YouTube hits show staggering number of people hunting for DIY chair massages
EMPLOYEES may be putting more hours in at their place of work but could the humble chair massage be helping them get through their long days in front of the computer?
“How to give a chair massage” has become one of the most popular video searches on YouTube with the number of hits soaring to over 1million.
Yvonne Sullivan, a London-based beauty educator who uploaded her chair massage video onto YouTube, had no idea that over 75,000 people would want to view and learn how to give a chair massage. Several comments show how well it has been received and helped.
A quick count of just five other chair massage videos bring the total hits to over 1million, begging the question: “is Britain becoming a nation of secret masseurs and masseuses?”
With 80% of British adults experiencing some form of back pain in their life, according to the charity Back Care, chair massage videos could well be helping them to relieve the pain.
Yvonne, who opened Beauty Training Harrow three years ago, said massage ranks as one of the most popular training courses demanded by prospective students.
“To meet this demand, Beauty Training Harrow has had to introduce several new massage courses to my school, traditional Thai & classic Swedish massage being the most popular.”
Following the phenomenal success of the chair massage video, Beauty Training Harrow has now launched over 10 ‘how to’ beauty videos – aimed at anyone thinking of learning beauty treatments professionally.
This link shows a range of one-day and longer vocational massage courses now available at Beauty Training Harrow, which was recently complimented on its “excellent qualifications” by beauty awarding body VTCT.
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BEAUTY Training Harrow has launched a range of gift vouchers for Christmas, which can be used against any course we offer.
Gift vouchers are the perfect present for anyone who’s been talking of changing their career to beauty therapy and want to train at a professional training centre that specialises in small classes.
Courses at Beauty Training Harrow range from manicure-pedicure and massage NVQs to threading, make-up and waxing.
And if you know a qualified beauty therapist who is looking for Level 3 and 4 qualifications to improve their knowledge and skills within the industry, we have also just launched courses in blemish removal, electrolysis as well as microdermabrasion.
You can also put a gift voucher towards one of our popular one-day courses, which include professional chair massage, hot stone massage, Thai foot massage and Thai poultice massage.
You can also book a one-day intimate waxing course, an introduction to waxing, microdermabrasion and facial skincare at Beauty Training Harrow.
Courses start from £50 and you can see a range of videos on our YouTube channel to get a glimpse of our style of teaching and the skills we offer here at Beauty Training Harrow.
Buying a gift voucher for a friend or loved one means you can leave the choice of course entirely up to them. The gift vouchers are beautifully presented, professionally designed and printed on good quality paper so you can be sure they’ll love it.
So cheer someone you love up for Christmas with a gift voucher for a fast-track course at Beauty Training Harrow, helping them start their new year with a great new career!
You can buy gift vouchers from our online shop or alternatively order by phone on 020 8206 2930.
Gift vouchers are dispatched FREE by first class mail (or guaranteed next day delivery if requested when ordering by phone).
Merry Christmas from Beauty Training Harrow!
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THE opening of a new “salt cave” salon in Australia has sparked interest in a new beauty treatment called salt therapy.
It is believed that exposure to salt air could carry healing benefits to those with asthma, ear infections, bronchitis, hayfever, sinus infections and even cystic fibrosis. Miners in Rome and in medieval times who worked in salt caves are thought to have had improved breathing as a result.
The Skin Deep Salt Cave in Rockhampton, Queensland, simulates a traditional salt mine, which has a special microclimate that includes a stable air temperature, humidity and the lack of airborne pollutants such as pollens.
The salt air is replicated using a patented, state-of-the-art medical device called a Halogenerator. Skin Deep says breathing in dry salt aerosol has therapeutic benefits and is a common, natural treatment in eastern and central Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and now Australia.
“It was discovered that exposure to the microclimate inside a natural salt mine or cave can have an amazing role in the relief of many health problems, especially for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma and other respiratory and skin conditions,” says the salon.
So how does Salt Therapy work?
The air coming from the Halogenerator is sterile, negatively ionised and saturated with a low concentration of highly dispersed, curative dry salt aerosol.
The salon adds: “Patients can relax in a pleasant artificial salt cave with salt on the floor and walls and breathe in the regulated salt. This is immediately transported to every part of the respiratory tract – even the smallest bronchioles and alveoli. Once in place, it dissolves and attracts the small positively charged impurities. These impurities are subsequently either coughed up by the patient or leave the body through metabolic processes via the bloodstream.”
