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Here we like to talk about more than just beauty. We support and promote a healthy lifestyle, so you’ll find notes about nutrition, skin care and all the different elements which, when added together, make for a happy, healthy life.

10 Things You Might Need to Hear Today……

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1. You don’t have to have your life figured out – It always feels as if we have to have our lives figured out, everything goes full speed ahead, but you don’t need to. Whatever age you are and wherever you are in your life right now. … don’t worry if you’ve done things differently. Everyone takes a different path and that’s okay. Just figure out what works for you.

2. It’s okay to not know what you want to do in life – Similar to the above, but it’s totally okay if you haven’t figured that out yet. It’s never too late to change and do something you love. Look at me! Leaving a safe, reliable job to re-train as a Beautician (and Complementary Therapist) and start Back to Beauty. I had no idea what I wanted to do, yet had faith that ….. it would all work out. And it did! It’s about what makes you happy and it may take time to figure out. There is no right or wrong.

3. Don’t compare yourself – Never compare. We are all guilty of it, but you don’t know someone’s story. You cannot judge one chapter of your life to someone else’s. Everyone has different situations, different goals. There’s always someone in a better and worse situation than you.

4. Rainy days make flowers – It may feel like the end of the world but it’s probably not. Ask yourself if what you’re fretting about will matter in a week’s time or a month’s time? It probably won’t.

5. The world is both bad and good -, I sometimes cannot get my head around the awful things going on in our world. It’s important to spread kindness and love where you can because the world can be horrible. Sprinkle it everywhere. Be kind, you never know what battle someone is facing.

6. You have the power to make someone’s day – Use your power! Whether you smile at someone in the street or tell a stranger you like their coat. How about just contacting an old friend asking how they are? Little things really can make someone’s day.

7. You’re allowed to moan – We get a lot of stick for moaning about trivial things (there are of course, dreadful things going on in the world), but what’s trivial to someone else may mean a lot to you, and it’s totally okay to have a bad day and have a little moan. It’s how you pick yourself up again and put life into perspective that matters. It doesn’t mean you don’t care about bad things going on in the world. We all just have ‘those days’. Get it out of your system and then write down a list of things you do love about your life/are grateful for.

8. You’re doing good – In case no-one told you today, you are wonderful and you’re doing great. Just keep doing you.

9. Don’t beat yourself up – If you were 5 minutes late to work/meeting or didn’t have time to exercise. It’s okay to have a day off and have a day of resting. Me time is so important, Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

10. It’s okay not to be perfect – Define perfect? What’s perfect to me may be imperfect to you. It’s totally okay ‘not to be perfect’ so don’t even try!

So there we have it. If you needed this today, I hope it helped. Please do share if you think it may help someone else! Comment with any tips you have.

Many thanks for reading.

Sarah Rigden Signature

Complementary News!

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September is now here and time for me to get studying again. I know the children have gone back to school ……… but so have I. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the six weeks summer holidays, but I guess I did once upon a (very long!) time.

My experience in building my business so far, as well as working at both Hartland Spa and North Devon Hospice (The Long House, Holsworthy) has given me the taste for all things complementary and I absolutely love the massage side of what I do. So, as I fast approach the completion of the second year of my business, I have decided to embark upon a Diploma in Complementary Therapies VRQ Level 3 course. Having already gained three massage qualifications at the beginning of last year, I am now studying Reflexology and Aromatherapy. I am extremely excited as I will, once qualified, be able to extend further my diverse treatment range – there should be something for everyone.

What are Complementary Therapies?

The most comprehensive definition of this I have found is:-

Complementary therapies (‘alternative’, ‘traditional’ or ‘holistic’ therapies) often claim to treat the whole person, rather than the symptom of the disease. These may include, but are not limited to, therapeutic touch, massage, relaxation, meditation, visualisation, aromatherapy, reflexology and acupuncture. They are sometimes used alongside conventional medicine/medical treatments in the belief they can ‘complement’ treatments and may help you cope better with symptoms.

