8th of March is the International Women's Day and this year in the spirit of support for our fellow humans (female or otherwise) we are offering seated Shiatsu sessions in return for charity donations, which we pledge to go towards those causes that champion womens' welfare.
Time: 11:30 - 3pm on Wednesday 8 March
Location: The Healthy Life Centre, 35-37 Bread Street EH3 9AL
What's the deal?: 15 minute seated Shiatsu session, we ask for a minimum £5 donation
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Pre-Christmas shopping can be hard on our minds, bodies and wallets. Most of us do it wanting to show those around how much we care about them. We'd like to make it easier for you by offering some generous offers on Gift Voucher.
Adding a personal recommendation for a practitioner you respect with the gift voucher shows extra care and attention. Plus they are easy to post - bonus! So what's the offer?
Let me wave a magic wand to ease you into "pre-Christmas", when our persuit of celebration and warmth of connecting with friends and family is often in conflict with the "hibernation instinct" and duvet. Behold the invitation to a day spa event on 4 December at Santosa Yoga Studio! No, you don't need to remortgage and yes, it involves Shiatsu.
The mellow combination of yoga, meditation, therapy and food aims to:
From personal experience Santosa (Albert Street, just off Leith Walk) is a bit of a sanctuary as it is - warm and welcoming space, treasure trove of a shop, delicious goodies in the cafe, great selection of yoga and therapies including our very own fabulous Shiatsu wiz Jenny White, gorgeous yoga studio and treatment rooms, and friendly staff running the show.
The Sanctuary Spa Day includes very special yoga practices, guided meditation, therapy of choice (choose Shiatsu!) plus snacks and beverages to keep you nourished for the day. All this for just £70 and even cheaper if you bring a friend.
This is from Santosa themselves, with all the details about the Spa Day:
"Welcome you to our first Seasonal Sanctuary Spa Day on Sunday 4th December from 9.30 - 5.00 pm. Prepare to be energised, relaxed and pampered – the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one in the lead up to Christmas.
Your day begins at 9:30 am with a glass of rejuvenating, immune booting juice and Santosa's signature raw energy balls to get the day off to a healthy start.
The first yoga class begins at 10.00 am where Heather introduces simple yoga techniques to gently awaken the body and mind. Through breathing techniques (pranayama), sound (mantra) and movement the intention is to help you feel calm and balanced with increased clarity of mind. The class starts with setting this intention for the day, followed by light Pranayama and ends with a gentle flow movement practice before shivasana (deep relaxation).
Time for a healthy vegetarian or vegan energy-packed lunch in the cafe and some yogic retail therapy where you can be assured that all the products are both ethically sourced and fairly traded. An exclusive 10% discount is included on Santosa’s Made in Nepal products and Yoghanda Oils and you can stock up on your festive shopping list with Gecko Galleries' gorgeous jewellery and artisan gifts from Rajasthan and Fairyland Aromatics therapeutic grade essential oil handmade products.
You have the choice of indulging in one of three holistic therapy treatments each lasting for 30 minutes. Choose from:
Reflexology with Fiona
Shiatsu with Jenny
Face lift massage including shoulders and neck with Majia
Back massage (including back, shoulders and neck) with Maija
Reiki with Maija
You can book an additional session, or extend the 30 mins to a full hour for the discounted rate of £15 (subject to availability).
After relaxing and enjoying everything our beautiful space has to offer, it is time for the second yoga class in the studio where Sharon leads you through a gentle relaxing Yin practice by candlelight. The class finishes with a Guided Meditation with light massage with the award winning range of Yoghanda Oils to calm and detoxify.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, a selection of Yogi Teas and Cake are waiting in the café before you step back, renewed and rejuvenated, into the real world!
All of this for the special introductory price of £70 per person or £120 for you and a friend! Please contact the studio for more information or book online."
Jenny has just moved her practice to a brand new Nepalese-inspired treatment space/Cafe/ Yoga Studio/ shop - Santosa in Albert Street, just off Leith Walk. I met her there to have a nosy and find out more on her take on Shiatsu.
Santosa is a beautiful place- spacious, welcoming and full of tempting goodies. We occupy a couple of comfy sofas and prepare to talk about bodywork, but our conversation inevitably turns to the EU Referendum fallout.
It seemed important not to skim over this, so here are some thoughts on the supportive things you can do for yourself and those around you, including some calming acupressure points and a meditation to try.
"Strong emotions have been the order of the day recently. As the UK struggles to wake up to the possibility of life outside of the EU, we are all dealing with our own emotions – shock, anger, disbelief, fear, confusion. Many people may be feeling joy, if the result was in line with their wishes. In these situations we can get caught up in what is called ‘emotional contagion’. This is where we literally ‘catch’ other people’s emotions as though we were catching a virus. We get caught up in collective fear or anger. It works the same way with happiness, but sadly that seems to be in short supply just now.. " - get some practical support from an Edinburgh-based mindfulness expert Ashley Watson
Have you tried Shiatsu Massage yet?
Would you like to have a taster session this month?
30 minute treatment for £15
That's £10 off the usual price!
Please call the Centre on 0131 229 0724 to book.
Offer ends 31st June
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Find out more on the Shiatsu Society website.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ and is based on traditional Japanese massage. Combining acupressure, massage, flowing movement and joint rotations helps to disperse tension, reduce pain, promote relaxation and healthy functioning of the body systems (circulation, breathing, digestion etc.). Shiatsu therapists are guided by their experience & knowledge of physiology and traditional Chinese medicine and apply pressure using fingers, thumbs, palms and elbows and combine it with other techniques.
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