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A wall I miss Her - Holistic Therapist magazine

HTM would like to warmly welcome Amy Schofield as new appointed editor. Previous editor, Jordan Martin will not be missed! – As she is remaining with the team in her new role as Online Editor and PR Manager.

Amy brings a wealth of experience, and her role was effective from October 2013, readers will have a chance to meet Amy via the magazine in January. The new editor will also be writing an introduction on the HTM blog, so keep your eyes peeled.

The Editor blog on the Holistic Therapist Magazine website will include blogs from Amy, and Jordan, as well as Jordan’s assistant Eleanor.

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Dear Therapist,

Woohoo! Jump for joy at the thought of this beautiful season… It’s summertime! I love the unpredictable nature of the British weather… the anticipation of sunshine is always accompanied by the same warmth in the smiles of people passing by. There is a unique vibrancy and soulfulness in the air and this positive energy is shared with the clouded skies of silver, because we all know that the sun will show itself soon enough.

… And what better way to enjoy the random showers of sunshine than camping with your family (page 50). It is the perfect opportunity to visit a day spa or a retreat, and revitalise your body, mind, heart and soul… check out our great reviews this issue: Jan heads to the Homefield Grange (page 44), Yvonne visits Deer Lake Lodge (page 65), and Kate reviews facial reflexology (page 64). We have plenty more for you and your health as always.

…But as you all know, Holistic Therapist Magazine is the industry’s number one business guide, and so we have heaps of advice and tips for you to continue to flourish in your business, and reinforce the industry as a whole, so that together we can share the benefits of holistic therapies and lifestyles!

We revisit advertising with an article on writing effective flyers (page 24), as well as offering some words of wisdom from Louise Jensen (page 22) and Mark Shields (page 23).  From advertising advice, we head to Marketing on a Shoestring, expertly written by Rachel Fairweather (page 26). Jonathan Pollinger sheds more light on the world of social-networking, focusing this issue on the business website, LinkedIn (page 16)… And one of my favorite news pieces this issue has to be that written by Doctor Stephen Hopwood (page 13).

Enjoy journeying through this issue of HTM, and remember I am just an email away on Jordan@holistictherapistmagazine.com. So if you have a product or book you’d like us to review, or an interesting story or case study please do contact me.

Warmth and love this season

Jordan x

Managing Editor

 

 

Cover credits;

Photographer: TinaNikolovski.com

Model: Sarah Parker

Stylist: Daniella Jukic

MUA: Jolina O’Hair

For the Professional Pix feature in Issue 2, the three judges got to try three more products of my choice, and the fun bit is that I get to try them too!  Here is what I thought about them…

Thanks to contributors Karen Watkins, and Tracey Woodward, who are our permanent judges, and thank you to Louise Glover, who was our guest therapist judge for issue 2.

See my verdicts below and my out-of-five star ratings:

Manuka Honey Bar, Energy   3.5* [three and a half stars]

£1.79 http://www.comvita.co.uk

I wish I wasn’t about to type this… too late – I’m a chocolate lover!  There, I wrote it.  I have weened myself off the lovely brown stuff recently, but whilst I sit here typing, I am salivating at the thought of a bar of gorgeous chocolate.  The point I am trying to make is that I am not really good with ‘bars’ of any other nature… so I am ashamed to say I held an instant prejudice against the honey trap.  I found the taste quite strong, and so ate a small piece at a time… I really did feel the boost in energy from just a small amount.  I grabbed the rest of my bar one morning rushing my son to school ( Mondays, we are always cutting it fine – I don’t believe in alarm clocks you see!), the rest of the bar nourished me as a filling morning snack… didn’t have time for breakfast before I left.  I like the nutty textures of the bar, and once I got used to the none-chocolate taste, the honey was certainly sweet enough.

Frownies Facial Patches 5* [five stars]

£18.50 http://www.frownies.co.uk

Right, these little patches look a bit like flesh-coloured plasters [I usually wear plasters with pictures on, hence the detailed description].  I look youthful’ish for somebody approaching their thirty-second birthday, and like other parents have at some stage suffered a continuous nights of sleep deprivation. So if I’ve had enough sleep I look smooth’ish, but if I’m tired, squinting in the sunshine, or concentrating in front of my laptop, or reading a book – I frown.. you know that frown mark that looks like the number eleven, the one that laughs at your reflection in the  morning – that’s the one!  So my place of choice for this product was smack between the eyebrows in a bid to wipe the creasing grin off the number eleven.  The patch stops me from frowning, and so it avoids me from making my faint frown mark deeper.  I have worn these to bed [not too attractive - but better than tit-tape, which is what I used to wear across my forehead in a bid to reduce the eleven in the past].  These patches are easy to use, and to remove.  Something I failed to do one morning, as I accidentally left it on when signing for a parcel, so my patch was in full view of the postman… he probably thought it was a plaster.  I love these, I believe they work, they certainly make me stop frowning when I’m wearing them!

Sacred Sounds CD 4* [four stars]

£13 (+ P&P), http://www.loveisthekey.co.uk

I first listened to this CD with my son – he is nearly four.  We relaxed on the rug, with crossed legs and closed our eyes.  I liked the bold sounds, and he was still and calm for a while.  Even if you are not a regular meditator [I'm not, but I am trying to do more of], then it is calming music to have on when you are doing something practical, where you can switch off your mind – like washing up, or even some types off therapeutic work.  It’s probably not a good idea to listen to this CD if you are driving or need to stay alert, as it does have a trance quality to the combination of sounds.

Trying to grow older gracefully in our world of knives and needles is a very difficult task indeed. I refuse to succumb to the barbaric nature of a nip here and a tuck there. Plastic surgery has a strong history, but nowadays the once-taboo subject is so accessible that with the motto ‘prevention is better than cure’ in mind, people as young as twenty are indulging in anti-aging solutions, not to mention the plethora of other treatments and procedures available on speed dial. So, if you too, refuse to digest Botox for breakfast or fillers for lunch, but still want to fight back at the aging process, gracefully of course, then read on…  Oh and I apologise in advance for the shameless but scarily apt references to animals, and hopefully the only creature you will be compared with this year will be a spring chicken.

Bull in a China Shop: Sophistication doesn’t make you look older – just more refined! So walk with elegance, and avoid swearing. You can’t get grace from an injection!

Rat Teeth: To prevent gum disease, brush twice daily, floss daily too and use antibacterial mouthwash. Remember that coffee, wine, curried-food and cigarettes are all guilty of staining teeth – not to mention causing smelly breath.

Mutton dressed as Lamb: It’s not what you wear but the way that you wear it. Dress according to shape and personality rather than showing off lots of flesh. If you overdo it, you will have the adverse effect – and that goes with the make-up too! Wear shades that suit your skin tone, and that enhance your best features… Take a leaf out of Emily-Rose’s debut book ‘How to look pretty not plastered’ proving that less is more.

Cow Udders: Breast tissue loses elasticity with age or dramatic weight loss. Do pectoral exercises to build the muscle beneath the tissue, giving your breasts a firmer appearance. Be confident, maintain good posture and buy a well-fitting, supportive bra. If you need extra padding then there are lots of gel and plunge bras available at all good lingerie stores. You really don’t need a to be sliced open and stuffed like a turkey in order to create a nice, youthful silhouette.

Rhino Skin: As we age our skin loses collagen, thus elasticity, and as a result it sags and wrinkles. Drink lots of water and moisturise regularly. After a warm shower, blast your whole body with freezing water – closing pores, locking in moisture and firming skin. This technique is also used to combat dreaded orange-peel skin.

Crows Feet: Lines around the eyes and mouth are likely to be worse if you are a smoker. Smoking forms lots of toxins in the skin, making it thinner and duller. Lines are created by the constant pulling on cigarettes. These lines are also referred to as laughter or expression lines – they add character to a face, unlike Botox. Drink lots of water to flush toxins out, and use natural eye cream before you go to sleep so that it gets working throughout the night. Avoid squinting by wearing sunglasses on a bright day – or wear your prescription glasses when needed. Stop smoking, but keep laughing!

Cats Whiskers: As the years add up, hair seems to randomly sprout from your face – don’t use a razor – it will only grow back thicker and darker! Waxing can thin the skin, making it more prone to line development. I’m personally a fan of threading – I get this done on my eyebrows once a month, you can also get your top lip, chin and the rest of your face threaded if required.

Panda Eyes: 
If you are not getting your eight-hour recommended sleep, then you will have tired, dark or ‘old-looking’ eyes. Put sliced cucumbers on your eyes to reduce puffiness, it cools your eyes and reduces the appearance of tiredness and black circles. I personally know three people that have had their ‘bags’ surgically removed from under their eyes – the recovery was shocking – and they still look tired after a night out –  pretty  pointless!

Pig Guts: You get out what you put in – so try and limit refined sugars and junk food. Don’t diet or deprive yourself of a sinful pleasure – just try to be moderate. A balanced, healthy diet, including lots of water, fruit and veg will do wonders for your skin. Be moderate with your alcohol in-take too – hangovers instantly age the appearance of skin. Ensure you read Karen Watkins’ column per issue, she has great knowledge and advice on nutrition.

Zebra Face:  More lines – and uneven skin tone! I use Bio Oil instead of a moisturiser – it evens out skin tone and reduces scars and blemishes, it is also said to have an anti-aging effect. I suffer from a deep frown mark – and after trying different creams and even sleeping with tit-tape on my head – I came across the perfect solution for a roadmap face. Frownies are adhesive patches that you place on the troubled area, the results are amazing – the patches re-educate the skin not to create the line… I chose them for the judges to try for this issue’s Professional Pix… read Issue 2 for their verdicts.

Turkey Neck: Stop neglecting your neck – moisturise it, put a face pack on it, and do neck stretches. You can detract people’s eye-line away from the troubled area by wearing a necktie, low-cut top or necklace with large pendant.

Sloth: Be more active by walking instead of driving, or running up the stairs. For all you mums out there – pelvic floor exercises will prevent incontinence as the years clock up. Exercise not only increases your fitness levels, and burns fat – but it also gives you a natural all-over glow and feel-good factor. Try yoga, Pilates or a Zumba class.

Raccoon Stripe: Cover your grey hair with low lights – lighter shades running through your natural colour lift your skin tone, giving you a fresher appearance. Avoid block colour and dramatic changes. Have your hair regularly restyled to inject freshness into your overall look – long hair can drag your face down and make your features look gaunt – so go on, try the chop.

Leopard Print: I’m not talking lingerie – but ‘liver spots’! Also referred to as ‘age spots’; these small brownish skin pigmentations are due to over exposure of sunlight, and are a sign of high levels of toxins in the skin. The skin is the largest organ on the body and we need to look after it! To avoid these spots, wear a high factor sun-cream – try a spray for ease of application. Also avoid the peak time of sunlight – usually late morning to mid afternoon. If you notice major difference in your skin pigmentation, especially in areas other than your shoulders, face and backs of hands, then you should seek medical advice. Read Louise Spikings’ feature on getting sun exposure in a safe way in Issue 2.

Surgery for health reasons is advisable, and should always be discussed with a medical professional, however when it comes to cosmetic surgery – you just don’t need it, and neither do I!

 

Illustration: Ara Eden Lee

Editor’s full Foot Reading 

Baring My Sole (the full un-edited version)

Hello there, I’m Jordan – the editor of Holistic Therapist Magazine.  In the very first issue of the mag, I expose my rather unattractive feet so they can be analysed by foot reading expert Jane Sheehan

Here is the full reading, with my thoughts too…

Jane Says:  Based on the width of the right foot being wider than the left, you are very hard working but not working as hard as you used to do.

I Say: At first, this made me think – this isn’t me – I work bloody hard!  But the truth is I have changed the way I work compared to the way I used to.   I have realised that in order to be as productive as I know I can be, I need to have a balance, which means sleep, food, recreation, and taking general time out to do things I want to do or just to get a change of scenery.  I tend to do this when I start to feel stressed and run down, so perhaps I leave it a little too late sometimes.  I used to stay up all night working, but this was counter-productive as the next day I was utterly useless, it is way better to have some wind down time, rest fully and steam at full pace the next day.  So full marks Jane – this is right!

Jane Says: Your toe pad and tip of toe shape mean you spend a lot of time in your head, thinking, mulling things over, more than people give you credit for.  When you do express your ideas you remember to phrase it diplomatically.  You’d be mortified if you said anything to offend anybody.

I Say: This is so true!  I am a joker, so I’m not sure if I am perceived as a deep thinker, but I think constantly, so much so I dream every night.  I am diplomatic, but I still try to express my opinion, as I’m not one to sit on the fence.  My conscience wouldn’t allow me to hurt somebody’s feelings – intentionally anyhow.  I have taught myself to stop and think, as I generally just speak my thoughts, luckily my thoughts are not often horrid – I don’t have much internal monologue and I am never not thinking… I am actually looking for a therapy which helps me switch off mentally – my mind still sways during yoga and Pilates, and I’m one of those annoying chatters though massage.

