Benefits of Traditional Tibetan Music

Tibetan music has been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes…

… which is why it makes a perfect compliment to Tibetan massage. Our Face The World music therapy is of equal importance alongside our aromatherapy and of course massage techniques. So – we thought we’d like to tell you about the three methods of Tibetan music we use during our Tibetan hand/massage treatment.

Our bespoke music is always created to use a range of traditional sounds. With Tibetan music, these help restore the normal vibratory frequencies of out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul. Do enjoy the read!

Tibetan Chimeschimes

Tibetan chimes (Ting-sha) have been used in prayer and religious rituals for as long as the Tibetan Monasteries have existed. The pure tones cleanse the air and banish negative frequencies. This helps to energise Chi and ready the environment for prayer, mediation and healing – or in our case, massage.

Signing BowlsTibetan signing bowl

Singing Bowls produce sound waves with frequencies that resonate and enable the theta state of the brain. This also restores a healthy vibrational state of the body, mind and spirit. Theta brainwaves induce the state of deep meditation that is also said to enhance intuition, creative thinking and promote healing from disorders such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Buddhist ChantTibetan Monks Chanting

Buddhist Chant or “deep voice” chanting is incredibly hard to master. The phaynx or false vocal chords are controlled in such a way as to create a second or even third/fourth overtone to be amplified at the same time as the first note. Yes really! This is reputed to be a multidimensional waveform which operates on several levels of the body and mind. This sound is said to be in synch with the creative force of the Universe, in Hindu known as AUM (Om), which was the sound that initiated creation.

 

 

These three amazingly powerful sounds when combined with relaxing Tibetan melodies, the therapeutic benefits of massage and aromatherapy will give a unparalleled multi-sensory experience.

Read more about training in this wonderful treatment here.

Therapists – Take Care of Your Hands

We’ve Got The Whole World in Our Hands…

This is a topic that affects every single one of us as Holistic and Beauty Therapists!handshake

The Basics: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or me) to tell you that your hands are a vital tool for interacting with the world around you. As a guide, we all have 27 bones and 29 joints in each hand, along with at least 123 ligaments, 34 muscles, 30 arteries and 48 major nerves that branch into a more sensitive neural link between the fingertips and the brain than from the eyes. Imagine that.

But it’s not just about the power of touch here – it goes much broader. Who can tick any of the following as an important part of their business lives

• Keeping their hands clean and/or soft
• Keeping nails short or well manicured/presented
• A confident handshake to reassure a new client
• Reiki healing or energetic exchange
• Using a keyboard/tablet/mobile to book clients, send emails or social media
• The need for strong, steady and/or warm hands
• Handling jars, bottles or equipment with repeated usage (hygiene)
• Last but not least, massage or hands-on techniques?

Yes. The health and longevity of our hands is essential. So here goes with upping the self-care…

Firstly, on the outside. No one expects to see any health or well-being practitioner with dry, rough hands or broken/nibbled nails – but constant washing/sanitising, whether as a healer or hands-on therapist, along with our UK weather, stress/busy lifestyle, nutrient depletion, cleaning our therapy rooms, houses and bodies with detergent-based products will eventually take its toll.

What can we do?

Hand cream1. Keep hands exfoliated to remove dry skin – look for natural products with ground rosehip seeds and/or fruit enzymes
2. Invest in a good manicure at least every other month (yes, men too)
3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise, especially overnight when the skin heals – ethical products containing shea butter, olive and/or coconut oil are good ones to look out for. Include your nails as they will benefit too.
4. Try to get plenty of zinc, iron, vitamin C and B group vitamins in your diet – all proven to alleviate brittle nails and enhance skin health.
5. Get those Marigold gloves out for washing up, gardening or cleaning the car – and your fingernails weren’t designed to remove staples!

