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Welcome to my 'Winter Warmer' Newsletter.

This months newsletter focuses on Beating the Winter Blues and Hot Stone Reflexology. There are two toasty new offers to take advantage of this month too!

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I'm not quite sure where the year has gone, but gone it has, and autumn is well and truly upon us. This can often be a time when we want to huddle up indoors as the days get shorter but I urge you to go outside as much as you can to get those last rays of sunshine, enjoy the beautiful autumn colours and fresh air. Our current favourite outdoor activity is taking our dog Bella for a 'midnight' (6pm!) walk with our torches and wellies, much to the dogs bemusement and the children's delight!

Apart from the midnight walks, I've also just completed my Reiki I course and will be practising on friends and family over the next 6 months, honing my skills ready to take my Reiki II course next year. Once I have my Reiki II accreditation I will be able to offer reiki treatments so watch this space for more news on that next year.

My Marketing for Complementary Therapists workshops have proved very popular with the November and January courses already booked up. There are new dates available for March and May so if you know anyone who you think might be interested in completing the course please direct them to
http://www.clararosetherapies.co.uk/courses/
 
Spotlight on Hot Stone Reflexology
A deeply therapeutic treatment using a range of smooth basalt stones to warm the lower legs, feet and reflex points before pressure technique are applied to specific reflexes on the feet. The gentle heat of the stones opens the reflexes, deepening the effects of the reflexology for an incredibly relaxing and healing treatment. 

This is a very gentle, slow and calming treatment lasting 1 hour 20 minutes and clients often find they experience a deeper sense of relaxation.

Clients comments on Hot Stone Reflexology "I have been having reflexology every month for just over a year now. I always find it very relaxing and come away with a lovely sense of well-being. The last three times I have had Hot Stone Reflexology, which I would highly recommend for even deeper relaxation. Rosie has also given me some very helpful techniques to work into every day that help me deal with the challenges of life" Ann
"Rosie is very thoughtful and thorough and really thinks about how to help you with your current issues.  I would highly recommend her and am so pleased I tried someone different.  She really makes you feel comfortable. I am also loving her new treatments, having just tried the hot stone reflexology which was wonderful.  Fantastic to have this lady in Wantage!" Hanna
 
Focus on Beating the Winter Blues

With over 2 million people in the UK suffering with seasonal affective disorder, which can affect children and adults, you probably know someone who is affected by the 'winter blues'.
 
It can affect people in a variety of ways and key symptoms can range from depression, sleep problems, lethargy, overeating, irritability, and feeling down and unsociable.
 
Everyone reacts differently and what works for one person may not work for another so have a try at some of the self help tips below:

Keep Active - research has shown that a one hour walk in the middle of the day could be as effective as a light treatment. Other ideas to keep active might be joining a yoga or pilates class, running with a friend or simply finding your favourite work out on YouTube.

Get Outside - take some fresh air and natural daylight, especially on sunny days, and when you are inside, sit near the window when you can.

Keep Warm - it has been shown that keeping warm can reduce the winter blues by half. Eat warming foods (my favourite at the moment is curried butternut squash soup) and have warm drinks to keep your core body temperature up.  

Eat Well - a healthy diet will boost your mood, give you more energy and stop you putting on weight over the winter. Balance your craving for carbs with lots of fruit and vegetables.

See the Light - some people find light therapy effective. I know two of my clients who swear by using their light boxes every day.  One lady takes her morning cuppa back to bed and catches up with a good book while she sits in front of her light.

Treat yourself or someone you care about - book yourself a hair cut, a massage or a reflexology session or just simply buy yourself a new hand cream for a treat. Why not treat a friend with a bunch of flowers, it will make you both feel good.

Gratitude - keep a diary and note down three things daily that you are grateful for. It may be something simple like the sunshine or a beautiful flower or perhaps your health or family. It might even be a premium bond win (no harm in wishing!)

Take up a new hobby - keeping your mind active seems to ward off winter blues. It may be as easy as setting up a knitting or card game group with friends or perhaps learning a new skill, dancing or taking a short OU course. The important thing is to have something to concentrate on and look forward to.

Keep up with friends and family - it has been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off symptoms of SAD.  Accept any invitations to social events even if you just stay for a short while.

Talk - talking therapies like counselling, hypnotherapy and CBT can all help you cope with the symptoms of SAD (I can provide local therapist recommendations if needed). You could join a support group, see SADA www.sada.org.uk for more details, and if you are still battling please do speak with your GP.


http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/dealing-with-winter-blues-sad.aspx
 
Neals Yard Remedies have brought out some lovely new gift boxes which would make great xmas gifts. You can order directly by clicking on the link above or order through me to save on delivery charges.

Battling with a sore throat or cold? Make a cup of tea with hot water, fresh lemon and ginger root slices and a tsp of honey. Ginger can help enhance your immune system and reduce inflammation easing your sore throat.
Show someone you care this Christmas
Vouchers available for a value of your choosing

This Months Offers:

A deeply therapeutic 80 minute Hot Stone Reflexology Treatment 
The first 10 people to book receive a treatment for £30 instead of £40.


Missed out on the first ten slots or want to treat yourself to a three session block of Hot Stone Reflexology Treatments?
Book and pay up front for three sessions saving yourself £30. Just £90 for three sessions which can be used as and when you choose.


Visit Clara Rose Therapies for a treatment at least once every 3 months?  
Keep an eye out for your Christmas voucher which will be winging it's way to you in December. 


Rolling Offers:
* Book a block of 6 treatments and receive the 6th one free.(Block bookings must be paid in advance)
* Booking one off treatments? Get 25% off your 5th treatment and 50% off your 10th treatment.
* Introduce a friend for a full paying treatment and receive a £10 voucher for your next treatment. 
 

* These offers end on 31st March 2016

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