Love is not just a four letter word

Love is not just a four letter word.  Love is the connection with self.

Valentine’s Day is here!  The day where we openly express our love and emotional connection with one another.  However we believe at Haelan that ‘to love or to be loved’ has to start much closer to home and on a far more regular basis than just once a year!

Two of the most basic needs of childhood are love and emotional connection.  When we receive both of these we learn to be loved, feel worthy and valued.  We learn to connect with ourselves and in turn go on to show our love and affection for others too.   

“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued” Brene Brown

By connecting with ourselves first before seeking the validation from another,  we can go on to express our love and gratitude far more honestly and authentically and in return receive it.   So on this Valentine’s Day take a moment to focus on you and how you are feeling.  Express gratitude for yourself, love yourself and recognise one positive thing in your life regardless of how big or small.  Go on to tell the person closest to you how much you love them too.  Connect inwardly first and then spread the love....and we bet you’ll be doing it far more than once a year as a result!

Happy Valentines today and every day.

With love xx

You are what you eat...


As some of you already know, alongside offering various massage treatments at Haelan Therapy, I am also currently studying nutrition.  I’m passionate about the importance of nourishing our bodies with good, natural food and reaping the benefits of all that has to offer. The modern day diet is often one of convenience and as so many of us are juggling many aspects of work, family, friends etc., it is inevitable that we have a tendency to grab whatever we can and eat on the go without much consideration. Convenience foods are largely processed and often have little to no nutritional value. Moreover, if they are used as a replacement for the healthy food, our bodies' systems will suffer and disease will prevail.

Spiced Parsnip Soup - full of natural anti inflammatory properties and spices to warm the cockles of your heart

As my studies progress I will be incorporating nutritional guidance into my treatments, where requested. It is my belief that manual therapy, such as massage, and nutritional therapy go hand in hand to create the well oiled machine that is our body. They also combine to sustain the flow of energy we need to thrive, both physically and emotionally. When our bodies are healthy, so are our minds and with a strong sense of wellbeing that this combination delivers, well, the possibilities are endless!

SarahTomlin - Massage Therapist

I will be starting to post some simple meal ideas, nutritional information and helpful tips to stay healthy during the coming months and will eventually be offering nutritional therapy at Haelan. Exciting times ahead, please join me for the ride!

Sarah x

Keep Calm and do Pilates

So it's the new year - wooohoooo - and like so many people I have been making a plan to start my year feeling healthy, vibrant and strong.   As part of Haelan's partnership with The Pilates Pod, Michelle and I have challenged ourselves to incorporate each others passions into our lives over the next 6 months.  Me: Pilates, Michelle: Holistic Therapy - so what better way to kick start my plan off than a Pilates session.

Yesterday was all about the 'Rolling like a ball' and saw my second 1-2-1 Pilates session at the Pod using the Reformer and mat work.  Taken by Clair and aided by my daughter Emilia (who loves to get involved too), I worked on my body's alignment literally from the ground up - starting with my feet!  I have found out, since starting at The Pod, that my ankles particularly my right one, are misaligned and that this is having quite an affect on my posture and in particular my knees.  I have suffered with knee issues every since I was quite young, so this was really interesting to hear and made a lot of sense.   Claire introduced me to an apparatus called the Foot Corrector which literally does what it says on the tin and works to correct the alignment of the foot, which in turn corrects the alignment of the rest of the body.

Along with 'rolling like a ball' and lots of laughs using the Reformer, Emilia and I had a lot of fun at the Pod.  I came away walking at least an inch taller than I arrived, feeling stronger in my core and with an insight into why my body is aligned the way it is and a plan as to how I can begin to correct it.  Not bad for an hours 1-2-1 session!

I invite anyone with an interest in Pilates or with a want to try it out to take advantage of our 15% discount offer.  From January to June, ALL Haelan clients can receive a 15% discount on Pilates sessions.  Please click here to find out more.

Until my next Pilates session!

Rebecca x