About Holly Mc

I’m Holly, a fitness instructor, personal trainer, massage therapist, assessor, tutor, and pre and post natal exercise specialist. Born and raised in rural Northumberland I am passionate about the outdoors, health, fitness, and general wellness. I believe it is important to look after body through exercise and nutrition, and finding “me-time” to look after your own physical and emotional well-being. Along side providing health and fitness advice, I also offer coaching and lifestyle advice; helping clients work through their stresses and reducing daily pressures through coping mechanisms which are easy to access and perform. As I come to add content to this blog, you will get to know me through everything from the food I eat, the exercise I do (and don’t do), the books I read, how I like to spend my free time (yes, free time!), and probably a lot more along the way. I’ll be sharing more information shortly but for now, I wish you a very enjoyable day!

More New Treatments Coming Soon!

I will be attending a couple more courses before the month of November is finished and will shortly be bringing the following two BEAUTY SERVICES to my listings:

  • Acrylic Nails
  • Individual Classic Eyelash Extensions

This is on top of the Gel Polish Nails and Reflexology which I have already added to my online bookings system.

Please see the Treatments and Services page for full information on everything available at HM Health & Well-being.

Additional Treatments at HM Health & Well-being

I have now completed a course in Gel Nail Polish and will be offering this service at a discounted price for the month of November whilst I build my confidence and the colours available to chose from. Below are the colours I currently have in and a little bit of nail art I have been playing with:

November introductory offer:

Gel fingers £10 | Gel toes -£10

Later in the month I will be attending my acrylic nail extension course. I will then be adding this to the list of services.

As you can see, these treatments are quite far from the usual Sports Massage and Personal Training that I offer but at the same time I believe they offer a “me-time” service to my clients in which you can come in, take some time out and just relax, doing something which is just for you. This is great for your mental health and for the reduction of stress. I have also chosen to add in some service which offer less stress on my own body as a therapist; any one who has been in recently will have noticed my growing bump and I feel that by providing additional, slightly different services, I will be reducing the physical demand on myself during the last trimester of pregnancy.

I will be adding to the colours on offer for this service over time. If anyone has any specific requests for a certain colour please message me and I will do my best to get that colour in for you though it might take a few days.

If anyone would like to know more about any of the treatments on offer please head over to the contact page and drop me a message. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

H xx

Update on Working Hours and Maternity Leave

Hi Everyone,

 

Just a quick post today to give an update on the hours that I will be working over the next few months, holidays that are booked in and a bit if general info about how I plan to continue working through my pregnancy.

 

First, working hours:

Regular working hours: Monday and Thursday 9am-4pm | Saturday 9am-3pm | Friday & Sunday Closed.

I will aim to work on evenings, 5pm through to 8pm, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays though these may not always be available I will try to do as many as possible to accommodate everyone wanting appointments.

I have dropped my Friday evenings. I’m sorry to do this but after working a full day on a Thursday and then a full day on a Saturday the Friday night is just too much, plus if Dan has been away all week working I feel awful walking straight out the door as soon as he gets home on a Friday. I hope you all understand.

As well as the above hours in clinic, I will be limiting my working hours in terms of replying to messages for bookings etc. Bookings can be made online, all availability is shown when you go through the booking page (or via “Book Now” on my Facebook Page). Messages received after 5pm Monday-Friday, or after 3pm on a Saturday will be replied to the next working day. I will no longer be replying to messages on a Sunday unless it is an emergency. The reason for this change is in order to protect my family time, and again, I hope you all understand.

 

Maternity Leave.

I have had a few people asking about what I will be doing about my maternity leave and in all honesty, nothing is set in stone. I hope to continue work as usual up until Christmas when I will take my annual leave as usual – closing on Thursday 19th December until after the New Year. How my pregnancy is progressing will determine whether or not I do a couple of weeks in January, baby Pickering is due 30th Jan 2020.

The amount of time I take off will also be determined by how delivery and recovery go for us and how we settle as a family. I only had 4 months off work with Isla when I was ready to get back to it but I can’t guarantee that it will be a certain amount of time we need this time round. I will keep you updated through February/March.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read through all of this information and I appreciate it’s not the most exciting read! I look forward to seeing you all on the run up to Christmas for your sports, deep tissue, pregnancy, Indian head massage, cupping and reflexology treatments.

 

Lots of love

H xx

New Treatment Coming Soon!

Reflexology_Foot

Exciting times! Reflexology will be added to the HM Health & Well-being treatment menu within the next month or so!!

Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that pressure applied to specific spots on the feet produces changes in corresponding parts of the body. For example, pressing on the tips of the toes triggers the brain reflex and affects the brain.

There are reflex areas on the feet that correspond to all systems of the body. Pressure applied to reflexes is thought to marshal the body’s innate healing forces and to help normalise body functions.

This is an incredibly relaxing treatment which is beneficial for all types of issues from aches and pains to sleep problems and more!

Notice of Temporary Changes

Please read to the end.

For the foreseeable future I will be reducing the session length of massage treatments to a maximum of 45 minutes.

This is to look after my own health and continue to provide a high standard service.

If you already have pre-purchased any one hour sessions (block bookings or treatments bought from third party sites), I will honour these bookings no problem at all – please TEXT or WHATSAPP me to book on 07771522312.

The 30 and 45 minute massage treatment options will still be available through the online bookings page as well as 60 minute personal training sessions.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support xx

Small Changes Add Up

I’m not sure what happened, maybe I was just sick of feeling lethargic and a bit soft but yesterday I started making changes…

Nothing big or scary, nothing that took too much thought or any tracking but I did some things that were slightly different to recent days and already I feel better.

What did I do?

I DRANK MORE WATER – instead of my favourite guilt pleasure, diet fizzy pop, I ditched it for water instead.

I CONTROLLED MY PORTIONS – I was much more sensible about portion control and instead of thinking “I’m starving, I’ll fill my plate”, served up a smaller meal and it was definitely enough.

I BY-PASSED THE SNACK – I had a sandwich at lunch time but I didn’t get the usual extras I might have previously – no crisps, no afters. Just a sandwich and water.

I FILLED UP ON FRUIT – Oh my word, I forgot how satisfying and tasty a bowl of fruit is! I cut up some of my favourites – apple, banana, strawberries, melon, blueberries and grapes into a dessert bowl to trough on in the evening.

I WORKED ON MY BUSINESS – After Isla went to bed I sat and worked ON my business, looking at where I am, where I want to be and what I need to do. I would usually plonk my butt on the sofa and watch rubbish on TV or some instagram stories (Yey for Mrs Hinch).

These things all happened without me trying hard, feeling like it was a chore or like I was missing out.

I actually feel like I had a really awesome day!

Today I am going to continue with more of the same, keeping the above things going and making better choices, small changes to the things I normally do.

What choices will you make today that are good for you?

FAQs of a Sports Massage Therapist

FAQs

During my day-to-day life as a SMT (Sports Massage Therapist) I have been asked many questions both about myself and about general elements of massage so I thought I would answer a few of the most common questions in this post. Here we go…

“How long have you been doing this?”

I started out in Sports Massage in summer 2016. Having previously trained in fitness instruction, personal training and pre and post natal fitness, sports massage seemed like the next natural step for me.

I set up the clinic in Oasis Health Club in September of 2017 after having my little girl in the May of that year and choosing not to go back to my full time job as a Regional Trainer for Apprenticeships in Fitness & PT.

I am hoping to get into teaching sports massage in the near future.

“What should I wear for the treatment?”

This is all down to your own personal comfort. Some clients like to wear shorts, others are happy to have treatment in their underwear. I would generally recommend that if you are coming for sports massage where I may be assisting you in stretching the muscles, particularly the legs, you may want to make sure you have a pair of shorts with you. If you are attending for more of a general purpose deep tissue massage (to reduce everyday aches and pains) then coming along in your regular clothes and stripping down to your underwear for the treatment is absolutely fine. I give you privacy to get changed/undressed and onto the couch, I also provide towels so that you remain as covered up as possible throughout treatment, to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

“Do you ever get clients that make a lot of noise?”

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes there are elements of treatment that are unavoidably painful (more in sports massage that deep tissue) and clients can’t help but let out a little yelp, though 9 times out of 10 I would say it’s more a swear word than a noise, lol.

I have some clients who love to chat all the way through a treatment and others that like to be silent – I follow your lead as far as conversation is concerned. There may be times that I have to talk to you in order to monitor pressure and your response to the treatment, if you chose to be quiet throughout then a quick yes or no may be all I ask.

“How often should I get a massage?”

There are no hard and fast rules for this but as a general guideline I would always recommend regular massage of around every 4 weeks to stay on top of any tension, aches or pains. If I feel that you would benefit from a follow up treatment sooner than this I will recommend it at the end of your session explaining the reasons why.

I hope this has covered some of the information you would like to know about me and the services I offer. If there is ever anything you would like to ask please don’t hesitate to drop me an email, text or message on my Facebook page.