Most complementary therapies are also practised in a standalone sense. They are widely considered to be excellent aids for general relaxation, anti-stress, balancing and grounding. They also encourage a preventative approach to health. People often use complementary therapies to make their immune systems stronger, as well as to give themselves a well-deserved treat!

It is important to remember that complementary therapies should never be used as an alternative to prescribed medicine and your GP should always be consulted prior to undertaking. Complementary therapy should be used to promote an increased feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside evidence based medicine/healthcare to promote better health for their clients.

Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy essential oils are made using dozens of different medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots and trees grown all over the world — which have proven, powerful effects on improving physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

For over 5,000 years, aromatherapy has been a trusted practice among cultures spanning the globe. Natural healers turn to aromatherapy for the many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of aromatic essential oils. So what is aromatherapy used for? Some of the most common reasons that people use it, according to research done by the PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Board, include managing pain, improving sleep quality, reducing stress, overcoming symptoms of depression, soothing sore joints and even battling the effects of cancer.

Want to be a Case Study?

I will need to undertake various case studies in the coming months for my course. I will, therefore, be offering Aromatherapy and Reflexology, at a reduced rate, in exchange for some feedback on the treatment. If you feel you would like to be a case study do let me know via the contact form here

Many thanks for reading.

Sarah Rigden Signature

Its all bananas …… or is it?

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Well firstly I have to apologise as this month’s blog is slightly late! “What”, I hear you cry, …… “I’ve been sat at home waiting for it to come out “ ….. I’m sure that’s not really the case and you’ve probably not even realised its late. However, as I’m an honest person, I thought I’d tell you!

Its late for two reasons. Firstly, I’ve been on holiday which was fabulous. Having not been away for a few years the Other Half and I went to Snowdonia and had a lovely time. It is absolutely gorgeous and gave us just the right about of peace and tranquillity we were seeking. And, yes of course we climbed the mountain (ohh my legs did ache the next day!). The second reason is I’ve just been very busy!

Earlier this month I undertook some treatments for two lovely ladies who were sisters. Victoria had organised for her and her sister to have some pamper treatments followed by vintage high tea at Mad Henry’s Vintage Tea Room – a bit of chill time before her sister’s forthcoming wedding. What a thoughtful thing to do.

Anyway, whilst undertaking the treatment Victoria stated that she suffered with cramp in her calf muscle. “You need to eat a banana regularly” I said, knowing they helped with cramp and also eating them myself. “I don’t like them” Victoria replied. I was a bit stumped to then think of some alternative foods. However, I did say to Victoria that I would research and let her know. This then got me thinking and I thought I would put it in this month’s blog in case others also find useful.

What is cramp?

A muscle cramp is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. There are a variety of types and causes of muscle cramps. Muscle cramps may occur during exercise, at rest, or at night, depending upon the exact cause (which isn’t always known). Dehydration is a common cause of muscle cramps.

How do you stop a cramp?

Relax the cramping muscle. Stop any activity that may have induced the cramp and lightly stretch the muscle, gently holding the stretch. You could also massage the muscle while or after you stretch, and maybe apply a heating pad to the area after stretching.

What can we do?

1. Prevent Electrolyte Imbalances. A potassium and/or magnesium deficiency can contribute to muscle spasms.
2. Stretch and Massage Your Muscles regularly/daily.
3. Stay Hydrated.
4. Use Ice or Heat Packs on Sensitive Muscles.
5. Fix Your Posture.
6. Take a Bath with Epsom Salt.

Do bananas help prevent leg cramps?

It is true that bananas do contain potassium which boots muscular function and protects the nervous system. It is also true that potassium deficiency can be implicated in leg and other muscle cramps in some cases. But bananas are far from being the richest natural source of potassium available.

What to eat to help?

A daily serving of a high-potassium food—a handful of dried fruits; a glass of tomato juice, citrus juice, or milk; a slice of melon or an orange can help banish leg cramps and prevent their recurrence. Other foods include: celery, yoghurt, oatmeal and beans.

These tips may help prevent muscle cramps:

1. Drink plenty of water and other fluids (herbal teas), enough so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water

2. Limit or avoid drinks with alcohol.

3. Make sure you are eating healthy foods that are rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

That all for now, enjoy the rest of your August …… its going so quickly.

Sarah Rigden Signature

LOVE your nails

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I’m always trying to keep my hands well groomed. I have always always, for as long as I can remember, used hand cream. In fact I’m mad about it. I have a tube/pot in as many places as I can, i.e. by each sink and in my hand bag. I just don’t feel right if, after washing my hands, I don’t moisturise them. Although this has been a habit throughout my life, hopefully, it will, at the very least, have kept my hands soft and looked after as I get older.

That’s the trouble with our hands, age is quickly defied on them. Unlike other parts of the body like the face, hands age very quickly. Many celebrities, for instance, have face lifts and look amazingly younger. However, their hands will give away the fact they are older than they appear.

A regular manicure will keep your nails tidy and hands clean. The importance of manicures is not only about how lovely your hands and nails will look, but also the purpose associated with it. Nails are manicured to prevent them from chipping and cracking. While cuticles are cared for with creams and oils to keep them soft and healthy.

Colour of the Moment

Lilac fresh – a pretty, on trend neutral that suits all skin tones.

Regardless of the reason for the treatment, a manicure forces you to take some time for yourself, which can’t be a bad thing can it?

Top Tip

Slather a mask on your hands before putting on rubber gloves and washing up in hot water. This works as a time-saving heated hand treatment!

Benefits of Manicures

A manicure will clean and shape your nails and treat your cuticles, which is vital for keeping your nails healthy and strong.

During a manicure your hands will be exfoliated to remove dead skin cells and to improve circulation and stimulate blood flow.

A manicure generally, but not always, includes painting the nails.

Not only will having a manicure make your nails and hands look good, it is also very relaxing & will promote healthy nails.

Looking After your Hands

Home treatment and care of your hands is also important. How do your hands look? Examine them with a critical eye. Do you they look older than you are age wise? It would not be surprising if you consider how much we use and abuse them – exposing them to the drying effects of the sun, winter winds and the harsh chemicals found in many cleaning products.

Hands need special tender loving care on a daily basis. Surprisingly, just five minutes of hand care each day can make a difference in how your hands look and feel.

Incorporate a variety of these easy measures into your routine to keep your hands looking beautiful:-

• Keep your hands well moisturised. Hands are constantly exposed to damaging effects of external factors. During winter months and cold weather, keep hands protected by wearing gloves and using hydrating creams.

• Using a mild scrub on your hands once a week will help maintain silky soft skin. The scrub will remove the dead skin cells, revealing renewed, smooth skin. Apply a rich moisturising hand cream or penetrating oil after each session.

• Get a manicure, or give yourself a manicure at home. A regular manicure will help your hands and nails maintain their appearance. Remember to buff your nails will a dab of cuticle oil. Buff lightly with a nail buffer or soft towel.

Would you like a Luxury Manicure?

A definite way to revive and relax is with a luxury manicure from Back to Beauty. This includes: a soak, exfoliation, cuticles, shape, mask, hand & arm massage, hand cream and long lasting polish. All that for only £22.00.


I have a really great Newsletter which goes out once a month.

If you would like to receive a copy please sign up here:-

It’s fully of lots of interesting topics, some up-to-date wellness bits and whatever is happening with B2B (including any offers) only available for special people.

Many thanks for reading.

Sarah Rigden Signature

June – Happy Feet

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Summer is nearly here and with it comes a change in wardrobe. We all switch from wearing heavy sweaters, boots and thick socks to short-sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals. Are your feet healthy and ready to come out of hiding?

Happy feet make a happy person and are something we often neglect. How many of us pay much attention to our feet in winter, for instance. It’s usually only when summer is nearing and – oh my goodness – the feet have to be “on show” that we suddenly reach for the pumice stone/brush/ped egg etc and try to give them a bit of an MOT.

