Summer Special Offers

(valid until end August 2016)

Guinot Hydradermie2 Age Logic – The Anti-Ageing Star Treatment

Introductory Offer £55.00 (usually £65.00) for first treatment

Clinically proven to improve wrinkle depth by up to 49.5%*, this specially designed anti-ageing Hydradermie2 facial focuses on the eyes, face and neck to target signs of ageing.

(*Independent Clinical Trial Results)

Guinot Hydradermie2 Lift – The Instant Lifting Treatment

Introductory Offer £40.00 (usually £50.00) for first treatment

Hydradermie Lift brings revolutionary youthfulness and renewed tone by stimulating the muscles and providing a massage that lifts the facial features. In the same way that body muscles are “sculpted” at a gym, this treatment adds a spectacular “lift effect” to your face after just a few sessions.

Guinot Eye Logic – The Instant Eye Repair Treatment

Introductory Offer £35.00 (usually £45.00) for first treatment

This unique treatment targets signs of ageing and tiredness around the delicate eye area, including fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Using an expert combination of machine technology, a specific hands-on massage and a specially designed eye mask soaked in a concentrated skin repair serum for maximum effectiveness, 87.5% of volunteers found their wrinkles and fine lines to be diminished and smoothed away.

OPI Gelcolor Nail Treatments – £5.00 off manicures and pedicures

If you want a long lasting, time saving nail treatment then this is perfect for you! The OPI pure gel formulation provides a finish which is tougher and has a shine that lasts for weeks. A must-have pre-holiday treatment.

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Reproductive Reflexology – A System to Enhance Fertility

I recently attended a very informative seminar ´Reproductive Reflexology Introductory Day’. The lecturer was Barbara Scott, a reflexologist with 20 years experience in Reproductive Reflexology. The event was organised by the Association of Reflexologists of which I am a full member. The reason for attending was because I wanted to learn more about helping clients with fertility issues. The day provided extremely useful information on fertility and a really fabulous ´repro-assessment’ technique for using the feet to assess clients reproductively during a reflexology treatment. The various types of assisted reproductive treatment options were discussed e.g. IVF and in particular how to work alongside them as a reflexologist to enhance fertility.

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A Fabulous Social Network Navigator

I’ve just come across a very amusing but fabulous guide to the different social networks. If like me, up until now, you’ve struggled with getting to grips with what they’re all about follow this link to be enlightened and entertained!

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Exciting Japanese Research on Reflexology

The Association of Reflexology, of which I am a member, recently provided some exciting news about a new research study into reflexology. A Functional MRI study was carried out by a group of Japanese researchers to follow-on from a previous study. They were looking for evidence of haemodynamic response (increased blood flow) to the relevant part of the human brain when a reflexology point is stimulated. This study confirms their earlier research that there is such a response. If you would like to read the full paper it is available as an open access publication at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/13/114.

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Should Women Really Multi-task?

As women we pride ourselves on being multi-taskers. But are we actually being as effective as we think or just adding to the stress in our lives? I recently read an interesting little piece which suggests the latter. ´Researchers at NASA invented something called interruption science, to investigate how much people can multitask. They proved that you’re actually switching your focus from one thing to another very quickly, and that makes each task last 25% longer. Even more shocking: your IQ drops by 10 to points, more than if you were smoking marijuana!’ (GH, May 2013, p86).

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My Recent Reflexology Seminar

I recently attended a really fabulous seminar on ´Reflexology for people with cancer’. The lecturer was Edwina Hodkinson, a very inspirational nurse and reflexologist with 30 years experience of treating cancer patients, and the event was organised by the Association of Reflexologists of which I am a full member. The reason for attending was because I wanted to learn more about how to include reflexology, as part of their package of treatment, safely and effectively. The myths, fears and issues surrounding treating those with cancer were explored as well as contraindications, how reflexology can be applied throughout cancer treatment and adapting reflexology treatment to suit individual needs.

I particularly liked two quotations used in Edwina’s slides:

“The rise in the popularity of complementary and alternative medicines for cancer reflects in part the inability of orthodox medicine to deliver what people want – hope in a caring environment with the increased ability to cope with the stress caused by the disease” Professor Karol Sikora (2009)

“By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all of a client’s stories in our hands. We witness someone’s experience of their own flesh, through some of the most powerful means possible: the contact of our hands, the acceptance of the body without judgement, and the occasional listening ear. With these gestures we reach across the isolation of the human experience and hold another persons’s legend.” Tracy Walton, “The Health History of a Human Being”, Massage Therapy Journal, Winter 1999.

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Electrolysis

If you have unwanted hair I can treat this common problem with electrolysis which is a progressive but permanent solution.

Unwanted hair affects around 80% of women and many women resort to using time consuming temporary methods of hair removal. Electrolysis is the only permanent method of hair removal.

What is Electrolysis and how does it work?

  • Electrolysis has been around since the 1870s and was first used by the medical profession.
  • Using a short wave diathermy probe the hair root is treated so that the hair may be easily removed.
  • Repeated treatments prevent the hair from growing back.

What Happens at your First Appointment

  • You will have a consultation.
  • Your treatment plan will be discussed.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions and experience the treatment.

Professionalism and Hygiene

  • I am a highly trained Electrologist who has undergone in-depth training in the theoretical and practical aspects of electrolysis.
  • Sterex and Ballet disposable probes are always used.
  • Each probe is individually packed in a sterile pack which will always be opened in front of you.
  • A new, sterile probe is used for every client for each treatment.

Treatments

Initially, a course of treatment is recommended so that improvements can be seen quickly.  Thereafter, the number of treatments required will vary from client to client.

There will be some discomfort during the treatment and the area treated will be slightly red for a short time afterwards.

Aftercare

Detailed instructions on how to care for the area(s) treated will be provided.

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Rejuve – A Natural Lifting Facial

Restore your youthful glow

I want to tell you about one of my wonderful facial treatments in the run up to the festive season.

Rejuve is a blissful facial treatment using oils and creams to stimulate and reinvigorate. It combines gentle fingertip movements with lifting massage. The tiny, gentle movements release facial tension by working on connective tissue and incorporating lymphatic drainage movements. It helps to plump cheeks and lift the jawline by softening facial muscles.

This facial treatment is deeply relaxing and a soporific experience leading to an almost Zen-like state of relaxation.

A luxurious lifting cream is applied to finish this heavenly treatment.

Ideal for a pre-party skin boost or for total relaxation in the build up to the festive season.

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Advice for a Healthy Skin

  1. Eat a balanced diet which includes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and fibre. Foods containing vitamins A, B and C are particularly important for healthy skin. So are proteins and the essential fatty acids:
    1. Good sources of vitamin A: milk, eggs, butter, margarine, fish oils (for example cod, halibut)
    2. Good sources of vitamin B: cereals, pulses, meat, milk, wholemeal flour, leafy vegetables
    3. Good sources of protein: meat, fish, eggs, beans, peas and lentils (pulses), edible seeds, nuts and oil-containing fruit
    4. Good sources of essential fatty acids: polyunsaturated vegetable and nut oils, soft margarines.
  2. Drink plenty of water: this helps to maintain a healthy water balance in the body and speeds up the elimination of waste and toxins which can affect the skin.
  3. Get enough sleep: remember that the rate of skin cell repair and replacement increases when we are asleep. Tiredness and exhaustion deprive the skin of the energy it needs to recover and regenerate.
  4. Protect the skin: a balanced skin can easily become dry if it is not protected from the weather, extremes of temperature, sunlight, pollution and cosmetics. Wear a moisturiser to create a barrier between the skin and outside elements. Whenever possible, avoid exposing the skin to strong sunlight, otherwise use a suitable ultra-violet screen product.
  5. Exercise regularly: apart from stimulating the flow of blood and supply of oxygen to the body tissues, regular exercise speeds up cell division and helps to build collagen. Keeping the body fit minimises stress and its effects upon the skin.
  6. Keep the skin clean: do not allow dirt and grime to build up which could block the pores and irritate the skin. Avoid face touching habits, such as stroking the chin, as you may pass harmful bacteria onto the skin unintentionally.
  7. Avoid harsh treatment: do not pull or stretch the skin. Be gentle when washing the face and using skincare products. Blood vessels are very near the surface of the skin and can become damaged quite easily. Avoid using perfumed products on facial skin or those with an alcohol or alkaline base which will disturb the pH balance of the skin. The normal pH balance of the skin is between 4.5 and 6.5 which is slightly acidic.
  8. Avoid junk foods: these foods usually contain a high level of bad carbohydrates, saturated fats and sugar and are not suitable foods for a healthy lifestyle. If you are unable or reluctant to avoid junk foods altogether, limit your intake to a weekly treat and do not binge!
  9. Do not smoke: as well as being extremely hazardous to general health, smoking produces gases (mainly carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide) which are carried around the body in the bloodstream in preference to oxygen. As a consequence the cells do not receive enough nourishment. The skin suffers oxygen starvation. Other chemicals produced in the body by smoking interfere with the protein fibres in the skin and deplete the body of vitamin C which is essential for healthy skin.
  10. Control alcohol intake: alcohol raises the blood pressure and causes the blood capillaries to dilate. Over a period of time this can cause the walls of the capillaries to rupture and become permanently damaged. In the short term, excessive alcohol intake produces chemicals in the body which dehydrate the skin. In the longer term, puffiness of the tissues, coarsening of the skin texture, deepening of lines and wrinkles and chronic redness (red nose) of the skin occur.
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Sun Protection Factors

Question

What is the difference between SPF15 and SPF30? Is it double the protection?

Answer

An SPF30 does not provide double the protection. The difference is only in time. To demonstrate this difference, see chart below:

For example, if your skin starts to burn in 10 minutes without any sun protection an SPF15 gives you 15×10 or 150 minutes of protection. SPF30 gives you 30×10 or 300 minutes of protection (double the time of SPF15):

SPF15 = 150 minutes SPF30 = 300 minutes
10 minutes 10 minutes

However, the amount of UVB rays that are absorbed is NOT double. It is calculated as follows:

SPF15 allows 1/15 or 6% of the UVB rays to get through to your skin, giving 94% UVB protection.

SPF30 allows 1/30 or 3% of the UVB rays to get through to the skin, giving you 97% UVB protection.

Ingredients To Look For In A Sunscreen

For UVA protection:

  • Avobenzens
  • Mexoryl SX
  • Tinasorb
  • Triazine

For UVB protection:

  • Methyoxycinnamate
  • Homosalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Sulfonic acid
  • Tinosorb
  • Triazine

Other ingredients:

  • Titanium dioxide (absorbs and reflects UVA and UVB)
  • Zinc oxide (reflects UVA and UVB)
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