Reef Well-Being: The Back Issue

The Reef's Well-being focus this month is the back. Most of us suffer with back aches and tensions at some point in our lives, so we thought we'd have a focus sharing top tips and recommendations to help improve, ease and heal back problems.

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10 stretches to help with sciatica, hip and lower back pain via Curious Mind Magazine
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Yoga is amazing for the body and well-Being. Giving flexibility to muscles and improved posture. Our favourite yoga pose for back aches and tension is the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose. Click here to read more and find other useful poses perfect to ease the back via Yoga Journal


Massage is hugely beneficial and offers great results if suffering from back tensions, aches and pains. The deep tissue massage can help target key areas, break down lactic acid, whilst soothing the muscles with the pressure and increased heat to the area.

ELEMIS Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage
A relaxing, tension-easing massage to ease achy muscles, detoxify and improve circulation. Designed to suit your needs, you can choose the perfect oil blend and style; between Stress-a-Way, Spirit Reviver, Muscle Melt and Chakra Balancing. Perfect if you like a firmer pressure, our therapists use a variety of techniques to really target specific tension areas, including the use of elbows and forearms
Full Body 55 minutes  60.00   |   Back 40 minutes  45.00   |   Back 25 minutes  35.00

Book online 24/7
Body 55m: book here.  Back 40m: book here.  Back 25m: book here.


Wheat bags are ideal to ease ashiness. Simply pop it in the microwave, then place around the neck or against tension areas on the back.

Heat helps the blood vessels dilate which then increases the flow of oxygen rich blood to the specific area. This also really helps with healing and acts as a pain reliever by stimulating pain receptors within the skin, which decreases the frequency of pain messages that are sent to the brain. Heat therapy also helps  to relax and loosen the tissue surrounding the area.  Ligaments, tendons and muscles can then move more easily. 

Perfect to easily use when watching TV, doing housework, etc. These can be found in most supermarkets/pharmacies with an RRP of approx. £10

10 years at The Reef!

Wow! Where has 10 years gone?

We can't quite believe we've been here 10 years this spring! It has flown by. Looking back over photos, it's amazing how much has happened and changed. Has it been easy? Not on your nelly! But, I wouldn't change it. I always think everything happens for a reason and all the experiences have made me the person, and business owner I am today. One thing, is that I have always had such a huge passion for the beauty and spa industry, and for well-being. That passion is as strong today as it was back in 2007, when we first started.

So, back in 2007 we initially took on a beauty clinic that was on the top two floors of the building here on Gabriels Hill. I remember I had given my notice in to my employer at the time as the completion date was getting close, then we heard there had been a fire at the premises, and I had to go and ask if I could take my notice back. Thankfully, my manager at the time just laughed and asked why. I was there another 6 months due to the extent of the damage. When we finally took over it was obviously nice having newly painted walls, but having been closed for so long, many clients had found elsewhere else to go. We had to start from scratch.

Many of you may know; being is business can be tough at times. There are many things I have learnt over the years, such as starting as you mean to go on, and being more cautious when employing friends/family. I am thankful for the tougher times as it gave me the experience on how to deal with various situations, how to generally be a better manager and currently support my team the way I now do.

I had grown up with business around me, so I understood the implications and how demanding it could be, yet I loved what I did and would generally be working, even when I wasn't 'working'. It could be hard to switch off at times. I've had notices of termination of employment from team members given to me whilst away on holiday and even the evening of Christmas Eve, whilst at a party. Over the years I have realised that it's very important to take that time out and switch off, but also have a good team structure, which means that can happen. I am blessed these days to have a team and manager in place who are confident and pro-active. For example, it meant that I could be away almost the whole of January this year, when a family holiday coincided with a salon conference in Dublin and a spa visit to Massachusetts to be their visitor for the World Spa and Wellness Awards.

When we first started; we introduced new treatments, some that were not offered at the time in Maidstone, and they were a big hit. Customer service was always important to us, and we found we quickly started to see some regular faces. Many whom still visit today, which is lovely. 

We were lucky to have the opportunity a year on to expand into the ground floor of the premises, and haven't looked back. This allowed us the space to offer a manicure, pedicure and makeup area, plus more spacious seating. It means that now, we can offer those beauty salon treatments (waxing, tinting, nails and makeup) on the ground floor, and as soon as you start to head upstairs the rooms are dimly lit for the peaceful massages, facials, and body treatments. 

Since then, we have been blessed to help out at many events (with OK! magazine, Louboutin shoes, and more), help out various charities, such as when we travelled Land's End to John O'Groats visiting selected charities, raising over £2.5K, and pampered their teams, as well as raising over £2K for Pilgrims Hospice and Cancer Research UK in memory of a friend (who thought £500 was too big a target to set). Plus, be presented with many awards, and have the recognition of Theo Paphitis. I have also had the pleasure of judging within the industry's leading awards - the Professional Beauty and World Spa and Wellness Awards, plus the Kent Health and Beauty Awards.

So, we look back on those 10 years with fond memories and are thankful that we have grown over time and that we still love what we do as much as day one. I wanted to create The Reef to offer a peaceful atmosphere, a place to enjoy an experienced and relaxing treatment with a team who really cares, and no need to rush out afterwards. We are so happy to still see the 5 star reviews that come through to show this is how the visit was experienced.