Looking after our feet, to most of us, is a bit of a chore. If you’re on your feet a lot, however, you do realise how very hard our feet work to support us. Don’t they deserve a bit of looking after.

Feet are actually highly absorbent and apparently it’s a good idea to wash them before you go to bed. The thinking behind this is that the feet re-absorb excreted toxins during the night!

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.

Pedicures are a great way to provide basic care for your feet. What is a pedicure? A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment for the feet and toenails that cleans your feet, provides nail care and foot/calve massages.

Here are the top five benefits of a regular pedicure:-

Decreases Chances of Infections
Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toe nails prevents them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail diseases, disorders (fungi) and foot odours. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma.

Preserves Skin’s Moisture
A pedicure includes a soak in warm water and massage with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet. Moisturised feet are less likely to get blisters, cracks or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturised to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.

Exfoliates the Feet
Exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, encourages new cell growth which creates smoother and more attractive feet.

Promotes Circulation
The most enjoyable part of the pedicure is the massage Massaging helps promote circulation and helps relieve tension in the calves and feet. Increase in blood circulation can reduce pain and help distribute heat throughout your body.

Relaxes the Body
A good pedicure can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic. According to the British NHS information, “massage therapy eases tension, stiffness and enhances well-being”.

Feet get little care compared to other parts of your body such as your hands and face. Healthy feet are vital to our overall health so don’t neglect them! Whether you go to a therapist or you do your own pedicure, make sure to get one at least once a month to help your feet stay in good condition.

Would you like a Luxury Pedicure?

Give your feet some well deserved pampering with a Luxury Pedicure from Back to Beauty. Revive and refresh tired feet with a soak, shape, cuticles, exfoliation, mask, foot & leg massage, foot cream and long lasting polish. All that for only £25.00.


I have a really great Newsletter which goes out once a month.

If you would like to receive a copy please sign up here:-

It’s fully of lots of interesting topics, some up-to-date wellness bits and whatever is happening with B2B (including any offers) only available for special people.

Many thanks for reading.

Sarah Rigden Signature

May’s here – Look After Yourself

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What I’ve realised

So I give out lots of advice about how very important it is to look after yourself, both your health, stress levels, nutrition, exercise etc etc. However, in March I got sick (don’t panic, only a cold!).

I’d had a busy time, working, getting my new treatment room ready – I’d given myself a deadline (I know not why……) and obviously got a bit run down and succumbed to some nasty germs.

Felt a bit rubbish for a couple of weeks but then realised I should really start taking my own advice. Soooo, I decided to book a massage for me – yay! Massaging a lot myself (which I do love doing) does sometimes result in my back aching. Also, being a tall lady I really need to safeguard my tools, i.e. me.

Well, what a difference. I decided to take the day off – went for a run first thing – did some (computer) work for a couple of hours and then hit the massage couch mid-afternoon. I was going to go back to work afterwards but I decided against it. As I tell everyone else – “relax for the rest of the day to get the most from your treatment”. So I did. It was fab! I’m doing it again this month too. So there.

According to Beata Aleksandrowicz, massage expert – the principles of massage include emotional wellness, posture and mental awareness. Put simply, a massage makes you feel good. However, it can also help to regulate the different systems within the body and enable it to heal itself. Even a one-off massage will make a difference to your health – it can boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and release muscle tensions, as well as making you feel more relaxed and positive.

I’m going to continue with my monthly treat as I feel I owe it to myself to look after me. If I’m having a particularly busy or stressful day, it’s lovely to know I’ve got “my day” coming up and I can do with it what I choose.

But we can’t all just take a day off Sarah, I hear you cry. Well, I guess for me that’s one of the huge benefits of being self-employed. As I sometimes work at the weekends (both Saturday and Sunday this weekend) it is something I can build around what I do.

Working from home

According to a report from the UN’s International Labour Organisation, people who work from home are more likely to suffer from insomnia, stress and depression.
Natural Health Magazine, April 2017

Pamper Parties Devon

So you see, even more important.

