Locations For Chuvutti Thirimal Massage

Hello all,

Having returned from India full of enthusiasm for the wonderful Chavutti massage it is now possible to experience this treatment with me in two gorgeous hotels: The Hotel Trenton in St Mawes and The Merchants Manor in Falmouth. Links can be found below. Both locations are by the beautiful Cornish coast with fabulous facilities, sublime food offerings and the best service.  I hope you will come to try this most unusual and fabulous massage xx

www.Tresanton.com       www.merchantsmanor.com


Sarahs October blog- Rites of Passage and hormones

Health, Naturally! – October 2015 – Sarah Greenhalgh

Oct 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Health, Naturally!, Health, Naturally! 2015

Rites of Passage

(c) Carmen Di Luccio

As you may be aware we have just experienced a total lunar eclipse also defined as a Super Moon as it was at its closest point to the earth. Some say that such eclipses are times of major shifts that bring endings to certain aspects of our lives, in preparation for new beginnings. A beautiful image that links well to the topic of the month –

Rites of Passage – Crossing a threshold that separates or distinguish boundaries, points of transformation in life where crises may occur. But such new beginnings are perceived by different societies in different ways, for our own peace of mind we need to embrace the challenge of exploring new horizons towards greater wisdom.

Described later as the mystical 12 but for now considering them on a physical level these stages are affected by hormones. From the stage of pubescence to motherhood and then menopause Lara Briden, a Naturopath has some illuminating tips on managing and balancing your hormones.

HealthNaturally10.15-2She explains that the road to progesterone is hard but exceptionally beneficial as it is your calming, soothing, happiness hormone. It acts like a neurotransmitter that promotes serenity and sleep. It boosts thyroid and metabolism. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and makes your hair grow thick and adds shine.   The only way to make this hormone naturally is to ovulate every month or to be pregnant. The process of ovulation requires high energy and high amounts of nutrients including magnesium, selenium, iodine and zinc. Without a naturopath to guide you always consider types of food to boost your trace elements as too many supplements can be hazardous. As discussed previously, consider your stress levels too as this on a long term basis can cause a depletion in progesterone production.

In another article Lara picks up on Oestrogen and how advantageous it can be not to have too much of this hormone. It causes premenstrual irritability, suppressed thyroid function and an increased risk of breast cancer.   Considerations that could lead to an overabundance include: a natural excess in early teenage years but this usually settles down within the first few, the hormonal birth control pill contains a form of oestrogen much stronger than the natural one made by the body.

HealthNaturally10.15-3In Perimenopausal women, the levels can swing erratically in both directions leading to hot flushes and insomnia due to a deficiency of oestrogen then breast pain and mood swings within only a few days where suddenly there is an excess. Progesterone helps to balance but at this stage its production is falling too. Lara recommends keeping a healthy body weight as within greater areas of adipose tissue an additional oestrogen hormone is produced; reduce alcohol to ensure natural detoxification of the hormone otherwise it can be reabsorbed back into circulation leading to a build-up. Fresh vegetables and an avoidance of inflammatory food such as diary can also help to keep the balance of hormones in check.

Change is the essence of life.
Be willing to surrender what you are
For what you could become. (Reinhold Niebuhr)

To menopause, this stage of life can be a source of enlightenment. Theorists have described a cycle with 12 points of focus within our physical and spiritual evolution including ‘Reconnection with the Feminine bringing ego redefinition and illumination, with a deep sense of your own truth, maturity and refinement from around mid-forties’. Dr Spiezia from Inlight Organics describes how it is important for women to understand and accept this rite of passage as they move from a state of giving out (looking after the needs of others) to one of looking inwards in rediscovering their own needs and true self.

JeanetteWintersonFinally back to a highly recommended new form of help to recapture your ‘va-va vroom’ during menopause; naturally. A writer, Jeanette Winterson wrote in the Guardian about finding Dr Marion Gluck a world pioneer in the prescription and preparation of Bio-identical hormone treatment for women and men.

Gluck explained that for women the ratio of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone is crucial – but that ratio changes as we do, according to our age and fertility. “Women didn’t used to live much past the menopause – let alone be starting an active and productive second life, as many women do once their children are grown-up. We are asking a huge amount of our bodies, even when they are perfectly well.”

Jeanette was put on a low dose of all three hormones and found dramatic changes within a few weeks. Her blood test just before writing the article, showed her hormones were fluctuating within an optimum range and she was feeling at home in her body once more.

