Not easy to put into words what it was like to be part of the Hellys International Guitar Festival 2018. But I shall try, just a little:
Ben Salfield, Festival Director, welcomed me onto Team Hellys to provide massage and reflexology sessions for the superb performers and spectators at Hellys 2018. In return I spent several magical days absorbed in a world of extraordinary music, poetry, camaraderie and surprises. For example, I never imagined that joining in a Medieval Percussion Workshop could be so utterly uplifting: thanks to Ricardo de Novara and colleagues of Meridianum Ensemble for sharing their passion and their wild instruments with us.
It was a joy to work with guitarists, luthiers (guitar makers) and other team members, releasing a lot of tense muscles and helping people relax amid the ebb and flow of the Festival. My Reflexation Therapy zone was set up in the main performance hall, so I had the pleasure of listening in to interviews, poetry recitals and musical performances while working. From this special vantage point, two moments stand out in my mind:
First, while I was working with Graham Emes, luthier of Emes Guitars, the poet Bob Devereux was on stage reciting some of his poems, accompanied elegantly by Adrian O’Reilly on the guitar. The combination of spoken word and music was very powerful. Some of Bob’s words strike a deep chord, refreshing the soul and slowing reality right down to heart beat.
The second moment was one of pure electrification. While working in my tranquil zone, a relaxed interview was happening on stage with luthier Kid Wood. Pablo Rodriguez is handed one of the luthiers’ guitars to “try out” and all of a sudden an otherworldly rendition of a mazurka by Tárrega is sailing around the room, carrying me with it. Pablo you are amazing. Thank you for being at the Festival with us this year. In fact, my connection to Tárrega’s piece is through listening to the maestro Eduardo Fernandez, on the advice of arresting classical guitarist John Buzza (who performs mainly on Falmouth’s Prince of Wales Pier). Thank you too JB, for making such a perfect moment possible.
Needless to say, the plan is that Reflexation Therapy will be back for more music, massage and perfect moments at Hellys International Guitar Festival 2019. You’ll find more about Hellys 2018 on the HellysFestival Facebook page and Festival website.
Here is a little YouTube recap of Hellys International Guitar Festival 2018 filmed by Daniel Philbrooks of Shirt & Tie Productions:
Over the summer I had some fun designing gift vouchers for Reflexation Therapy treatments. They’ve been printed wonderfully thanks to Octopus Printing Falmouth and are packaged up specially to present as beautiful gifts to your loved ones.
Whether it’s birthday, Christmas or a treat out of the blue, a gift voucher for a massage or reflexology treatment of your choice could be just the thing. You can even drop unsubtle hints to friends and family if you’d like one yourself!
Honouring your gift of giving, I will give 20% of the price of any gift vouchers to The Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLT), a small charity dedicated to expanding the horizons and enriching the lives of disabled, ill, neglected and abused young people.
Reach me through my Contact page if you’d like to get your hands on one of these vouchers. A uniquely rejuvenating gift that is good for everyone.
On the sunny and breezy afternoon of Tuesday 31st July an eclectic Street Market got into full swing as part of Flushing Regatta Week 2018. Amid the bustle of visitors you could find local food and small brewery produce, hand made clothing, charity stalls such as Marie Curie Cancer Care and second hand treasure troves to plunder, from books to Lego. Reflexation Therapy was opposite Gemweyth Sea Glass, a stall selling unique jewellery lovingly made from sea glass specially picked from the coast of Cornwall. It was good fun to be part of the busyness and all the people who stopped for a short seated massage were left wanting more…
Alongside the Craft Market was a workshop and special display by Naomi Lewis and colleagues from the AirFish Circus. As a student of AirFish Aerial Arts I was particularly happy to see them in Flushing, sharing their magical and inspiring athletic skills with the Village!
It was a joy to join amazing staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro for their Health & Well-Being Day in July. A great line-up of workshops and exhibitions were there, from laughter and meditation workshops to shiatsu and local organic food produce. Reflexation Therapy was there to offer free taster sessions of massage and reflexology. It was an honour to help some of the staff, who often work under great pressure, to relax and rejuvenate their battery packs!
As the folks at TinyPause would say, “To feel our best we need high quality rest“. This remarkable Health & Well-Being Day certainly provided plenty of different ways for staff to recharge. Looking forward to the next one!
Reflexation Therapy is up and running, offering reflexology and therapeutic massage to clients in Falmouth and elsewhere in Cornwall.
A recent highlight was working with a group of mums at Flushing Toddler Play Group, relaxing at the end of term with taster sessions in massage and hand reflexology. Mums certainly have their fair share of stresses and it was rewarding to take some pressure off aching muscles and frazzled nerves! All set for summer holiday mayhem…
Later this week Reflexation Therapy looks forward to offering some well-earned relaxation and rejuvenation time to staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro.