Following on from my blog on Deforestation for my soul I decided that enough was enough. To truly be well I need to take all possible steps to achieve this. At the moment it is a fact that I am not able to walk far enough to go to a beauty salon, neither am I well/strong enough to bend over and shave/wax my own legs. Amazing friends and lovers have offered to help me, for which I feel immensely blessed. However, taking care of my body is something I have always done myself, something, which ultimately I do for myself so I felt that it was important that I maintain independence and dignity.
If I have learnt one thing by being forced onto this journey-to-health, it is that giving up, staying in my PJ’s, crying, not washing, fearfully monitoring every single brain wave, scared by every spasm, staying in the house, watching TV and blindly ‘following Doctor’s advice’ is not the way I want to go. All that I will find on that path is more pain, less confidence and depression, affecting not only myself but the people I love. I think that when you love someone, you are really happy when they are happy. Therefore to make the people I love happy, my confidence and happiness are essential. Health and Happiness are intrinsically linked and it is my mission to achieve both, come what may! YEAH! UP YOURS SPINAL INJURY & EPILEPSY!
With this in mind, I set about searching for beauticians who might be able to come to my house rather than me going to them. I figured it was probably going to be expensive, but I came to the conclusion that a beauty therapy session would be as valuable to me a Physiotherapy, so it would be worth it. Google provided a host of interesting possibilities, some rather less savoury sounding than others! I felt rather naive and innocent as my searches brought up dozens of ‘specialist, private massages…’ hmmm…. anyway! I eventually found a couple which I thought looked a) real b) had trained beauticians and c) where less likely to stab me and burgle the house!
So having made the decision that I was actually going to do this and I was going to pay for it! I rang the first one, I was so disappointed when a grumpy sounding woman told me she couldn’t possibly come to our house for less than 3 hours and I would have to have at least FIVE treatments…charmed. The next one I tried told me they were so busy they couldn’t come to see me for a month! I then came across a service with a fantastic name: Return To Glory! (although the name sounds a little religious-cult-esq!) I thought that’s exactly what I am trying to do! I want to return to glory… man!
On further inspection I discovered that Return To Glory, are a well established mobile beauty service started in 2007, initially aimed at new-mums wanting beauty therapies but unable to leave their new babes. Return To Glory therapists now work all over London, have featured in Vogue, are in partnership with Neals Yard and interestingly for me, also work with the NHS and as if all of this wasn’t enough, to top it off their latest blog is entitled Hands on treatments: they’re real medicine in which they discuss scientific reasons why incorporating beauty therapies into daily life should be seen as a necessity and not a luxury! Return To Glory, you are SOLD to one (easily) excited Mrs Baena!
So I rang them up and they were friendly as could be, they explained how it all works and answered all my questions about their different services and were totally un-flustered when I mentioned my medical conditions and amazingly arranged for a therapist to come to see me the next day. They take payment online or via phone prior to the therapist coming, which would normally alarm me, but actually I think in this instance it was safer and then when the therapist comes you don’t have to worry that a stranger knows you have cash in the house and about all the negativity around money, you can just enjoy your treatment. I also thought they are very well priced considering everything, it was only £9 more expensive than super-posh salon down my road, so that rocked my world too!
The beautician who turned up on my doorstep was called Pam she radiated calm and kindness. A quality often so undervalued. Pam was very professional and relaxed, as well as waxing Pam also did some of the best threading on my eyebrows I’ve ever had, the world honestly looks brighter. Pam seemed to intuitively know when I wanted to chat and when I wanted to be quiet, she was accommodating and never made me feel rushed, she listened to me, let me move when my back ached and gave me time.
I had to fill in a ‘health questionaire’ as you always do, I wish I’d kept a copy actually as this one was one of the most lovely I’ve ever seen. These questionaires often put a knot in my stomach after once being refused a treatment after ticking ‘yes’ to epilepsy, but after the first question, this one didn’t at all. It was also more than just tick boxes and asked questions like ‘How do you hope to feel after your treatment: relaxed, happy, beautiful, energetic?’
In summary and with thanks to Pam, I truly feel that today has been a massive step forward on my return to glory. I felt so much better that I even walked to the pond ON MY OWN today, something I haven’t dared to do for at least a month. Proof, if you need any more that beauty therapies are as valuable as medical treatments and should be seen as such. One Love to all especially Holistic Beauty Therapists!