Jane Says: The gap between the big toe and second on right foot but not on left means that in the past you had delayed reactions to things.  Logic and emotions were working separately.  So if we put you on the spot and asked you to help us on Thursday, you would say “yes”, then wake up the next day and think “Oh no!”  Why did I say that, I wish I’d said this instead!

That was in the past – you were best if allowed to sleep on decisions to allow logic and emotions time to connect, but now something has changed.  You’ve no longer got this delay.  You are better able to make immediate decisions and stick to them.  You’re procrastinating much less now than you used to.

I Say: Procrastination is a fear of mine, I am a Cancer, and I think this is a trait of my star sign too – so I need a lot of self-motivation and energy to counteract it – it is good to know it is working.  I used to say ‘yes’ to everybody and everything [almost] because I like being nice but I soon realised that there is a fine line between being kind and being taken for granted, and then I would feel like a martyr  – certain situations have made be change… I’ve always been decisive but perhaps used to cater my response for other people’s benefit and not mine… It is good to be able to say ‘No way Hose!’  I am very emotional and very logical – but if those are both needed at the same time, so help me!

Jane Says:  You have elongated second and third toes, so you have natural leadership qualities (not dictatorial) and if you’re not in a leadership role you’ll become bossy!  You also have a lot of drive and determination that you can do twice as much as the next person given the same time and resources.  Given the leadership qualities, this is going to be your learning curve in life – how to delegate.  You don’t like to delegate because they can’t do half as much as you can do given the same time and resources!  Once you learn that it’s your skill and not theirs and allow them extra time and resources then you’ll have cracked it!

I Say:  Firstly, I have to laugh at the word ‘elongated’ – long [excuse the pun] gone are the days when I thought perhaps my feet would become feminine or pretty ;o)… I was probably bossy to my two younger brothers as a teenager, but luckily I have put myself into roles that mean I can demonstrate my leadership qualities – I agree that I’m not dictatorial, and thankful for it.  I like to level with others and get along with people, but no doubt my son and husband have had a taste of my bossiness.  My mum used to say when I was younger that I am the only person that she knows who can do a hundred things at once and do them all really well.  Born in the year of the Monkey, I think I’m just a Jack-of-all-trades and a master of none ;o).   I’m starting to learn the delegation thing – and it feels good, especially when you can see that your leadership and training has taught somebody a useful skill, and most importantly that I’m not the only one who can do the job… even though I can probably do it more efficiently ;o) I said I am learning!

Jane Says: You have a gap between the second and third toe on the right but not left foot.  So in the past you were keeping your emotions out of it in order to get things done.  Sometimes this can mean the need for detachment in your working life, but I think in your case it means that you weren’t enjoying what you were doing and just had to get on with it.  The good news is that now something has changed and now you’re enjoying what you’re doing much more.  You’re putting more of your passion into what you are doing now than you were doing in the past.

I Say:  This is the case generally actually. It is my zest for what I do and my passion that gains results, and I do compartmentalise my work from my home life and as previously mentioned – I’m emotional and logical and great at both when they do not mix, so my self-awareness at the grand old age of 31 and a half makes me separate them.

Jane Says:  You have a lump on your second toe, which indicates that currently, emotionally you are holding in your feelings.  If you don’t say anything, how is anyone going to know?

I Say:  Not sure about this little gem… I guess it could be anything big that is perhaps suppressed or something smaller – I tend to bury large things as I am very sensitive, it means I can do that thinking thing I do so well, and process any hurt or annoyance gradually.  Smaller things annoy me, as they are generally so insignificant that I can use them as an emotional gateway, whilst still ignoring the real issue.

Jane Says: The width of nail on second toe tells me that you’re sensitive.  You don’t just hear what is said, you hear what is not said, you’re listening behind the lines.  So along with this sensitivity is also vulnerability because you know more than maybe they want you to know.

I Say: This part is true. Yes, I’m sensitive – it has taken me a long time to accept that this is okay.  I love words, and they are so powerful when uttered with an emotion… words have often been the cause of my emotional bruising, or ‘unspoken’ words.  I never forget what and how something has been said especially if it has upset me.

Jane Says: The shape of third toes on both of your feet tell me that in terms of what you are doing, you’re very focussed.  If you set out to do something you see it through and you won’t easily be knocked off course.  You like to see results.