We are also blessed to have truly amazing clients; we would like to thank you for being a part of our journey and for the support you have given us. We wouldn't be here without you, so it means such a lot. 

Any comments, feedback, memories, please feel free to share below or on our Facebook page. We'd love to hear them!

Clare Cockell, Founder & CEO

Has it been a while? Wander into a calm treatment room and unwind body and mind

 

There's that niggling feeling in your back... You keep trying to stretch it out, hoping that will help. It may give a temporary release, but soon enough, there it is again.!

We know many people like this and hear often how someone has been meaning to visit and should've done much sooner. We agree, for your general wellbeing, happiness, and comfort, it is best to visit us to ease the tension and aches, rather than suffering and experiencing more discomfort.

Imagine walking into a calm and dimly lit treatment room.... Your therapist discusses where your concerns and aches are and invites you to smell a couple of massage oils to help find the best for your needs.

Your therapist leaves you to get ready and you melt onto the couch. It's a blissful moment even just then; nothing but the peaceful music can be heard, the flickering candle lights are in the corner of the room, and the bed is cosy. 

You therapist returns to the room and checks you're warm and comfortable enough. Perfect.

Hot mitts are covering your feet followed by relaxing stretches and pressure points. Your mind is already unwinding.

Your back is then uncovered and the warm oil applied. You're asked if the pressure is ok... Would you like it any firmer? You can feel the massage releasing the aches in the muscles. Bliss!

After your massage, your therapist ensures you have a glass of water and recommends some aftercare advice just for you. Perhaps it's a stretch to keep your back under control after your treatment. 

So worth it! Finally, your shoulders feel lower, you can move easier, and that niggling feeling has been released.

Massage is one of the most popular treatments we offer at The Reef, this is due to our therapists skills and the relaxed environment. For men and women; Deep tissue massage starts from just £35. You can book easily online (through our website or download the app) or call us on 01622 753183.

We look forward to making you feel super spritely soon...

It's World Health day - Let's talk

7th April is World Health Day. Being in the health and wellness industry, we want to help in any way we can and we felt it was something to share.

Quite often, we can get caught up in a busy world. Working, looking after others, being available to demanding technologies, and so on. Time passes and we may not notice that we've not been giving as much care and time for ourselves. It can be hard work trying to find time to switch off, take time out, time for exercise, to get out in the open, and prepare healthy foods. Plus, the pressure to do all this may feel strong.

The problem is that if we don't make time for ourselves, it can eventually cause more stress and concerns for us in the long run.

So, how can we ensure we make time for ourselves and keep in ourselves in check?

  1. Habits - One of the easiest ways to do this is to create habits. Have a think on what areas you would like to improve or change and start setting a routine. Could you have a set exercise routine first thing in the morning or gym days/classes? Prepare meals of an evening? Have a set no-phone time, quiet time, or reading time? Keep water on your desk at work and start the morning with a hot lemon water? Cut down on caffeine? 
  2. Do not feel guilty - Don't feel bad about taking time out for yourself, the most important thing is to check you are in a good way first, this ensures you are more balanced in order to help and support others.
  3. Speak up - It's ok to ask for help and advice. Speak to someone if you feel like you need any further help.

The theme for World Health Day this year is depression. 'A common mental disorder that is increasing worldwide. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%. Close to 10% of the world’s population is affected by one or both of these conditions. Depression increases the risk of other noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Yet, it is also something that can be prevented and treated.' (www.who.int). Therefore, it's something we need to be speaking about more. It's something that can affect anyone at any age, and something many of us have experienced, to a degree, at some point in our lives. If this could also be a concern, then be honest with yourself, and speak to someone you can trust.

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Let's get talking. Support and promote World Health Day yourself.

Sevenoaks: Time to Say Goodbye

We wanted to write this blog post to inform you that we have closed our Sevenoaks branch of The Reef. This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but for a few reasons, one that felt right.
 
We have been receiving more opportunities within our industry, and this is something, along with other avenues, that we wish to pursue. We also wanted to bring back our focus to our main site, Maidstone, and grow further with many exciting future plans there.
 
So, we would like to take the time to thank you so much for the support you’ve given us over the 5 years we’d been in Sevenoaks. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting some truly lovely people, which we will miss.
 
The premises in Sevenoaks will remain a beauty salon, Prime Aesthetics and Beauty, and we are confident that the business is in good hands. The telephone number will remain the same, 01732 450200. A message from the new clinic; 

"We wish Clare and her team the best wishes for the future! We are so excited at the opportunity in opening our new clinic in Sevenoaks and cannot wait to invite you to our newly refurbished premises when completed! Please visit our website www.primeaesthetics.co.uk and register to receive our opening promotions of 20% off treatments and opening events details We cannot wait to meet you!"
 
If you have any concerns, then please do not hesitate to contact us. You can email clare@thereefspa.com or call us in Maidstone on 01622 753183 and we will endeavor to respond to any queries as soon as possible.
 
Thank you again and we wish you the very best.
 
Clare and The Team

The End of an Era

The End of an Era

Our first blog post here and it's a bit of an emotional one. Today we write with sadness as Gemma leaves the team. 

I knew what an excellent therapist she was, and that she truly cared for her clients who visited. She wanted the best for them. She was also helpful and thoughtful to any other member of the team. This is what we wanted The Reef to be about and Gemma helped us set the precedent of what we are today. She helped us achieve the many awards we're proud to have and I'm so thankful to her for that.