What about cold hands? Thankfully less common, but this can be an annoying companion if working in the hands-on industry! But is there any self-help available? Maybe so…

1. The most important single factor is to keep your therapy/consulting room warm enough. Even if clients are on a heated couch with fluffy towels over them, you still need to make sure the air temperature is comfortable. Your body closes off small arteries in your skin if you’re too cold.
2. If your therapy uniform is only one layer thick or synthetic fibres, get those thin cotton layers or long johns on underneath during chilly days.
3. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that helps blood flow (found in oily fish and green leafy veg). Ginkgo Biloba supplements also help blood flow to extremities.
4. Ditch the caffeine – it is a vaso-constrictor – and up the water and herbal teas to re-hydrate.
5. If largely sedentary, do keep active between clients – have a 2 or 3 minute walk, or go up and down the stairs a few times. You need to encourage the blood flow back into your hands by getting the heart pumping.
6. If all else fails, buy some re-usable hand warmers! A Google search will bring up many affordable choices.

Reiki Healing
Hot Tip: Reiki Healers
– using your hands as a conduit to direct Universal energy is a wonderful gift to the world – but does anyone really know what energy, electro-magnetic and/or physiological changes are left behind after a session? Keeping hydrated, grounded and hands washed is of course essential. But there’s more…

We know that one of the best ways to cleanse and re-charge the energy of a crystal is by soaking it in salt-water – so why should your hands (and body) be any different? Treat your hands like a crystal by soaking them in a bowl of warm water with dissolved sea salt, Espom salt or Himalayan rock salt. Even add a few of your favourite crystals in there. Follow by moisturising with a natural ‘salt’ range such a Dead Sea Spa. Take regular baths in salts too to keep charged up and free of negative energy.

Finally, for the hands-on and massage therapists – over-used, sore and aching hands are a hazard of our trade. Yes, there are many “hands-free” massage therapies out there and use of knuckles and elbows instead of fingers and thumbs is more and more commonplace – but there’s no getting away from it for certain moves and treatments (including facials or ironically hand massage!).Hand Massage

Talking of which, there’s nothing better than having your own hands and arms regularly massaged. This should ideally be monthly via a professional (to save your own hands!), therapy swap or alternatively the following simple moves can be performed on yourself at the end of a busy day –

1. Stretch the fingers of your left hand by holding them as one unit with your right hand and pull them gently downwards to the wrist to feel the stretch. Repeat on the other hand.
2. Putting your palms together in prayer position, push your left fingers gently backwards to feel the stretch. Repeat on the other hand.
3. Clench your fists and rotate your wrists in circles clockwise and anti-clockwise three times.
4. Massage firmly all over the palm of your hand using your opposite thumb. Repeat each palm for 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Firmly squeeze each finger and thumb in turn using your opposite hand. Repeat on each hand three times.
6. Slowly and firmly massage each knuckle and finger joint with the opposite hand.

Regularly stretching the neck, shoulders, chest and arms will also go a long way to protecting the mobility of your hands and wrists. Also factor in rest periods and vary your treatments as far as you can.

For all of us, a lovely treat just before bedtime is to rub a few drops of pre-blended (German rather than Roman) chamomile oil into each pulse point on the wrist and over the base of the thumb where we can store tension. To make your own blend, simply add about 4 drops of chamomile oil to 1 teaspoon of rapeseed oil. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties as well as soothing muscle pain and spasms. Its calming aroma is legendary and perfect to also help a good nights’ sleep.

Now that’s essential for any therapist.

Enjoy this topic? Want to know more about our exclusive Tibetan Hand/Arm Massage training (just £69 + VAT) – then please click here for more info. 🙂

FTW Practitioners of the Year 2015 are…

Face The World Practitioners Awards 2014/15 – Meet the Winners!

It’s an honour and great pleasure to introduce our amazing FTW Practitioners of the Year for the 2015 Season. Our winners are voted for by their clients, fans and general public from our short-list of 12 Monthly Winners. This year saw the most votes ever! Many of the ladies also received excellent PR in their local publications and Media – it’s becoming a bigger and bigger event each year! We will make it to The Ritz one day soon…

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… and here they are…

We asked each of our FTW Practitioners a set of revealing questions about what makes them tick – and advice for other ambitious therapists who want to grow their business:

Winner – Melanie Warren – Relaxology, Orpington, Kent

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

Melanie WarrenMy interest in holistic therapies began almost 20 years ago when reflexology started my recovery from a long term illness. It developed to a passion 8 years ago when I was inspired to train, firstly in reflexology, and then massage and aromatherapy. I founded Relaxology and have been working full time ever since. I care passionately about people’s well-being and feel that time is precious and if someone uses their time to come to me for a treatment, then I need to make them feel marvellous when they leave!

I had been searching for an exceptional facial and as soon as I heard about Face The World I knew it was what I was looking for. There is nothing else like it anywhere! I have been enthusiastic about it right from the start and have many clients who absolutely love it. The skin care is divine and the facial routine is a delight with the amazing music. I also do many Face The World eastern acupressure face, neck and scalp massages which are greatly enjoyed by my clients also. I always enjoy doing these treatments and love to introduce them to other therapists to enhance what they can offer to their own clients. I love working with the lovely music and the smells of the products from Face The World and never tire of the music even though I have heard it so often for years now. It’s still a pleasure and relaxes me too!

I have a purpose built treatment suite attached to our home in Orpington. My clients say they feel calm and peaceful as soon as they walk in, so I think it works! I absolutely love my work.It’s such a privilege to be able to help and treat people who are often stressed, vulnerable or feeling ill when they arrive and to see them relaxed and de-stressed, calmer, when they leave, is very rewarding.

How did you feel when you found out you were a winner?FTW POTY winner

It was so exciting to be a national finalist in the Practitioners of the Year 2015, and when I had the phone call to tell me I had won I was utterly stunned. I really never saw it coming and it is just so exciting. It means the world to me, because I have worked hard for years to build my business and reputation and now I feel recognition for it all. You don’t get an appraisal when you work for yourself, so this accolade is been a massive boost to my confidence, and the fantastic testimonials my lovely clients wrote about me really made me cry. I didn’t realise I made such a difference and I am so glad to know.

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

For me, the perfect client is someone who allows themselves the space and time to switch off and relax. It is very flattering that they feel safe enough to just be, either to rest and daydream, or go to sleep. When someone has taken time out of their busy life and is spending hard earned cash, it’s good to know I have enabled them to stop, unwind and let go.

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

Aha MomentFor other practitioners thinking of starting up in the holistic industry I would say take your time and research the treatments you want to offer. Experience the treatments yourself and see how they make you feel. Be aware of the things that you didn’t like as much as those you do like. Always remember that the client is giving their own free time, as well as money, to choose to come to you, and treat them, the way you would want to be treated yourself – every time. You won’t go wrong then!

And keep having regular treatments yourself for two reasons: to de-stress and relax after all the hard work looking after others and, just as importantly, to remind yourself just how wonderful it feels to lie there and have that facial. This will mean that that you are renewed and enthused to return to your clients and make their treatments amazing.

2nd Place – Hayley Pearson, Serenity Touch, Great Moulton, Norwich, Norfolk

Tell us a little bit about you; where are you based and what do you love most about your business?

Hayley PearsonHi, I am Hayley, a Complementary Therapist based in a small village called Great Moulton in South Norfolk. I have been practising for 9 years and offer a variety of therapies that range from bodywork ones to energy based treatments. I trained in my various therapies after suffering ill health after the birth of my children.

The therapies I tried helped me out so much I decided to retrain so I would able to help other people out who may be suffering similar issues to myself. I love what I do and to be able to have someone come into my therapy room feeling stressed and in pain and then leave with a smile on their face feeling better than they did when they arrived, is a wonderful feeling and makes work not difficult to want to do!

I offer many therapies along with teaching the Face The World courses and Reiki courses. I regularly hold and host workshops that anyone can attend such as Sound Baths, numerology and tarot tasters.

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

The idea of the perfect client is someone who comes to me to try complementary therapies who hasn’t experienced any before. To be able to open their mind and body to what can be achieved through holistic therapies like the Face the World Holistic Facial or Reiki and bodywork ones like massage is a wonderful gift that I can work with and help others.

