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

Blue Monday...what Blue Monday?!

Today has been labelled Blue Monday.  Here at Haelan we totally disagree in creating labels as when you label something, it becomes so.  We have taken the opportunity to look Blue Monday in the face and blow a raspberry at it by creating our Haelan Blue Monday Survival Toolkit!  We believe that every day has the potential to be a positive one regardless of the detail of the day.   Sam and I went LIVE on Facebook to share our thoughts and see what others had to say too.  We had such fun creating and sharing our positive vibe.  So for those that missed it you can watch it on catch up below. 

Haelan Blue Monday Survival Toolkit

1. Start the day saying something positive about yourself and in turn say something positive to someone else in your life

2. Get involved in some sort of exercise and get your body moving.  Whether it is centering yourself with yoga or Pilates, going for a walk or a run or sweating profusely at the gym...we believe that moving the body encourages a positive feeling.

3. Looing at something you have in your life that you appreciate or remind yourself of a positive moment in your life and relive that feeling of gratitude.

4. List your favourite pieces of music, pop it on nice and loudly and dance around like you have never danced before.  Create a kitchen disco and bop until you drop!

5. Create a positive mantra for yourself for the day and then repeat it throughout the day.  It could be I Am Strong or I Am Beautiful or I Am Good Enough...

6. Inject some colour into your life.  Wear black and you may feel more sombre.  Wear yellow and you may feel more bright.  Look at where you can bring colour into your life through the colours you wear, the things you buy and items you surround yourself with.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this so do visit our Live post and add in your thoughts too.

Have a happy, positive day and bright blessings to you all.

Sam & Rebecca x

Are you looking after No1 this New Year?

It’s that time of year when a lot of us are a little in limbo. The festivities of Christmas are over, the decorations have finally come down and the Christmas jumpers have been banished to the back of the bottom drawer for another 11 months. A fresh start, a new beginning but still another 2 months to wait until those first uplifting signs of spring. It’s no wonder that we reach for that glass of wine at the end of the day as a little ‘treat’ to ourselves for managing to get through another grey ol’ January day. But is this short-lived moment of pleasure really the answer?

Tiredness, erratic moods, lack of concentration, skin blemishes, short fuse, digestive problems, not to mention discomfort when the favourite pair of jeans just feel that little bit snugger than they did last month. The good news is that these are all common problems we can tackle with just a small positive change to our daily routine.



We all need a good night’s sleep for muscle repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones. Even just one or two drinks can interfere with this process and deny the body these important stages of maintenance. By abstaining from that one glass we wake up more able to concentrate, make decisions and engage fully in what the day throws our way.


Look after your gut

We have 100 trillion bacteria, good and bad, lining our digestive tract. Our good bacteria do a splendid job of keeping the bad bacteria at bay. However, as you might expect, alcohol can alter the equilibrium of our microbiota causing inefficient digestion, lowered immunity, mental health issues and more. By knocking the drink on the head for just a month we can give our good gut bacteria a better chance to thrive.


Look after yourself

To book your monthly massage click here.

To book your monthly massage click here.

If the dry January ship has already sailed, why not break free from the crowd and have a dry February instead. Even better, start right now! By the time you’re done, spring really will be just around the corner and your new blossoming gut flora and you can embrace it with gusto!

Click here to find out more about Sarah

Click here to find out more about Sarah

Combined with a healthy diet of natural, unprocessed foods and a monthly massage to keep those toxins flowing in the right direction, there is no doubt the new, healthier you will be all set for a budding new year!

By Sarah Tomlin

Swedish body & deep tissue massage specialist, currently training in Naturopathic Nutrition.