Christmas 2016

With just 1 week before the Big Day, I'm hoping I'm not the only one left with gifts still to buy!?

I've spied some lovely stocking fillers and quirky gifts that might inspire some of you. I'll be adding these to my Christmas Wish List... and looking out for them in the January sales!

Good Luck and Merry Christmas 🐝

PS All opinions are my own, I don't receive any money for any sales from this post
Satechi Universal Magnet Mount £12.99   I love the simplicity of this phone holder - mine will be going on the dash of the car! Available in time for Christmas   here    Image Satechi

Satechi Universal Magnet Mount £12.99

I love the simplicity of this phone holder - mine will be going on the dash of the car! Available in time for Christmas here

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Squatty Potty £39.99   I've mentioned this to a few clients to hoots and laughter but this little step can greatly improve the quality of the one thing we all do!   This lovely bamboo model would look great in any bathroom. Read more   here   and purchase on Amazon   here   in time for Christmas.   Image Squatty Potty

Squatty Potty £39.99

I've mentioned this to a few clients to hoots and laughter but this little step can greatly improve the quality of the one thing we all do!   This lovely bamboo model would look great in any bathroom. Read more here and purchase on Amazon here in time for Christmas. 

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THINX PERIOD PANTS AROUND $30   Another gift I've already purchased. I'll be doing a review on this amazing product once I have a chance to use them so watch out for that. These pants can be worn along with tampons or pads to prevent leaks or can be worn alone. The fabric wicks away your menstrual blood to ensure you don't feel any wetness against your skin. Truly revolutionary, I've got 2 pairs of the 'Cheeky' style so far! Mine took a week to arrive so possibly these won't arrive in time for Christmas but they're a great gift for any time of the year! Available   here  .  Image Thinx

THINX PERIOD PANTS AROUND $30

Another gift I've already purchased. I'll be doing a review on this amazing product once I have a chance to use them so watch out for that. These pants can be worn along with tampons or pads to prevent leaks or can be worn alone. The fabric wicks away your menstrual blood to ensure you don't feel any wetness against your skin. Truly revolutionary, I've got 2 pairs of the 'Cheeky' style so far! Mine took a week to arrive so possibly these won't arrive in time for Christmas but they're a great gift for any time of the year! Available here.

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QUIP TOOTHBRUSH SUBSCRIPTION $65   The guys at Quip have designed a super simple brush, I love the gold! Sign up for a subscription and you'll receive replacement heads every 3 months, which let's be honest, is where we all go wrong with out teeth cleaning habits! Pay $65 for your brush and receive a years worth of refills, delivered every 3 months for free! UK delivery is $15 but refill delivery is free. Read more and purchase   here    Image GetQuip

QUIP TOOTHBRUSH SUBSCRIPTION $65

The guys at Quip have designed a super simple brush, I love the gold! Sign up for a subscription and you'll receive replacement heads every 3 months, which let's be honest, is where we all go wrong with out teeth cleaning habits! Pay $65 for your brush and receive a years worth of refills, delivered every 3 months for free! UK delivery is $15 but refill delivery is free. Read more and purchase here

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KITSOUND AUDIO HEADPHONES £16.80   As most of you know by now I love podcasts! And there's no better way to listen than whilst out for a Winter walk. These are currently on sale and available from House of Fraser online   here   and in-store at House of Fraser Belfast.   Image KitSound

KITSOUND AUDIO HEADPHONES £16.80

As most of you know by now I love podcasts! And there's no better way to listen than whilst out for a Winter walk. These are currently on sale and available from House of Fraser online here and in-store at House of Fraser Belfast. 

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BINCHOTAN CHARCOAL EYE MASK £25   I've had this sleep mask for years and feel it really improves my quality of sleep. A layer of Binchotan charcoal emits infrared rays which increases blood flow to soothe and heal the eye area. Available   here  . I'd also love to try   this   moulded mask too, just £4.95 at Amazon!    Image Liberty

BINCHOTAN CHARCOAL EYE MASK £25

I've had this sleep mask for years and feel it really improves my quality of sleep. A layer of Binchotan charcoal emits infrared rays which increases blood flow to soothe and heal the eye area. Available here. I'd also love to try this moulded mask too, just £4.95 at Amazon!  