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?
Aha MomentThe tip I would give anyone considering starting up in this business is to follow your heart. You need to love what you do and enjoy helping others. Any therapist you meet will always wish to help you on your journey and there is no competitiveness from other practitioners as everyone needs advice and help when starting out.

 

Joint 3rd Place – Lizzie Johns, Just Bea Holistic Therapies, Kesgrave, Suffolk

Lizzie JohnsI live in Kesgrave, Suffolk and have worked as an Holistic Therapist for the last 14 years. I have just expanded and set up my own clinic. I love the FTW facial. I love everything about it, the products, the music, the routine, the mask never fails to amuse me. When I place an order I love the little hand written note that comes with it or the heart!!!

Little things please me! I was completely overwhelmed when phoned to say I was 3rd – I did have a little cry afterwards!

 

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

A perfect client for me is all of my clients. I have the best clients in the world to be honest. They love it when I train in something new!

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

Aha Moment

My advice to practitioners new in the business is to persevere. Do something a little bit different. A good therapist is one that listens to their clients. Read between the lines of what they are saying. Make that time that they have with you all about them!

 

Joint 3rd Place – Jenny Diment, Pure Bliss, Maidstone, Kent

Jenny DimentI run a home based holistic & beauty therapy room in Maidstone Kent, which has grown considerably over the last several years. I love working from home as it gives me the flexibility with my family. What I love most about my business is that it continues to develop holistically to really help my clients physically, mentally & spiritually. When I found out I was a winner it made my day, month & year. I love FTW and have a real passion for it, so I was Super Proud that my passion showed to my clients who took the time to vote for me. Feel very blessed.

Give us an example of who a perfect client for you might be?

The perfect client!! hard question, as I would like to think all my clients are unique to me in many ways.  I love to treat people that are open to trying new treatments and also will come and switch off relax and be pampered without having the need to talk all the way through their treatments.  This is where FTW is great at making the client completely zone out.

What tip would you give others considering starting up in the holistic/beauty industry?

Aha MomentIf you’re considering starting up in the industry, success comes to those who have a passion and love what they do.  Only take up treatments that you really enjoy.  Prepare to be flexible and patient.  Hard work does pay off if you love your job.

 

I’m sure you agree with us what amazing practitioners they are – and the key ingredient running through them all? Being passionate about what they do and their love for the industry! Sound like you? Us too! Come and join our elite team of FTW Practitioners and put the passion back into your business!

Find out more about Face The World and our award-winning holistic facial here.

Introducing Thai Foot Massage

Thai Foot Massage – multiple benefits…

FTW Thai Foot Course

Thai Foot Massage (Nuat Phaen Boran) as we know it today is a wonderful blend of Chinese reflexology/acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principals and even Japanese Shiatsu. It’s an ancient, holistic treatment passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years… but it has clearly stood the test of time. And not without reason!

Benefits for the feet

• Encourages a healthy blood circulation, especially important for diabetics.
• Eases arthritic aches and pains.
• Aids mobility and flexibility of the joints.
• Helps to break down uric acid build up that can crystallise in the feet which can alleviate symptoms of gout.
• Detoxifies the feet and increases lymphatic drainage.
• Invigorates tired feet and legs – an essential boost for those of us in sedentary/desk jobs.
• Helps prevent blood and lymph from pooling, preventing early onset of varicose veins and burst capillaries.

Meridians of Body

It doesn’t stop there though. Many of us are already aware that reflexology principals within a Thai foot massage will also give benefit to the whole body – not just the region being treated. In Thai teaching, there are no fewer than 10 Sen or energy lines in the feet that map to all areas of the body. Applying the correct techniques and pressure can have an amazing effect on the whole body –

 

 

• Prevention and relief of numerous problems including headache, migraine, cystitis, gall bladder problems, sinusitis and constipation.
• Boosts the immune system.
• Improves digestive and skin problems.
• Increases energy levels.
• Alleviates stress, anxiety and general lethargy.
• Aids physical healing and improves sleep quality.
• Lifts the mood and promotes mental clarity.

