Wow, we are well in to 2013 – and so I’m sure you have already grabbed your copy of the Water issue with Elen Rivas on the cover… the holistic celebrity answers my questions on the Editor Six page of this issue… after she dried off from her amazing underwater shoot with Robin Conway and a fab team of professionals, including yoga-loving celebrity hair stylist Vicki Lord, our very own make-up therapist Emily Rose (who had a beautiful daughter recently, Megan – Congratulations to you and Anton and Lara, from the whole of HTM), Nina Sobers styled the shoot and Sophia Love designed the couture dress.
We decided to do a water special as water is a fab metaphor for some business situations and because water is such a massive part of a healthy lifestyle… it stands for freshness, new life, as well as health and vitality. To find out more of what is in the current issue read my Editor Letter below… and of course subscribe to the industry’s no.1 business guide and get your very own copy of Holistic Therapist Magazine to your door per quarter… it’s easy! Click HERE!
It’s 2013, and our one-year anniversary! A big gorgeous happy new year to you all… and we made it through the winter solstice: 21/12/12… Whoopee! Whilst the world didn’t end, as predicted, (phew!) – I think many people are certainly beginning to see the world in a new light… more holistically, with more gratitude, focusing on what is real and gaining more perspective – they seem to be taking a leap of faith in different directions, but one that is true to their core and essence, and this, to me, is a small, but definite shift in humanity. And a fantastic time for the holistic industry, and for you as therapists to reach out to these people and share with them your knowledge of a more holistic way of being, perhaps even bringing about the end of the world, as we have previously known it.
Talking of sharing knowledge, we have plenty of business tips as always; with JP’s social media advice on surfing the web (page 16); ten top tips to keep your head above water in business (page 18); Simona Hart’s News Year’s resolutions for therapists (page 23); focus yourself with Sue Masters’ class (page 22); and how to grow your business using Annette’s marketing advice (page 21). You may have noticed some of the water metaphors already – well, that’s because it is the water special, and I just cannot resist splashing droplets of wet words… I thoroughly enjoyed reading Karen Watkins’ article this issue about water consumption (page 35), and working with model-celebrity, and mother, Elen Rivas – who took an elegant plunge in to Kentish Town’s swimming pool in-between answering my Editor Six questions (page 38).
To all of you mums out there, including Elen – Happy Mother’s Day – it is a lovely day of the year, and also a fabulous opportunity for business in the holistic industry. My four-year-old son (pictured with me above) loves yoga, and mediation, and massages… so maybe hold a family day, or provide mother and daughter offers? It is even worth opening your doors for business on Mothering Sunday, for a special day of pampering and treats. Express to your clients that it is great to involve your family in their holistic hobbies, and for those that have clients who are pregnant, or if you are indeed carrying a baby yourself, then you’ll love the fitness and pregnancy interview with expert YMCAFIT teacher, Michelle Smith. Rosanna Kalliabetsos delivers a wonderful article on ‘who to trust’ when you are pregnant, with great advice that you can pass on to your clients (page 26).
As always we have a super lot of content packed in our pages especially for you, your business and your health – so once again, I’ll leave you to it, but I’m just a click away on Jordan@holistictherapistmagazine.com, if you want to share stories, case studies, advice, products or photos. Chat soon – and on behalf of the HTM team, I wish you a warm, and wonderful New Year, for business, and for health to you and your family.
So what are your New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you don’t do the resolution thing! There is no denying that the start of a fresh New Year is the perfect time to reflect about your life as a whole – business, personal, and health… but with so much to think about after the festive food, fun, and family frolics – where do you start? Issue 1 of HTM has plenty for you to get started with when it comes to business direction. Mark Shields offers tips on how to utalise the first quarter of 2012, Sue Masters provides ways for you to detox your business and there are loads of other articles on injecting freshness into your business with advertising, PR, marketing, social networking and more … which is what would be expected from The Industry’s No.1 Business Guide. So the biz side of things for the New Year is covered… how about you and your health? Read on for ten ideas that will make you smile and feel fresh for the year ahead…
- Reinvent your image with a fresh new hair-do… get low lights, high lights, try a fringe, or luscious layers. It is amazing how you feel prepared to face the world when you have a nice new hairstyle.
- If you got a Kindle or other reading device for Christmas, take advantage of the free downloads or 99p offers, and dedicate some time to reading each day. Getting lost in a good story constitutes well needed ‘me’ time away from the stresses and strains of your working day. It is also nice to escape reality and indulge in a world of imagination.
- Head to the post-Christmas sales and grab yourself a treat, the best way to do this is to allocate a certain budget and take that amount in cash, leaving all credit cards, debit cards and cheque books tucked away at home. This way you will not feel guilty that you have overspent and you are more likely to only come home with things you really love.
- The New Year is a great time to start a hobby that you have always wanted to do, or to learn a new skill… maybe a new language, a musical instrument, or martial arts. Remember life is about balance and in order to be great at work and in your personal relationships you must dedicate time to doing the things that make you happy and relaxed too.
- Do something invigorating – a sky dive, or off the road race. If this is way too extreme for you – try having a cold shower after a warm one… this not only freshens you up leaving you feeling invigorated but it also closes your pores and is fantastic for your skin.
- Post Christmas budgets are often tight, but it is a great time to buy bigger items that are discounted… buy a new bed. If you have long suffered with a bed you have had for years, this is the perfect time to re-invest. Sleep is so important and you will be a different person after having a fantastic night’s sleep on an amazing bed… don’t buy online, it is best to go to a showroom and try out the mattresses – just don’t fall asleep in the store.
- De-clutter – clean up your home or treatment room and throw or give to charity any things you no longer use or need. This may seem an unattractive option, however it will make you feel great. You will clear your mind as well as your surroundings – there is little point in holding on to ‘stuff’ just for the sack of it or on the off chance you may use it in ten years time. If you de-clutter regularly it will be an easier task each time.
- CHEESEY CLICHÉ ALERT: Do a good deed a day and you will feel a million pounds – it can be as small as helping somebody pack their shopping or letting them go before you in a queue. These little gestures remind us what life is really about, without the fast pace and materialism.
- It may already be apart of your daily routine – but it is so easy to drop it to the bottom of the list or even erase it from the list altogether – get some exercise and make it daily, it can be a little dance in your living room, a stroll in the park or a full on work out at the gym… whatever you choose it will lead to a new you, emotionally, mentally and physically too.
- Last but by no means least, simply smile and laugh as much as possible… people get caught up in taking life too seriously. So SMILE – It makes people feel good as well as yourself, as long as it is a sincere… Go on, do it now, laugh at something that amuses you or smile at somebody… told you, feels good doesn’t it.
(Photographer: Marcello Pozzetti Make-up: Emily-Rose Model: Rebecca Richardson)