What is Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a wonderful Japanese healing method used to help reduce stress and aid relaxation, which is based on the therapist channeling energy to the client by means of touch. Reiki is a tool through which the therapist activates a channel of natural healing energy through their hands to the clients body to aid and restore physical and emotional wellbeing. By the “laying on of the therapists hands” an unseen “life force energy” flows through the therapist to the client, when your “life force energy” is low you are more likely to get sick or feel stressed and tired and quite commonly emotionally exhausted, if its high we are more capable of being happy and feeling healthy.

The word Reiki is made up from 2 Japanese words “Rei” which means “Gods wisdom or the higher power” and “Ki” which is “Life force energy” now this does not mean to say that you need to believe in a particular religion or faith to either give or receive Reiki all you need is an open mind to allow the energy to travel through you if you are the therapist or to receive Reiki if you are the client receiving the healing. Although Reiki energy from my own personal experience it is just a perfect way to channel that energy for those of us who enjoy a simply, natural and safe method of spiritual healing.

It is still important to remember to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others, Mikao Usui the founder of the Reiki system recommended that “one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.”

My own personal experience started while I used to enjoy a weekly meditation group when I lived abroad in Lanzarote, every week, I would meet with 5 or 6 ladies and enjoy a few hours of different types of meditation lead by a wonderful hostess who opened up her home and teachings to us all because she enjoyed it. I have since I was 18/19 always been interested in tarot cards, spiritual healers, mediums and crystal balls, but the meditation lead me to have this very different sensation in my hands a burning hot feeling where my palms felt on fire after discussing this with my fellow meditators one of them suggested Reiki may be a perfect tool to help me channel this energy, so off I set into the wonderful world of the internet to do some research and find someone who could help me on my journey.

And I did find that person Elaine Orrett a fabulous teacher who was perfect for me led me all the way from my Reiki 1 course in the depths of winter in an old mystical barn to Reiki 2 18 months later in the springtime, to finally my Reiki Masters some years later in the summer at her wonderful home. I always believe you will be lead to the right person when you need them, and I was.

So what happens and how does it feel to receive a Reiki treatment?

Well I will explain it may take some time. Firstly let me explain Reiki therapists may have all been taught a different way so there is not really a right or wrong way, each therapist may change or adapt things to how they feel is best for them or you for that matter, I always like to smudge a room before and after a treatment (this is using a dried out sage stick which is lit, then blown out gently it creates a wispy smoke effect that is used to cleanse the room of previous energy’s leaving the area) I know this is probably a really bad example but its like cleaning spare room before having your friend to stay, you just want it to feel nice for them so they will be relaxed and feel happy, I do feel you can sense an energy in the air, and with Reiki as a therapist we want that space to be somewhere that relaxation occurs easily and anxiety and tension are released without worry or fear.

The client is welcomed and after a short consultation the client would lie face up on a massage bed fully clothed, but removing shoes, I like to cover the client with a blanket, the client is invited to close their eyes, and I prefer to carry out the treatment with just music playing in the background, I like peace to connect and concentrate with the treatment, for me personally I like to start with a sweep of my hands about 4/5 inches above the body from head to toe so I can feel where there may be any obvious blockages, they I place crystals under the bed maybe on the bed and possibly on the client depending on my intuition and by where I am being guided, then step by step my hands are placed in a series of different hand positions around the head, shoulders, stomach, legs and feet, each position is usually held for around 5 minutes, but this can vary depending on the therapist and where they feel the Reiki is needed.