Skin Deep says its treatment eliminates the root of the inflammatory respiratory illness (such as lower or upper tract, asthma, bronchitis as well as allergies and catarrh) by destroying bacteria and restoring health.
Other illnesses it says salt therapy could help with are whooping cough, tonsillitis/adenoiditis, post-surgery scarring, breathlessness, tight chest, smoker’s cough
Background to salt mines
Salt therapy, halotherapy or speleotherapy is the use of salt mines, caves or other forms of exposure to salt air in the belief that this confers a health benefit.
Although a 2009 study concluded that there is insufficient evidence to determine whether salt therapy in treating asthma is effective and that more research is needed, it thought that unrefined rock salt does include other therapeutic properties.
Natural deposits of mineral halite are derived from evaporated ancient lakes and seas. The unrefined rock salt, primarily sodium chloride, also includes varying concentrations of other mineral salts such as calcium and magnesium, manganese and sulfates, which have additional therapeutic properties, depending on the source.
The special characteristics of the microclimate of a salt mine include stable air temperature, humidity and lack of airborne pollutants such as pollens. They are unique to each mine.
At depth the air pressure is also significantly higher than above ground which has reportedly benefited sufferers of respiratory diseases in studies conducted at the Dead Sea which is below sea level.
According to reports, there are also records of improvements in the breathing of miners in Roman and medieval times. Dr Feliks Boczkowski — a physician at the Polish salt mine at Wieliczka — wrote in 1843 that the miners there did not suffer from lung diseases and his successor set up a spa based upon these observations.
Salt therapy is now practised in places such as Bystrianska in Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine and now Australia. Will it be Britain next? Would love to know your thoughts about salt therapy!
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BEAUTY THERAPISTS are the latest target of nuisance callers, according to the Federation of Holistic Therapists, who say the increase in both calls and texts has resulted in police investigations across the UK. According to the FHT the calls and messages start off with someone asking for treatments and as the line of communication develops, they become “weird, creepy, lewd and time-wasting”. It is believed that therapist details are taken from various beauty industry directories.
A spokesman from the FHT said: “The FHT is concerned about the proliferation of this type of nuisance call, not just to our members, but to any therapist. This seemingly irritating event may just be the start of more bizarre behaviour by the caller.
“The police have advised us to recommend that you contact your local police service if you receive such texts or calls. There are a number of offences that may have been committed, such as harassment or malicious communications and the police will be able to liaise with you, with a view to investigating the source of the message and hopefully pressing charges.”
If you have experienced calls of this nature, there is a website called www.whophonedme.co.uk where traders and therapists have been sharing similar information on nuisance callers.
The FHT added: “If you do have problems with a caller, after alerting the police, please let us know as we keep all information on file to support any action taken.
WE NOW offer a London course in microdermabrasion – one of the most recent skin-care techniques to come from the US. Microdermabrasion has been dubbed the ‘lunchtime facelift’ because it causes minimal redness to the skin and it does not involve invasive plastic surgery, laser peeling or Botox injections.
The treatment, using the diamond method, leaves the skin glowing and youthful and is especially beneficial for those with acne scars, sun-damaged skin, black/whiteheads, enlarged open pores, skin pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks and excess oil production.
At Beauty Training Harrow our one-day course will be customised to your needs, using a microdermabrasion system called Carlton Diamond. It can be applied to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands.
If you’ve already got an NVQ Level 2 Facial you’re qualified to take this course and classes will include three to four real clients to practice on. This is an intense course in microdermabrasion facials that enables you to offer your customers a deeper, longer lasting effect than the standard facial.
This comprehensive one-day course covers:
- Client consultations
- Use of professional microdermabrasion products.
- Microdermabrasion treatments from basic, regeneration, acne, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and scar tissue.
- Full salon Health & Safety procedures.
Microdermabrasion will allow you to get into the technologically advanced cosmetic procedure industry and is a perfect addition to your skill set.
Fee for one-day course: £150
If you would like to convert this knowledge to a VTCT [VRQ] L3 qualification, this can be discussed with your tutor and achieved with additional home study.
Contact Beauty Training Harrow for available dates to suit you.
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If you wish to take your Level 2 in Facial in order to learn microdermabrasion please visit our website for next available dates!
Level 4 VRQs are now taught at Beauty Training Harrow.
WE’VE offered skin blemish removals as a treatment in our beauty salon for many years – but now you can take it as a VRQ course.
