Facial Massage and Its Anti Aging Benefits - Guest Blog by James Patrick

Facial Massage and Its Anti Aging Benefits

The secrets of getting a young and wrinkle free skin is not confined in cosmetics and surgery. A regular course of facial massage can add natural glow and radiance to the face besides taking care of the unwanted wrinkles. Unlike cosmetic surgeries, facial massage using natural substances reduces the risks of side effects to a great extent.

Reasons of Premature Skin Aging

Increasing stress and work load in everyday life has a lot of effect on the skin. This is a major reason because of which the skin starts to look older and wrinkles starts coming in at a very young age. Use of anti aging creams and cosmetics are seldom effective. The actual reason behind the premature aging of the skin is due to poor circulation of the blood. The fact that makes facial massage important is that the signs of premature aging first starts to show up on the face of an individual.

Importance of Facial Massage

  • Facial massage is a natural therapy which enhances natural beauty of the skin. It helps to improve the skin tone and glow. The face has got various minute pressure points which get stimulated during a facial massage. This helps in better blood circulation all around the face. Increased blood flow in the vital regions of the face helps to relax the facial tissue.
  •  Facial massage helps to balance the natural moisture of the skin. A majority of people worldwide suffer from dry skin. There is a natural growth of dead cells if dry skin stays untreated for a long time. Regular facial massage helps in increment of the natural skin moisturizers.
  •  There are many people who come across issues like puffed face. This actually happens due to over application of cosmetics and lack of sleep. The inner face muscles regain flexibility after a course of facial massage. This helps to fix the issues related to puffed face.
  • Many beauticians believe that regular facial massage helps to lighten the complexion to a great extent. Massage helps to open up the blocked lymph nodes which gradually help to add a natural shine to the face.
  • Facial massage is particularly essential for sensitive skin. Massage helps to remove the blockades form the pores and sheds off the black heads.

      Facial massage relaxes the face muscles and tissues

Facial Massage And Anti Aging Benefits

Facial massage has got numerous anti aging benefits where it actually relieves an individual from the primary signs of aging that is wrinkles. Facial massage treatments using circular massage method and patting method helps immensely to reduce wrinkles from the face. Regular facial toning exercises attached with facial massage can bring in surprising beauty results for an individual. The best time for wrinkle relieving massage is early in the morning because after sleep the blood circulation stays low, and massage increases the blood flow, helping to reduce puffiness. Circular motions of massage can help to reduce wrinkles that appear on the forehead.

Looking at the numerous benefits that facial massage provides it can be easily said that this massage is a much more secure option than cosmetic surgery if the anti aging solutions are taken into concern.

Author’s Bio: James is a professional freelancer and blogger who specializes in skin treatments and beauty secrets. His blogs and articles are extremely helpful for people who are looking for effective anti aging solutions for the skin. He suggests his readers to try out Tantric massage from the massage parlors of Orange Country in order to get a young and beautiful skin.

Summary- Facial massage is the most natural and effective way to get a young and wrinkle free skin. Regular course of this massage using natural ingredients is highly beneficial for the skin.

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Lizzie's Birthday at The Pigs - Guest Blog

Guest blog -Andy Dane

As it was Lizzie's birthday on the 2nd January, I thought I'd treat her to a night away somewhere nice, where we could both chill out, eat good food and just generally relax.

We didn't want to go far, as we only wanted to leave Jessica with the grandparents for one night, so we did a bit of research and in the end, settled on The Pigs in Edgefield, near Holt. The rooms looked amazing, massive bath, huge bed, our own personal sauna and an enclosed garden complete with fire pit. The Pigs looked perfect for what we wanted.

So I booked the room at The Pigs for 2nd Jan, complete with a bottle of Taittinger Brut Reserve to celebrate with and off we went.