Thai Foot Training

Would you like the opportunity to expand your portfolio and offer your clients this incredible treatment? Just a half-day hands-on workshop and you can!

At Face The World, we offer affordable, straightforward training – all industry-approved and CPD registered for your peace of mind. All of courses include a starter kit containing one of our bespoke CDs, at least two of our exclusive skincare products, your training manual and your CPD Diploma Certificate or Certificate of Attendance as applicable.

Click here to read more…

How to Give Yourself a Stress-Busting Facial

D.I.Y Facial Massage – here’s how!

Relaxed and Happy - Facial Massage

 

Oh yes. Even the most zenned out holistic professionals among us have found themselves frowning from time to time, or struggled through a hectic schedule to end the day with a clenched jaw or a headache! We may not always realise how much tension we hold in our facial muscles… and how wonderful it is to have this tension relieved.

The face has no fewer than 42 muscles, all 12 meridian channels of the body can be accessed via the face, the facial nerve has over 10,000 neurons of which 7000 control facial expression and there are 6 lymph nodes that filter and clean the facial lymphatic fluid of toxins, germs and destroy foreign cells such as cancer.

That means that not only will a professional facial massage relieve muscular and nervous stress, the right moves can also energise and rebalance Chi, cleanse the upper dermis of toxic build-up, brighten dull skin – and if you add the benefits of aromatherapy, hydrating lotions and even music, you take it to yet another level.

So can you do any of this to yourself? Of course!

As you can imagine, there’s a multitude of methods and teachings out there (if time, do have a look at the benefits of Eastern Acupressure Facials) – so here’s the basic low-down on some simple moves that will help melt that stress away – in just 10 minutes. Make sure your hands and face are thoroughly clean first and ideally use a massage product so your fingers will glide on the skin and not pull it. Breathe deeply and let yourself relax…

The “Shampoo” Soother (2 mins)Shampoo soother - Facial Massage

A move often used in Indian Head Massage, simply use your fingers to massage all over your scalp, as if shampooing your hair – but nice and slow. Press firmly enough to feel your scalp moving and make sure you cover the areas around the ears, temples and back of the neck where a lot of tension is stored. If your hair is long enough, also pull it firmly as you go to encourage blood flow.

 

Brow buster - Facial MassageThe Brow-Buster (2 mins)

Using the index or middle finger of each hand, place both fingers in the centre of your forehead, one higher up the forehead than the other. Press firmly, then simply slide the lower finger and higher finger away from each other towards the ears and then swap their positions (high to low and low to high) in a zig-zag movement. Repeat these zig-zags all over the forehead, especially in the “frown zone”. Keep it nice and slow.

Eye Socket Pinch (2 mins).Eye Pinch - Facial Massage

Use the thumb and middle finger of each hand and literally pinch the skin whilst pressing down all around the eye socket. Avoid the delicate skin immediately around the eyes. Start between the brows and slowly and firmly pinch until you have a pressure you are comfortable with. Move around the eyebrows, pinching as you go – and underneath the eyes too. Repeat the circuit for 2 mins and finish off with some slow, smooth circles around the eye sockets, just using your middle finger.

Jaw dropper - Facial MassageJaw Dropper (1 min).

Using all of your fingers on both hands like paddles, make broad, circular sweeps along the jaw line from the ears to the chin and back again. Massage over the cheeks and jowl areas too to get rid of any tension and encourage blood flow.


Temple 
Touch (2 mins).Temple Touch - Facial Massage

We all know this one, because it does work – and quickly. Find the deepest point in the depression of the temples. Place two fingers on this and simply press firmly for 2 minutes. You can use slow, circular moves here if you prefer. Focus on your breathing and relax.

 

Ear Pull - Facial MassageEar Massage and Pull (1 min).

Using the thumb and index finger of both hands, slowly and gently massage along the outer rim of the ear from lobe to top and back again – pulling the ear gently away from the head at the same time. To finish, pull the ear lobe down and away from the face and hold for 30 seconds.