The VTCT Level 4 Award in Skin Blemish Removal (QCF) is open to all qualified beauty therapists who have Level 3 and above.
This vocational course will teach you a range of professional consultation techniques as well as practical guidance in treating skin imperfections.
On successful completion of the Level 4 Skin Blemish Removal course you’ll be able to treat Milia, Skin Tag, Spider Naevi and Blood Spots.
We are now offering an alternative to VTCT’s NVQ qualification in Threading.
Train in a half-day course or in the evening and learn practical application techniques – plus you’ll revise for a test paper at the end of your session.
Once you meet both of the above criteria you will be awarded a Beauty Training Harrow certificate - approved by and in association with BABTAC.
BABTAC are a highly respected and a long established, leading beauty insurance body. When you have completed the course you will automatically be able to gain insurance through BABTAC and be able to work safely in the industry.
Next Threading dates
August 26th 9.30am – 1.30pm
September 9th 5.30pm – 9.30pm
We love to share our clients’ experiences and stories at Beauty Training Harrow – read about Mairead Mulcrone’s hot waxing tale when she visited beautiful Bolivia!
“IT’S summertime again, which can only mean one thing – that long-awaited holiday you booked has finally arrived. When going on holiday there are many things a girl has to remember and prepare for, one of the most important things being getting your waxing done.
I regularly get various parts of my body waxed but when going away to a sunny destination the bikini wax is essential for me. Let’s be honest, we all like to look good in our bikinis on the beach and with so many different varieties of waxing there’s a style for everyone.
I like to go for the Brazilian, but when going away I go all out and go for the Hollywood. There are many factors that influence a waxing experience and in the UK good customer service, competitive prices and customer satisfaction are important.
However, when I was travelling around the world, I came across many interesting ways of being waxed. One of the most memorable bikini waxes I ever had was in Bolivia, South America.
I walked into a hair salon where waxing was also available. The language barrier was a slight problem but after a lot of hand gestures, pointing and hurriedly looking through my Spanish dictionary for the correct word, I had an appointment.
I was led upstairs to a dingy storage room full with boxes where right at the back was a lone table where my waxing would commence. I removed my clothes and lay down whilst the beautician got her equipment ready. To my horror she then placed a spotlight and mini fan between my legs and
came at me with a wooden spoon (the type you’d use for cooking) loaded with wax and haphazardly layered it on my bikini area. I couldn’t help but think ‘what had I got myself into!’
The beautician was using hot wax, which I’d never experienced before and found that it wasn’t as painful as I’d imagined. However I had noticed that my beautician was having a little trouble removing the wax. I know I’m not experienced in this field, but I couldn’t help but think that if she hadn’t put that much wax on in the first place, it might have been a bit easier to come off.
Finally the ordeal was coming to an end, one last section was to be taken off and with that the beautician gave a hard tug, and then, as if in slow motion, the hot wax fell out of her hand, twisted up into the air and came falling back down, making a b-line FOR MY FACE!!!! I quickly shifted my head out of the way where it then fell on my shoulder. I was completely dumbfounded and mortified and just stared at the wax strip and back at the shocked look on the beautician’s face.
Within seconds,even with a language barrier, we both realised the funny side of the situation and burst out laughing. I don’t think I’ve ever been that embarrassed in all my life and was so glad no one I knew was around to see it all happening. It was an experience and one I’ll probably never forget.
I’m now back in the UK and I’m enjoying the better quality of service and treatment I receive in salons, especially at the Beauty Harrow Student Salon where I always go. Even though the ladies are still in training they are more than professional in their approach and go to great lengths to protect my dignity and modesty. The whole experience is calming from the well air-conditioned room and tranquil music to how comfortable and relaxed I feel.
I feel confident to let the ladies carry on as they get the right wax temperature to suit me. Most importantly, they are always so polite and friendly. The end results are immaculate and last for weeks as they are accurate in what they do and take the time, care and precision to ensure the best finish. I would definitely recommend anyone to this salon.”
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- Swedish massage NVQ or VRQ starts Monday 12th August
- Manicure/pedicure NVQ starts Saturday 17th August
- Swedish massage NVQ or VRQ starts Tuesday 20th August
- Eye Treatments NVQ starts Saturday 31st August
- Manicure/pedicure NVQ over 4 Saturdays starts September 14th
- Facial L2 NVQ on Monday & Tuesday September 16th-17th