call Becky on 07737 331174 or pop into the shop.
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 :)