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Tracy Hunt Therapies ITEC

Mobile Spa in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

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Treating Sciatica

Posted on 9 February, 2014 at 5:00 Comments comments (1)
Treating Sciatica

Sciatica is painful and uncomfortable. It is caused by pressure on the Sciatic nerve - the largest nerve in the body. Effectively sciatica is a 'trapped nerve' and is either trapped by bone or muscle or both.

Muscular tension can be alleviated through massage. Just a 30 minute treatment can give immediate relief, although often 2 or 3 sessions are needed with chronic cases.

 All of my clients suffering from trapped nerves, both sciatic, and in the neck and shoulders are relieved of the pain and discomfort. Some clients are barely able to walk before treatment, as chronic Sciatica  can be crippling.

Bellabaci cups are used in addition to traditional massage to relieve tension in the muscles. The cups reduce tension through suction, which means that the nerve is not so aggravated during treatment. Using both methods is an effective way of treating trapped nerves.

Don't suffer.... Call me on

Valentines Day Gifts

Posted on 2 February, 2014 at 5:24 Comments comments (0)

Make your loved one happy with a Gift Voucher for any treatment or service available on this site.

To include...

Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Chair Massage

Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Lash Extensions, Tinting, Tanning and Waxing, Temporary Tattoo's

Art tutition and Raw Chocolate Workshops

All on a mobile basis, with a unisex treatment room available at 'Look Amazing' in Cheltenham.

Tel 07878881299

Hen Party Fun in The Cotswolds!

Posted on 2 January, 2014 at 16:36 Comments comments (0)
Hen Pamper Party Weekends in the Cotswolds

Now the season starts for Hen & Stag Party weekends away - take a day out to enjoy a pamper party with friends and family.

The Cotswolds are an ideal place to host a hen or stag weekend, one of the most beautiful counties in England and home to a host of picturesque villages worth visiting. The elegant town of Cheltenham at the heart of the Cotswolds has many great restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from and is renowned for its festivals throughout the year - including Literary, Jazz, Science, Food and Wychwood Music Festival, as well as regular horse racing events such as the famous Gold Cup.

For those of you that want to unwind and relax, Tracy Hunt Therapies provides a mobile spa & beauty therapy service to your door - wherever you decide to stay in the county or nearby. You & your guests can choose from a full range of treatments from massage to manicures, gorgeous Neals Yard facial treatments, pedicures and reflexology if you want to treat your feet!
Its not just for girls - the guys can enjoy being pampered too.

There are other events available that you might also want to do, such as learn how to make delicious Raw Chocolate, enjoy an art class, or relax your mind with a guided meditation session.

Booking is easy - just contact me and I will organise a schedule with a team of therapists accordingly, once you have let me know what everyone wants.

See the Pamper Party Page for more details and to see the fantastic choices available.

Contact me on 07878881299 or email [email protected]

7 signs of Emotional Wellness

Posted on 27 December, 2013 at 4:22 Comments comments (0)

7 Signs of Emotional Wellness

1. You treat others well. Viewing other people with compassion and treating them with kindness is a hallmark of your own well-being. Psychologists call this prosociality. It means you tend to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of other people, and you think it's important to help others. It's basically the idea that you'll lend a hand to someone in need - even if it's as simple as returning a lost wallet to the front desk of a hotel lobby, or smiling and making friendly conversation with the person standing next to you in line.  

2. You like who you are. When you're emotionally healthy, you generally feel pretty good about who you are. You know yourself - foibles, quirks and strengths and you're okay with what's inside. You're also congruent: congruency means that the person you show to the outside world is reflective of who you are on the inside. While there are situations where you naturally shift your attitude or behavior a bit depending on the social situation (i.e., it's normal to behave differently at a work luncheon then at a weekend picnic with friends), congruence means your overall sense of who you are feels in line with what you show others. It's the opposite of feeling like you have to wear a mask or pretend to be someone you're not. Instead, you're able to be genuine with yourself and others. You feel like you're living the life you want, not living the life that others want you to have. 

3. You're flexible. People who have emotional wellness have an ability to adapt to all kinds of situations that life throws at us. You're able to assess a situation mindfully - you notice your surroundings, your emotions and other's reactions to a given situation - and then you use these factors to decide what the best course of action is. With colleagues, friendships, or your kids, flexibility is knowing that sometimes you need to talk things out, and sometimes it's best to let a situation cool off. You stand up for yourself when need be, but you're also able let others have the last word. You know how to have tough conversations and set boundaries, but you also know when to let things go. You approach life and relationships with an openness and sense of curiosity, knowing that you might need to adjust your course of action when one strategy isn't working. Flexibility is the core component of current psychological treatments because it allows you to make decisions based on your values and to make choices that will serve you well in life.  