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A Relaxing Massage    I've my Christmas treatment booked and I can't wait! Treating yourself or someone else to a relaxing treatment is a perfect gift all year round, but particularly this time of year with the stress of Christmas it will be greatly appreciated. Gift certificates for massage, reflexology and fertility therapy available   here  . Until end of December 2016 receive a Bonus £20 gift voucher when you spend over £100 at Meant to Bee!

A Relaxing Massage

I've my Christmas treatment booked and I can't wait! Treating yourself or someone else to a relaxing treatment is a perfect gift all year round, but particularly this time of year with the stress of Christmas it will be greatly appreciated. Gift certificates for massage, reflexology and fertility therapy available here. Until end of December 2016 receive a Bonus £20 gift voucher when you spend over £100 at Meant to Bee!

UGG SHEEPSKIN INSOLES £18   I can't wait to get these! Imagine any pair of boots or shoes with the warm comfort of sheepskin insoles. That'll make any winter walk much better! Available at Ugg   here   and Celtic & Co for £10   here    Image Celtic & Co

UGG SHEEPSKIN INSOLES £18

I can't wait to get these! Imagine any pair of boots or shoes with the warm comfort of sheepskin insoles. That'll make any winter walk much better! Available at Ugg here and Celtic & Co for £10 here

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S'WELL 7OZ WATER BOTTLE £35   We all need to drink more water, and drinking from a gorgeous bottle like this S'well one will only make that task easier. Available online at Urban Outfitters, along with smaller bottles,   here      Image Urban Outfitters

S'WELL 7OZ WATER BOTTLE £35

We all need to drink more water, and drinking from a gorgeous bottle like this S'well one will only make that task easier. Available online at Urban Outfitters, along with smaller bottles, here  

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op socket Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones £8.99   I'm forever dropping my phone so this is perfect, and stylish too! It also acts as a stand for watching videos. Available   here   from Amazon in time for Christmas. And   here   to design your own!   Image Popsockets

op socket Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones £8.99

I'm forever dropping my phone so this is perfect, and stylish too! It also acts as a stand for watching videos. Available here from Amazon in time for Christmas. And here to design your own! 

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Hemsley & Hemsley The Art of Eating Well £12.99   I'm really looking forward to trying out the recipes in this book. All the recipes are free from grain, gluten, refined sugar, high starch and are alkaline friendly. Available on the kindle   here   which is great for checking out the ingredients whilst in the supermarket!   Image Amazon

Hemsley & Hemsley The Art of Eating Well £12.99

I'm really looking forward to trying out the recipes in this book. All the recipes are free from grain, gluten, refined sugar, high starch and are alkaline friendly. Available on the kindle here which is great for checking out the ingredients whilst in the supermarket! 

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Luxury Spa Bath Pillow £26.99   What a great way to make your bath a little more luxurious! There's lots of these available online but this one can be found on Amazon   here   in time for Christmas!   Image Amazon

Luxury Spa Bath Pillow £26.99

What a great way to make your bath a little more luxurious! There's lots of these available online but this one can be found on Amazon here in time for Christmas! 

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Amazon Gift Card    As you can probably tell from my Wish List, I love Amazon! It's so convenient at this time of year when Christmas is getting closer and gifts need to be delivered on time. I read a lot and my Amazon Gift Card will be spent on books, if Santa is nice enough to bring me one! A gift card from Amazon can be emailed to the recipient, printed out or posted. Find them   here     Image Amazon

Amazon Gift Card

As you can probably tell from my Wish List, I love Amazon! It's so convenient at this time of year when Christmas is getting closer and gifts need to be delivered on time. I read a lot and my Amazon Gift Card will be spent on books, if Santa is nice enough to bring me one! A gift card from Amazon can be emailed to the recipient, printed out or posted. Find them here 

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Christmas Gift List

We are well and truly on the Countdown to Christmas now, with less than a week left before the big day!