 

Once completed, drop your hands and arms into your lap if seated or by your sides if lying down and relax for a few moments.

Want some more advanced techniques? Click here to read more!

Don’t Forget! – TWO STUDENTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE – Face The World Signature Facial.


Split the reduced price between two – so only £99 + VAT per student (RRP £249 + VAT per student).

Click the link below for more details on this offer!

https://www.face-the-world.co.uk/pages/SignatureFacialPromo

 

Benefits of Facial Acupressure

Eastern Facial Acupressure – so many benefits!

Did you know?Eastern Acupressure - Face The World

…that the ancient Chinese treatment of acupressure has been practiced and perfected for over 5000 years? In simple terms, it was discovered that by pressing certain points of the body, pain or disease were alleviated – and often in regions of the body remote from the pain or pressure point!

Facial acupressure can be performed by a massage therapist or other certified professional, or a person can perform it on his or her own face once trained in what to do.

By pressing certain meridian/reflex points in the face, not only are there benefits to the facial area but for the whole body – a great bonus:

For the face…

  • Improvement of muscular tone and facial contours, including the area between the nose and mouth (specifically a problem for smokers)
  • Stimulation of circulation and nutrient flow to the facial skin
  • Promotes an effective lymphatic flow and removal of toxins
  • Glowing and healthier-looking complexion due to improved skin oxygen levels
  • Soothing of forehead wrinkles, creases between the brows and ‘crows feet’
  • Alleviation of sinus problems and improvement of air flow – may help tinnatus
  • Reduction of puffiness around the eyes, nose bleeds and eye strain
  • Reduction of facial spasms, tics and nervous twitches

Meditating LadyFor the body…

  • Balancing energy levels and general flow of Chi
  • Eases stress and feelings of anxiety
  • Improved sleep and feeling of well-being
  • Correction of hunger and appetite issues
  • Reduction in pain associated with toothache and migraine
  • May help to prevent hair loss

There’s more!

Just imagine… you can enhance all of the above facial acupressure benefits even further with the inclusion of beautiful, relevant music therapy and aromatherapy – making it a truly memorable and unique experience for your clients. That is where Face The World adds so much extra value and helps you stand out from the crowd!

Add-on CDsWe have workshops suitable for professionals (for CPD) and beginners (as a hobby) alike – all over the UK.Our price is inclusive of a starter kit per student which contains a ‘start-up duo’ FTW cleanser and massage crème (for your first 5 treatments, unique FTW “China” CD and your CPD Diploma or Certificate of Attendance as needed. We will train on a one-to-one basis so courses are never cancelled!

 

Find your nearest regional tutor and more information by clicking HERE or contacting us at info@face-the-world.co.uk or 0845 544 1555.

Successful College Staff CPD Day

FTW Signature Facial – CPD for Bishop Auckland College

We’re so pleased to bring you another first for Face The World! Following on from our hugely successful Thai Foot Massage CPD Days at Andover College, Hampshire and Blackburn College, Lancashire – Face The World have delivered our very first staff CPD day in our award-winning and patented Signature Facial Course!Staff at Bishop Auckland College

The day was arranged via college lead Adelle Garnett and Face The World’s Liz Badger to suit the college’s requirements. Specialist FTW tutor Gwyn Featonby, also Director of the Seven Wellbeing Centre at Butterwick Hospice, Stockton-on-Tees, ran the day for Face The World.

Mini Thai Foot Massage
Staff received the full 1 day course, exactly as delivered privately – meaning they finished the day as fully-qualified and insurable Face The World Facial Practitioners. As well as the multi-sensory, choreographed routine, they were also taught the three mini global massage sequences for during the Ocean Rain Mask stage of the facial: Thai Foot (as seen here), Indian Head and Tibetan Hand Massages. The client can choose which mini treatment they want whilst the mask sets to work.

 

FTW Training Manual
Each member of staff received a CPD Diploma Certificate (as accredited by The Guild and approved by the CThA and PEP), bespoke FTW CD, 28-page Training Manual, laminated crib sheet, enamel uniform badge and a mini product set of Face The World skin care (enough for 3 to 5 facial treatments). Those who wished it also received trade access to the FTW Store and added to the monthly e-Newsletter.