Best wishes,

Sarah Greenhalgh


Nurture Your Genius for Sauntering……

The Spirit of Sauntering: Thoreau on the Art of Walking and the Perils of a Sedentary Lifestyle


Why “every walk is a sort of crusade.”

“Go out and walk. That is the glory of life,” Maira Kalman exhorted in her glorious visual memoir. A century and a half earlier, another remarkable mind made a beautiful and timeless case for that basic, infinitely rewarding, yet presently endangered human activity.

Henry David Thoreau was a man of extraordinary wisdom on everything from optimism to the true meaning of “success” to the creative benefits of keeping a diary to the greatest gift of growing old. In his 1861 treatise Walking (free ebook | public library | IndieBound), penned seven years after Walden, he sets out to remind us of how that primal act of mobility connects us with our essential wildness, that spring of spiritual vitality methodically dried up by our sedentary civilization.

Illustration by D. B. Johnson from ‘Henry Hikes to Fitchburg,’ a children’s book about Thoreau’s philosophy. Click image for more.

Intending to “regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society,” because “there are enough champions of civilization,” Thoreau argues that the genius of walking lies not in mechanically putting one foot in front of the other en route to a destination but in mastering the art of sauntering. (In one of several wonderful asides, Thoreau offers what is perhaps the best definition of “genius”: “Genius is a light which makes the darkness visible, like the lightning’s flash, which perchance shatters the temple of knowledge itself — and not a taper lighted at the hearthstone of the race, which pales before the light of common day.”) An avid practitioner of hiking, Thoreau extols sauntering as a different thing altogether:

I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks — who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering, which word is beautifully derived “from idle people who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and asked charity, under pretense of going a la Sainte Terre, to the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, “There goes a Sainte-Terrer,” a Saunterer, a Holy-Lander. They who never go to the Holy Land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds; but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre, without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering. He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of all; but the saunterer, in the good sense, is no more vagrant than the meandering river, which is all the while sedulously seeking the shortest course to the sea.

Proclaiming that “every walk is a sort of crusade,” Thoreau laments — note, a century and a half before our present sedentary society — our growing civilizational tameness, which has possessed us to cease undertaking “persevering, never-ending enterprises” so that even “our expeditions are but tours.” With a dramatic flair, he lays out the spiritual conditions required of the true walker:

If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again — if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man — then you are ready for a walk.


No wealth can buy the requisite leisure, freedom, and independence which are the capital in this profession… It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker.

Art by Maira Kalman from ‘My Favorite Things.’ Click image for more.

Thoreau’s prescription, to be sure, is neither for the faint of body nor for the gainfully entrapped in the nine-to-five hamster wheel. Professing that the preservation of his “health and spirits” requires “sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields” for at least four hours a day, he laments the fates of the less fortunate and leaves one wondering what he may have said of today’s desk-bound office worker:

When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them — as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon — I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago.


I am astonished at the power of endurance, to say nothing of the moral insensibility, of my neighbors who confine themselves to shops and offices the whole day for weeks and months, aye, and years almost together.

Of course, lest we forget, Thoreau was able to saunter through the woods and over the hills and fields in no small part thanks to support from his mom and sister, who fetched him fresh-baked donuts as he renounced civilization. In fact, he makes a sweetly compassionate aside, given the era he was writing in, about women’s historical lack of mobility:

How womankind, who are confined to the house still more than men, stand it I do not know; but I have ground to suspect that most of them do not stand it at all.

Thoreau is careful to point out that the walking he extols has nothing to do with transportational utility or physical exercise — rather it is a spiritual endeavor undertaken for its own sake:

The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise, as it is called, as the sick take medicine at stated hours — as the Swinging of dumb-bells or chairs; but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day. If you would get exercise, go in search of the springs of life. Think of a man’s swinging dumbbells for his health, when those springs are bubbling up in far-off pastures unsought by him!

Illustration by D. B. Johnson from ‘Henry Hikes to Fitchburg,’ a children’s book about Thoreau’s philosophy. Click image for more.

To engage in this kind of walking, Thoreau argues, we ought to reconnect with our wild nature:

When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: what would become of us, if we walked only in a garden or a mall?


Give me a wildness whose glance no civilization can endure — as if we lived on the marrow of koodoos devoured raw.


Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest.


All good things are wild and free.