For anyone struggling to find that special gift, I'd like to share some ideas for your loved ones this year, or for your own Christmas List- with a special Arvigo® twist! 

Woodwick Candle 

I love how this candle crackles - just like a real fire! Made from sustainable soy wax and a unique organic wooden wick which gives a therapeutic scent. I have these candles burning in my treatment room so they would be perfect to set the mood at home to do your Self Care massage each night. Available at Boots, Donegal Square, Belfast. I would recommend buying these candles in store as mine were broke twice during shipping. Available here 

Bee Balm by Songbird Naturals

This Bee Balm is the perfect massage cream for completing your Arvigo® Self Care each night - as there are no messy spills. It's perfect for rashes, bruises and stretch marks too, and is also safe to use during pregnancy. Made with 100% natural beeswax, olive oil, propolis and natural vitamin E means it can be used by those with nut allergies. Available to purchase at Meant to Bee and online here also. 

 

Eye Mask by Holistic Silk

Sleep is crucial for our health, but also for fertility. Disrupted sleep patterns can cause hormonal imbalance and so it's important we get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Read more about the importance of sleep here. Help yourself achieve the perfect nights sleep with this gorgeous eye mask. Made from silk, this mask rests easily on the face whist effectively blocking out any light. A subtle lavender fragrance helps you to drift off too.  Available here

Soft Grey Socks

As we know from Reflexology, the entire body is mapped to the feet, and so by looking after them, we are caring for our whole body! Keep them cosy this winter with these gorgeous lined socks from Mint Velvet, available in store at House of Fraser, Belfast and online here

Hippsy Waist Warmer

This fantastic waist warmer is designed to fit snugly around your waist and back to keep them warm. It's an extra layer without the bulkiness! I highly recommend the Hippsy, especially during these winter months, your uterus and kidneys will thank you! Available online here 

Yuyu Hot Water Bottle

This beautifully designed hot water bottle wraps around your body - around your neck, along your back, but most importantly for Arvigo® work, it keeps both your uterus and sacral area warm at the same time, so very useful! Available here 

Calm book

I've recommended this book to a number of my clients so far. It's a practical way of introducing calming techniques to quiet the mind and focus your thoughts, The book guides you through various activities with helpful advice. This is a wonderful gift for anyone who has trouble switching off their mind. There's currently 3for2 on books, including this one, at Urban Outfitters, Belfast. Also available online here 

Honey 

I cannot recommend honey enough. It's the perfect natural sweetener, offering a healthy way to boost energy levels. It also boosts memory and helps the body to absorb calcium which can help brain health. It also helps soothe a cough and works well as a sleeping aid. The honey I use is available at Azora in Hillsborough and Eatwell Foods on the Lisburn Road, Belfast. 

Meant to Bee gift voucher

My Christmas Gift List wouldn't be complete without including a Meant to Bee gift voucher! Currently with 10% off all gift coheres purchased before Christmas. This is a great way to introduce friends and family to complementary therapies, or treat yourself to a massage or course of treatments at this special reduced price. Gift vouchers can be collected at Meant to Bee clinics in Hillsborough or Belfast or purchased online and posted to you. Simply email Jade@MeanttoBeeTherapies.com with your gift voucher request or for more information.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. 

Love Jade xx

 

The Buzz about Honey

I've been enjoying a cup of hot water and honey every morning recently, very comforting especially now that the chill of winter is setting in.

LOVE honey water

LOVE honey water

Apart from warming you up, there are many other great benefits from enjoying this sweet simple drink...

1. It helps to keep you hydrated and the simple sugars and carbohydrates in honey work to keep you energised - a great alternative to coffee

 

2. It improves digestion by keeping your bowel movements regular and making stools easier to pass

 

3. It helps protect against bacteria thanks for the enzymes, minerals and vitamins found in honey, perfect to fight off those nasty winter bugs!