The rooms at The Pigs

First impressions of The Pigs were amazing, the room was glorious, champagne waiting for us in an ice bucket, the bed was enormous, lovely deep bath, a cafetiere instead of the usual instant coffee in hotels, and as promised, our own personal Sauna. The outside garden area was different than in the photos, but still lovely, opening out onto fields to the back of the hotel. The enclosed gardens at The Pigs appear to face the car-park, and I think in future, we might request one of those. The roads around The Pigs are quiet enough for it to not be an issue, especially at night. I also think that it would feel a little more "private" and we wouldn't feel the need to wear a swimsuit if the rear blinds were open and we wanted a bath, which is what we did this time, just in case someone else that was staying wandered in front of the doors. The little outside area we had opened out to where there were some picnic tables, but other guests staying at The Pigs could wander in front of the patio doors into your sauna room. Although, I'm not sure that they actually would.

The fire-pit was nice, and the chairs comfortable, but, fire-wood wasn't included and seemed quite pricey at £15 a basket, something which wasn't mentioned on The Pigs' website. If the weather had been nicer, we may well have been tempted, but as it was, we decided to just chill out in the room and make use of the sauna and bath rather than spend the extra on firewood. Included, though, were fire starters, marshmallows and scented oils for the sauna water. So all in all, still a good experience, and it may well be in the small print somewhere that firewood isn't included, and we'll know in advance if we do visit The Pigs again.

After a few hours flitting between the bath, drench shower, and sauna, we got ready and headed down for dinner. We both got dressed up for it, but more because we don't very often, rather than that we felt the need to. The atmosphere in The Pigs's restaurant is very relaxed, I think anyone would feel welcome there, kids are well catered for as well, I imagine we'll make a return visit to The Pigs with Jessica at some point in the future.

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The food at The Pigs

The food was, as I'd hoped, amazing. We had Binham Blue, celeriac and hazelnut croquettes with plum chutney as one Iffit (think Norfolk Tapas) as a starter, along with cauliflower fritters served with colonial spiced dip. Both were very light, full of flavour and great to whet the appetite for the main courses.

starter at The Pigs


I had the Venison, served with peppered sprouts, roast squash and garlic mash, with a port and red wine reduction to finish it off. It was all cooked to perfection, the venison just melted in your mouth, couldn't have asked for anything better.

Venison at The Pigs
Andy's Venison


Although, I have to say I was equally tempted by what Lizzie had chosen, the skirt steak, slow roast tomato, watercress, Binham Blue butter and chips cooked in beef dripping. It looked amazing, and we swapped a bit of meat with each other and the steak tasted as good as it looked! I've never tried skirt steak before, but I think it had more flavour in it than any steak I've tried before, I think I might have already decided what I'm having next time I go there :)

Skirt steak at the pigs
Lizzie's Skirt Steak

Afterwards, we shared three cheeses, although you'll have to forgive me as I have no idea what they were! I assume that the blue cheese was the Binham Blue, and I'm reasonably sure one of them was Smoked Dapple, but I'm not sure what the white cheese was. But they all went together brilliantly, the cheese biscuits they came with added to the flavour, along with apple, grapes and celery, which is usual with a cheeseboard. But the addition of a sweet scone set it off perfectly.

Cheeseboard at the pigs

After the meal we trotted off back to our room with what was left in our bottle of wine and got a well needed good nights sleep, although the huge bed turned out to be two beds and two mattresses pushed together, so while still massive and still very comfortable, not quite "perfect" and the only other thing I could possibly pick the place up on was that a lot of the glasses in the restaurant seemed to be water-stained. But the champagne flutes that were in our room were pristine. It might seem picky, and we might not have noticed it if everything else at The Pigs hadn't been so perfect.

The food at breakfast was equally as good, I went for the "The Pigs 15 Mile Breakfast on Toast" which was probably more food than I needed, but I still ate it all, it was too good not to! Bacon, black pudding, double yolk egg, smoked bbq beans and a sausage served on a piece of toast. With a buffet of fruit, croissants, fruit juices and coffee to finish it all off. Lizzie went for the Norfolk Rarebit and seemed to enjoy that just as much as I'd enjoyed mine.

Final thoughts on our stay at The Pigs

So if you want a luxurious night away somewhere in Norfolk, or just a fantastic meal, I can now definitely recommend The Pigs.

Apologies for the quality of the food photos, but I only had my phone camera to hand!

We're now seriously thinking about booking a night at The Pigs, Edgefield, Norfolk for the first night of our honeymoon in June, before jetting off somewhere as a family.