For those of you in a similar position – plan and put it in the diary – it won’t happen otherwise. For those of you who are retired or work part time – plan a day which suits. For those of you who work full time – do it on a weekend – or take annual leave. Whatever suits you. Prioritise you – why ever not. Don’t be so busy living that you forget to look after yourself.


I have a really great Newsletter which goes out once a month. If you would like to receive a copy please sign up here:-

It’s fully of lots of interesting topics, some up-to-date wellness bits and whatever is happening with B2B (including any offers) only available for special people.

Many thanks for reading.

Sarah Rigden Signature

Bideford’s Jewel in the Torridge

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Mad Henry's Sparkling Vintage High Tea

As some of you may know I have collaborated with Donna Henry of Mad Henry’s Tea Room at Riverside Cottage (1 mile outside Bideford) to provide a Beauty Pamper & Vintage High Tea – am sure you can guess which bit I provide!

A bit of background

I joined a Ladies Networking Group in January last year as I wanted to mix with likeminded businesswomen, meet some people, get some support and generally have someone to talk to. Yes, being a sole trader can be a lonely business sometimes.

The meeting proved to be invaluable to me in the first half of last year. I met some lovely ladies doing some wonderful things in and around North Devon. A really diverse bunch of women who, like me, had taken the plunge to leave their 9-5 jobs behind and follow their hobby/dream/passion/interest/great idea etc.

Whilst at a meeting, I heard about a workshop being run to Boost your Business which I attended in April last year. Sarah Escott, a Business Development Specialist at The Best of Barnstaple (click here for website) ran the workshop for free (we donated £12 each to charity). Sarah provided some invaluable advice and I was and am extremely grateful to her for putting on the workshop.

A lovely lady called Sarah-Jane Payne attended the workshop and gave me some names of people to contact, whom she felt might assist me and my business. Sarah-Jane owns and runs West Country Caterers (click here for website) which specialises in providing a high level of home cooked cuisine and is one of the leading catering companies operating all over Devon.

It’s ok – relax – the next person I met was not called Sarah! There are rather a lot of us about……

After an appointment at Hallsannery I swung by Riverside Cottage and literally arrived and announced myself (I had gone on the off chance recommended by Hallsannery; yes, everyone knows everyone, thank goodness for me!).

Apologising for not having called first, or made an appointment, I was immediately met with “come in – come in”…… the lovely Donna Henry and I had met for the first time and clicked immediately.
The rest, as they say, is history……

After a few initial meetings Donna and I very quickly came up with the pamper tea idea and launched it at the end of the summer last year. It has been extremely well received and I know we are both very proud of what we offer. It has, and continues to be, both a pleasure and a privilege to work with both Donna and her husband Simon whose friendliness, charm and professionalism are bountiful.

We’ve had some great bookings: friends celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary, 2 young ladies celebrating a 17th birthday, friends just catching up, anniversary and birthday gifts to each other, to name but a few. We are just about to host our first “hen” pamper tea which we are very much looking forward to.

Mad Henry’s Tea Room is a very special location being right on the river with stunning views of the river Torridge. I love that you can see the iron bridge on the Tarka Trail which I think looks wonderful whether the tide is in or out. The tea room is decorated to a very high standard with comfortable chairs, fresh flowers, and home-made cakes, scones and jams all made by Donna herself. The almond and apricot scones are an absolute must.

In the warmer months there is seating outside and a summerhouse which seats 6, is close to the river and very private. A lovely little hide away for a cosy afternoon of pampering and a scrumptious tea.


If you are interested in booking a Beauty Pamper & Vintage High Tea, whatever the occasion, please click here for more information.

Just a word of warning, however, the earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting the day and time you want. Also, to note, in the summer months we can only take bookings for up to 6.

As I sit at my desk today writing this Blog I am only in the 2nd year of my business but I feel extremely blessed. So much has happened that I am grateful for and I am lucky to have met (and also work with) some really fantastic people. Long may it continue.