I sometimes may work with the aura depending again on intuition and sometimes I will beam Reiki from the corner of the room before I start the treatment, I may revisit a particular area I may feel needs more attention, it all depends. The best way I can describe to you how Reiki feels when giving a treatment is like when you open an oven door and you feel that energy of the heat, well it doesn’t feel that hot but for me that’s how the energy feels. As the treatment draws to a close, a final sweep over the body and a check that your chakras are spinning well and in a balanced manner, then again depending on how you have been taught, some therapists including myself like to do a little work on the aura and for the final time beam Reiki to the client, before bringing the client back to a state of awareness, a glass of water and a little time to get reground before the client leaves,

The Reiki experience can feel different when receiving from one client to another

most commonly some people drift off to sleep or a very deep level of consciousness similar to that of meditation where they may feel a floating sensation outside their bodies, others feel a release of fear, anxiety or negative feelings some clients experience a feeling of peace and wellbeing but overall the majority feel as if a weight has been lifted from their shoulders and a positive balanced feeling is restored at the end of the session. Lots of work is done on realigning chakras that are out of sync so all I would say to the client is concentrate on how your body is feeling during the treatment, be aware of any colours or thought that may enter your mind and try to relax, it is not uncommon to cry while receiving a treatment, it’s a great way to release negative fear and emotions, and perfectly natural.

A Reiki treatment can be very exhausting for the client and you would be often advised to drink lots of water and relax after the treatment, I would also recommend a warm bath maybe listening to peaceful music to clear your head of any unnecessary chatter, gather your thoughts and get a good nights sleep.

Wow well done for readying all that! If you have managed to get this far but you are struggling to still understand How this works, I have 2 examples of hands on healing that you will most likely have either had done to you, you have done to someone else or you have done to yourself, and more likely not by a Reiki practitioner, the first is a banging headache, the first thing you do is close your eyes and hold your head in your hands and ask for your headache to go, now I am not saying it will or in fact it does but it is your natural instinct to do this, and for many people a bit of relaxation and quiet time with your hands over your forehead or touching your neck often helps release the headache, the second is when a child falls over or has a bump, mum or dad will immediately put their hand over the area the child has hurt while reassuring them everything will be ok while sending them love, healing and kissing the child displaying a great sign of love and healing.

Nowadays we live in a fast paced world where we are expected to be superhuman and live a perfect life, with social media pressures we gaze through the window of what we think are other peoples perfect lives trying to compete with being the perfect parent, partner, employee etc but often the stresses of everyday life are just simply to much for us to cope with and we need to recharge our batteries and take some time out for ourselves to rebalance our soul, how can you look after others unless you can learn to look after yourself, some need more help than others, we all deal with life differently.

Don’t be scared to reach out open your soul and try something new  Lisa xx

Reiki Master photo



Weekend Lashes – The Questions?

Weekend lashes is a question we get asked about so much,  hopefully I will be able to answer all your questions.

1/ What are weekend lashes? – Weekend lashes are also other wise known as cluster lashes, they are a cluster of 4/5 or 6 lashes together.  They come in various sizes from mini, small, medium to large and also black or brown, but I only use black personally.

2/ How are they applied? – We add a drop of glue to the end where they are all joined together and this is then applied to your own lashes.

3/ How long do they take to apply? – About 20-30 minutes depending if you arrive with Mascara on or not? If you arrive with Mascara on then you would be asked to remove this first.

4/ How long do they last? – Well this all depends how well you look after them! usually a weekend to a week is most common, it all depends how fast your lashes grow.

5/ How do I look after them? – By removing eye make-up very carefully as most makeup removers may break down the glue, so maybe use a wipe round they eye area, if you use sponges, a flannel or any other type of cloth to remove your cleanser then keep away from the lash area.

6/ How do I remove them? – This is a salon professional treatment so we do have lash glue remover in the salon but it is not widely available to buy, firstly I will start by saying do not pick off as this may pull your own lashes off, start by getting a few cotton buds, some cotton pads, a bowl of warm water and some make up remover or baby oil, very gently put some make up remover or baby oil on a cotton bud and very lightly rub from one side to another where the lashes are attached, ensuring you do not get any make up remover in your eye, then alternate with warm water on a pad wiping over the eye and this will break the glue down very slowly, or if you do have lash glue remover just follow the instructions on the bottle. I would suggest you do one eye at a time if you are doing it yourself and be patient.

