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Hello! I hope you find the things that I will be sharing interesting and useful

Looking forward to you joining with me as we explore all that therapy world has to offer!

Synchronicity -

It's just a coincidence!

We have all been there haven't we?  we read something, we see something and it triggers a memory - something we needed to know - a piece of the puzzle is found.

Synchronicity - the word was coined by Carl Jung


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I was reminded of this just yesterday.  I was commenting on a post that someone had made and it was something I know nothing about - so I asked about it - then a local therapist contacted me and not only did she know all about it - but she was free this very weekend to come to the school and speak to some students about it.

This is a lady who travels worldwide with a busy practice - but - hey she was free at the right time on the right day.

And another thing.  Last week, I had a meeting with my Head Sports Tutor, Lorraine Kirk - she came in limping and in great pain - and what do you know?  by coincidence, we had on at the school a Reflexology and Pain course going on with world renknowned reflexology and superman, Mauricio Kruchik - she was an ideal candidate for him to show his students what his techniques could do.  She went out without a limp!

Lorraine is now convinced of the power of reflexology - watch this space - she may even start training as one.......


Fitness - I want to get fit, and I want it now!

Yes, I know I was a fitness instructor, but time passes.....and here we are now....

We all know fitness should be part of our lives - but more and more I am hearing that just 20 minutes a day walking (at a pace if possible) would be good for mind and body - it's just getting out there isn't it?

My sister J (I have 3 sisters) does a 20 minute walk as a break at work every day - it's done her the power of good and she has lost a stone since January.

I used to be a fitness instructor and LOVE Zumba and other physical classes, but just don't get round to it like I used to - busy busy - and yes we can all make excuses - I know because I make them!

 We bought this lovely little trampoline a couple of years ago - Paul jogs on it every morning for 20 minutes - he had hardening of the arteries in his left leg and could hardly walk - the NHS (bless em) put him on an exercise regime as you need to walk through the pain and then the arteries find new pathways (amazing isn’t it?) - anyway, he is now practically out of pain - it comes back when he walks a distance, but he couldn’t walk down the garden path without agony at one time - so the trampoline keeps up this good work. That and building the huge garden pond in the garden.......another way to keep fit - gardening, but that isn't for everyone I know.

The trampoline is fabulous  - I bought this off Amazon - put on some lively music and that's it - I usually wear trousers and a top - not a frock! that’s quite dangerous to be honest - honestly - fancy doing it in a FROCK! But frankly, if I don't do it when the moment strikes, then it just doesn't get done.

This is the one I have - Bodymax  I had to make sure it could stand up to some bashing! I didn't fancy it collapsing on me!  It does fold up for putting under a bed, but we are lucky to have a garden room (we call the hobby room) and I can bounce to my heart's content in there and play loud and happy music!  

But if you want some really good expert advice on fitness, then I would recommend Chas Allen - goodness me, what he doesn't know about fitness isn't worth knowing!

He came to our school to qualify in Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy (2015) - but he knew so much before he came and boy does he know his stuff.  Chas came to give a talk at one of our regular school meetings for ex and present students and I was blown away.

He talked about hormones I had never heard of (ones that make you fat!) and metabolism - well I knew about metabolism, but I know NOTHING compared to him.  His company is called Walk to Run - check it out.  Nutrition, Exercise, personal plans, group exercise (no zumba though) Nordic walking, how to run without ruining your joints, ....and some fantastic support for ordinary people like me or top professional athletes. 

Chas Allen Walk to Run

 Whatever you choose to do - either by visiting a professional like Chas, or just buying a trampoline,or having a 20 minute walk a day - let's JUST DO IT!  


Written by: Jackie Hamilton


Golden Milk - worth looking into....

Turmeric Paste - keep it in the fridge - lasts for 3 weeks!

drinking goldenmilk 2Mmmmm lovely golden milk - we have it every morning. Turmeric is the 'gold'.

I kept reading about the benefits of Turmeric and then when we went to India for our holiday this year (2016) I just had to ask them - did they drink golden milk with tumeric over there and we found that yes they did!  

The guide that took us round the Taj Mahal, the young manager of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (yes we stayed there!) his wife makes it for him every morning.  Enormous health benefits.

