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Delightful December

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Holiday

Just to give you a little update on my recent holiday, following last month’s blog.

I had a fantastic birthday and, yes I did swim in the sea, but I did have a wetsuit on!

It was a glorious sunny day with calm sea and blue sky and, to be honest, I felt good to be alive.

Also, I got married! After 4 years together my Other Half and I took the plunge at Penzance Registry Office.

We had a lovely day, an intimate and moving ceremony with two gorgeous ladies as our witnesses and, again, the weather was kind to us. A huge thank you to Denise and Alison who were not only fabulous witnesses, but wonderful photographers as well!

Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching with the twinkle of fairy lights and the familiar sounds of Jingle Bells, together with the festive gatherings and fun decorations. December can also be a stressful month. Pressure to buy presents for every single person you know, cooking mountains of food and dealing with many people can be overwhelming.

I went Christmas shopping last week with a good friend but came away feeling not very Christmassy at all to be honest. Just the thought of making lots of purchases, let alone coming up with original and inspiring ideas, just felt a bit too much of an ask.

It is, however, prudent to remember the importance of gratitude. A homemade gift or a voucher to be exchanged for helping decorate, or a night of babysitting, for example, can mean far more than another box of chocs or pair of socks.

For the last few years at Christmas we’ve received gift vouchers for a favourite restaurant. This means we get to go out for a lovely meal in dark (and often dreary) January. It really brightens up our month and is such a great present to receive.

My aim this year is to come up with original ideas that perhaps mean people can have “experiences” and make memories, whilst also having something to look forward to.

Don’t despair of Christmas though (I won’t if you won’t……!) , keep your cool, stay fit and healthy and enjoy it for what it is, a once a year event that can be really enjoyable.

Newsletter

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.

Have a very happy, healthy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Sarah Rigden Signature

November is the month to ……

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GET MOVING

A new study from Denmark has revealed why fitness reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer. When we do physical activity that’s hard enough to cause breathlessness, we release compounds called catecholamines, and a particular one, epinephrine, helps supress the grown of tumour cells.
Natural Health Magazine Nov 2017

Exercise – we all know about it – some even do it BUT sometimes it’s easier said than done. There are times I am sure, like some of you, I often know I should exercise but for some reason, just don’t. I’ve had two viruses in the last two months which just leave you feeling like exercise is just a bit too much of an ask. So I say on those days, just go with how you feel. Sometimes we all just need to rest – for both our body and our mind.

However, I also know I do really like to exercise and on the occasions I do push myself (e.g. quick run this morning) I always always come back feeling better. We’ve had some fabulous days so far this month – a little cooler I grant you (hopefully kill some bugs!) but also dazzling sunshine showing off the vibrant autumnal colours around us. I’m going to try a bit harder with my exercising, even if just so I can continue to eat cake (yum!).

I’m so lucky to live near the Tarka Trail but I guess in North Devon nobody is actually that far away from it. I can walk, run and cycle just 5 minutes from my house and I don’t even have to take the car. So whatever your preferred mode of exercise – a good walk is just fine – raise your heart rate and get outside, you know you want to!

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

We should all look after our physical, psychological and emotional needs.

If your gut health, your lung and large intestine, adrenal glands and immune system are all working well your body is far more likely to be able work effectively.

Massage (especially aromatherapy) can assist on many levels to keep your body balanced, as well as promoting deep relaxation. If we are calmer our bodies function better. Health is maintained through balance.

It’s the old story of if we look after our body – it will look after us.

NOVEMBER OFFER

I’ve got a fabulous offer available for this month and this month only:-

Gift Vouchers make an original and thoughtful Christmas present. The lady you present it to can have some wonderful pampering in the New Year, really cheering up January.
Remember, though, the offer is for November only.

HOLIDAY

I’m off to Cornwall for a week from 11-18 November. It’s my 50th birthday and to celebrate the Other Half and I are having a well-deserved rest. I’m not sure exactly how much resting is involved bearing in mind we want to swim (yes – in the sea!!!) and walk the coast path. Oh …. I’ve just remembered we’re doing that so we can eat as much lovely Cornish food as we can…… hooray!!!!

Have a good November, keep well and many thanks for reading.

Sarah Rigden Signature

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.

Newsletter?

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.

Newsletter

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.

Newsletter

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.

Bookings

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.

Newsletter

If you’ve enjoyed this blog and want to sign up to my lovely new Newsletter please do so here

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