Says Adelle – “The course was brilliant and we were all so chilled out! We loved the facial – and equally your FTW skincare products. We all want trade access please.”

We now have an even better offering – including training you to run your own Face The World one and half day courses in house! Take a look here –

https://www.face-the-world.co.uk/pages/College-CPD-Opportunity

Pre-Wedding Facial Massage

Pre-Wedding Facial Massage – Guest Blog by Amy Bryant

So. It’s three weeks until the big day and you look in the mirror. To your absolute horror you see fine lines, wrinkles and flaky skin like you have never seen before. All of that wedding planning stress has taken its toll and you need a quick fix. You need some revitalisation and you need it quick. But who and where do you turn to?

Pre wedding facial
The answer is – a facial.

I don’t have time for that’ I hear you sigh. But are you aware of what facials can do for you? Do you have regular facials? Are you using the right products for your age and skin type? Well if are unsure of the answers to these questions then it’s time to read below!

 

You might have your eyes popping when you look through the salon menu and are seeing the prices of their different facials (they really do vary!) and thinking how the hell is this going to fit into my wedding budget? But trust me, a facial is extremely beneficial and you don’t always need to spend a fortune to see the benefits. Especially when there’s only a couple of weeks to go.

ExfoliateYour facial is likely to begin with a cleanse to prepare your skin for an exfoliation. This will prime your skin ready for a flawless make-up application by removing dead skin cells that are giving you the dull, flaky appearance. It will also prepare for those lines and wrinkles to be pumped full of nutrients.

We then get onto the massage. Not only will it send you into a dreamy slumber, relaxing your muscles from the weight of the wedding planning, it will also pump your blood around your face, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the area. This will reduce puffiness, plump those fine lines and can strengthen the facial muscles. It will also aid hydration so once you wake up from your slumber you really will have fab, wedding worthy skin. Hooray! Face MaskThe facial is also likely to include a mask, which can do anything from remove impurities, hydrate or reduce fine lines.

And as if that wasn’t enough, another important part to the facial is the therapist using recommended products for your skin type. I would hope that they would use a serum, a day cream including SPF so your skin is protected, a night cream and an eye cream or gel to help waken those eyes and lessen those bags.

FTW SerumThe main two products that you should throw your budget out of the window for are the serum and the night cream. Now, of course each brand is different but generally speaking these work their best when used at night as this is when your skin repairs itself. They will be nutrient rich which will aid collagen and elastin production. Say hello to a tight, fresh, youthful look! The overnight serum will also take things a step further and penetrate the layers of the skin to hydrate you even more.

So. If you have looked in the mirror and feel some emergency repairs coming on then keep calm and book a facial!

amy


Author: Amy Bryant – Shore Beauty. Click here to see her website and client services.

FTW Features – Sophie Jewry, Queen of Brand

FTW interviews the brilliant Sophie Jewry…

To kick off our wonderful new series of interviews with the movers and shakers in our Industry, we have none other than Sophie Jewry – founder of the UK Holistic Directory, media8 and most recently, her amazing Brand Kitchen.

Sophie Jewry

Job Role: The Queen of Brand. Helping women in business create an awesome brand, get more productive and achieve a better work/life balance.

 Accolades: Future 50 Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013; Top 50 Business Adviser in the UK 2014; 13 years in the design, print and marketing industry; Mother of a wonderful 15 year old daughter.

Business Summary: I use a combination of coaching techniques (I’m an NLP practitioner) with my 13 years of experience to help clients achieve what they want for their lives and business. Everyone has a different goal and I help them clarify what this is,  create a plan to achieve it and support them along the way.

What is your main Business USP? Being “The Queen of Brand” – I have a combination of over a decade of experience as a designer, mixed with a passion for all things brand plus a holistic approach that focuses on finding a balance that fits each individual. All of this combined with focusing on helping women in business means that I can draw on many different skill sets to provide what my clients need at any given time. Plus I’m slightly obsessed with planning and strategy. I’m on a mission to help female entrepreneurs feel confident about and understand brand and the magical way it can positively impact their businesses.