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It’s fully of lots of interesting topics, some up-to-date beauty bits and whatever is happening with B2B, including any offers only available for special people.

Many thanks for reading.

Sarah Rigden Signature

The Importance of Giving Back

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Some of you may know that I volunteer at The Long House in Holsworthy, North Devon Hospice’s (relatively) new building. The Long House opened in September 2015 and has provided over 1,200 sessions of care since. This ranges from one-to-one counselling and complementary therapies, to family craft and nurse consultations days.

Wellbeing days are held each month where those dealing with a life-limiting illness and their carers can come along and get their hair cut, have a facial, massage, reflexology or manicure. It’s a chance to relax and be pampered.

The Long House is a really wonderful space, totally non clinical, friendly and welcoming, decorated beautifully, exuding peace and tranquillity. The staff there, both employed and voluntary are, in my opinion, truly amazing.

So, I had the idea a while ago now, to put on a fund raiser for the Hospice to do something small to give a little bit back. I mentioned the idea to the lovely Donna Henry, of Mad Henry’s Vintage Tea Room, Riverside Cottage – my partner in the Beauty Pamper & Vintage High Tea we offer – and she, in her always generous spirit said “Why don’t we hold it here?”

So we did …….

The idea was we offered a “Taster” pamper treatment of, say, 10-15 minutes, plus tea and cakes – handmade by Donna – all for £5. This would then be donated direct to the Hospice. We didn’t want to make it too expensive as we wanted to encourage ladies to attend.

I arrived early and set up, wanting to make sure I was fully prepared and organised for the people coming through the doors (I hoped!). Donna had received many calls and enquiries about the event, and we were both a bit nervous and excited at the prospect of it being well attended.

I need not have worried; the event started at 10am and a group of ladies came through the door pretty much on the hour. I was offering a Relaxing Facial or Foot & Leg Massage as these are practical for a short “mini” treatment. Although I did end up doing some seated back, neck and shoulder massages too!

We had a small lull in attendees for about 30 minutes over lunch time (at least I could grab a sandwich!), but the rest of the day was busy and passed very quickly. Although we were busy, there was also time to chat to people and the atmosphere was calm and chilled, which was lovely for both ladies attending and Donna and I as hosts.

Everyone was very complimentary about what we were doing, and what we both offered – both individually and together – some people paying more than the £5 we were charging which was just great.

We did ask people to complete a very short survey to see, if we put on such an event again, which days people would prefer and if they would come back. They would!

We raised £155 for the Hospice from the day, which Donna & I have agreed we will make up to £200 – giving half each from our respective businesses.

Many thanks to all who attended and supported the event. Also a big thank you to Simon and Katie, who assisted on the day and who’s help was invaluable.

Sarah Rigden Signature

Fantastic February – Would you like a Massage?

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Stress Relief header

Wow where did January go? Some people really don’t like this time of year but I don’t mind it. The aftermath of Christmas and the nights getting a bit lighter just two weeks into January do help. To be honest it went really quickly for me as I have been very busy focusing on my marketing and trying to get super organised, hopefully, saving myself time later in the year.

So to February, and I thought this month I would cover a bit about massage. There are many different types and what do they all mean and do for you.

A definition of Massage Therapy

“The manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being”.

Massage therapy isn’t just a massage. There is a high level of organisation behind the pressure, strokes, and stretching. Throughout history, massage has been valued as a medicinal and therapeutic practice, with certain massage techniques catering to certain ailments. Here are just a few:-

Relaxation Massage – is exactly what the name implies, a full body massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage is essentially the same as a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist will probably move at a slower pace and use light pressure.

Swedish (or Classic) Massage – is the best known and most widely practiced massage using medium pressure. It focuses on improving blood flow to the skin and muscle and removing muscle tension. Swedish provides generalised relaxation, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and enhances one’s overall state of health.