One can only wonder how Thoreau would eviscerate this formidable set of civilizing regulations at Walden Pond, his beloved patch of wilderness. (Photograph: Karen Barbarossa)

But his most prescient point has to do with the idea that sauntering — like any soul-nourishing activity — should be approached with a mindset of presence rather than productivity. To think that a man who lived in a forest cabin in the middle of the 19th century might have such extraordinary insight into our toxic modern cult of busyness is hard to imagine, and yet he captures the idea that “busy is a decision” with astounding elegance:

I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to Society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where my body is — I am out of my senses. In my walks I would fain return to my senses. What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?

Illustration by Emily Hughes from ‘Wild.’ Click image for more.

Walking, which is available as a free ebook, is a brisk and immensely invigorating read in its entirety, as Thoreau goes on to explore the usefulness of useless knowledge, the uselessness of given names, and how private property is killing our capacity for wildness. Complement it with Maira Kalman on walking as a creative stimulant and the cognitive science of how a walk along a single city block can forever change the way you perceive the world.

Chuvutti -Direct from Mysore India!

Chavutti Thirumal
Is a traditional Indian massage first developed by the Kalari Martial Artists of Kerala India. Also known as foot/rope massage, Chavutti Thirumal is unique as the feet are predominately used to treat. The techniques are precisely executioned by the practitioner’s foot, in long, sweeping therapeutic motions from the fingers to the toes of the recipient. The main focus of Chavutti Thirumal is to increase flexibility, maintain suppleness and relieve pain and tension. It is a thorough and deep treatment which is not only relaxing and rejuvenating, it also has the same benefits as attending a yoga class. It gives a wonderful feeling of having the tension ‘ironed’ out of you! This massage is suitable for anyone wishing to maintain their own physical fitness and well being. Currently available at The Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes. Watch this space for new locations soon….
1 hour | £85
1½ hours | £100

Treat and Eat Event-3rd Feb

Its that time again for us at The Oak Tree Wellbeing Centre to join together with our lovely friends at Tideline cafe to bring you a New Year of Relaxation and Joy with our Treat and Eat evening. Tickets are £15 pp which includes a 20 minute treatment and a warming winter curry and drink. Treatments on offer are Shiatsu, Seated Thai massage,  Reflexology, No Hands Massage (lying down version) and Seated Massage/Reiki. To book your tickets call Emma and Graig on 01209843298. We look forward to seeing you there x x x

Treat & Eat Event-11th Nov

The Treat and Eat events are turning out to be very popular indeed and so we are already booking up for the next one on the 11th November at The Oak Tree Wellbeing Centre, Portreath. Starting from 6pm you are invited to enjoy a 20 mintute taster treatment and meal with a drink for just £12.50. The event is run in conjunction with Tideline restaurant just next door to the centre who provide really fantastic home made healthy tasty food. We have had delicious mezze and thali so far, so what will it be next . . . .

Taster treatments at these events range from mini organic facials to reflexology to no hands massage and you can choose which you would like to try. To find out more or to book your place visit our page Massage Cornwall on facebook or call myself or Emma and Graig (who run the wellbeing centre) on 01209843298 or 07455236777 .

Hope to see you there x x x


Treat and Eat Event-Oct 14th

To celebrate Opening The Oak Tree Wellbeing Centre in Portreath we are putting on the popular Treat and Eat event with Tideline Cafe on Monday Oct 14th. We will be running this event throught the afternoon from 12 noon as well as the evening. Afternoon you can enjoy tea and cake with a relaxing No Hands Massage with Shiona King for £9pp or for the evening from 5pm enjoy a delicious warming home made curry and glass of wine/beer/soft drink and a relaxing 20 min treatment of Reflexology, Head, neck and shoulder massage, Organic Facial or mini manicure (tidy & paint)with Alex, Jenny and Emma Spare for £12.50pp.

Warm and friendly atmosphere, great home cooked food, super awesome treatments by great therapists (if i do say so myself!) and all at a great price, what’s not to like?

Organisers Emma and Graig can be contacted on 07455236777 or find us on facebook as Massage Cornwall or click on the link above to take you to the relevant page. Hope to see you all there! x


Offer for September – £10 BNS

To kick start the treatments at the Oak tree wellbeing centre in Portreath Alex will be offering a 30 minute back neck and shoulder massage for just £10 (usually £27) throughout the whole of September. Only available at the centre in Portreath this massage is designed around you whether you need some light and luxurious aromatherapy or a deep tissue Thai/Indonesian combo to combat aches and pains.  To book yours call Alex on 07854888990. I look forward to treating you! x x