 

4. Using local honey helps to reduce your sensitivity to environmental allergens

 

5. If you do catch a winter cold this year, honey water is perfect to soothe a sore throat and ease a cough

 

6. Adding lemon to honey water helps detoxify your body through improved digestion, and an increase in urination which keeps the urinary tract healthy

 

7. If you're experiencing gas and bloating, warm water and honey will help to neutralise the gas

 

The quality of your honey is very important if you want to experience all these benefits. It must be all natural and ideally local to your area, these can be found in health food shops as opposed to supermarkets. I use Michael Young MBE local Hillsborough honey.

Honey Massage  

Honey Massage  

 Honey can also be enjoyed by receiving a honey massage. Once the body has been warmed using hot stones and cupping massage, honey is applied to the skin and massaged in using specialist techniques to ensure the honey penetrates deep into the skin. It is then removed using warm water so you're not left sticky. This massage helps relieve back pain, leaves the skin smooth and soft, and the wonderful vitamins and minerals contained in honey are absorbed into the body.

Honey massage is available exclusively at Meant to Bee Therapies. Call or email to book

Enjoy your Honey Water! 

J x

Hillsborough Clinic

A sneak peek of the newly decorated treatment room at my clinic in Hillsborough

Life is Good

Life is Good

This charming and calming room is the perfect safe place to indulge in a relaxing massage, confide your worries and let your stresses slip away.   

Comfy consultation chair

Comfy consultation chair

Plenty of time is allowed for an in depth consultation whilst you are cocooned in this comfortable chair. Once we have discussed any issues and decided on the best treatment to help you, your massage begins. 

 

Massage couch  

Massage couch  

This adjustable massage couch is covered with soft sheets, warm fleecy blankets, comfortable pillows and a cosy heated blanket. Underneath the couch a bowl of crystals and stones is placed to help ground you, and the scent of lavender essential oil gently surrounds you. 

Arvigo Institute - Journeys in Healing

Arvigo Institute - Journeys in Healing

Then your journey to relaxation begins as soft music plays and candles flicker gently. 

I look forward to welcoming you to Meant to Bee

J xx

World Reflexology Week and Reflexology discount

 

Reflexology is one of the most popular treatments enjoyed at Meant to Bee and was the first complementary therapy I studied because of its ability to improve the function of every organ, gland and body part. 

With reflexology the entire body is mapped to the feet and by massaging the different reflex points balance is restored to the body. Regular treatment is advised initially to ensure clients experience the maximum benefit of reflexology. 

 I want to share this wonderful therapy with as many people as possible, and so to celebrate World Reflexology Week, Meant to Bee is offering 4 Reflexology or Fertility Reflexology sessions for just £100.  This offer will run until 30th Sept 2015 and treatments are valid for 6 months. 

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Some of the wonderful feedback I've received after a reflexology session includes 

- calm, balanced feeling 

- relaxation

- improved digestion and elimination

- feeling uplifted and energised 

- improved sleep pattern

- a feeling of connectedness with the whole body 

Reflexology is suitable 

- for children (with parental consent) to relieve pain and help balance the body and mind

- for pregnant women to soothe any back aches and improve digestion complaints 

- for men to release tension in the back and shoulders and improve concentration and focus 

- for elderly men and women to improve sleep patterns and relieve pains by improving blood flow to the whole body 

- for couples trying to conceive, experiencing fertility complications or going through assisted conception (IVF, IUI etc) to restore hormonal balance, regulate cycles and improve cell quality 

To gain the most benefit from reflexology, regular sessions are advised.

If you would like more information about how reflexology can help you or to purchase a course contact Jade

07764 748393

Jade@MeanttoBeeTherapies.com

#HappyFeet 

 

IVF

Today the main topic of discussion on The Wright Stuff on Channel 5 was IVF and the idea that it may be a 'postcode lottery'. Professor Lord Robert Winston was a guest on the show and made his views clear that IVF has a place in solving fertility issues - but it is not the solution for everyone, which is something I have said for a long time now.