7/ How do I know what size lashes to ask for? – Your therapist will discuss with you the look you want, wether it be a fuller look or a longer dramatic look, or just simply a little fuller and longer.

Hope this answers any questions you may have, if you do have a question I have not covered here then drop me an email flutterbysalon@yahoo.co.uk or send us a message on my Facebook page

Lisa x



Winter Skin Care

You may have noticed some changes to your skin this time of year and this is quite normal.  There are many things that you will not have thought about like turning the central heating on causing your skin to become dryer and dehydrated, or  going out into the cold and wind, exposing your skin to cold harsh weather conditions, it is no wonder your skin it going to need a little extra help this time of year.  Its party season  so we can also blame festive nights out for for putting our skin through its paces, with a little over indulgence, our skin can react in various ways, however increasingly stressful lifestyles can contribute further to dry dehydrated skin in people of all ages.

Everybody’s skin is different, genetically and the products we use, what we expose our skin to can sometimes have a big impact on  how our skin looks and feels, breakouts can occur, but most commonly severe dehydration and dryness causing skin to become irritated itchy and inflamed, the worst areas can be cheeks and eyes as well as the whole of your body but the good news is you are not alone and there are things you can do  to improve the appearance and feel of your skin.

1/ Exfoliation – Exfoliating your skin regularly and removed dull dead skin cells  helps the products we use afterwards to penetrate the skin fully, My recommendation is Daily Microfoliant, the best exfoliaoer I have ever used, suitable for all skin types, you can use it twice a day, and even mix it in with your Dermalogica cleanser if your a bit short on time. It always gives great brightening results every time, use this for your face only.  To be honest also a good soak in a bubble bath with some body exfoliator and a body net scrub, wont go a miss, you never know when you may be needing to get those legs out! and  smother in a body lotion afterwards, how you look after your skin in the winter will effect how it looks come the spring.  DO NOT IGNORE!

2/ Moisturiser – Your skin can change and you may need a heavier moisturiser in the winter, don’t just presume your skin is the same all year round, everyone is different, if you feel your skin is starting to dry out a little then I would say don’t panic! Change your routine slightly using a heavier cream at night.

3/ Face masks – It has been scientifically proven that topically applied vitamins do improve the health of skin, vitamin A helps to inhibit collagen breakdown while stimulating collagen production for more plump looking skin, vitamin B5 aids in healing while vitamin E is an antioxidant that provides a barrier protection while smoothing skin, again make time for yourself in that bubble bath and lay back and relax with a face mask on.

4/ Lip Balm – No matter whether your lips are chapped or not wear lip balm all the time to protect them from wind, rain and cold, this will help keep them in tip top condition for those party nights, there is nothing worse then trying to apply red lippy to dry, chapped lips! * Try Dermalogica Climate control

I could go on but to be honest these are my 4 most important “Must do’s for your skin”  Stick to doing these and you will keep looking fabulous all over the festive period and through to the spring.  Do get a facial if you have time, do drink lots of water and fruity teas or plenty of fresh orange,  check out vitamins if you are feeling over tired and sluggish and take time to look at your skin and think how it feels, if you need to ask a question you can always email me to flutterbysalon@yahoo.co.uk or drop me a line on our Facebook page Flutterby Salon Southport

My recommended kit for you to try – Dermalogica dry Skin Kit

Contact the salon for price and stock availability.

This Dermalogica Skin Kit contains a full regimen of what your skin needs most.
essential cleansing solution 50 ml
multi active toner 50 ml
intensive moisture balance 22ml
gentle cream exfoliant 10ml
intensive eye repair 4ml

Dry Skin Kit

Dry Skin Kit

Looking after your Shellac nails

Shellac Nails!

Such a big subject where to start?

Well I think basically the purpose of this post is to highlight that you do have some maintenance to do your self in looking after your nails and getting them to last well for you.  I do hear on numerous occasions people say “Oh Shellac ruined my nails!” and my first question will be “Did you pick it off” 9 out of 10 people will say “yes”, next question “did you use a cuticle oil every day?” reply “no” well my response is I am not surprised! do not expect any sympathy from me at all!, this may seem a little harsh you say but this is a salon treatment which has become more available to buy the kit off the internet, but there is a skill to removing it, and looking out for any problems that may occur and some may not know what to look for, but how are you supposed to know if no one ever told you?

My tips for Happy and healthy Shellac Nails

I always recommend that you wear rubber gloves, (preferably Marigolds, yes they are a little more expensive but you will get months out of them) for washing up, gardening or any household chores that my involve detergent or bleach.

I recommend you use a good quality Cuticle Oil all the time, and I mean every day! No not a hand cream, oh well go on a hand cream but that is as well! I look at hand cream as a drink for your skin and a cuticle oil as a food for your nails, put it around and under your nails most definitely every night before you get in bed, and in the morning once you are washed, if you can get it on mid day as well all the better.

I would also recommend that you have a reshellac every 2 weeks, I have some clients who get longer and I am talking 4 or 5 weeks but sometimes they run the risk of them snapping.

You can file the nails when you have shellac on, again I have some clients who cut them down and file them but beware you are removing the seal on the free edge and making it easier for water to get in between the Shellac and the nail, and then the Shellac possibly lifting.

AVOID – Hot baths soaking your hands for hours under the water, heated swimming pools, spas, sauna, although your shellac will not immediately it will shorten its durability.

REMEMBER not everybody’s nails are the same, some peoples nails are weak some are strong, some nails react well to shellac others do not, some people just like it for a special occasion, others have it all the time, just remember NO PICKING!!!

And remember when your Shellac comes off, if you are not re applying it then you need to re buff your nails with a 3 way buffer. If you would like to know how to remove Shellac from your nails then pop over to my Website page Shellac Removal at Flutterby Salon Southport where I have explained everything you need and how to do it yourself as we would in a salon.

If you have any more questions for me about Shellac I will be happy to answer if I can. Lisa x

Shellac nails

Keep Calm and get Shellac nails

New to Waxing? – Does waxing Hurt?

The one thing I get asked about over and over again is

Does waxing hurt?

Now I am not being funny but you are about to have the hairs ripped out of the folicle to be blunt!  But there are things that you need to know that “could” help you!

Prior to your waxing treatment do lots of exfoliation, especially on the legs, under arms or arms, avoid any facial exfoliation.

Keep your skin well moisturised before and after the treatment, more so before because if your skin is dry or dehydrated then this will not help, the skin needs to be in good condition, any cuts patchy dryness, scabs on your skin can cause your skin to pull during the waxing process and may cause bleeding.

I have heard some cases where clients have been advised to take a pain killer prior to a treatment, and I have to say this is not my advice, the pain if any is a short sharp pull that goes after a few seconds.  If you are very sensitive during the run up to your period then I would also recommend you avoid this time and avoid caffine on the day as this can also make you  hypersensitive.

In my opinion and I am a regular waxer the secret is to keep on top of it! get your waxing done every 4 weeks! don’t leave it for months, keep it regular and I promise after a few months you wont bat an eyelid! In my experience its the ones who keep it up see a significant reduction in hair re-growth.

There are different waxing systems that are used for waxing different areas, warm or strip waxing is ideal for legs, arms, underarms and backs, and Hot wax is more suitable for Underarm, bikini and facial waxing.

Things to avoid after your waxing treatments would be Hot baths or showers, any immediate exposure to sun beds or sunbathing, excessive exercise or sweating, no deodorant or fake tans and no shaving in between waxes.

Things that might prevent you from having a waxing treatment would be if you are on any Acne medication or Roaccutane anti ageing or skin thinning products (Facial waxing) recent exposure to UV rays, or if you are sunburnt, if you are diabetic then you are best to have a patch test done prior to your treatment or lastly if you are allergic to oils.

In my Salon, Flutterby Salon Southport we use 2 wax systems Hava for Strip wax and Waxperts for the hot wax system