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.
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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
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]
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]
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.
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