I got thinking recently that we are so often told that we should do things in conventional ways, certain ways are better than others – that traditional experts are right. This is true for many things – science, medicine, even beauty. I then realized that when I started Xodos, I did it for the exact opposite reason – Soprano IceTM Pain Free Laser Hair Removal is most definitely different from the ‘norm’, absolutely not the same as everything else, and that’s it’s greatest asset. I realized this very quickly after years of painful waxing, shaving and plucking, when I discovered this type of laser! Then I started thinking about the great Mrs Annie Day of Heaven Scent Bliss. If you’ve not met her, you should. She started as a holistic therapist against all the odds 17 years ago, and realized that Doing Things Differently was very much her vocation in life. Many people raise their eyebrows when holistic therapy is mentioned, or dismiss it as ‘mumbo-jumbo’, without really knowing what it involves, or what it could do for them. Equally many try it and realise it is, for them, the best thing they could have done. Annie believes that there is far more to health, healing and wellbeing than being prescribed a pill – and she couldn’t be more right. I met Annie last year, at the height of building what has turned into an amazing business, but when you are in the middle of it, it can be a very stressful and lonely – not to mention tiring – place to be. I realized I wasn’t looking after myself, and couldn’t find the time to make things better. I was tired, irritable, hormonal, gaining weight, and was looking run down and in constant discomfort from grinding my teeth at night (thank god I didn’t need to make time for waxing or shaving!). I decided to ask Annie if she could help – after all there wasn’t much to tell my GP, and I certainly didn’t want medicating! My first session with Annie was Reiki, followed next time by Health Kinesiology. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I came out feeling so much better! I felt like the Reiki ‘filed’ all the stuff in my brain that I was struggling to keep in order and felt calmer, confident and was able to get back to work feeling refreshed and ‘ordered’. Reiki can be deeply relaxing, and you don’t even need to believe for it to work! (just ask my non-believer husband!!) Health Kinesiology is a complementary therapy concerned with rebalancing the energy system of the body, using muscle testing to identify problem areas: light pressure is applied to a muscle and the response is monitored. Once the stresses are identified, gentle techniques are used to bring the body back into balance and harmony with itself. Common forms of treatment include the use of magnets, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, or even a particular thought. Most clients find the session a relaxing and enjoyable experience, although they may be a little mystified as to how such unusual treatments can leave them feeling so much better! Because the body ‘tells’ Annie what it needs, you get a very individual treatment, just for you. Apparently next time I go, my body needs Indian Head Massage, which I’m delighted about and can’t wait! I’m pretty sure there are no ‘normal’ or ‘conventional’ practices out there that would have kept me feeling like I do, and able to continue working the number of hours I have done since I’ve been seeing Annie. Annie also does many other amazing therapies, including Aromatherapy, Allergy Testing and massage – as well as being an internationally renowned Sex Therapist. As a happy coincidence, I have been able to introduce Annie to what I do – and she is now free of the bind of painful waxing, stubbly legs and ingrowing hairs (and as she points out, taking chunks out of her legs with razors!!), and I hope that makes her as happy as her treatments make me! So remember, just because someone tells you that they have always done something a certain way, it doesn’t mean it’s the right way! Try something different and you might be surprised! Annie can be found on http://www.heavenscentbliss.co.uk/index.php and Xodos Ltd, for pain free hair removal, can be found at www.xodosltd.co.uk
Conventional is not always best…..