Aromatherapy Massage – is massage therapy with adding one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. You can have oils that are relaxing, energising, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.

Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy – uses slow friction and deep finger pressure on body areas suffering from chronic muscle tension or areas that ache or feel contracted. This type of massage is useful for areas of hypertension, such as a stiff neck or sore shoulders. Deep tissue work works well in combination with traditional Swedish therapy.

Indian Head Massage – is a relaxing yet invigorating holistic seated massage which helps increase mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders. It improves blood circulation, lymphatic flow and aids elimination of toxins and is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.

Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage – is a massage concentrating only on these key areas to relieve the buildup of stress and muscle tension in the back, neck and shoulders. Good for people who sit for long periods of time, i.e. at a computer or driving.

All massages should be discussed with your massage therapist first and all can be adapted to suit your needs at the time.

Massage – it’s good for us

Massage has mood-lifting, stress-relieving benefits. In a 1996 study Dr Tiffany Field found that when they were massaged, babies of depressed Mums were more easily soothed and had greater decreases in stress hormones. Works for grown-ups too!

Don’t be afraid to touch. Not that I’m suggesting you go around touching random strangers, but sometimes it just feels right – studies have shown it only has to be a second to count.

So, there you have it. Whatever type of massage you like/need – February is definitely a good winter month to have one.

Newsletter Offer

To the readers of my Newsletter, there will be a special offer this month for massages, so do keep a look out.

For those wanting to sign up to my lovely new Newsletter please do so here:-

Many thanks for reading.

Keep warm and well this month

Sarah Rigden Signature

Welcome to 2017

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Well firstly let me wish you all a very Happy New Year. I do hope you had a lovely Christmas and stayed healthy.

2017 has now truly started and got under full swing this week for me. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a great first week in January.

On Tuesday I gave a talk to the local WI in the village hall. I had originally approached them some 12 months ago, thinking, on starting my business, what a good idea it might be. When I was told that the speakers are actually organised some 12 months ahead (how very efficient) I was a little down hearted. However, I was so very glad in the end that I had a full 12 months to prepare!

Firstly, where did last year go, and secondly I had much more to talk to the ladies about, having completed a whole 14 months in business.

The WI

The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary organisation in the UK. It celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has 220,000 members in 6,300 WIs.

For more information about the WI, including becoming a member, go to

The Meeting

I attended the whole meeting, having been invited to, and it was great to see exactly how the WI meetings work. After singing “Jerusalem” (a long held tradition), business was conducted with meeting minutes read, agreed and signed off. Other business then discussed with the group and efficiently dealt with by the Chair.

It was then time for “the speaker” – help – that was me! I must admit, not being used to speaking in public, or to such a large group (there were 20 or so ladies), I initially felt a bit daunted. However, once I got going the ladies were very welcoming and friendly. I made sure there was some interaction with questions which promoted some group chats which was lovely. I then finished with 2 mini facial demonstrations and encouraged the ladies to come up and look at/smell/touch the products I had on display.

Extremely lucky for me I had given the talk in January as it was the only month with food (oh joy!). Hot bowls of homemade soup and crusty bread were quickly and efficiently put on tables and the ladies arranged for the group to all eat together. I must admit I was quite hungry by then and had 3 different soups which were all delicious. A desert trolley (y-e-s) was then wheeled out to reveal many wonderful and again, all home-made desserts. They all looked amazing but my heart belonged to the trifle, yum yum.

So, for me, what a lovely start to the New Year. My thanks to Maureen Poole (Chair) for organising for me to attend, and to all the lovely local ladies for the warm welcome.

The next day this got me thinking about my evening and would I have done something like this a few years ago. Not only, did I do something that took me out of my comfort zone, but I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking to (some of) my neighbours and local people.

The WI is an amazing institution; some of the ladies have been attending for a very long time (50/60 years). It is traditional, friendly, warm and certainly a supportive network for a rural community.

Wishing you much healthy and happiness for 2017.

I hope your start to the New Year has been as a good as mine.

Sarah Rigden Signature