People have found it helps with chronic pain and inflammation which covers a LOT of ground.  People have also found it extremely helpful with dogs and other animals

best exotic marigold hotel golden milk india So, I was assured - yes we are doing the right thing  

I found so many great articles - and this was one of the best:  click this link here 

It's so easy to make: it's basically making a paste with Turmeric and Water - i.e. gently simmering it in saucepan for a few minutes - stirring constantly and then putting it in a glass jar and keeping it in the fridge - it lasts for 3 weeks. (and don't forget the black pepper which gives it more power - the link above gives the science behind this) 

I put a teaspoon of the paste (already made in the fridge) in a pan in the morning with milk and drink it with some honey - this is a teaspoon for both of us and it's approximately a half cup of milk each  - DELICIOUS!

OK, but WHY drink it ANYWAY?  The link above has a lot of info on it. There is, believe it or not, a Turmeric lovers facebookgroup!  people are using it on animals to great effect.  See here on this link: Turmeric User Group. It's a closed group so you need to be added.  LOADS of information on there.  

My aim here isn't to go over all the benefits, but to encourage you to look into it - with that link above for example and the Turmeric User Group and then MAKE IT! Read on for the recipe!

Written by: Jackie Hamilton


How did I get here? What's that all about then?

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My very first blog - So, how did this happen - running a therapy school in Norfolk, the girl from Bethnal Green and Dagenham? Who'd have thought!!

My life changing moment was at a simple workshop. I was nearly 50. I had gone on the workshop to help my new husband who was suffering from stress and I had heard Aromatherapy helped stress.

Having been a single parent with 3 children for 13 years, I knew quite a bit about stress!

The children had now left home and it gave me time to think about myself and what I wanted to do and I wanted my new relationship to work, so I went along with high hopes, along with a little fear as I knew nothing about aromatherapy.

Written by: Jackie Hamilton


How to make your own deodorant - go on - it's easy!

If I can do it....

Home made deodorant! Go on have a go. It's so easy and the ingredients are either in your cupboard now or easily bought in the supermarket.

I made some a couple of months ago, using this recipe and gave some to my daughters to try out - they have children old enough to use deodorant now - so it got a good testing!  Anyhow, they both liked it, said it worked and asked for more - which delighted me - I thought I would make a quick video when I made the next batch so I could show you just how easy it is.  I used geranium essential oil, but you could use any that appealed to you.  I think 10 drops is better than 5 in this case - the coconut oil is obviously fatty - which essential oils need in order to disperse safely - and it has a strong smell - which I love! anyway.

Written by: Jackie Hamilton


Sinus Problems - Oh the pain! Here's an idea to help

If it works on Paul, it might work on you

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The sinuses are actually little holes in the skull that are ordinarily loaded with air. They help to make the skull lighter - our heads would be so heavy otherwise!

'Itis' denotes inflammation, and so inflammation of the Sinus is called: 'Sinusitis' which is an aggravation of the tissue that lines these cavities.

At times, this swelling closes off the sinuses, trapping bodily fluid and air inside them which can cause bacterial infection. 

The sinus infection can have a wide assortment of causes including airborne allergens, and in perhaps dietary aggravations like dairy, gluten, etc  - and it can all be particular to the individual as to the cause.

A nutritionist may be a good port of call to determine what is causing your problem if you have it regularly.

Paul, my husband, gets it sometimes and the pain doesn't go easily.

I tried a reflexology treatment (which he loves and works for most things) - and this did 'something', but what actually WORKS were essential oils - yes aromatherapy comes to the rescue here every time.

A few drops on a tissue for him to inhale and it helps to clear the passages.  The pain, which has been quite severe for several days is now lessened by 30-50% which is good. (Yes I know I could have done this earlier, but us therapists, well we forget what 'magic' we can do when it comes to family.......)

This time I used:  Eucalytptus, Lemon and Geranium essential oils - a few drops of each on a tissue and inhale.

Apple Cider Vinegar also helps - but as he has to take Warfarin it is contra indicated.  It is really important to know this - so if you are taking medication, please don't try any remedy without first checking.

If you are not on a contra indicated medication then try this: At the main indication of infection Simply take 1-2 teaspoons of  unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 6 ounces of water, a teaspoon of honey to sweeten and drink 3 times each day for 5 days. The apple cider vinegar helps to relieve congestion. Amazing benefits in Apple Cider Vinegar!  

Try essential oils to help your family - I will be posting more ideas and recipes that I use for my family here, and also ones that as a professional aromatherapist I know are safe - tried and tested and trusted!  Please keep an eye out for more!




Who is our ideal student? What makes a good therapist?

It could be you!

The ideal student is someone that doesn't necessarily know anything in advance about this profession of therapies, but brings with them a passion to know more

We can teach you theory, we can teach you practical but some of things we can’t teach you is to how to be a caring person.

Written by: Jackie Hamilton