The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Complementary

Why December is a great time for facials!

30 Nov 2016

Blossom Beauty was winner of the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Complementary Therapy, so who better to ask why this time of year is good to get a facial (quite frankly, I think all year round is a good time to get a facial; one of my fave treatments ever)! 

Ellen Zok who runs Blossom Beauty has glowing skin, always reassuring when you go for a facial. Her salon in Great Doddington is where she tends to lots of us Northants folk who need a facial revive, especially as our skin becomes wind chapped and dull from central heating (and also before the onslaught of December partying)!

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What’s On: 24 – 30 Nov

24 Nov 2016

Well here we go.  It’s officially time to start thinking about making the most of the festive scene here in Northants (I’ve already lost two Xmas presents I thought I was being organised in buying). This week the Muddy Guide has a flavour of good times and boogie, as well as some classy performances and more than a little sprinkling of festive fare.

Abba tribute Night, Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa, Nr Towcester, 7.30pm 25 November

Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun with this fabulous ABBA Tribute group.

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3 reasons to visit Rob, my Chiropractor

6 Jul 2016

The thing about a chiropractor is you don’t usually see one until the problem is already evident, and usually by the time you’re willing to fork out £40 quid, the pain is quite bad (or you’re going on holiday and you’re worried you won’t even be able to pick up your suitcase – yup, that was me). Most people only visit the chiropractor when they’re referred by their doctor or they’ve tried everything else and forking out for treatment is the last resort.

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The cynical Muddy tries hypnotherapy…

20 Jun 2016

Hypnotherapy, hmmmmmm. I’m hardly what you’d call a cynic in most areas of life, but when you’ve had a humiliating experience in front of the whole of the student union at Uni (I had to pretend to be hypnotised because it was too embarrassing to own up when everyone else seemed to be in a zombie like trance), you learn to be a little mistrustful of some things. Since then, I’ve never really been a believer in hypnotism and its power, but hypnotherapy is a more holistic branch of the same tree (the clue’s in the word ‘therapy’!) and I know various people who have used it to quit fags, stop eating chocolate – seriously!- and also help with anxiety issues.

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Muddy meets: Declutter Angel

1 Apr 2016

If you’re tripping over pairs of shoes and your hallway can’t cope with the amount of coats falling willy nilly off hooks; this article is for you. To be honest, if you’re human, and you own stuff; this article is for you.

At the beginning of the year, I took Grand Muddy on a Kickstart Your life weekend which is where I first heard about Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant.

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Muddy tries: Facial reflexology

22 Mar 2016

Sometimes on Muddy, the quirky little businesses out there find me, rather than me foraging afar and finding them. And when one comes knocking offering to rub rose scented oil into my face, who am I to say no; even if it is a guy, a stranger I’ve never met (but hey, that’s what I’m here for, to try out the unknown, be the intrepid reporter to come back with a yay or nay for my loyal readers).

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Because I’m (not always) happy…

17 Mar 2016

Strictly speaking, that’s not true. I’m not always happy. But I’m definitely a glass half full type, so near as damn it baby! It’s a big bad world out there sometimes, and here on Muddy, we tend to skip on the lighter side of life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t touch upon some of the other stuff too. I’m off to try some hypnotherapy in a couple of weeks; we’ve been told it’s great for stopping smoking and losing weight, but apparently it’s also good for everyday anxiety (I shall report back dear reader, worry not – pardon the pun).

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