4. You hold gratitude for your loved ones. If you're emotionally healthy, it's likely you easily feel and show gratitude for the people and the things in your life. Holding gratitude is a way of purposefully looking at your life with a sense of appreciation for what you have, rather than focusing on what you are lacking. And indeed, research has shown that counting your blessings has strong benefits for emotional well-being. Showing appreciation for your loved ones is a key factor in relationship well-being. When you show gratitude, it means that your husband or wife, your kids, your parents - the people who matter to you - know you love them and feel valued by you. It doesn't mean you don't fight or say things your regret at times, and it doesn't mean you always be have the perfect relationship. But when it comes down to it, you're able to show unconditional love and affection for your family. You give hugs, warmth, appreciation and attention freely, and you share in your triumphs together. Next, emotional well-being depends on your receiving social support. We all need a nurturing, loving environment to thrive. This means you have people you can depend on, friends and family who have your best interest at heart. In your relationships, you feel safe to express how you feel and you feel respected and validated by those closest to you. 

5. You're in touch with your emotions. Another sign of emotional wellness is that you embrace your emotions - sadness, anger, anxiety, joy, fear, excitement - as a natural and normal part of life. You handle and acknowledge your difficult emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them or by denying that your emotions exist. You know it's normal to have periods of stress, you know how to manage and express yourself when you feel upset, and you know who you can go to get comfort or help. You're feelings of sadness, anxiety and fears - while acknowledged - also aren't getting in the way of what you love to do. So if you're afraid of flying or public speaking, you manage to take the flight or give the speech regardless. Emotional health comes from being able to label, acknowledge and accept tough emotions, but also move forward from them without getting stuck. This means you might get nervous before going on date, but you don't let the nerves stop you from going out altogether.   At the same time, savoring your positive emotions - reveling in those moments of pleasure, happiness and joy when they come your way -- is also linked to well-being.  

6. You have meaning in your life. Leading a purposeful life is about having a passion, a mission or larger meaning to your life. This happens when you use your strengths to help something you believe in. It might be volunteering with kids, being involved in politics, being an active part of your religious group, contributing to your neighborhood or child's school, or competing in a marathon or triathlon for a good cause. Regardless of the cause, being part of something you connect with and care about is largely associated with well-being, and volunteerism is even associated with living a longer life.  

7. You value experiences more than possessions. The final component is considering the types of values you have in life. People who tend to highly value attaining wealth, popularity, or attractiveness tend to be less well-off emotionally than people who value self-fulfillment and being there for others. This means that while you might have goals for career and financial security, you also may highly value time with your family and friends. Additionally, people with high levels of well-being tend to spend their money on experiences, like going to a concert or going on a trip, rather than material possessions such as clothes or furniture. Experiences may be more meaningful than possessions because they lead to shared experiences and bonding with people, help you enjoy the beauty in the world and cultivate the positive emotions that come with new experiences.   So the mystery is revealed - emotional wellness is no longer elusive, vague or daunting.

13 Things to Avoid for Mental Strength

Posted on 30 November, 2013 at 5:29 Comments comments (0)
Mentally Strong People do not....
1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”
2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.
3.    Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.
4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially aboutother people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.
5. Worry About Pleasing Others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace. It takes much practice to hone mental strength
6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.
7. Dwell on the Past. There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.
8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over. We all know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.
9. Resent Other People’s Success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.
10. Give Up After Failure. Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.
11. Fear Alone Time. Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.
12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything. Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.
13. Expect Immediate Results. Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time.

Free Gift with Christmas Gift Vouchers

Posted on 1 November, 2013 at 9:41 Comments comments (0)

Buy a voucher for £20 or more to include a free gift worth up to £5!

Gift vouchers make perfect presents for men and women of any age.

The recipient can choose from any of the extensive services on offer including Holistic, Beauty, Art tuition, and Raw Chocolate Workshops.

See the menu on my website to see the fantastic choices available and for more information.

Vouchers can be used in full or part payment and are valid for a 6 month period from the date of purchase.

Mobile service in Cheltenham & Gloucestershire.
Fuel charges apply over 5 miles from GL50.
CALL 07878881299 

Mind Space

Posted on 22 October, 2013 at 12:41 Comments comments (176)

We lead such busy lives that we forget to give our minds a break. Worry & anxiety can take over and prevent us from being fully relaxed.
 We don't function properly when our minds are so pre-occupied, we make mistakes, feel tired or forgetful.
We often get hooked into thinking about the past, and unfortunately we have a tendency to focus mostly of those negative things.

We are all capable of slowing these busy thoughts down, and giving our minds some space. This way, we live 'in the moment' rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about our future.

Mindfullness or meditation can change how your brain works - you will start to see things more logically, improve empathy and be less self-centred, feel lighter and less inward looking which helps with depression and anxiety, improve your responses to your 'gut-feeling', and calm fearful emotions. See this link to find out more

Meditation does not have to take up too much time, just 10 minutes can change the way you feel.
There is no mystery to it, try this to see how beneficial it can be....

Sit comfortably in a quiet room - this could be at home or in your office. 
Begin by gently closing your eyes.
Take a long, deep breath in, feeling your belly swelling out with the in-breath.
Exhale slowly, allowing tension to 'blow out' of your body as you breath out. Audible breath is good.
Repeat the breath in this way, being conscious of the in breath filling your lungs and body.
Relax on the exhalation.
Continue to breath now more naturally and gently, remaining focused on the 'in' and 'out' breath.
Count the 'in' breath only to 10, then begin again at 1. Keep repeating this.
If thoughts pop into your mind, just gently go back to the count to 10 on the in breath.
Don't try to resist thoughts, just let them 'pass on', and return to the breath.
Be aware of where you are breathing from, your belly rising and falling each time.
After about 8 minutes, allow your mind to do whatever it wants, to be 'free'.
Then - slowly open your eyes, and be aware of what you are going to do next.

See - its so easy! How different do you feel now?
Hopefully calmer, more peaceful, less agitated or 'fuzzy headed', clearer thinking and able to cope with the rest of the day.

You can do this pretty much anywhere. If sounds come into your meditation time, just acknowledge them.

Try to do this every day.


Autumn Offer

Posted on 30 September, 2013 at 11:47 Comments comments (0)
Autumn Special....

Book a full body massage and have an express facial for free!
(Cost is £40, normally £60)

This offer is for mobile treatments only, and is not for use in conjunction with a booking at the treatment room.

Until end of October 2013.

Offer applies per person to be taken in the same appointment, and cannot be shared with another client.
Fuel charges apply over 5 miles from GL50.

Mobile service in Cheltenham & Gloucestershire.
Fuel charges apply beyond 5 miles from GL50 @ 50p per mile.
CALL 07878881299 

Summer Fun!

Posted on 1 July, 2013 at 4:15 Comments comments (95)

Have a mini pamper party for groups of up to 4 people for £20 each to include a combination of 3 of the following.....

  • Basic Manicure
  • Basic Pedicure
  • Basic Facial
  • Mini Back, Neck & Shoulders Massage
  • Mini Indian Head Massage
  • Foot Massage
  • Hand Massage

Mobile service in Cheltenham & Gloucestershire.
Fuel charges apply beyond 5 miles from GL50 @ 50p per mile.
CALL 07878881299 

The benefits of Mindfulness

Posted on 14 May, 2013 at 11:49 Comments comments (0)
We all know how important it is to take care of ourselves, and we aim to do this by focusing mainly on diet and exercise which is great! But - an unsettled mind can counter-balance the effort made looking after our bodies by keeping fit and healthy.
Without looking after our minds, we may never be satisfied with the way we look, how healthy we feel physically, and what we've got. We occupy our time in the continuous game of  'finding happiness' which may always seem to be just out of reach.
In this schizophrenic world we are constantly busy - the demands of work, family & relationships, a social life & leisure time is a pressure cooker of stress, management and expectation.

Meditation is a way of accessing this peace of mind which we would all like to have. I have read books and tried to practice meditation in the last few years, which were all useful but I found myself missing days, wondering if I was 'doing it right', and going off track. Then I found this website through a friends recommendation and it took the mystery out of it all.
Its a great way to practice it, you don't need to sit cross-legged on the floor with joss sticks burning, its a no frills way of achieving a calmer mind, which affects not just you but everyone around you - your behaviour affects others.

Try this if you want to experience a calmer mind, the first 10 sessions are free!