I Say: I love to work from the concept of something and see all of the elements materialise into a final product – that’s why I love being the Editor of Holistic Therapist Magazine.  If somebody or something tries to knock me off course, it only makes be more determined.

Jane Says: The gap between your fourth and third toe on right foot, but not left, indicates that in the past you would deliberately compartmentalise private life separate from what you were doing.  You aren’t doing that so much in the present.

I Say: I do this, as mentioned above, but maybe I used to do it more.  I guess I’m older, wiser and braver – I’m also a wife and mother, and because these are big roles in my life there is probably more crossover with these and my work.

Jane Says:  There’s a curve and tilt of fourth toe on the right foot, this only tilts on fourth toe of the left.  So in the past you would want to hang around people you’d known for ages but you’d also be dying to meet new people.  The two energies are working together so I think that means that you wouldn’t have networked a room unless you had someone with you who you knew well.  Now something has changed and now you don’t feel the need to hang around with people you’ve known for ages, you have more confidence to network on your own and you can now spot when a friend is turning from friend to frenemy and are able to cut them loose whereas before you’d have seen them as all the memories you’d built up rather than noticing how they are changing.

I Say:  The last part of this so true – there are people that up until recently had a more significant role in my life simple because I felt there had been history between us, despite having a testing relationship now – I am happy to keep these kinds of ‘friends’ at a distance.  I have learnt that if a person puts you down unnecessarily or if they make you feel negative then that person is not your proper friend – he or she is a pseudo-friend.

Jane Says: The little toe is on the side.  It is hidden on right foot, but on left is visibly on its side.  In the past you were a covert rebel – you’d do the window dressing to appear to be doing what’s expected but breaking all the rules behind the scenes and getting away with it.  Now something has changed and you no longer hide the fact!  You don’t mind being overtly unconventional, rebellious, my way or the highway!

I Say: I guess I have reached the stage where too many people have in some many words told me I am unconventional, so I guess I have had to roll with the flow of that or else I would be trying to be something I’m not.  I think I’m more conventional than people think I am, but yes I certainly have a rebellious side to me, which has always been there, even if it was in hiding.

Jane says: The drop shape on toe pads of the second, third and fourth toes indicate that you are currently over-thinking about what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and about those who are very close to you.

I Say: This is probably what I do always – I think of others a lot, I worry for their worries – but I’m better than I used to be.

Jane Says: The necks of toes are seen from plantar view, so you’re very expressive about beliefs, attitudes, ideas, emotions and what you’re doing but less open about private life and plans for the future.  If you’re feeling insecure (not that you are at the moment) you would not be willing to discuss it, you’d just get on with it.

I Say: I am very confident with strangers and chatting and making people feel relaxed, but when it comes to my private feelings I keep them to myself, I am too sensitive and also do not like loosing face or being emotionally vulnerable.  If I bottled things up for too long it comes out at some point, but I write poetry or sing [not very tunefully] and that is my catharsis for deeper emotions, exercise also helps if I am struggling with an emotional situation.

Jane Says:  The blister and where it is on back of heel indicates that in the past you were going through a stage where you were clashing with someone else over your ideas about what you thought you wanted to be doing and how you would move forward and take the next steps.  These ideas would have had an impact on your sense of security too.  So clashing with someone else over these issues would have given you rather a lot of emotional friction.

I Say:  This could be a couple of things, but they are quite personal, so in true form I shall keep them to myself.

Jane Says:  The great news is that the undersides of your feet are fairly unblemished so you aren’t experiencing any major issues right now.  Nothing much is concerning you and you’re going with the flow.

I Say: I like going with the flow, things happen naturally, life is spontaneous and you can hone in more easily on priority.  I do however plan for some things and once all is organised I can continue my flow again.

Jane Says: Hope you enjoyed your reading

I Say:  Thanks Jane, it has been so interesting and I can see how foot reading can be used as a therapy for patients to become self-aware and prepare for situations with this knowledge about themselves.  It is also lots of fun and quirky.

To all of HTM readers, there is an opportunity to win one of Jane’s books, ‘Let’s Read Our Feet’, all details are on Editor Fix, page 50 of Issue 1.  To learn more about Jane Sheehan and her skills, or to book a reading call 07739 802175 email Jane@footreading.com, or head to her site http://www.footreading.com