Secretly Stealing Wellbeing from the Therapists

Secretly Stealing Wellbeing from the Therapists

Before I started developing our wellness centre last year, I did some massage training at a wonderful place in the beautiful Welsh Borders. I enjoyed it so much that I will definitely go back there and have an overnighter somewhere close and book in as a client for a couple of treatments now that I’m not going away this year (will leave details at the end of the blog in case you would like to take a mini break and try it for yourself). Anyway, it was at that point I became aware that therapists, who clearly love what they do, seem to radiate an aura of peacefulness that makes you feel better just being in their company.

I asked Mai, our Thai Therapist, about this and she explained that while giving that ultimate touch therapy, the massage, there is a cross transference of wellbeing between the masseur and the client. She says that giving 4 maybe 5 massages a day perfectly balances her state of wellbeing. I know this to be true of Reiki practitioners as well.

The flip side of this is that many more people have stressful jobs, such as doctors and nurses, or work in an environment where they are constantly absorbing client anxiety, such as dentists and driving test examiners. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), early warning signs of job stress include:

  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Short temper
  • Job dissatisfaction
  • Low morale

These symptoms interfere with an employee’s sense of well-being and can result in poor health behaviours, such as not eating or eating too much. Moreover, sustained exposure to stressful working conditions can result in a variety of long term health problems, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Psychological disorders
  • Workplace injury

Research shows that amongst other things, three of the commonest ways to combat stress and release negative energy are having a support network (not everyone has and sometimes it’s not enough), self care, and taking regular exercise. We can’t take care of the latter, but we can provide  expert emotional support (Lemon Tree Therapy) and physical therapy (Erika and Mai) to help restore wellbeing.

And so I continue to shamelessly steal my little bit of “feel good” from the therapists when I see them. And when that’s not enough, for example when my stress levels are high or the old back and creaking joints need a bit of attention, then I book myself in for a proper treatment and then can I properly appreciate the Garden Therapy Room as a client. The sounds of nature, the gentle spa music, the aroma of the oils, the warmth, the lovely therapists and their expert soothing hands… and if I’m lucky and the weather’s bad, the gentle rhythm of the rain on the roof… all combining to give that ultimate wellbeing therapy.

See full details at


Lemon Tree Therapy, in the Garden Therapy Room at Cabelo in Tettenhall

Debbie Hughes @Pretty Vintage Holistics & Spiritual Therapies
The Old Co-op
Ellesmere Road
St Martins
SY11 3AZ

I will be booking in for the Face the World facial, which is a choreographed massage to a gorgeous soundtrack, together with a reflexology treatment, but go to her website and see what else she offers. As I say about our therapists’ treatments, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

01691 778012

Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna

I don’t know of any other salon that has its own private garden, so I consider us very privileged. It’s taken just over 2 years to turn what was once a muddy dumping ground for scaffolding, bricks and building paraphernalia, into a tranquil space in which to relax and reflect, with our Garden Therapy Room taking centre stage.

Our original olive tree sits surrounded by old fashioned flowers such as hollyhocks, roses and a camelia. Lupins, which have been left to seed, are springing up everywhere; we even have a purple lupin thriving in a crack in the paving slabs.

We are currently working on the raised rose bed to improve the quality and longevity of the blooms. Then there’s the daisies, pots of sweet smelling pinks and sweet peas, which will hopefully add their colour and heavenly scent along the fence line later in the summer. 

A Perfect Setting for a Wellness Therapy

A Perfect Setting for a Wellness Therapy

I took my mother-in-law to have a back massage with Erika yesterday. It was a gloriously sunny day and a lot of the flowers are now in full bloom; hanging baskets, the sweet scent of old fashioned roses and pots of pinks, hollyhocks, lupins, tiny olives on our olive tree and an abundance of mint, sage and thyme which I use in cooking and as daily treats for the bunnies, Eric and Butters.

I arrived back about 5 minutes before the appointment was due to end and sat chatting to Erika’s next client, each of us with one of the salon’s fabulous cappuccinos in hand (socially distanced at separate tables of course!), and she voiced exactly what I was thinking… isn’t this just perfect. And it was. I just wished I was staying for a treatment instead of going home to conquer a pile of ironing.

My Lash Lift

My Lash Lift

Finally had my Lash Lift and Tint and a slight top up tint on my brows… which I’d ruffled up especially for the photo… because I’m never going to be great at doing this sort of thing, but you can see how much of a difference it makes to my eyes and also it looks very natural, which is what I really like.


Lash Lift

Lash Lift


Working at Cabelo means I get to see many fabulous befores and afters and none are more physically transforming than the lash lift and tint, especially when combined with a matching brow wax and tint or brow lamination and tint.

I used to think lash lifts and tints were for the younger age group, but I soon discovered that it’s a very beneficial treatment to my age group and older. At 60, I just wanted to give my faded features a natural looking definition without the usual daily wallops of rushed and often poorly applied, slightly dried out mascara. I had my first treatment last summer and have never looked back.

Lash Lift & Tint £25

You must have a patch test at least 24 hours prior to any treatment. The patch test simply involves putting a tiny dab of both the lifting solution and tint onto your skin to ensure you are not allergic to the products.

In truth, I was quite anxious about my first treatment, but really there was no need as I found the whole process surprisingly relaxing. Whilst I was lying comfortably, tucked up and warm, my lashes were gently placed across a small sticky pad, which had been temporarily fixed to my eyelid. The time taken to arrange the lashes varies, but more time will be needed if you have a double layer of lashes or your lashes are particularly long. Once your lashes are carefully arranged into the final shape, a perming solution is applied. Again, there is nothing to be anxious about. I didn’t find the smell too bad at all, and importantly there was no sensation when it was applied.

Finally, my lashes were tinted before being gently soaked away from the pad.

I couldn’t stop staring at my eyes the first time I was directed to the mirror – I literaIly looked like I was wearing beautifully applied mascara on swept up lashes! And then I was thinking how great this would be on holiday, particularly as I swim a lot.

For me, I didn’t wear any mascara for approximately 5 weeks and after that time I found it was the tint rather than the lift that needed some attention. My mascara looked great on what was left of the perm for another couple of weeks. Everyone is different, but I would say generally repeat treatments will be required every 6-8 as your lashes naturally shed and regrow.