If you are visiting with kids, then there's plenty at The Pigs to keep them entertained. Not only do The Pigs have a great kids menu, they also have an outside play area, built by the creators of Be WILDerwood to keep the little ones entertained.

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Congenital heart defect - Sign petition & help save lives

~Posting this on behalf of a client of mine to raise awareness~


1 in 145 babies are born with a congenital heart defect. When a baby is born they check for hearing but not for a congenital heart defect which is the number one birth defect.

The Children's Heart Federation is asking the Government to put in place a test called the Pulse Oximetry Screening for all newborn babies. A study of 20,055 showed the test had a success rate of 75%. The test monitors the amount of oxygen in the blood.

We need your help to get this passed and made a legal requirement for every hospital in the UK to perform this test as a standard procedure.

Please sign our E-petition and help save a baby's life today!  Please read Kieran's story below as if this test was available perhaps it would not have taken for him to be 10 weeks old before we found out about his heart condition and was in heart failure.

For more information please visit www.chfed.org.uk/campaigns/chf-pulse-oximetry-campaign

Kieran's story

When Kieran was born in Jan 2011 he was struggling with his feeding and was sleeping a lot, after lots of trips to the Drs and being fobbed off we found out when Kieran was 10 weeks old had a VSD (Hole in his heart) and would need to go onto two different heart medicines and special milk, the milk ended up making him ill so on 18 April 2011 we spent a week in Norfolk and Norwich hospital ending up with having a NG tube so they could get fluid into him and also help him put on weight.

In October 2011 they decided that Kieran needed to have an open heart operation at Great Ormond Street hospital to close the hole as it was now causing a leaky valve. On the 8 Feb Kieran went down for his open heart op at 9.45, 5 hours later we were allowed to see Kieran in CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit), Kieran was moved onto the Ladybird ward on the 10 Feb and was recovering well but soon become dehydrated as he was vomiting and not keeping his fluids down. Kieran’s chest also sounded chesty so they did an x-ray to check for infections and put him onto the nebuliser to help with his breathing. As Kieran was still not getting enough fluid into him they decided that he needed to have a NG tube fitted so they could put milk down the tube straight into his stomach (Kieran decided he did not want the NG tube as that night he decided to pull it out). On the next day they decided that they needed to put another NG down to his stomach to get more fluids in.

On 16 July Kieran was still not recovering as they had hoped so they did a heart ECO and ECG to have another look at his heart,  we were given the bad news that the hole had not closed and would need to have another open heart surgery within the week to re-close the hole. We had also found out that Kieran had caught the nurovirus and meta pneumo virus (Like a cold virus) so that was delaying his recovery.

On Wed 22 Feb Kieran was taken back down to theatre at 2.30pm and we got to see him again at 6.30pm, he was taken back to the CICU where he was back onto the ventilator, chest drains and wires all around him. Kieran wanted to come around too quickly so they had to up his morphine and was taken off his ventilator at midnight. Kieran was doing really well and was taken his milk and food so they removed all his drains and wires. Kieran had his ECO and ECG re-done and they showed the hole had closed and only had a slight leaky valve that will be monitored and was allowed home on Sat 26 Feb.

We spent 3 weeks in Great Ormond Street, the hospital and the staffs are fantastic, it is very stressful being in a strange place with your little boy being ill but the staff are all amazing


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Kieran in cicu after 1st op



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Kieran on the ward recovering


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Pamper parties - Guest blog by Lucy Stone


Pamper Party guest blog

I was approaching the big 30th birthday and really wanted to celebrate with my girly friends and family. I wanted to do something that would appeal to all age groups and figured my mum would prefer not to go clubbing!

I decided to try a Pamper party with Elizabeth Smith Beauty. I knew Liz already as she had a stall at last years Norfolk Bump, Baby & Toddler show ( and will be there again this year! ).

There were 6 of us which was a perfect number. Liz arrived early to set up, we had all decided to have Gellux nails done, so Liz put them all on display along with the different Nail Art we could have.

I would highly recommend Liz as she's friendly, down to earth and a fab beautician! Everyone was really pleased with their nails and we look forward to booking another one!

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