Who is your ideal client? A woman on a mission to create a successful business who wants to speed up the process through creating a strong brand from the roots up and knows that having a professional by your side can make this happen right first time. I’ve seen first hand the difference it can make on a business when you start with a clear identity and a marketing plan. It really can take years off your time building your audience. A woman who knows that when you have support and accountability you achieve more – and who is serious about creating a profitable business that enables her to enjoy life and spend the time she wants with her loved ones.

Brand Kitchen
How can we get in touch?
The best way to get in touch is to e-mail support@brandkitchen.co.uk or to say hello on Social Media:

www.brandkitchen.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thebrandkitchen
www.twitter.com/No1BrandKitchen

Fun Facts!!!

When did you last say “I love you”? This morning, to my daughter before she left for school.

What’s your favourite way to unwind? Get in a ridiculously hot bath and stew while reading or listening to a book.

Sophie, mum and daughter
What’s your favourite picture and why?
I have lots of great photos, each holding a memory. This one was taken in one of my favourite places; Holkham Beach in Norfolk. I was with my mum and daughter and on a big dog walk. We had a lovely day and it a ‘living in the moment’ image, taken impulsively and just for fun.

 

Tell us one unknown fact about yourself: Henry VIII is in my family tree.

Finally – can we winkle out an exclusive offer for our FTW Members Club? Sure thing – how about £50 off the Ultimate Brand course and 25% off the Brand Kitchen Club Membership. 🙂

Yes please! Thank you so much, Sophie. xx

 

New Launch – Volunteer Therapist Hub UK

Calling all Volunteer (and future volunteer!) Therapists –

Have you ever thought about volunteering your beauty/holistic services or maybe you already do? Would you like to meet with like-minded, heart-led therapists to chat about your business, fundraising events, case-studies or just ask questions on how to get involved with local placements in your region? Then read on…

Volunteer Therapist Hub UK

The newly-launched Volunteer Therapist Hub (UK) could be the perfect place to hang out, meet new friends and make a positive change in the world too! The brainchild of Liz Badger, Founder of Face The World, the Hub is already proving to add real value and create quite a buzz – having attracted nearly 200 members in under 3 weeks.

And it’s all free of charge via a members-only facebook group.

Liz says “I realised there was a need for this service – matching therapist volunteers with local demand – over a year ago now. There was no joined up approach, nationally. After putting out some feelers and brainstorming with a wonderful group of my trusted colleagues/contacts, the plan was to create an all singing/dancing website – but sadly funds, time and resources were not on our side! Rather than delay any longer, the facebook group was the perfect “launch pad” for getting things started, proving the need – and hopefully the funds and website will manifest!

“The scope seems endless. The list of possible services and member benefits keeps growing!Liz Badger We of course have the “match-making” at the core of the Hub, though we’d like to start collating case studies where beauty/holistic therapies enhance ‘standard’ medical treatment/recovery – through to sharing events, raising awareness, inspiring stories and articles. It’s of course a great place to therapy swap and make new friends too. Who knows, we may also have a “Volunteer of the Month”, newsletter and our own annual conference and guest speakers one day… even arranging CRB/Clearance for therapists so they are ready to go for the organisations that need them.”

Liz’s enthusiasm for the group seems to be justified – in less than 3 weeks there have already been several new volunteers for Look Good, Feel Good, Therapies 4 Forces, local hospices and local events – and it’s growing all the time. She now wants to invite representatives of organisations/end users of the group to join too and post their need.

Want to get involved? Here’s how –

Simply sign into your facebook account and either search for “Volunteer Therapist Hub UK” or follow the direct link given below. Click to join the group – and be prepared to answer a few questions if your professional background isn’t clear from your profile page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/608703725929895/

The Hub looks forward to welcoming more new therapists and now end users too. Feel free to contact Liz directly on 0845 544 1555 or liz@face-the-world.co.uk