I have found many couples to conceive naturally after multiple failed cycles of IVF after pursuing other options such as complementary therapies. They may have initially received a misdiagnosis from the IVF clinic - or no diagnosis at all!

Therefore I believe it is up to each couple to ensure they take control of their own fertility and explore all avenues before committing to IVF. I understand this is a daunting prospect as there is so much information available and I hope to be there to help navigate clients through this tough journey.

As Lord Robert Winston made clear today, IVF is a profitable business - I would agree and go further as to say that fertility as a whole is seen as a money-making business and it is sometimes forgotten by professionals the turmoil and hardships couples and families go through as a result of fertility issues. In my experience vulnerable women are being manipulated into treatment which they may not need by IVF clinics and some complementary therapy clinics also.

With just one cycle of IVF available on the NHS in Northern Ireland and only 2 private clinics in the province, unfortunately there is not much choice for couples facing devastating news about their fertility.

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I made the decision to train as an Arvigo therapist to ensure that couples are no longer taken advantage of. The Arvigo technique is a truly holistic and ethical treatment which works by gently but effectively realigning the abdominal organs into their correct position thereby eliminating congestion in the abdomen - in men, by improving circulation to the prostate  and in women, by correcting the position of the uterus and therefore increasing blood flow to the ovaries,, easing congestion in the fallopian tubes and improving the quality of the uterine lining.

I work with couples of all backgrounds and am always finding new ways to improve their chances of success. Each client is treated as an individual with a treatment plan devised to suit their requirements, both with regards to their unique situation and their financial circumstances.

Arvigo Therapy works by forming a partnership between myself and my client - with an emphasis on the client working to improve their situation alongside myself. I provide ongoing support and clients are safe in the knowledge that this therapy is tried and tested for many years and by over 600 therapists worldwide.  

If you have any queries as to how Arvigo Therapy can help you improve your chance of conception naturally or through IVF or assisted technologies, please contact me

Take care

J xx

Introducing Arvigo Therapy

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy

I’d love to share with you all some information about the amazing Arvigo Therapy offered at Meant to Bee…

Earlier this year I travelled to Portland, Oregon to further my Maya Massage training and become a Practitioner of Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy. The trip was simply brilliant; a truly spiritual and relaxing experience. I had the privilege of meeting a group of extraordinary and powerful women to share this journey with. Sadly I have left them all behind in America, but the memories will stay with me forever. 

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This treatment is more than just a massage - I honestly cannot think of anyone, of any age, who wouldn’t benefit from this therapy, but it is known to aid anyone suffering with fertility issues, digestion problems, lower back pain, urinary disorders and varicose veins.

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage which is an external non-invasive manipulation that repositions internal organs to improve the flow of blood, lymph, nerves and energy. It was a traditional Maya healer, Don Elijio Panti, who imparted his knowledge and wisdom to American Dr Rosita Arvigo. Rosita built upon her already extensive knowledge of naprapathy and founded the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy in 2000. 

The therapy works by gently guiding the organs to their optimum position. Throughout life we suffer stresses, knocks and falls, both physically and emotionally, which take a toll on our bodies. In our fast-paced lives we don’t afford ourselves time to process emotions or to heal the wounds, and so we hold this pain in our bodies. Over time this emotional pain is displayed through physical pain - we have ‘issues in our tissues’. In order to heal this pain we need a safe and quiet space, and someone to listen whom we can trust to not judge us, to listen and to advise. I hope to be this confidant for my clients at Meant to Bee. 

Arvigo Therapy is a well known and trusted organisation with over 600 therapists in almost every country of the world. It is a beautiful community of which I am so proud to be a part of. My clients are safe in the knowledge that they are benefitting from many years of experience, research and knowledge from the Arvigo Institute. For more information visit ArvigoTherapy.com

For more information about how Arvigo Therapy could help you or someone you know, please get in touch.

#BeeHappy

J xx